A Week Of Thanks {Family & Friends}

November 25, 2014 by


This week, in honor of my favorite holiday, I am sharing the things I am most thankful for. (If you missed yesterday’s intro post, you can click here to read that.)

Yesterday, I shared that “We have been given an incomparable gift in Jesus Christ for which we should be eternally grateful for.”

Today, I’d like to share my thankfulness for my family, my friends, my church family, and the incredible community that I have found since I began blogging.

My husband isn’t perfect (as if any of us are!), but he is perfect for me. Even as I type this, we are in the middle of a stress-induced spat, and yet, I wouldn’t trade him for the world. He is a gift from God and one that I appreciate immensely. He is my best friend and I am honored to be his wife. Even today.

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined with his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” ~Genesis 2:24

Just today I asked my firstborn the familiar, “Do you know how I know God loves me?” question. While my children often give me a silly answer to this question, they know that the right answer is, “Because He gave me you.” My children are an incredible blessing to me and I will be eternally grateful to God for allowing me to be a mother to them. Even on the hard days.

“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward.”~Psalm 127:3

I don’t live near most of my family anymore and I miss them immensely. I do think of, pray for, and attempt to keep in contact with them on a regular basis as they truly are dear to me. I love the idea that while we don’t usually get to choose our family members, I would choose them. Well, most of them, anyway. 🙂

While we don’t usually get to pick our family members, we do get to choose our friends. We must have a knack for that because we have some really wonderful friends. All kidding aside, God has abundantly blessed us in this area of our lives. I pray that we would be as good of friends as so many have been to us.

“Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.” ~Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

A perfect blend of family and friends is our church family. Not only are we incredibly thankful for the opportunity to live in a country where we are free to gather for worship and study with other believers, but we are thankful for those people who choose to fellowship with us.

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.” ~Colossians 3:15

Since beginning my blogging journey just over 6 months ago, I have met some truly wonderful people. I am incredibly thankful for my readers. I know that your time is valuable and I appreciate every minute that you choose to spend reading my words. Thank you for your support and your encouragement. I have heard from many of you about your struggles and I appreciate you sharing your hearts with us. I have met some wonderful fellow bloggers and deeply appreciate the community we are building together.

“Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.” ~1 Thessalonians 5:11

Please know that I…

“do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers”       ~Ephesians 1:16

What do you think? What are you most thankful for this week?

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20 Responses to A Week Of Thanks {Family & Friends}

  1. The Better Baker

    Another glorious post giving God the praise for all He bestows on you/us. I love all the things (& numerous scriptures) you include in your posts along with the other blog post options at the bottom. God bless you sweet dear. XO

  2. Carol

    Family is everything then I think with out God and His Providence I would not have them or Him in my life. Praise the Lord and Thank You for my Families I am truly blessed.

  3. Tobi@SimplyJesus

    I am so blessed that God decided that we should be friends, and that you came and sat next to me at that teacher’s retreat all those years ago. 🙂 I am so thankful for you, my sweet in real life and blogging friend.

    • Heather

      So am I, Tobi! I will never forget feeling Him whisper to me that we were going to be friends for the rest of our lives. What a blessing He has given us. I love you!

  4. Arlene Baker

    The LORD heard my prayers when my sweet son was a young child. I asked for the LORD to send him the wife that he needed. The LORD answered my prayers and sent me the daughter I needed, too! I love my sweet daughter-in-LOVE! Hugs and blessings! Thank you, LORD!

    • Heather

      Thanks so much for your sweet words! I am beyond blessed to have married into such a loving family. It is I who am blessed to be married to your son. xo

  5. itallmattersmom

    I had to smile a bit at the “stress-induced spat” because it seems like those are what triggers our “discussions.” It’s not him, it’s the stress. 🙂 I’m so glad you have someone you can trust and are thankful for even during those times. My post today is being thankful for community, but basically it’s the same things you just said here. Now on to reading today’s post of yours!

    • Heather

      It’s so true, isn’t it, Erin? Most of our “discussions” (I like how you put that!) are really the result of stress or fatigue. If we can remember that in the midst of them, it helps to keep them controlled. Thanks for reading, my friend. xo

  6. Rick

    Let’s see, “what am I most thankful for this week?” How about if I boil it down to this very moment? I would have to say my beautiful daughter and her family. They have to be the most amazing example of a family living an authentic, sold out to Jesus life that I have seen in my 59 years on this earth. Who writes such beautiful words about her husband even while in the midst of disagreement? My Heather! Who supports and loves his wife in the midst of all life can throw at them? Her husband! And who knows they are loved and cared for deeply in all areas of their lives? Their children, my grandsons! And who points others to their example of a life well lived for Christ here on this earth? Me! Love and hugs from afar this thanksgiving!

    • Heather

      You’re too sweet, Daddy, but I know you know that any good in us is a result of Him who lives in us. I appreciate your encouragement, though. I pray that you and Gracie have a blessed Thanksgiving weekend. Wishing we were together at the table, but knowing we are together in our hearts. I love you and Gracie, too! xo

  7. passagethroughgrace

    Heather-this beautiful writing community is amazing! I have found such a wonderful group of encouragers, friends and a place I call home. I am looking forward to getting to know you better and I hope I see you frequently at The Weekend Brew! Blessings!

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