Thursday, October 30, 2008

THANKFUL

Today I feel especially thankful. I have good many blessings in my life and often I am amazed at the Lord’s show of love. Today is one of those days.

I am thankful for a good husband. For a man who loves the Lord and loves his family. I am thankful for his gentle prodding to help me be a better person and his unconditional love for when I am not. I am thankful for his steady nature and calming personality. I am thankful he honors the covenants we made together and those he made personally with the Lord.

I am thankful for the Priesthood. To have the power of God on the earth today is truly a miracle. In a world where evil overshadows good and religion is often a taboo, the Holy Priesthood gives a divine stability to this crazy place. I am grateful that Heavenly Father has seen fit to trust honorable men with that power. I am thankful for its influence on my life. When I receive a blessing, by the power of the priesthood, I believe it. I know the Lord has spoken. I am so grateful for that.

I am thankful for my children. Thankful that they are still young enough to want me to go on fieldtrips with them. Concerned enough to “check in on me”. Happy enough to want to play. I am thankful for the sleepy eyes at bedtime. The warm hugs in the morning. I am thankful for their giggles, their smiles and even their tears. I am thankful I have 5 reminders of why I need to get up every morning and be the best I can be. Even when it is hard.

I am grateful for friends and family that create a strong support group. Even though pride may often get in the way of me calling on any one of these wonderful people, knowing that they are there gives me strength. I am grateful for the thoughts and prayers my friends have sent my way. I am grateful for the not one, but TWO meals my dear friend brought over to my home (in spite of my objections) I am grateful for the feeling of unity I feel with those in my neighborhood. For their example, for their goodness. I am thankful for their smiles, waves and kind words. It lifts me up and makes me want to be a better person. I am grateful for these great people the Lord has put in my life!

I am grateful for modern medicine. I know it isn’t an exact science. I know bad things happen and sometimes it can’t help. But for me, today, it did. I am thankful that, in spite of its Dr. Frankenstein description, my procedure I had today was not as bad as I thought. I am thankful my doctor gave me a little extra sedation. I am thankful I didn’t see the needle they had to use today. I am thankful for the kind nurse who noticed I was a little nervous and took time to explain it wasn’t so bad. Thankful my husband could stay home so I could rest. I am thankful that, even though I am sore from the procedure, my regular pain (on the side they worked on today) is practically gone.

Whether I am having an epidural, a couple Percocet, or like today, Nerve Ablation, I always get a little emotional when the pain dissipates. But, I truly am thankful today. Thankful that I have three down and only one more to go!

4 comments:

Erin said...

That was a really nice thankful post! It is nice to meet you.

Erin said...

Glad to hear you are feeling a bit better...

Michelle said...

Hi Kathy-- Thanks for your sweet comment over at Segullah. I have 5 boys and then a princess so we have a lot in common! xoxo, m

Sharla said...

Thank you Kathy, for helping me remember what really matters, and for your example and courage. I'm glad you're having a better day.