Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above…

and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. (James 1:17 NKJV)

I have some perfect gifts…my husband, our family, friends, church, home, health, and provision. All of these bring me joy, peace, comfort, as do so many little moments that make them up: Meals together. Great conversations. Tight hugs. Big laughs.

And I have some good gifts…the gifts that take awhile to make sense, the ones that teach us and grow us and have some higher meaning and delayed gratification.

They all come from God, not because we deserve them. Sometimes, we didn’t even ask for them. But they come because He loves us. And He stays the same, even when the waves get high and our circumstances overwhelm us.

no shadow of turning

To say I am grateful means so little. I say I’m grateful for nice weather, for calls with my three best friends in one day, for a good hair day or a random hug from my kids, for cheese and for great music.

What I feel toward God for what He has done of me, for us, has no words –

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! (2 Corinthians 9:15 NKJV)

Today it comes from my heart, and I hope it comes out in all I do…boiling the cranberries, calling Illinois, dishing out the banana pudding, starting the new traditions. May the grace Jesus gave to me radiate from my being.

It is thanksgiving.

I give thanks.

Make me a blessing, Lord.