Christ's Glory, Not Mine

by science fiction author Andrea J. Graham

Adam: Counting my blessings.

Gentle reader,

I wanted to share my husband’s thanksgiving thoughts with you:

The following was read on my on my podcast:

Yesterday at work, I began to think about my blessings and realized how much I truly have to be thankful for. So let’s begin.

I’m thankful for a God who gives Grace to me as I seek to follow him day by day. Many times I fail, but he lifts me up. He is gracious and forgiving. He feeds me through His Word and grants me inspiration. He is the giver of all good things and the one to whom thanks ought to be given.

I’m thankful for health. Other than needing more Omega 3’s in my diet and sleep apnea, I’m a fairly healthy guy with no major discomfort.

I’m thankful for my wife. She’s incredibly patient, understanding, and forgiving. She helps me in so many ways. She edits my blog and is there for every podcast. We have our moments like anybody else, but I wouldn’t trade her for anyone in the World.

I’m incredibly blessed to live in the United States of America. America is a land where freedom is possible. I can speak my mind and can expose the corruption and incompetence of officeholders without fearing for my life. Nor do I face long show trials for hate crimes for expressing my opposition to homosexual marriage, as would happen in other countries around the World. I’m still able to worship freely which itself is a miracle in a world where Christians are persecuted from one end of the globe to the other.

I’m thankful for men and women who volunteer to fight and die to protect our nation’s freedom, and sacrifice precious time with their family to do it.

I’m thankful for living in a land of economic opportunity. There’s an old joke that one man in a truly impoverished country told another, “I want to go to America where the poor people are fat and have cable TV.” Despite our government’s intrusiveness, incompetence, and foolish decisions, I’m thankful for those who keep the dream of economic prosperity alive .

I’m thankful for being homeschooled, as it’s really allowed me to chance to be myself and study areas of interest. It’s taught me personal responsibility and given me the ability to manage myself and work independently.

I’m thankful to be an Alumni of Flathead Valley Community College. While there were some poor instructors there, I was honored to sit in the classrooms of Blake Smith, Brian Bechtold, and Marita Combs, and am glad for the experience.

I’m thankful to have a great employer. While they’re not perfect, they do a good job of taking care of their employees.

I’m thankful for my house, a nice little place with affordable payments and low maintenance costs. I’m thankful for my car, which is perhaps the most dependable vehicle I’ve ever owned even though it’s a little old.

I’m thankful for our police, fire fighters and first responders. We’ve read a couple stories in recent days about bad cops, but I’m thankful that the vast majority of them are concerned about protecting us and put their lives on the line frequently in order to do it.

I’m thankful for friends and allies. People like Bryan Fischer, Brandi Swindell, Bill Sali, and other folks whose first names don’t even start with “B” provide me a great deal of hope and encouragement. They fight the good fight despite attacks, and their courage feeds my own.

I’m thankful for a pastoral staff at my church that tries their best to do what’s right for their people.

I’m thankful for the Blogosphere. Despite, it’s downsides, it’s not only given me a voice, but provided me with opportunities to find enlightening folks who express themselves well, even if I don’t always agree with them.

I know my mother and younger brother will read this, and I shouldn’t fail to mention them. Hello Mom and Josh. Okay, seriously I’m thankful for you guys, too.

I’m thankful for the folks at Comedy Sportz Idaho. It takes guts to start an experimental business on a shoestring budget, but they’ve done it. Their goal is to bring clean comedy to Idaho and they do a great job at it. I can always count on them to lift my spirits on Saturday night with some guilt-free laughs.

I’m thankful for those who’ve helped bring the world closer together. Without inventors of airplanes, computers, trains, and automobiles, the advantages of modern living wouldn’t exist.

I’m thankful for little modern conveniences: DVD Players, MP3 players, computers, e-mail, and all those little things we never really say thanks for, but sure complain a whole lot about if they stop working.

I’m also thankful for the tech-free world. I’m thankful for country roads and nature parks. For simple pleasures you don’t have to plug anything in for: like playing disc golf or throwing a football around.

I’m thankful for the other things that I can’t even think of, because I take them for granted. Email me if you’re one of those things, so I can be thankful for you too.

And my prayer is that I can carry the Spirit of Thanksgiving on throughout this year and every year.

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In Christ’s Blessings,

Andrea Graham