Grateful for Parents…

Thankfulness. It seems to be a common theme for the month of November. Many people are participating in “30 days of thankfulness” on Facebook and Instagram, sharing their gratitude over the things that are near and dear to their hearts. It’s kind of refreshing to me…scrolling down my newsfeed to see thankfulness in the place of often pointless drama.

One of the things I love about this idea is seeing people take a look at the seemingly unimportant & insignificant things that we take for granted every day, and taking the time to be appreciative of them. So I decided to take a look at my life as well…and consider the things I may have taken for granted.

The first things that came to mind was my parents. Will you humor me for a moment and let me tell you how blessed I am? My parents, Dennis and Cindy, are some of the most giving and loving people I’ve ever encountered. When my sisters and I were young, they both saw from the Word that children were a blessing and a tool for victory against the enemy (Psalm 127:3-5). They took their job of raising us seriously. They sacrificed so much of their time to teach me the Word of God, and pour into my life. I can’t think of a single time where I needed my parents and they weren’t there…because they always were. And they still are.

They loved me enough to discipline me when I was wrong (which was quite often! haha), love and encourage me when I made the right decisions, and stood by me regardless. My parents have given me so much. And more than just the fact that I have my daddy’s eyes and my momma’s strong will, they have given me a love for Christ & a desire to know Him. I encountered Jesus by seeing Him in their lives. Their faith was real and I saw it before my eyes every day. And for that I will forever be grateful!

Now I know not everyone has this story. Not everyone has parents that were involved, loving or who were believers. You may feel like your parents were the cause of more harm than good in your life and knowing this breaks my heart. But I will encourage you with this: take some time to search your heart, and ask the Lord to show you something good that may have come from your parents. Because after all, He is the one who gave you the parents you have. And let them know what that good is. Tell them you’re thankful for them. And that you appreciate all that they gave you.

I am humbled to have been blessed with such amazing parents. Thank you Lord for giving me the parents You did. And thank you, Momma and Daddy for loving me and raising me in the ways of the Lord. For these things I am truly thankful.

“My son, observe the commandment of your father and do not forsake the teaching of your mother; bind them continually on your heart; tie them around your neck. When you walk about, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk to you.” (Proverbs 6:20-22)

Courtney Cumbest is a sinner saved by grace and a die-hard Alabama football fan. She enjoys photography, country music, spending time with friends and family, and shooting guns in her spare time. She was a Precept Intern this past year and describes it as one of the most life-changing experiences of her life.

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