Christmas is the season of gift-giving and especially, a season of thanksgiving.
In the midst of the hustle and bustle of this season, let us pause and contemplate on the blessings the Lord has showered upon us.
I have a lot to be thankful for.
I am thankful for the blessing of good health. Since I arrived here in the U.S., I have not experienced major health problems. In spite of the inclement weather, I managed to avoid getting sick.
I am thankful that the Lord has been watching over my family back home. I am always worried about Nanay's unstable health but the Lord has sustained her through the years. She just celebrated her 76th birthday (December 21) and our church family honored her with a birthday party. I am glad that even in my absence, she was able to have a "happy birthday". She's been through a lot and I want her to be happy, and not worry about me.
I am also thankful for my son, Nathan. He's always been a good boy since day one (he is now 14) and even as a teenager, we never had any discipline problems with him. I miss him so much and I hope we will be together soon.
I am thankful that I have a husband who loves me. Marriage between two persons with differing beliefs and lifestyle is a challenge and even more difficult when they both have strong personalities. However, no problem is so great when brought before the throne of God. Our love for each other has enabled us to see through all our differences; but I believe that it is the Lord working in us that has kept our relationship going.
I am thankful for the time that I get to spend with my husband. Our time with each other is very precious. I am happy that we now have plenty of opportunities for activities together.
I am thankful that my husband is growing spiritually. No, we do not belong to the same faith, but I am very happy that he's actively attending his church again. Having Christ in one's life makes a big difference.
I am thankful for my friends - old and new. My old friends are thousands of miles away but they've always been supportive of me through their prayers and advises. I am also thankful for my new friends. It pays to have friends who have God in their lives. They make a positive influence.
I am thankful for the educational opportunity that I continue to enjoy. My husband has been very supportive of my education and I've made him very happy by doing well in class.
Most of all, I am thankful that I have the Lord in my life. Of all the blessings that anyone could ever have, having Christ in one's life is the greatest blessing of all.
Happiness is the realization of God in the heart.
Happiness is the result of praise and thanksgiving,
of faith, of acceptance;
a quiet tranquil realization of the love of God.