I love November, the month of thankfulness. Every day of the year I am thankful for everything in my life but November is always the perfect month to express it. Instead of the world’s news and current events, I’m going to share what I’m thankful for this month.. you could do the same!
Today and every day I’m thankful for my grandparents. Watching my granddad battle fierce stage four lung cancer for the past eight months has been an every day struggle.
It is hard. It is exhausting. It is depressing.
But boy, the laughs we’ve had, the kisses he gives, the winks, the hand shakes, the prayers, the quiet moments, the jokes, the moments we’ve been able to share our deepest, most heart felt feelings.. those are the moments that make every hard second worth it.
My granddad is the only granddad I’ve had since I was six years old, and the dad figure in my life since I was eleven. He has been the example of how to love, how to react, how to walk with Christ, how to observe, how to study, how to teach, how to take a deep breath. He is the most patient, most understanding, and one of the wisest men I know.
One night a few months back my granddad was really near the end, I was snuggled up in his bed with him and we were circled around him holding hands. He asked if he could have everyone’s attention and he began to lead the sinner’s prayer, asking if anyone had not accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord to do so now. Even though he thought we were on a bus, with a large group of people.. that still small moment in time was my true granddad. The one I haven’t seen or heard in 8 months. He was leading others closer to Jesus. That was his goal and drive in life. And I will live it on.
My granddad will never be who he was on this earth again. But one day we’ll all be in Heaven, worshipping together the King of Kings. Oh I can’t wait for that day.
My grandmother is often quoted as “the cutest grandmother ever!” She’s sassy, honest, fun and strong. If there’s one thing she has taught me in these last eight months, it’s the meaning of unconditional love. I have watched her in the hard times, the sweet times, the frustrating times and the happy time all with a smile on her face. Her laugh is completely contagious. She can make you laugh when you want to cry, make you hug when you want to throw a punch, make you take a deep breath when you want to scream.
She was diagnosed with cancer when I was in high school and those times of sitting on her bed, reading the Bible with her, not knowing what the future held shaped my walk with Christ and had a major role in what kept me going and pushed me on in life. She’s quick to tell you if you’re in the wrong, but she’s quick to build you up when you’re in the right ; ) She’s one of a kind and she’s all mine!
My grandparents have taught me true love, true patience and true marriage all built on Christ.
Thank you Jesus for my incredible grandparents! You placed them in my life purposefully.