I tend to take things for granted. Things that the Lord has blessed me with, and that I should be grateful for each day.

Recently I asked myself, what are you thankful for since you are widowed and live by yourself?

These are some things that I came up with.

  1. My schedule frees me to eat when I want, and go to bed and get up when I need to.
  2. If I don’t have a morning appointment, I can spend as much time in my Bible as I want.
  3. I can visit other widows and encourage them, or help them with a project.
  4. When convenient, I can travel to conferences.
  5. My meals are still usually the same amount, but I freeze more things so I can have something to warm up when I’m in a hurry.
  6. Missionaries can use my guest room.
  7. My furniture can be arranged as it pleases me.
  8. I am debt-free.
  9. My health allows me to attend church.
  10. I am thankful for my house and my car.
  11. My Mom was a Christian who took my brother and me to church and didn’t just send us. Later, as a result of her steadfastness, my Dad got saved.
  12. I am thankful for my widowed friends and the projects, trips, and fun times we’ve enjoyed together.

Even when things don’t go as I expect or wish they would, I want to have a thankful heart, especially at this season.

Psalm 100:4 reminds me, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”