Every once in awhile it is good to take a step back and think, "What am I grateful for?" Things we label 'everyday items' are commonly taken for granted or go unacknowledged. I am writing this article to take a moment to appreciate what I have.
First, I'm grateful that I was raised into a family of believers and was taught the truth from the start rather than being born into a secular family and left to myself to accept God after years of being taught otherwise, because chances are I would have rejected him like most. My parents have taught from the Bible throughout my childhood which has given me a strong understanding of the subject while others may be born in to a Christian family but have strayed due to lack of conviction.
I'm also fortunate for a nice neighborhood and house to live in. There are other neighborhoods that aren't nearly as safe or conveniently placed. My house/street is the crux of many fond childhood memories such as playing with neighbor kids at our annual potlucks.
I'm appreciative of a proper education with a Christian basis via homeschooling, in which I avoid common core and public school drama. Along with the advantage of having a small classroom, I can get the help I need. I also happen to have multiple professional art tools at my disposal, a talented mentor to work under and encouraging class mates that support my work.
Stopping to appreciate what you have gives you a different perspective on life.
I Thessalonians 5:18