So Thankful!

This month, as per recent tradition, many people are posting something they are thankful for each day through Thanksgiving on Facebook.  I have not been posting each day. It is not because I am not thankful. I just feel like you should be thankful and show gratitude 365 days a year. I also have not been online a lot lately.

I recently got a new day planner and it has a few lines at the bottom of each day where you can write inspirations, quotes, goals, etc. I decided I would write 1 thing I am thankful for each day in my planner. It is nice to look back and reflect on all my blessings.

My life is not perfect, no one’s is. I can get up wanting more. Not more things really, just that drive to be more, do more, change the world, leave an impact.  I never feel like I have done quiet enough. In some ways this is a good thing though.

As we go on into the month of Thanksgiving, I just felt like sharing a few things I am so thankful for.

– God’s grace & salvation.  I am so undeserving of this, I fail daily as a Christ follower. I can be the biggest hypocrite. I have areas I am very weak in. God’s grace gives me another chance every day. His mercy is new every morning. When I try to run, hide, ignore His calling, He continues to pursue me like the gentle Shepherd looking for that 1 lost sheep.

– My family. Not perfect at all but oh my how they love me and I love them. I can’t even talk about my grandparents without tearing up. They are my best friends and have given me total, unconditional love plus so many great memories and laughter.  My mom is more like a big sister to me and in it’s been really nice to have a nice relationship with my dad over the past few years. My brother, though we don’t talk much, I love him too and look forward to seeing him figure out who he is and finding his path in life one day.

– The Tupperware opportunity & the people I have met because of it.  I have made some of the best friends, had some of the most amazing experiences and have been able to do things I never thought possible, could not have afforded or would not have had the confidence to do without that opportunity and those people.

– My little house (and everything in it). It’s technically not mine since I rent, but there’s something about this house. It has really became a home to me.  I’m sure I’ll move one day and as much as I would love to have a bigger house where I could entertain more, but I will miss this little house.

– Chances. I’m thankful that every day is a new chance to get things right, to start over, to do what you need to do. Regardless of yesterday, don’t let any regrets, mistakes, disabilities, failures stop you. Get up and try again tomorrow and again and again.

It is amazing what having an attitude of gratitude can do to your life – and the lives of those you come into contact with too.  Thank God and those around you every chance you get! Be humble, be merciful, be a light of hope, joy and thankfulness in this dark, scary and hurting world.

“To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.  Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.” – Thomas Merton


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