Friday, November 11, 2011

A Month of Gratitude #7

Today I am thankful for unexpected surprises. The appointment I planned to attend suddenly cancelled, opening up the day for a family shopping trip. And an unscheduled meet-up with friends over dinner led to a fun and relaxing visit. Overall, a good day.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Month of Gratitude #6

Today I am grateful for the chance to get home earlier than usual, which I guess is really another way of saying I'm grateful for my home -- a place of refuge, acceptance, and shelter from the rest of the world.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Month of Gratitude #5

Today was overwhelmingly busy and I think I've acquired a cold/sore throat/headache thing, so I have spent most of the day feeling ill-equipped and unprepared to face all the stuff I have to do. But for a few cherished moments this morning, my youngest daughter snuggled in bed with me and all was right with the world. I am so thankful for those few precious minutes at the threshold of the day, when everything is quiet and peaceful.

Monday, November 7, 2011

A Month of Gratitude #4

Tonight I am thankful beyond words for my Bible and the freedom I have to own it and study it as much as I like. The girls and I had a lengthy theological discussion about God's sovereignty and the purposes of prayer on the way to a photo appointment today, and it reminded me how privileged we are to hold God's word in our hands.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

A Month of Gratitude #3

So, I've missed a few days blogging my gratitude items. I am happy to say that my failure has only been in recording my thoughts, not on actually thinking about what I am grateful for each day. Over the past few days I have reflected on how grateful I am for each of my sweet and special daughters, my dear friend of many years, Tamara, who I see too little but appreciate so much, and the amazing privilege of prayer that God has granted to me as one of his children. I plan to get back into a daily posting routine again tomorrow.

I have also decided to add another facet to my month of gratitude. This afternoon I made 12 cards. My intent is to give them out this month to people who bless my life, some in big ways and some in small ways, just to say thanks for all you do.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Month of Gratitude #2

Today, through somewhat clenched teeth, I am thankful for my job. As much as I hate it at times and wish I had done something else with my life, I am mindful of many who are without jobs, or who work too hard at jobs that don't cover all the bills, or who work multiple jobs just to provide the basics for their families. And I realize that complaining about my job is a selfish luxury that I should forego in favor of gratitude.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Month of Gratitude #1

A couple of years ago I did a "gratitude challenge" where I posted something I was thankful for every day during the month of November. This year I decided to do it again. This time I have incorporated my family into the challenge, asking everyone to try to find one thing to be thankful for each day. And since I still have my "event tree" up (closing in on the one-year mark), we have decided to write some of those objects of gratitude on paper leaves and hang them on our tree to celebrate November.

So today I am thankful for my husband. Because he is the unsung hero of our house, always here, always dependable, always doing the things that need to be done to keep things running smoothly. Even when he doesn't want to. Even when it isn't fun. Even when no one says thank you. Today I'm saying thank you.