We are truly blessed in our country. Lately I have been more and more convicted about what life is like for my brothers and sisters around the world. I was blessed to be born to the family I was born in, and to have these blessings around me. This Thanksgiving I want to appreciate the things that really matter. And more importantly, I want my kids to learn what really matters. The following is catching up on some more things I’m thankful for, in no particular order..

15: thankful for a roof over my head.
Many people around the world, and in our own backyard, are homeless. I’m so grateful for a home to live in and raise my children. A safe place where they know they are loved and protected. It saddens me that people live in cardboard boxes with dirt floors in some places. Closer to home, some people might even live in their cars these days. God calls us to help the poor and widowed… I’m so burdened by this.

16: thankful for shoes on my feet.
It’s as simple as that. Some people don’t have shoes. I’ve seen photos of people who tie plastic bottles to the bottoms of their feet as shoes in some places. Ive also seen photos of kids wearing shoes with their toes sticking out of them because they are too small. There are organizations that donate shoes around the world. Such a great cause.

17: thankful for warm clothes when it’s cold.
I cannot even begin to imagine how frustrating it must feel to be cold because you don’t have warm clothing. As a mother, I couldn’t stand seeing my children cold. Pray for the many mothers and children that are cold. There are organizations that help with getting coats and blankets to those who need them, too.

18: thankful for clean drinking water.

One of the years that Ian went to Guatemala, his team installed a water purification system. Everyone deserves to have clean drinking water. However, it is not always available. I’m thankful for water.

19: thankful for medicine and my access to it.
Gosh. Where would my family be without medicine right now? Ian wouldn’t be here.. That’s for sure. Kids in poor countries don’t get proper immunizations or medicines for simple illnesses. I am grateful to have the ability to see a doctor when my kids are sick… Grateful that I can swing by the drive thru pharmacy 15 minutes later to pick up medicine, and that for the most part, it is reasonably inexpensive. Many around the world don’t have that.

20: thankful for food to eat.
My fridge has food in it. The grocery store is down the street and I have money to buy food. It breaks my heart that people in this world don’t. Can you imagine going to bed hungry? Can you fathom seeing your children hungry and not being able to do anything about it? I really struggle with this. Why do I have more than others? Why me and not them? God has put me in a place where I can help others.

Let’s be grateful for what we have. Let’s find a need and fill it. Let’s teach our kids what really matters.

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