Wednesday, November 9, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness - Day 8 & 9

As I expected...there was no blogging for me yesterday! :)  But it's all good...I'll catch up as I can!

Day 8 - Today I am thankful for the life God has given's not often easy, but it's full and I am most certainly blessed beyond what I deserve.

I'll just let you guys know...I wasn't feeling thankful yesterday morning.  I was feeling stressed...down...and ready to focus on the "don't haves".  But I had to re-direct my thoughts.  I don't know that many people have an "easy" life...mine is probably "easier" than I sometimes want to admit.  BUT, it is most certainly a rich, full life filled with people who love me and make me laugh.  And that is truly something to be thankful for!

Day 9 - Today I am thankful for Godly parents have been such an example of Christ to me...they have shown me grace, mercy, compassion and love.  I am so blessed they are my parents.

This is something I DEFINITELY can be thankful for.  My parents are truly the best.  They have loved me when I didn't deserve it...and have taught me how to be a good parent for Dylan.  There aren't enough words to adequately describe what they mean to me.

With that being said...

Happy Birthday to my Dad! :)  He is most certainly one of the kindest, most humble men I know!

Have a great Wednesday!

Monday, November 7, 2011

30 Days of Thankfulness - Day 7 start things off...don't go looking for Day's 1 through 6 of my own personal "30 Days of Thankfulness"...because you won't find them!  Yes, I continue to be a slacker in the blogging department...I have no excuses other than to say that I just haven't done it! 

A few weeks ago, I began to look into my November curriculum for our Children's Worship time (I lead this at our church).  Our "theme" for the month is gratitude...very fitting as we move towards Thanksgiving and then on into Christmas.  I began to think about my own "attitude of gratitude" and I realized that I have a great tendency to focus on what I don't have instead of what I do have. 

So...I decided to devote my daily Facebook statuses to one thing each day that I'm thankful for.  What was really cool is that others have joined in!  And I have been AMAZED at how much more happier I feel.  Now, I won't say that I don't have my moments of aniexty & self-doubt...or that I don't slip into thinking again about what I don't have, can't do and can't give.  But for the most part, taking a moment each day to focus on what I am thankful for...and reading others' notes of thankfulness...has blessed me beyond measure.

With that being said, I am going to transfer my 30 days of thankfulness right here to my blog.  I may have days where I play catch up, like today...but I hope to at least write a few short sentences every day about what I am thankful for.

Here goes! :)

Day 1: I am thankful for my job. The people I work with can drive me crazy, but I'm thankful to be able to have a job where I can laugh a lot and, for the most part, know that work will not be a drudgery every day. Mostly, I'm thankful to be part of a company that strives to serve and honor God with what we do.

Day 2: Today I am thankful for good health. Dylan & I are very rarely sick...this is most certainly a blessing!

Day 3: Today I am thankful for my warm, snuggly bed...however sometimes I like it a little too much!

Day 4: Today I am thankful for the rain...this is a tough one for my sunshine! But I know that the rain is an important part of God's cycle of life for the plants, trees, flowers, etc! So I am thankful for the rain today.

Day 5: Today I am thankful for coffee...especially on a chilly morning when I have to up & out earlier than I prefer!

Day 6: Today I am thankful to have the opportunity to go to church...without fear of my safety, imprisonment or death. Plus I get to work with some great kids...which is a bonus!

Day 7: Today I am thankful for the not only brightens the sky, but it brightens my mood as well!

I look forward to sharing with you my next 23 days of thankfulness...and I encourage you to think about what you are thankful for as well.  You have no idea what a difference it will make in your life perspective!

Have a great Monday!