As we enter Thanksgiving Week, I wanted to share a few things I am thankful for. Of course, this list could be much longer, but in this season and time of my life, these were my top 3. Sometimes we get caught up in the “Thanksgiving Holiday” itself rather than taking the opportunity to think about what this holiday means. This Thanksgiving, I want to challenge you and myself to be intentional.  

Let me first say that I am thankful for my health. For those that don’t know, I had back surgery 9 weeks ago due to severe back pain because of three disk herniations and sever spasms. Fast forward to 9 weeks later, and I am still in the long recovery process, but it’s been going well. I’m not a patient person. Those close to me know that. So going through this process, specially the first few weeks, were not easy. Thankfully the surgery was successful. God continues to get me through this process and I am so grateful for that. A little while before the surgery, God spoke a word of healing over my body and I immediately held on to that word. God can certainly heal in different ways. He can miraculously make the pain/disease disappear right away. He can also use doctors and surgeons to bring about His healing. Although I am still sore from surgery, I can already feel the difference everyday. I’ve been able to lose 25 pounds so far and it feels great. I want to be able to live a healthier lifestyle for the rest of my life. That’s why I thank God for my health. 

Second, I am extremely and infinitely thankful and grateful for my family because they’ve all been supportive throughout this process, but I want to shout out my wife and my mom. For the first two weeks, I could barely move around. I had a walker. So doing the daily things were impossible, so my wife and my mom would help me as they took turns. They have sacrificed so much to be there for me.

Lastly, I’m thankful that God has given me more time to really focus on him. God never makes mistakes. With all the free time that I’ve had, I’ve learn give God more time. I was not going to let my circumstances defeat me. I’ve really chosen to disconnect myself a little bit, and give more time to God by taking time to worship, study His word and really mediate and listen to His voice. It’s strengthen my faith and it continues to bring me closer to God. Sometimes we get caught up in stupidity and worry and complain about the little things. I’ve learned to trust God and let Him fight my battles.

As we get closer to Thanksgiving Day, let’s be intentional. Take time and reflect about the things you are really thankful for.

Now that you have read what I’m thankful for, I want to challenge you to share something you are thankful for with your family while partaking in dinner. You can jump right in and go around the table sharing, or you can make a fun activity out of it! At our house, we put different topics regarding life on paper and put them in a jar. Each person at the dinner table will pull out a paper and share what they are grateful for. 

What are YOU thankful for?

Kevin Gonzalez