Walking in Gratitude Year Round

I love Thanksgiving! It is a beautiful reminder of all God’s blessings while enjoy time with those you are most thankful for… family. It is very wonderful that everybody celebrates family together, it is really a beautiful unifier. And God is always honored when we are truly thankful.

We walk in gratitude all the time as we stay in close relationship with God. The less distracted by everything else and the more focused we are on Christ, the more we see His work and gifts and blessings all through the day. We then have that gratitude that seems to always accompany peace and joy. And that is the true essence and evidence of a life lived closely to God. And it is beautiful!😄❤

That Gratitude Challenge Thing

I had a few people come at me with the gratitude challenge, where you come up with one thing every day to be thankful for in the month of November up to Thanksgiving. The idea is good, but if you struggle to come up with one thing a day, you are either deeply depressed and need clinical help or are doing life wrong. Here is why.

Every day we are breathing, you can be sure that God gave you another day to live, another opportunity to draw closer to Him, a new opportunity to serve others, another chance to be humble and mature, another delight of nature- God’s glory presented to you-, a new chance to laugh, love, make love, drive, travel, play, dance, wear clothes, have free will, think for yourself, read other people’s ideas, write, draw, make music, etc. If you are not grateful for so many things every day, you are either too proud, narcissistic, selfish, depressed or stubborn. It takes a lot to focus so much on yourself that you do not see many, many blessings and opportunities from God every single day. Is that harsh? I do not think so. Even people knee deep in need and want are given blessings throughout the day. And those who don’t see these don’t want to.

So, will I do the challenge? As a follower of Jesus Christ, I vow to be grateful for all of God’s blessings, not just one. I will go further and vow to be less self-important every day so I can appreciate God and others more and acknowledge more of God’s gifts and love Him even more. This builds our relationship substantially rather than insulting Him with one meger thanks for one thing when He has rained down thirty. Oh how I love Him!😄❤❤❤

Finished Reading a Book!

Thanks be to God! I actually was able to squeeze in reading an entire book!! That was alongside teaching and working and the band and family needs and wants and reading my Bible and birthdays and so on! An entire book! I am so thankful to God who has taught me to use every moment for the best and provided more usable time for me than I thought possible. Praise God!😄❤📚

So Thankful

I was thinking tonight of all the things, travel, opportunities and people God has blessed me with every day of my life. There are more than I can name or even remember. I am so very grateful. It shows me unquestionably how unfathomably good God is. There are so many blessings. Every one of them was precious and purposed into my life, even the pain. I do not wish for a different past, a different upbringing, more of anything. I am so very thankful. And it hit me that God is perfect and good and loves me so much. He orchestrated my life like a poet in love, masterfully and exquisitely. He designed my days and provided restful sleep for my nights. He painted incredible scenes when He knew I needed them and allowed just the right encouragement at critical times. How precious is our Savior! How amazing is our God!!!😄❤

Unintended Vacations

Since my husband’s surgery and for a week’s duration, I am his transportation. As such, we went to his dentist appointment today and I had an unintended vacation. Something simple became longer and I, in the luxury of a doctor’s waiting room, with free Columbian coffee in hand and a very good book, bathed in luxurious calm of an unintended vacation, with I must say greater calm than any family (the only kind I achieve) vacation since my children have been born, 14 years hence. So, thank you, Lord, for the vacation to enjoy two of my favorite things- coffee and reading- in a safe, quiet place for a couple precious hours. Perfection. God be praised!!😄❤