Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!   For many people thanksgiving is about turkey, sweet yams, cranberry, stuffing, gatherings and vacation trips.  But for me it is that time of the year to recount all my blessings irregardless of how my year has been.

First and foremost, I thank the good Lord for His love that saved me from my sins guaranteeing me eternal life w/Him through His son Jesus.  For all the blessings of family and friends, successes and failures that has caused me to learn and grow, the challenges that built my endurance and strength stretching me to points where I thought I could no longer take it.

The peace, faith and confidence in my heart despite of all the unknowns, pains and uncertainties because of God’s known love for me and good plans that He has for me and His promise that all things will work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.

For all the things that I didn’t have or failed to have because God knows what could have gotten me off the course He had intended for me.  For all the things that He spared me from.  For all the new things happening in my life now that I’m here in the Philippines, the new opportunities to grow, to enjoy and treasure.  The new people to know, share with and enjoy and the old friends to love, serve and treasure.  For the air I breathe, the eyes to see, the mouth to speak and eat, the nose to smell, the ears to hear, the hands to touch, hug and hold, the feet to walk and take you to places you love and adore.

Each day we wake up to is a grace from God.  An opportunity to correct our wrongs, step out in faith to discover things in you  that you haven’t known.  A chance to discover,use and enhance all the gifting’s and talents that God has given you to bless others.  And the list goes on and on that a day of thanksgiving is not even enough to write down all the that we could be thankful for.

Discontentment in life comes when our focus shifts on the things we have to what we don’t have.  Let us not allow our unfulfilled desires to make us forget God’s gifts of life, food, health, work, friends and loved ones.  We don’t need to have more to be thankful, we just need to be more thankful.  In saying that, I say thank you for being in my life . . . as family or like family, as a friend.  Thank you for the love and support and all the times shared.  They will always be my priceless possession that will be treasured in my heart and mind until my last breath.

So I hope and pray as we gather around the table this Thanksgiving, may we all take the time to express our thanks to the Lord and one another whether through prayers, hugs, kisses, serving, gifts or even verbalizing specifically what you are grateful for.  Let us not only practice it once a year but let it be a lifestyle of having the attitude of gratitude.

Love you all!

Jojo Jose

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