“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34

This is such a great time of the year to reflect on what we are grateful for and this year has certainly been one filled with many blessings as well as challenges. Here are the things I am grateful for this year.

I am thankful for the love from God and the chance to attend Saddleback Church here in Lake Forest, CA. The teachings from Pastor Rick Warren and other pastors throughout the year have helped me realize there is so much work to do… on me. There is also so much to give to others with the gifts I have been given and I am finally able to do more than I have in years. I would not be who I am today, doing what I do now, without the work of the Holy Spirit and Jesus in my life.

I can’t find enough words that would express the depth of my love and appreciation for my husband. For nearly 25 years since we first met, he has graced my life with his love, tenderness, and sincere caring heart. I, on the other hand, have realized how I have taken so much for granted, and needed to ask for his forgiveness. For years I have put my career first, exhausting myself with commuting and travel, leaving no energy for him and our time together. Yet, he persevered, waiting patiently for me to return to making him a priority in my life and showing respect, attention, adoration and appreciation.

This year has opened up several wonderful opportunities to be with family. Visiting my son, his wife and three children in Florida and again in the fall traveling to Canada and Glacier National Park. Living so far apart makes these rare occasions so precious. Having regular Sunday night dinners with my daughter, her husband and children has become one of the things I look to each week as we spend time together. Also visiting with two of my sisters, one in Austin and the other in Scottsdale was especially fun and cherished as we move into our 50s and 60s.

An important chapter in my life this year has been all of the new people I have come to know and love because of my new vocation. By re-launching my business and doing what I love most, I have met, coached, mentored with men and women that have added tremendous value and purpose to my life. Even though I have only known some of them less than a year, the relationships we have formed feel like I have known them for a lifetime… and they are family.

I am proud and grateful to be an American, living in a country that allows freedom to worship, the opportunity to live your purpose, and a government that supports it. I pray for and feel so indebted to those who serve our country, and thankful for each of them for their sacrifice.

I hope for you, as you reflect over your year, you too have much to be grateful for. In fact just recently through a recommendation from Leeia, one of the lovely ladies in my mentor groups, I too have started keeping a daily gratitude journal. It’s very powerful and has a tremendous affect on your attitude!

Finally, thank you for being you, and for taking the time to check in with me and just to be here reading this. I pray the blessings of God for you and your loved ones and that you enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” KJV