Monday, October 10, 2016
Thanks! Gracias! Merci!
It only seems fitting that my post today be about thankfulness. Even though I am thankful, daily, this particular day causes me to pause, take a step back, and truly reflect on the many things I am thankful for.
I'm thankful that I have God in my life for He has brought me peace, hope, and a love for other people. I trust Him for everything in my life.
I'm thankful for my family and friends, here and around the world, and the many daughters I have 'adopted' over the years.
I'm thankful for my senses and that they are all working and healthy.
I'm thankful, that even though still unemployed, I know that I will eventually have a career and it will be perfect for me.
I'm thankful for my singleness. Really? Should I be thankful for something I really dislike?
Being thankful for my singleness means I can know that even though my heart greatly desires marriage, God also knows and thanking Him for it means I trust Him to, eventually, bring me marriage.
I'm thankful for my women's Bible study and the opportunity to connect with other women of different ages and backgrounds to glean wisdom from.
I'm thankful for living in the country, where I know my heart truly belongs and thrives.
I'm thankful for having a heart of love and the ability to give of love freely, selflessly, sacrificially, and unconditionally.
I'm thankful for a reliable car that gets me from point A to point B every time. I never truly appreciated what the blessing of a car was.
I'm thankful for people who show compassion and empathy to those who hurt and are in pain. It makes this world better.
I'm thankful for living in a country that has afforded me so many freedoms that, I hope, I never take for granted.
I'm thankful for each subsequent day that I get to live.
I'm thankful that I am healthy and have access to medical care that will help me when I'm not.
Being thankful doesn't mean my circumstances are ideal. Not at all.
There is, however, something that happens in me...in my heart, when I am thankful, that diverts my attention away from my struggles, trials and disappointments in life.
Being thankful allows me to have a heart posture that says,"I don't know what today holds and my circumstances are still difficult, but I am thankful in the midst of the pain and sorrow."
Smiling or being thankful isn't easy when life seems to throw curve balls all the time but saying the two small words, 'Thank You' can lift the heart and disposition in a way that can bring refreshment.
What are you thankful for today? I want to hear from you! Let's talk!!