5.20.2011

Thankful For :: 391 - 400


Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ~

Sometimes I feel like I repeat items on my thankfulness list, but is it my fault that I'm daily thankful for God's grace, Peter, and coffee? I didn't think so. Today I'm hitting my 400th thankfulness item - wow. When I started this list back in August, I had no idea how much I was going to need to focus on being thankful for the small things over the following months. On those days when the tears flowed easily, it helped take the focus off of my poor-me-bad-attitude, and put it back on the fact that no matter what happens, I can give thanks for God's gift of salvation - the ultimate thankfulness item! It has been a good exercise and I look forward to continuing it - even when this blog is a thing of the past. 

At the risk of sounding like a broken record - I highly encourage you to take some time each day/week, and write down the things that have occurred or that you have experienced that cause you to give thanks - and then spend some time thanking the One who has blessed you. If you don't have a blog, then start a notebook, write it on scrap paper, or stick it on a post-it note on your fridge or bathroom mirror. Put it where you will be continually reminded that you have something to be thankful for, even when it feels like nothing will ever be right again. Do it - I promise it's worth it.

This week I'm thankful for...

391. A pot of soup on a cold (?!?) May night

392. Having a warm house/clothes/bed to snuggle in when strange cold fronts blow through

393. Not seeing another snake this week

394. Ready-made, home-made meals in the freezer when I don't feel like cooking

395. Finding new trousers for Peter (in a smaller size!) on super-clearance {happy dance}

396. Good-smelling hand sanitizer

397. Watching plants grow in containers on the back deck

398. A nectarine tree - on clearance!

399. The now-completed, pull-behind-the-car trailer (and all of Peter's hard work fixing it)

400. Carrabba's - where we celebrated Peter's birthday on Saturday

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