On this Eve of Thanksgiving 08, I’m sitting at my desk, listening to new Christmas music. The station is pretty much empty – only a few of us here – and I’m absolutely loving it!
It’s nice to have these times to reflect and think about what I’m most thankful for. Of course there’s always the top 3 that everyone says . . . God, Family, Friends. But there are definitely other things of which I am extremely thankful.
Music. I simply can’t imagine life without music. Music transcends words and speaks right to your soul. It says the things that words alone cannot.
Coffee. One of life’s greatest pleasures. And definitely one of mine! Please, Jesus, let there be a Starbucks in Heaven. That would be . . . . well, heavenly!
Pillows. And I have 3 verwwwwy special pillows!
My Pillow: I have a Tempurpedic (sp?) pillow that my youngest daughter Abbey bought me 2 years ago for my birthday. It’s the greatest pillow ever. And the fact that it came from her makes it all the more special. Me don’t like feather pillows. No, no!
My Lucy Pillow: It’s a heart shaped “I Love Lucy” pillow that Pete gave me last summer. It brightens up my office.
My Body Pillow: I started using a body pillow when I was pregnant with Abbey, and after she was born, I couldn’t part with it. I’m on Mr. Body Pillow III, but Mr. Body Pillow IV may be in my near future.
Pedicures: Is there really anything better?
The Beach: OK, maybe there really is something better than pedicures!
Sunsets: Nothing like a Florida sunset! And I have a chance to see them everyday! God, help me to be intentional about seeing more of them next year.
My partners, Dave & Bill. We tease each other so much on the morning show, but I truly love them with all of my heart. They really are my brothers. We fight like it sometimes, too! (If there were only a way to transmit when the mics were off. Now that would be some interesting radio!) Seriously, I could not ask for 2 better men of God to serve alongside each and everyday. It is a joy.
Twitter: It’s something that I can actually keep up with. That makes me feel successful at something. I like that.
Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest: Don’t you just love the Living Word of God? It’s alive yesterday, today and forever! It’s almost scary how I can read my daily devotion and it ABSOLUTELY applies to what I’m experiencing that day! That’s the Word of God, folks!
Football: I know they say baseball is America’s pastime. I beg to differ. It’s definitely football!
My JOY FM Family: They’re the best, and I wouldn’t trade them for all the tea in Boston or China – or whatever that saying is. They work tirelessly and love our listeners and carry their burdens for them more than you can know. They pray without ceasing, and work with a joy in their hearts as unto the Lord.
My Nashville Peeps: I’ve been in radio for a long time. And I’ve never loved a group of people that I see only a few times a year more than I do these folks. You know who you are! And if you’re reading this . . . yes, it’s YOU!
My Friends: I have the bestest friends. I do wish that I could make time slow down, so I could spend adequate time with each of them. They love me in spite of my schedule. I do long for the day that the conversations don’t start with, “I know you’re busy, but . . . ” I hate that! God, help me give them the time that I want and that they deserve!
My Family: My Mom & Will (mainly b/c he can fix the things that Pete can’t! Ha!), My Aunt B & Uncle D (and here y’all think that everyone in Alabama has 2 names!) Ashley & Andrea. My aunts, uncles & cousins that I don’t get to see nearly often enough, but think about everyday. My dad, Ken, who couldn’t fight his disease here on Earth, but now has complete victory in Heaven. And Jerry, my step-dad who was a significant part of my teenage years and up til I had Haley. He couldn’t fight his disease either (cancer) But he’s healthy and whole in Heaven now too! And my grandparents, who are now all home with Jesus, my dad & Jerry. I miss them so much and wish I had had time to enjoy them as an adult. What I wouldn’t give to run Maw-Maw Brown to “Wal-Marts” or pour Pa-Pa Brown a glass of buttermilk. (that I thought was so gross as a kid). Or to take Me-Maw & Pa-Pa Jack to the Western Sizzlin on Quintard after church on Sunday. They went home way too early. But I do know that I have an eternity. They left lasting fingerprints on who I am, and for that I am grateful.
Haley & Abbey: I thank God for my girls! They’re the most big-hearted, funny, yet-completely different, precious girls I know. Yes, I know I’m their mom and I’m suppose to say these things. But it’s true. They love with all they are, even risking their own tender hearts. They’re definitely not without fault. But they’re mine.
And Pete! The man is a saint! I’m telling you his wings are waiting in Heaven. Come on, he’s married to me! I am thankful for my “Steady Eddie”. He keeps me balanced and takes care of the things that this “creative, all-over-the-map, has- always-got-something-going” Lucy doesn’t have a clue about. And most times, doesn’t care to. He’s lived through every “I’ve gotta lose weight” to the “but it was on sale” times. And all the ones in between. He loves his family and takes great care of all his girls. I am abundantly blessed.
God: Father, you saved me so many years ago, and have continued saving me from myself ever since. There are 2 types of pits that exist. The ones that you just end up in and the ones that you dive head first into. I have found myself in both. And if the truth be told, more the latter than the former. God, I am thankful today that YOU rescued me from both. As Beth Moore says, “If I breathe in deep enough, I can still smell the smoke”. God, that is where I am and where I want to be. By only your grace did You rescue me, sat my feet on solid ground, and put a new song in my mouth. I’m resting on the banks of that pit. Definitely out of it. But still close enough to smell the smoke. If I stay right here, I can’t forget where I’ve been. But I can see with Your eyes where You are taking me. Resting and relying on You. That’s where I have to be.
So, I guess the top 3 are the top 3 for a reason. God, Family, Friends. That is what I am thankful for today. How ’bout you?