I am also participating in "Thirty Days of Thankful" during the month of November, both here and on Facebook. It's a wonderful way to celebrate an entire month of Thanksgiving... join me!
I will be including my daily thankful notes here each weekend, so feel free to skip over the items you've already read in individual posts on my blog and look for the new ones I've added to this list...
1) I am sincerely thankful for the mornings that I do not have to rise to the demands of my phone alarm clock. How sweet it is to wake up when my mind and body feel rested and ready to begin the day!
2) I am thankful for all the precious memories I hold in my heart. Often someone will write a note or post a picture that reminds me of sweet things from the past... like the quilts my grandmother used to make, or reading to my children when they were small! Places, people, special events... so many good things that make the darker memories pale in comparison. I could write a book on good memories alone, and I know that I am very blessed!
3) I am thankful for my father, my uncles, my son, and for all those who've ever served our country; for every man, woman and animal who have made the sacrifice to protect us and the freedoms we hold dear.
4) I am thankful for clean water, I drink a lot of water each day. It is another of the many things we tend to take for granted, that we will have pure, safe water to drink and cook with, and as much of it as we want. There are many places in the world where drinking water is scarce or must be transported long distances, and the likelihood of it being truly safe is slim. The next time you refill your glass or bottle, stop for a moment and realize how blessed you are!
5) I am thankful that on days and weeks when work and life in general are extremely stressful, I have learned these things tend to cycle and what seems unbearable at the moment will calm down if we give it time and apply liberal doses of prayer and chamomile tea. :-)
6) I am thankful for soft flannel sheets! I grew up with flannel sheets on the bed during those long South Dakota winters, and nothing feels warmer and nicer on cold winter nights! A few years ago my son gave us a set of really good flannel sheets, the kind that never pill-up when they are washed. They are so soft and cuddly that I really hate to get out of bed in the mornings, and I'm sad when Spring comes and it's time to exchange them for cotton sheets. It's funny how things that make us smile are often tied up with childhood memories.
7) I am thankful for Facebook... I truly am! Despite the addictive nature of it and the drama that sometimes occurs there, it is also a wonderful opportunity to stay in touch with people we care about that don't live nearby, to find out what is happening in their lives, to exchange laughter and encouragement and prayers when needed. How fun it is to reconnect with someone you haven't talked to in a few years or even longer! I get a lot of teasing about my "cats and quotes" posts, a repeating theme on my page, but it makes me smile to share those things, and there is always that handy "don't show in newsfeed" option for the people that grow weary of it! :-) Facebook is a blessing in my life, I hope it is in yours!
8) I am thankful for people who spay and neuter their pets in a world where there are already so many dogs and cats desperately needing forever homes, and I am thankful for those who those who rescue/foster/adopt animals who need their love and care. This is surely doing God's work!
9) I am thankful for my heart, not just the figurative one, but the physical one that God created within me. Stop for a moment to think what an amazing "machine" a heart is - it starts beating just six weeks after conception and continues on without stopping many times every minute of every hour of every day for years and years, until the final moment of our lives. That's some incredible design work!
10) I am thankful for the mistakes I've made in my life. Not only have I learned from them, eventually, but they also show that I am doing something - if you do nothing you never make a mistake! Additionally, being aware of my mistakes helps to keep me humble and gives me something to strive for, i.e. "That wasn't very well thought out/smart/kind, I don't really want to do that again!" We need to embrace our mistakes, love ourselves enough to be forgiving, reflect on the lessons learned, and then use that awareness to make better choices in the future. Mistakes aren't a means of keeping score, they are stepping stones to a better, brighter, happier you! :-)
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