In November, in honor of Thanksgiving day, I always see so many friends making lists for all that they are thankful. I think that being thankful is always a good thing. It helps us to focus more on the positives and less on the negatives.
I remember a post shared by a friend on facebook that said something like …what if you woke up today with only what you thanked God for yesterday? If this were true, what would you have left tomorrow morning? Unfortunately, many of us would have nothing.
This year, I plan to take one day each month to thank God for his many blessings in writing. While I will still be thankful for all of the things from the previous month, I will build upon my list … no repeats.
1) I am thankful that both of my parents are still living.
My parents are both in their 70’s. I have watched many of the friend’s my age having to say good bye to one or both of their parents. My mother has dealt with many health issues through the years. But, fortunately, both my Mother and my Father are still happy and healthy. Thank you, God!
2) I am thankful for my boys.
While my three boys have been typical boys and have not always made the best decisions, they are good boys. Actually, they are now men. My oldest is a good father. A good provider. My middle one has a kind heart. He is a hard worker. My youngest is shy. But, we have recently learned that he has reached out to classmates and is a good teacher / friend. He is very caring. He had a snow day off from school today and one of the first things he said to me was, “I want to cook lunch for you today.” It was yummy! They love their Momma! I have no complaints there!
3) I am thankful for my husband.
My husband and I have not always had a path that has been smooth. But, I am thankful for where we are today. He is thoughtful, forgiving, loving. I look forward to growing old(er) with him.
4) I am thankful for a roof over my head.
I am not always happy with our house. I always see the negative. The closets are small. The windows are too old and small. There is no “safe” place in case of tornado. But, I am truly thankful for the house that we have. It has lots of potential. It has a great yard. We were able to totally remodel it. And, best of all, our payment is cheaper than rent. Thank you, God!
5) I am thankful for transportation.
As the temperatures dip to the lowest lows and the snow comes down, I am even more thankful for having reliable transportation.
6) I am thankful for a full belly.
As I am on a quest to lose weight, I think I am hungry. But, I am thankful to have never had to know what it is like to be truly hungry. We are blessed to not only have a full belly, but to also be able to afford to eat what we are craving. Thank you, God!
7) I am thankful for education.
As I am trying to find a job outside of nursing, I have become more thankful for my education. As I have recently tried a job in the seafood department of a grocery store, I have learned that some jobs are just not for me.
8) I am thankful for electricity.
As the snow comes down outside, I am warm from the heater, eating my warm lunch, watching tv while writing this post. Thank you, God!
9) I am thankful for sunshine.
One thing about living where we do, is that it rains a lot. This is why we have so much green in our area! As the sun is shining through my window today, I am thankful for the sunshine.
10) I am thankful for my friends.
I do not have a lot of close friends. But, I am thankful for those that I do have. They are there in the good times and the bad. Always there for me in thought and in actions.
This is only the tip of the iceberg for me. I am going to be more mindful of all things that I am thankful for in the coming months, material blessings and spiritual blessings. What are you thankful for today?