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A Time of Thanks

This time of year is always a little stressful with family dinners, holiday shopping, and traveling from Grandma's to Uncle Frank's and on to Aunt Sue's. We feel the rush of trying to get so many things done that we sometimes forget what the season is really all about.

It's a time to give thanks. A time to remember how thankful we should be for all the things we have and for all the blessing's we have received throughout the year.

Life move's quickly and so does the time we spend with our family and friends. The hustle and bustle of daily chores, work, and the ever present responsibilities of taking care of those around us. Giving thanks may not always be first and foremost in our minds.

Each day is a blessing to all of us. Each gift of love we receive, each spark of laughter, each hug, and each and every smile that comes our way. Today we really should give thanks.

Today and every day letís give thanks for what we have, for what we have received and for all the blessings that we will receive in the future. Those blessings will make a difference for our future and the future of our children and their children.

The little things matter even when we think they donít and those little things mean more to some of us than others will ever know. Like taking the time to say thank you for helping someone mow their lawn, or thank you for sharing your dinner with a stranger, thank you for giving someone your coat when you know they donít have one.

I would like to share with you just a few of the things I am thankful for:

I am thankful for you and for having the opportunity to be here at BellaOnline to share in the knowledge and gifts of so many people from all over the world. I am thankful for my family, my husband of sixteen years, my daughters and my son, my grandchildren. I am thankful for the many gifts that God has given me, all those I just mentioned especially. I am thankful for the gift of gab. God gave me the ability to talk and to write even when my mind is sometimes so burdened that I feel that I canít keep my thoughts straight. He gave me the ability to help others when they are lost and searching for hope. I am forever thankful that God gave me the strength to love those who hurt me and to help me see that they were lost themselves and needed guidance.

I am thankful for this day, for the food that has been given to me and for the comfort of a warm bed. I am thankful for Godís love, grace and everlasting compassion as he watches over the world tonight and every night and now I hope you will in turn think about all the things you are thankful for.

Give thanks and remember, it is by grace that we are all truly blessed.

Happy Holidays

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