Kris Mares

Just a woman trying to love Jesus and others a little bit more…

My 2010 Top Ten November 17, 2010

If you remember this post, during the month of November, I am sharing one thing each day that I am thankful for (via Facebook).  Today, you are lucky.  Instead of sharing just one thing, I am sharing ten things I am thankful for.  Well, not things exactly, but people instead.  Please know that these people are not in any particular order (so don’t get excited or hurt for your order on the list).  Also, I am obviously thankful for Jesus Christ, but am choosing to exclude him from this list.  I am focusing on people who are alive and kickin’ and have had a great impact on my life during 2010 in particular (whether they know it or not).  So, here it goes…

Racer – Even though I’ve been hormonal and emotional for most of the last year (well, really 5 1/2 years?), I know that I could not do what I do without you.  We have grown together.

Blue – I have learned soooo much about being a better mother.  It’s been hard, but worth it.

Big K – A best friend that I didn’t expect to have.  Your listening ears, understanding mom perspective and your prayers have been my saving grace many a days.

Brother P – I have learned and grown because of your mentorship.  Truly a faith father to me.

Penny – An immediate connection that helped me feel welcomed and at home.  Something I definitely needed at that moment.

Coach and Mrs. Coach – Your strength, integrity and wisdom I admire and want to have more of.  Faith during fire that refines.

Prairie Mom – My unexpected friend.

AP – Surprise decisions, understanding and “freedom” for my family.  I am forever grateful for the gift I continue to have because of you.

RoRo – Never afraid to clean my coffee cups… or listen… or laugh.

Nursery Gals – I couldn’t have done what I did without trusting in those that take care of my kids.  My kids were loved like your family.

There are so many others in my life that I am thankful for – especially over this last year, Teacher C (both of you), the “Old Men of the Church,” the Landlord, CR Team, Mom and Dad, Racer’s Mom.  All of you are important.

When I think about the lessons I have learned and the ways that I have grown this year, some people stick out as having helped me get there.  You may or may not realize it, but you have impacted me.

We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters,and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.  Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.  (2 Thessalonians 1:3-4, NIV)

 

November Thankfulness November 3, 2010

November is a time when so many people really think about being thankful.  Thankful for what they have, thankful for family, thankful for friends, thankful for health.  I’ve heard of families who put up a “thankful tree” each year where everyday, the family members decorate a leaf with what they are thankful for and by the time the end of the month rolls around, there is a beautiful, full tree to reflect upon.  What a beautiful idea!

This year, I have so much to be thankful for.  Being thankful is really a state of being though isn’t it?  It’s a constant state of being in praise for who God is and what he is doing.  It can be, however, hard to live in thankfulness when life seems to be crumbling around you.

For almost 3 years, I was a single mom.  During that time, I learned to be grateful for the ability to pay bills.  I paid off my car, refinanced to own my own home, paid off a debt to my parents and continued to keep on the utilities, take care of my child and have some fun too!  Childcare was provided by Professor’s grandmother, so I always knew that he was well taken care of (and it was free!).  I was – and still am – thankful for the love of  my parents and close friends who got me through that time.  I learned during that time, how grateful to be able – especially as a woman – to have a job that provided for me well, how moving toward tithing builds trust, and that I should never dread paying bills because I CAN pay them.

During this season of my life, when uncertainty is in the air, I am constantly in awe of God’s provision for my family.  I am thankful for kindness of others, prayer warriors, church family and so many, many things.  I am thankful for family that loves and supports.  I’m thankful for healthy kids.  I’m thankful for Racer’s work and me being able to stay home.  I’m thankful for a marriage that, while not perfect, is become so much more than I thought. 

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.”  1 Chronicles 16:34

Above all, I’m thankful for a God that love me, teaches me, is patient with me and saves me – even though I deserve none of it.  Gratitude is not something that comes easy though.  So many times, I have lamented like many “Why me God?”  My response now is “How am I to grow from this God?”  Life’s uncertainties and struggles, teach us, shape us, refine us into a pure silver so that we can reflect the Light of Christ.  Being thankful for ALL that comes into our lives is a part of that process.  Gratitude must be learned.

I’ve heard of people, who each day this month, are posting on Facebook, Twitter, blogs or other media means, one thing each day that they are thankful for.  Will you join me in this endeavor?  Together, no matter what our circumstances, let us learn to be more thankful.

Start here.

Start today.

What are you thankful for?

 

 
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