Hi. My name is Suze. I am grateful first and foremost for being created by Almighty God to love and serve Him. I am grateful for the friend I have in Jesus. I am grateful for the guidance, solace, and joy of the Holy Spirit in me. I am grateful for my children. They are young (teenagers) and have turned aside from God in pursuit of the things of the world – but I have no fear. I consecrated them to God in their infancy in the deepest knowing within me that we do not choose Him but He ch...

Hi. My name is Suze. I am grateful first and foremost for being created by Almighty God to love and serve Him. I am grateful for the friend I have in Jesus. I am grateful for the guidance, solace, and joy of the Holy Spirit in me. I am grateful for my children. They are young (teenagers) and have turned aside from God in pursuit of the things of the world – but I have no fear. I consecrated them to God in their infancy in the deepest knowing within me that we do not choose Him but He chooses us (John 15:16). They cannot wander far enough away that He cannot find them like lost sheep and bring them back. For that I am grateful beyond my frail human capacity. I am grateful for the adversity and hardship I have experienced in my life. It has softened and humbled me – it has given me a heart for the poor, the lost, the broken-hearted, the marginalised, the forgotten and the invisible. I have been all of those things at one time in my life. I am grateful for my life – a life on the land. It is hard. It is tiring. It is punishing. And I am grateful for it. I am grateful for the love of family and friends – I live far from them all now and missing them serves to remind me of my gratitude for their love and support. I am grateful for the man in my life. Ours is a fierce and fearsome love that someone scorches us, sometimes soothes. There is purpose to be found in love. I am grateful for my dog – he is old and disabled and requires constant care. He give love unconditionally and his condition reminds me of the importance of caring for those that can’t care for themselves so that they might never be at the mercy of injustice, callousness and commodification. Life should never be valued on the basis of usefulness – life is sacred. He reminds me of that. I am grateful for my cat. Without me he wouldn’t have a home and his gentle ways soothe something deep inside me that only his gentle ways can. He has given me much more than I could ever give him. I am grateful for the trusting and quiet companionship of my pets. I am grateful for my health, my mobility, and my presence of mind. I am grateful for each breath, each day, each teardrop, each new experience. I am grateful that every day I am made new by my faith in Him who will come again. I am grateful for that day that is to come. I am grateful for His mercy. I am grateful for the eternity that He imprinted on my heart – one that I shall one day live with Him in Heaven.

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