The Lord has taught me much this past year. Many of those lessons have come in the “school of hard knocks” as my father always called them. I have made mistakes that have been costly. I have taken my eyes off the mission God has given me and put them squarely on myself far too often. I have been too busy for family and friends. There has been a constant struggle to maintain a proper balance in our family. I have been misunderstood– and I have been too quick to judge others God has brought across my path.
Yet through this roller-coaster year we have experienced, God has never left me. My family has never gone hungry. We have never wanted for anything. We have learned to depend on God in ways we haven’t had to depend on Him before, and He has never failed to provide. Ever.
Yes, “my heart is filled with thankfulness.” I am thankful for the wonderful husband God gave me 15 years ago and with whom I fall more in love– and in deep admiration of– every day. I am thankful for the four children He chose to place in our family and to give David and I the chance to make disciples of our loving Heavenly Father. I am thankful for my parents, who still guide me when I am in need of discipleship and coaching myself. I am thankful for the godly friends who never cease to amaze me with their compassion on me, their service to me, and their grace when I cancel plans at the last minute because other things got in the way.
But I am also thankful for the rough waters we’ve sailed through in 2013. I hope we never have to relive the waves, but oh, the lessons learned on the fretful sea!
Keith and Kristyn Getty have written a song that really gets to the heart of Thankfulness. The second verse really sums up the year that our family has had– and turns my heart even more to praising God for it!
My heart is filled with thankfulness
To Him who walks beside;
Who floods my weaknesses with strength
And causes fears to fly;
Whose ev’ry promise is enough
For ev’ry step I take,
Sustaining me with arms of love
And crowning me with grace.
Did you catch that?? His every promise is enough for every step I take!! Because He can be trusted, I can be thankful in all things! He will never call me to go or be or do ANYTHING that He will not also equip me to do. His promises and His grace are enough!
I have needed way too many attitude adjustments this year, but I am thankful that my Heavenly Father never tires of loving and leading His children. My heart is truly overflowing with thankfulness!
In case you haven’t heard it, I wanted to share a video of Keith and Kristyn performing My Heart Is Filled With Thankfulness. I believe it will encourage your heart as it does mine.
I pray you all have a wonderful and very Happy Thanksgiving!
Leslie Nunnery is first and foremost a child of the King. She is the wife of David and the homeschooling Mama of 2 boys and 2 girls, who work right alongside of them as they produce Teach Them Diligently Conventions and run a mission agency called Worldwide Tentmakers. Encouraging families in discipleship and missions is her family’s calling and passion, and God has allowed them to see and do so much more than they would have ever imagined. They stand amazed at the great things He is doing!