I Give Thanks for A Horse, A Cop, & 3 Musketeers

I give thanks

I Give Thanks

I have so many reasons to give thanks today. I am a grateful beneficiary to 3600 additional seconds of sweet slumber. Yes indeed, I fell back on my down feathered pillow and enjoyed every morsel of sweet sleep my God granted.  I awoke to the sun’s amber rays seeping through my blinds with its desire to touch the silhouette of my face. The warm embrace of my husband’s chilled signaled the beginning of another Sunday. It is a Sunday where as the Tri-Cities church community we gather together in worship for worship to our God. We sing, we praise, we pray, we give thanks.  We celebrate!

I stop. I listen. I send silent whispers of Thank You’s to heaven for a horse, a cop, and three musketeers: 


Gillian & Hammer
Gillian & Hammer
Photo by Jamie Stovall

I say thank you for Hammer – Gillian’s riding horse who helped her get over her fear of heights and infused her with a confidence to lead and teach even in the midst of some limitations. You see Gillian is autistic and knows it yet vouches each day to live beyond the expected. Hammer was laid to rest this week but today, we paused to give thanks.

Gillian & I
Gillian & I


I say thank you for Jimmy – A cop, who a year ago today was brought to his knees literally. He was hit by a motorist while escorting a funeral procession by motorcycle:

‘One year ago on this day, James Smith survived! Yes, a day I won’t soon forget. You see, Jimmy was involved in an accident on I-20 that should have claimed his life. Jimmy is a police officer and he was escorting a funeral on his motorcycle like he did every weekend. But that day was different…that escort was different. He led the line of cars onto the I-20 ramp and then sped up to reach the top of the pack on the interstate. A car in the procession wasn’t paying attention and veered into the left lane, Jimmy’s lane. Traveling at speeds of 60-70 mph, Jimmy was thrown from his bike and into the car in front of him. He tumbled over the car and onto the interstate. As you all know, I-20 is the last place you’d want something like this to happen. But He survived! He was injured for sure, severing every tendon in his left knee but he survived!! It was nothing short of a miracle. I believe God caught Jimmy that day and I believe God has been hugging him tight ever since. Jimmy, this is a day to celebrate! You’ve been an example to us to never give up and a constant reminder that God is walking with us all.’ – Alix Jones

A daredevil and one who I would never dare mess with. He shared great words of wisdom expressing that he knows now that

 From a wheelchair a year ago and now standing before a congregation echoing songs of worship. For his life and another chance, we pause to give thanks.

Tri-Cities Church Worship Team
Tri-Cities Worship Team with Jimmy on the right.
Photo by Merri Sheffield


I say thank you for the three Phillips’ Musketeers: Madisyn, Micah, and Allison. They were a joy to have around today. They in total reverence paused themselves to pray before we ate lunch. They informed me of how I can better make my home more kid-friendly to ensure that they return again to play. They updated me on the latest in pop music according to Kid’s Bop and the plot behind the Disney Movie of the Year, ‘Frozen‘. I now know who Bo on the Go’ is. They sang, they laughed, they danced and for them, I give thanks.

The Musketeers
The Musketeers


What are you thanking God for today?


  • This is precious: you are so right. Taking it slow and stopping to smell the roses (or the horse, as the case may be) and give thanks for all those moments is a gift.

    • Kimberly Bolden

      I could not agree with you more.

  • Pam Holland Andrews

    So much to be thankful for. Thanks for sharing. I especially like the photo of one of the Three Musketeers sneaking a bite to eat while the other two were praying. Too Cute!!

    • Kimberly Bolden

      My nieces and nephews can star in their own sitcom. They are hilarious.

  • Such a beautiful post, so glad you’re remembering to be thankful.

    • Kimberly Bolden

      Nancy. Thanks so much for stopping by! Thanks for the kind words.

  • Danielle K

    Lovely post. I’m always thankful for my sweet boy – he reminds me of the simplicity and joy in the little things and keeps me grounded 🙂

    • Kimberly Bolden

      Those definitely are the moments that matter.

  • Lots of wonderful things to be thankful for. Gratitude is good for the soul 🙂

    • Kimberly Bolden

      I most certainly agree!

  • Anna Carter

    So happy to have found your blog today! You are a wonderful writer! I especially appreciate what you said about the cop you know. My husband is a cop and really appreciate when our community supports those who have sacrificed so much of themselves to serve the rest of us! Thank you for that 🙂

    • Kimberly Bolden

      Thanks so much Anna. The men and women that are entrusted with our personal security need to sense our gratitude as well.

  • Thank you for having a heart of thankfulness and sharing it with us. It’s nice to read something heartwarming.

    • Kimberly Bolden

      Each in their own way made me smile yesterday. It’s really beautiful to see God writing these stories in each life.

  • Rebecca Jones

    I absolutely love this post. Your thankful heart has inspired mine to look around and give thanks. If that’s not evangelism at its essence, I don’t know what is. May God bless you!

    • Kimberly Bolden

      We have be called to live out the gospel and what better way than to speak up which much gratitude for who God is and what he has done.

  • Breanna

    Very inspiring post 🙂 There is always something to be thankful for!

    • Kimberly Bolden

      You are so right about that. Thanks for stopping by!

  • This is a very inspiring post! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Kimberly Bolden

      Thanks Erin!

  • Jennifer Pritchard

    A heart for God and a heart of gold. Great post and thanks for sharing it.

    • Kimberly Bolden

      Thanks so much Jennifer!

  • raebowxx

    This is so inspiring. I love it. God bless!!

    • Kimberly Bolden

      God Bless You as Well! Have an awesome Tuesday!

  • Caroline Barnes

    Thanks for this post, I do have to be thankful for so much in my life!

    • Kimberly Bolden

      Many of us have more than enough. We need to pause at times to recognize who our source is. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Joy Aletheia Stevens

    Lovely post. I’ve been really contemplate gratitude lately. It’s good to read what others are thankful for. Today I’m grateful for the ability to vote! 🙂

    • Kimberly Bolden

      I am too.

  • What great things to be thankful for! I love sharing what I am thankful to God for, the main thing would have to be my salvation.

    • Kimberly Bolden


  • Weekends With Winter

    Gosh this post really brought me the warm and fuzzies : ) today I am thankful for a great blogging community with great uplifting stories like these!

    • Kimberly Bolden

      Winter I am so glad that you were uplifted by it.

  • Taylor Murrell

    I got chills reading this. . . This week has been non stop for me and this was a good reminder to give thanks. . .

  • Laura

    Even among tragedy, pain, struggle, illness, etc we can find so many things to be thankful for. Thank you for this wonderful reminder today, Kim!