vRljB45459400sToday I celebrate 40 years of waking up. Wow! So here are 40 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’ 41-year marriage
  4. healthy lungs for 3 years
  5. for David and Lisa Hughes  – friends & rescuers
  6. Church by the Glades
  7. that Raul chose me, when he could have chosen better
  8. DJ
  9. Andy
  10. Otis
  11. my Christian counseling team of 14 years
  12. YouVersion
  13. the freedom to express on Social Media
  14. 6 years of blogging
  15. American freedom
  16. hibiscus, bougainvilleas, magnolias, azaleas & palm trees
  17. laughter
  18. depression comebacks
  19. pumpkin ice-cream and coconut cream pie
  20. the opportunity to serve every weekend
  21. a college degree from Judson University
  22. my fantastic leader and dog-n-pony partner, Fred Uhl
  23. running water, a roof over my head, electricity
  24. my 3 brothers: Jason, Jamie, Chris
  25. Calvary House at Calvary Chapel
  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 can rise too
  29. Keurig K-cups
  30. my grandpa who believed in my writing at 8 years old
  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.
  40. that a setback during a comeback is our chance to prove we can fight back.
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