Today I celebrate 39 years of waking up. Wow! So here are 39 things I am thankful for, in no certain order:

  1. that Jesus came into my heart at 4
  2. that Jesus has never left
  3. my parents’ 40-year marriage
  4. haven’t been in the hospital with my lungs for over 2 years
  5. for David and Lisa Hughes – friends & rescuers
  6. Church by the Glades
  7. that Raul chose me, when he could have chosen easier, better, simpler.
  8. DJ
  9. Andy
  10. Otis
  11. my Christian counseling team of 13 years: Betty and Dr. Faulk
  12. YouVersion
  13. social media & the freedom to express joy & faith on it
  14. 5 years of blogging
  15. liberties and freedoms as an American
  16. hibiscus, bougainvilleas, magnolias, azaleas & palm trees
  17. laughter
  18. comebacks from depression
  19. ice-cream and chocolate and coconut cream pie
  20. the opportunity to serve every weekend
  21. a college degree from Judson University
  22. my fantastic boss, Fred Uhl
  23. running water, a roof over my head, electricity
  24. my 3 brothers: Jason, Jamie, Chris
  25. Calvary House at Calvary Chapel for saving my brother
  26. eyes that see, ears that hear, a mouth that speaks, legs that walk
  27. friends who stick closer than brothers (you know who you are)
  28. sunrises – daily reminders that we will always rise too
  29. Keurig K-cups of coffee
  30. my grandpa who believed in me at 8 years old to keep writing
  31. sweet ole’ Chicago!
  32. God’s grace getting me into Heaven
  33. God’s mercy saving me from Hell
  34. my daily USA Today
  35. my iPhone
  36. Nordstrom Rack, Sephora, Zappo’s
  37. worshiping God from the amen-row
  38. Leading and Loving It
  39.  Raul. He is deserving of double-mention.


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