GIVE THANKS WITH A GRATEFUL HEART

Here in the United States today is a holiday … Thanksgiving Day. Traditionally it is a time when family and perhaps friends gather together around a grand meal. And traditionally it was a time where nearly everybody understood and participated in giving thanks for their many blessings in life. Sadly in many homes in America the latter no longer is a part of it. It is mostly just eating … “pigging out” with no thought or expression of thankfulness.

In my life I have so very much to be thankful for. I could write many pages listing them but this blog is supposed to be about tadpole trikes so I will stifle myself and only write about … well, mostly write about things pertaining to tadpole trikes. In doing so I will start in the beginning.

I am thankful that my Creator, Jesus Christ, gifted me mechanically as I was able to fabricate my first tadpole trike which got me started in this beloved part of my life. I am thankful that later my God made a way for me where there was no way in order to purchase my Catrike tadpole trike. I am thankful that He has always provided me with whatever I needed  to maintain my trike over the years. I am thankful that I have an excellent LBS (local bike shop) with highly qualified mechanics to go to when needed. I am thankful that in retirement I have lots of time available to ride my trike. I am thankful I live somewhere that offers many dozens of miles of paved trails to ride on and are building more each year. I am thankful for relatively good health to enjoy and take advantage of each day. I am thankful for a great wife who loves me and cares for me as she faithfully does each day. And she fully supports me in my daily trike riding knowing that I am getting good exercise each day. I am thankful for family and friends. I am thankful for the family of God … brothers and sisters “in Christ” who support one another and will pray for the needs of each other.

Most of all I am so very thankful for my heavenly Father Who loves me and provided salvation for me even though I don’t deserve it. Lastly I am thankful for my God and Savior, Jesus Christ, Who demonstrated His love for me by willingly coming to this earth to be born as a human baby for the purpose of dying a horrific death providing salvation for those who turn to Him in faith. He offered Himself up as the perfect acceptable sacrifice … acceptable to His Father. He shed His innocent blood while dying a cruel agonizing death being nailed on a cross. I am so thankful for that blood for without the shedding of (innocent) blood there is no forgiveness of sin (available) to any of us. I am thankful that my name is written down in the Lamb’s “Book of Life” and I have eternal life … not because of anything I did or could possibly do, but because of what Jesus did. In Him alone I place my hope and faith. He is all I need. He is my best friend Who loves me despite who I am.

I could go on but I think you get the picture. It is important to count our blessings and have a grateful heart expressing thanksgiving. And not just one special day each year but every single day of our lives. What are you thankful for? Do you know the Savior? You can. He is only a prayer away.

Well, on this special day I hope to go for a ride on my trike. After two days of rain being couped up inside I am ready to …

ENJOY THE RIDE AGAIN!

A FREE GIFT awaits you!

 

 

Author: Steve Newbauer

I have a few current blogs (tadpolerider1, navysight, truthtoponder and stevesmixedbag) so I am keeping busy. I hope you the reader will find these blogs interesting and enjoy your time here. Feel free to email me at tadpolerider2 at gmail dot com (@gmail.com)

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