Saturday, November 30, 2013
As I finish up the 30 days of thanks, having missed a couple days because I have been spending the time with family, I want to challenge each one reading this to live a life of gratitude and thanks each day. Look for the gifts around you, and be thankful. A life of gratitude makes the heart be filled with joy. It puts our focus on the good in life, not the bad. I am not saying to live in a false reality and pretend tough times aren't happening when they do. I am just challenging each one of us to find a daily gift, a small joy, to see the blessings in life despite the difficulties we all face.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Today I am thankful for laughter. Just shared a lot of 'from the toe' giggles with my nieces. Laughter is great for the body, mind, & soul, and it's completely free, no long shopping lines required to enjoy that gift!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Today I am thankful for sunsets and lakes, both of which help me to relax and unwind, and focus on how God truly blesses my life in the simplest, most beautiful ways.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Today I am thankful for the 4th/5th grade girls group that I am working with at church. They are truly a wonderful blessing and I am loving working with them and getting to know each one of them.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
From Saturday...I am thankful to be up late, packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. My nieces picked items for girls their ages, and did a great job picking out some wonderful items. What a blessing to share small items with children to touch their lives in such a big way.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Today I am thankful for all the wonderful hope, food & water, and relief Convoy of Hope brings to the world after disasters and hardships hit areas. They are a legit, honest organization, doing amazing work across the world.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Today I am thankful for the amazing sunshine that sparkled on the lake, sharing a great lunch time with my hubby, a wonderful stylist who got my hair looking manageable again, and for the ability to put together a shoebox for Operation Christmas child.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Today I am thankful for people whom I can walk alongside during tough times, and for those who walk alongside us in difficult times. While no one enjoys trials and sorrow, we all experience it. It helps to have others available to lean on.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
While I focus a lot on what I am grateful for each day, I had the question pop in front of my face tonight of 'what did you do today to show you were thankful for your blessings?' The question made me stop and think. How did I live it out, make it apparent, show the world I came in contact with today that I was thankful? What did I do that showed the world that living a life of thankfulness and gratitude makes a difference in my day to day attitude and choices, in how I see the world, in how I live?
Want to focus on changing the world with a grateful heart? Ask yourself these questions each day.
Today I am thankful for the many great teachers and mentors in my life that have taught me so much. I believe learning should be a lifelong experience! Mentoring has changed my life for the better and made me a stronger person. So thankful for all that have invested in my life at one point or another.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Today I am thankful for my parents. They taught me to live a life of integrity, to laugh, to love others deeply, that family is important, to be true to my word, and most importantly, that having my life anchored in a real relationship with Jesus are what are important in life. Thanks mom and dad for the living example. I love you!
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Friday, November 8, 2013
Today I am thankful for my very talented, beautiful sister. We have had our ups and downs, as most siblings do, but we love each other, support each other, and love each other. She is a blessing in my life.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Today on my thankful list says 'makes me smile.' Today is one of my niece's bday, she makes me smile. My hubby came home from being out of town for work, that makes me smile. I had lunch with friends, that made me smile.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Monday, November 4, 2013
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Day 2 of Thanks on the list I am following says, an animal. Today I am thankful for my constant companion, protector, and walking buddy. My cousin calls her a therapy dog as she knows when you are sad or upset. She will sit with her head on your lap, and let you talk or cry as much as needed while she provides her version of comfort. She is definitely a blessing in our home.
Friday, November 1, 2013
The past two years, I have done 30 days of thanks for the month of November. Each day focuses on something to be thankful for. You can choose a theme, or just observe something each day, write it down, blog, or Facebook about it. If you join in, please share here, or share your link so we can all go along this 30 days of thanks together. I will post ideas, if you need them or just come up with your own.
I have a list I am going to somewhat follow for this year. Today's focus is a person.
I have several people I could write about but today the person I am going to focus on is my husband. We have known each other for 27 years, married for 26. He is my closest friend. Our life journey has had a lot of ups and downs, sorrow and joy, but we have been by each others side through it all. The center of our journey is placed in sharing a faith and hope in Jesus. During the tough times, we get each other through it by leaning on God and each other. We also share the wonderful days by laughing together, enjoying adventures, and sharing precious life moments. I am very blessed to have a husband who works hard to provide for us, who makes me smile, and who loves me know matter what.