This morning I ran to the store to buy my last-minute Thanksgiving groceries. Hopefully, my last grocery run. I could feel a pity party coming on as I thought about being far from family for the holidays. So I decided to make of list of good things about celebrating Thanksgiving in Greece.
1. No crowds at the grocery store. It’s just a normal shopping day here.
2. I can find soft brown sugar, powdered sugar, sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese and turkey in Greece. Important ingredients for an American Thanksgiving meal.
3. Internet shopping lets me participate in Black Friday sales from afar.
4. I don’t have to watch football all day. (Sorry, DH!)
This list made me laugh at myself and feel better. But it also pinpointed a truth I have learned. Living overseas has taught me to focus on God’s blessings.
I am so thankful for the daily presence of God in my life. He has walked beside me through the mountaintops and valleys of life. He allowed his son, Jesus, to die in my place so that I could experience both abundant and eternal life. He sent the Holy Spirit to be my counselor and guide. Knowing and loving God is the greatest blessing of my life.
I am also thankful for my family. Family that has supported us as we have lived the last 18 years overseas. Family that loves us unconditionally.
I am thankful that my children know and love God. How I love seeing them walk in His steps. I pray that my grandchildren will follow their parents’ example.
I am thankful for my wonderful husband. He has stood beside me through thick and thin (more thick than thin), highs and lows, and tells me he loves my gray hair. I’ve been blessed to celebrate thirty-seven Thanksgivings with my Darling Husband. DH, this corny video is for you! Instead of Johnny Cash’s face, put mine in his place. And raise the voice up an octave. Or you can be Sully and I'll be Dr. Quinn.......
(Yes, the secret is out. I am a country music fan. Johnny Cash is one of the best! Also, I have the entire series of Dr. Quinn.)
Ya’ll have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!