It’s snowing outside and I’m thinking about how blessed I am…Right now I am on the couch in our cozy living room in Yantai, China feeling kinda weak with a fever and sore throat. Grace is at the piano with headphones on and it sounds like jumbled yet rhythmic hail (with an occasional “screech!!!” of the petal) THAT IS NEVER ENDING. (I admire Grace’s discipline and dedication to practice so long and so faithfully…)
Lately, we’ve been preparing for Thanksgiving… I tried making a completely homemade pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving using homemade pumpkin puree from market bought little pumpkins and homemade crust. It was pretty yummy, but I have a few changes in mind that will make it better for our Thanksgiving day. 🙂
Also, we have been preparing for Christmas! We are all SUPER excited because the three older guys will be coming to visit us this Christmas! It will be the first time for our WHOLE family to be ALL together since we moved to China (that’s over a year!) It is so exciting to think that we will all be together and that we won’t have to do our Advent candles and sing Christmas carols over Wechat each Sunday night up until Christmas this year…
Sometimes I just want to sing and praise the Lord saying, “Oh Lord, My life is blessed! And I know that it’s because You love me! I have been given WAY more than I deserve!!!!” Yes, in life we have sickness, pain, sin and numerous trials; but through it all God is there. And, no matter what; He is so merciful, righteous, just, loving and everything else wonderful and good. Our family really is so blessed, though at times we get to feeling discouraged, jealous or just plain ungrateful, just like any other human. So, I hope and pray that everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving this year, will remember that it is a special day just to celebrate all the bountiful blessings God has bestowed on us.
I hope this post encourages you to be thankful for what you have, and to look for the blessings instead of the shortcomings, for the place to serve instead of the place to be served, for the chance to give grace instead of condemnation, for the opportunity to give a smile instead of a frown.
It’s not just Thanksgiving or Christmas that you should celebrate and be joyful. But rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice!
So, Happy Thanksgiving! God bless all of you and have a deliciously wonderful day!
~ With much love from the Williamson Family
Post created and written by: Samantha