That’s Ten Things of Thankful, and after reading Lizzi’s TToT post, I regret every complaint I’ve spewed this past week. Lizzi endured an excruciating emergency surgery and yet she found MORE than ten things for which to be grateful. In that spirit, I am thankful for grace in its many forms.
#1. Grace to change. As I was driving home this week, tired but wanting to be grateful, I told myself I still have time to become a grateful person. I thought about a relative who ended up as bitter as an unripe persimmon. “I don’t want to be her when I grow up!” I thought, then realized I am grown up. I am grateful for the grace I’m given each day to make better choices.
#2. Grace by example. My dearest widower endured a week of illness while training folks out of town. Never complaining once. Asking me today if he could bring me a cup of tea. Oh my, I am grateful for his love and example.
#3. Grace in huge doses. Dear and precious friends who offer grace when I fall short. My psychologist widower says it’s my attachment disorder. Now that I’m grown up, I should be past that, should feel more, trust more. BUT I am grateful for the opportunities to practice and copy grace from others.
#4. Grace in forgiveness. This week I was weeding a family’s yard in order to restore their Bermuda grass lawn. And I accidentally sprayed Bermuda grass killer on a chunk of their lawn! They said, “No worries! What can we do to help?” Oh my.
#5. Grace in tough times. When I felt too sick to live up to a commitment today, a friend texted me, “No worries lady!! Take care of yourself!!” Oh my.
#6. Grace for my scheduling glitches. I did not show up to tutor because I got my dates mixed up. The mom told me not to worry and she meant it.
#7. Grace for teaching. Joy of joys, the kiddo from #6 was actually disappointed to miss a lesson! As hard as tutoring has been for him!
#8. More grace for teaching. Every school day, I walk into a room where a student shrieks with excitement at my arrival. How can I ever be grateful enough for such love? Such opportunity? Oh my.
#9. Grace for chocolate. DId you know I was once allergic to chocolate? Like eating-glass- allergic? And then I was healed?? This is not a small thing. I love chocolate.
#10. Grace for blogging. I have not been able to blog consistently in the past little while, yet faithful readers- and new ones- continue to encourage me. Thank you for reading!