An extra chair has been pulled up to our dinner table, because it is often frequented by a friend of Kota's. This boy has been missing in action from the youth group of our church for years. Hasn't come on a Sunday for a long time (years). They met up at Kota's new school rekindled the friendship and now he often stays over. He has joined our seminary group and has been coming to church. I am thankful Heavenly Father loves that boy and my son enough to allow this friendship to happen.
In this tough school year there are so many things to complain and worry about, that often I have to make myself find something good about what I am doing. An item presented itself to me the other day, on a particularly hard week...A student, who is one of my bright shining stars, brought me a picture she drew to hang on the board where I hang their work. It was a picture of a little seed who was being watered and growing into a beautiful flower. The art in itself was incredible for her age of 12. Then I caught the message: thank you for helping me to grow Mrs. Crawford. I am thankful for a loving Heavenly Father who prompted this little girl to let me know that my efforts are worthwhile. Even though what is in my face daily is tough and negative, there are positive things going on in the room.
So in this season of thankfulness, I am starting early, shutting out the preseasonal other stuff, and just being thankful for what is good in my life. The thanking has begun!