It's Never Too Early for Thanksgiving

Today, as I busied myself clearing out the scraps of bubble gum wrapper, paper scraps, and even an old lip gloss tube out of the depths of my purse, I came across the tattered pages of an old e-mail print out from my sister. She sent it to my other sister and me about 2 years ago and as I re-read each word on the page, I remembered why I kept it with me these past few years.

My sister has gone through her share of good and bad times. And yes, it's made her a bit stronger, but not stronger because she depends more on herself, but rather because she depends more now on her Papa God. And as I read this excerpt from her letter to my other sister and me, I couldn't help but think that this was more than fitting for the Thanksgiving season that's upon us.

"You won't believe how much money I don't have. I am in debt to my daughter's school and piano teacher. My car is nearing the end of its life and a monthly payment for a new car is not an option. 

I can go on and on about that but you know what? God is good. Beyond good. I look at everything I have now and remember where I was several years ago. Several years ago I was on cash aid and food stamps. There was barely anything in the fridge when I first gave birth to my daughter. Somehow, the Lord provided for me during that time. You guys, Mom and Dad, some of my daughter's other relatives - they'd all come by with food. Just enough to last a day or 2. I barely had enough money to keep the lights on. My daughter and I would sleep a majority of the time by ourselves. But we weren't really by ourselves because God was there.

Today, I look at this apartment that gets really hot in the summer and freezing in the winter and praise Him. Every time I fill the fridge up with food I bought with the money I earned, I praise God. Every other Friday, I write up checks that need to be mailed out to pay for bills, I praise God that I have money to pay for those things. I have money to pay for things we need with some left over to do/buy things we want. I praise God. 

God is good. Look at EVERYTHING good in your life now and praise God. Look at all the bad stuff you got through and the bad stuff you might be going through now and praise God. God deserves a high 5 for being all that and a bag of chips. 

I love you both and am very blessed to have shared the same womb with you two."

Happy Thursday!