Thanks living. Thanks LIVING. I was doing my Bible study today and it was about being thankful. Everything in our life should be a testimony of thanksgiving and praise to God. Whether it’s in what we say, what we write, what we think, in all circumstances, give thanks. Wow. Not gonna lie, that is REALLY convicting. I just sat there and thought – I have not thanked God in my heart for where He has taken us. To be honest, I had a hard time finding things to be thankful for last week b/c it seemed like everything was falling apart. This week has brought even more issues (thankfully not health issues). Dan and I were laying in bed last night and I said, “do you wonder what God is doing and trying to do with us?” Dan replied, “when you find out, let me know.” We know God has our best interest, but we are still in the cloud of confusion, frustration, and have no idea where God is taking us. When we thought we had had enough, God had different ideas. I apologize for not being able to go into details, but we just have to trust that God does know best. With that said, I then do my Bible study and realize, I still need to be thankful. I need to LIVE out my thanksgiving in WHO I am. We have a sign in our dining room that says (it’s also on our title): “Today is a gift from God, remember to thank Him.” Thank him in the good times and in the bad times. God gave us each other and companionship. God gave us love. God gave us his Word to rely on in the good and bad. Today I found so much comfort in it. I sat down for awhile and listed my praises for the day and my requests – it was a realization that I do have a lot to be thankful for – I just need to take time in my day to praise God for them. I am so selfish sometimes and only think about what is happening in the here and now – I don’t think about what God is trying to do in the big picture and that He is not going to give us something we can’t handle. The song I Surrender All kept coming to my mind all day today, and I think that’s for a reason. Dan and I need to surrender it all to God, thank HIM that we don’t need to carry these burdens alone, and thank Him for His Son who was sent to die for all the sins we commit daily. Thanks LIVING. Living my life as a thank offering to God – what a humbling, yet exciting challenge!