#ThankfulThursday (Part 2)

26.  The smell of cold.
27.  Winter coat weather.
28.  The amazing meals my wife makes. (This week featuring 10-bean soup with honeybaked ham in it, and some incredible skillet-seared porkchops.)
29.  The Texans are less terrible than last year.
30.  My upcoming road trip with my lovely wife. Looking forward to some great time together.
31.  Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, which is helping us get out of debt.
32.  Good coffee, in my favorite Christmas mug.
33.  Sleep. It’s a gift and a reminder that we are not all-powerful and that’s a good thing.
34.  When we are falsely accused and attacked, we have a Defender who is a Just Judge. Amen.
35.  Reading the Scriptures with my wife after a meal. Always a great encouragement.
36.  Listening to my wife pray over me.
37.  The bus is warm this morning.
38.  I have good cold-weather gear. Warm gloves and hat, two coats.
39.  Snuggling up on the couch with my true love on a cold night, bowl of popcorn nearby, watching a movie.
40.  Feeling hopeful about the future.
41.  I heard from a few people this week how they are benefiting from the current series of Sunday School lessons. I’m very glad God is using our discussions to challenge and mature people in th wwe group.
42.  A friend volunteered to dog-sit while my wife and i are away. What a blessing to have generous friends.
43.   Peppermint mocha. (In moderation, of course, and only if it’s in the budget.)
44.   My back aches–because I have bad posture as I sit at my desk, in my climate controlled office. I work in comfort. This is a blessing.
45.  All the little frustrations that pop up in my daily life are overwhelmed and melt away in the light of God’s gracious love for me. I have to keep reminding myself of this. God loves me. It’s gonna be okay.
46.   The library. Dude, they let you read their books…for free. That’s CRAZY.
47.  My wife kindly tells me explicitly what she’d like for Christmas, rather than expecting me to just figure it out. I really appreciate that.
48.  My wife loves and appreciates books.
49.  Today’s Augustine’s birthday. I’m thankful for Augustine. Consider this my confession.
50.  I’m thankful for you, reader. Thanks for sticking around. I hope the blog is useful to you.

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