Posts Tagged ‘Thankful’

Since Thanksgiving is only a few days away, Grace and I have been talking about what we’re thankful for this last week.  Here is Grace’s List:

  • Chocolate Chips
  • Cheese
  • My mom
  • My toy box
  • Ranch dressing
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Pickles

Here is my list:

  • I’m thankful for Grace
  • Answered Prayer
  • That I’m self-employed
  • God’s Love
  • Our home
  • Family
  • Friends

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I am a very prompt Thank You Note writer……Grace and I even write Thank You notes to family members when they give us things for birthdays, holidays, or just because.  When I hand someone a “Thank You Note” they usually look very surprised.  Is it just me, or does it seem like “Thank You Notes” are not very common anymore?

I give people a lot of things, I give a lot of gifts, but I stop giving gifts to people who don’t say “Thank You.”  I don’t even require a formal “Thank You note” to keep giving things to people, a verbal “Thank You.” is good enough for me to want to give gifts to that individual in the future.  The only trouble is, that I seem to be getting fewer and fewer verbal “Thank You’s” as the years go by.  I’m not talking about if I hand someone a gift, because most people say “Thank You” when they are handed something. 

What I’m talking about is when someone takes the time to select a gift for you and pays to ship it to you, and you can’t even pick up the phone to say “Thank You”……it’s one of my pet peeves.  I feel like if people can’t even call to say “Thank You” then, I really can’t spend my time selecting things and shipping it to them in the future. 

I know you’re thinking the Bible says that “It’s more blessed to give than to receive.”  I’m not talking about giving a gift and not getting one in return, when I give gifts, I don’t expect anything in return other than a simple “Thank You.”

My point really is that no one has to give you anything ever, but people give gifts to say “I’m thinking of you”  “Happy Birthday” “Congratulations” or “I love you.”  When people don’t say “Thank You” I really feel like they expect people to give them things.

The Bible talks a lot about Thankfulness and being Thankful for things.  But, we also see in the parable of the 10 lepers, that Jesus healed them and only ONE of them remembered to say “Thank You.”  I wonder how often God does things for us, and we forget to say “Thank You.”  Are we to the point where we just expect God to do things for us because He loves us?

“A Thankful Heart is a Happy Heart.”

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This morning, I woke up and my eyes were VERY tired.  By noon, it was a full fledged headache.  After Grace and I had lunch, we laid down for a nap so I could get rid of this headache before teaching piano lessons this evening. 

When I woke up, I felt a lot better, and I thought back to just a few months ago when I would have a bad headache at work, push myself through the day, and still have 2 hours of piano lessons and Grace to take care of when I got home. 

I said a prayer to thank God for His blessing in my life to allow me to stay home with Grace the majority of the day, and just have to leave for a few hours each day to teach piano lessons.  I am very grateful that I was able to take a nap today and sleep off my headache instead of pushing myself like I used to have to do.  I thanked God for giving me the strength to make it through each very long day that I’ve had for the last 2  1/2 years while working on this goal of being a full time mom and piano teacher. 

So even though I don’t like to have headaches, today I am thankful that I was able to take a nap to get rid of it instead of making myself more sick by pushing myself to do things on my “to do” list and not resting like body is telling me to do.

I don’t like to take medicine if I don’t have to, so here are a few things I do to get rid of headaches:

  • Soak in a hot bubble bath
  • Drink coffee (I only drink coffee once or twice a year, so when I have a headache, it’s pretty effective for me.)
  • Get Fresh Air
  • Go to the Chiropractor
  • Get a massage (if it’s REALLY bad, and I have the money for it.)
  • Go to sleep early
  • Take a nap
  • Use an ice pack
  • Heat up an aroma therapy bag
  • Cut cold cuccumber circles and put them on your eyes to help them relax

“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”  I Thes 5:18

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I saw this on a sign not long after I left Grace’s Dad.  As I read it, I laughed to myself and thought “Yea……right, they don’t know what I’ve just been through.”  I went through the rest of my day and that night, the sign popped into my head again. “There is Always, Always, ALWAYS Something To Be Thankful for.”  I thought about my life, and then I thought about the sign again.  It said ALWAYS, “Well maybe this is a general statement.” I said to myself.  “They can’t literally mean it……it just looks good on a sign.”  and I left it at that. 

The sign kept “haunting” me……I kept thinking about it, so I decided I should test it to see if it’s true.  I went to bed that night and thought to myself, “WHAT, out of this gigantic MESS, do I have to be THANKFUL for?” I thought for a second and then it came to me…..You’re alive, you have a baby girl on the way, you have a family who loves you no matter what, and you have a God who loves you more than anyone on this earth ever will. 

WOW, it hit me like a ton of bricks and I started crying……I don’t know how I ever had the strength to make it through each day when I was with Grace’s Dad.  Once I was away from him, the reality of what he planned to do if I had lived in our home even 48 hours more sunk in……..I have SO much to be thankful for just in the first thought that came to my mind.  “You are alive.”  It gives me chills even as I type this…….I was hours away from loosing everything, including my life. 

Every day, I wake up, and I am SO happy to be ALIVE!  I am SO happy to be Grace’s Mom!  I am SO happy that I can just be HAPPY with my life, who I am now, and where I’m headed.

This sign was one of the turning points for me.  It helped me realize that my outlook determines a lot of things in my life, and that even though bad things, terrible things, HORRIFIC things happen in our lives, if we look deep enough, and we try hard enough, there is Always, Always, ALWAYS SOMETHING to be Thankful For.

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