Thankful Thursday – And an Attitude Adjustment

God showed me today that I’ve been harboring an ungrateful attitude. Instead of letting go of the little things that bother me, I’ve been clinging to them and blowing them out of proportion. It’s difficult to receive an attitude adjustment…but God knows what I need, and always does what’s best for me.

So I figured it would be good to focus on some things that I’m thankful for. This way I can hopefully kick the ungratefulness to the curb. Here are a few things that I’m specifically thankful for today.

  1. The calming sound of the rain as it waters the earth. We’ve been getting a lot of rain along with thunder and lightning recently. Although I don’t enjoy when I have to go outside during a downpour, I do like listening to the steady rain on our rooftop when I’m trying to fall asleep at night.
  2. Birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, and other celebrations of life. Although I’m not a big fan of parties, it’s still nice to celebrate important milestones with friends and family.
  3. Books. Enough said.
  4. Coffee. Not much to add to that, either.
  5. A husband who works very hard to provide for our family. Even though he’s not crazy about his jobs, Roy shows up each day and does the best that he can.
  6. The vacation we were able to take. It’s not often that we get a lot of time together to just relax…but our trip to Virginia was a needed break, and we’re grateful to God for it.
  7. That God sees us and knows us completely and still loves us just the same.
  8. Good memories. It’s nice to reminisce with loved ones about stories from the past. The memories can even spur you on towards the future.
  9. Nature. Flowers, trees, raindrops, insects, clouds, and sunrises/sunsets are just a few. Nature inspires me.
  10. Prayer warriors. I’m so thankful for people who lift me up in prayer. When I’m weak, I know that others are helping to carry my burdens to the Lord.

Thank you so much for reading. ūüôā What is something that you are thankful for today? ‚̧

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So Much to be Thankful For

I have a lot to be thankful for right now. Things that I have been worried about are being worked out. Are they perfect or exactly where I would want them to be? No–but what is important is that God is hearing my prayers and working in my life and the lives of those I love.

I just want to thank my readers for listening to my rants; I know that I can get very “down” sometimes, and it can probably be discouraging. But thank God that He doesn’t leave me where I am! He continues to guide me along my “Journey of Faith”…and I am so grateful for His care, and for the support of the people in my life–including those who read and support me through my blog.

Writing has truly been an outlet! Awesome–another thing to thank God for! ūüôā He is so good. In the good times, and in the bad times. I pray that I will remember His goodness each day, and that it will give me the strength to keep going when things get tough.

God’s blessings to all of you! And I hope that you are enjoying this season of remembrance, and this time to praise God for the gift of His Son.

Thank you again for taking this journey with me! ‚̧

Photo Credit: Jake Givens

Stone of Remembrance

This morning, after speaking to my Mother and then reading a devotional from Our Daily Bread, I was challenged to remember. Remember what God has brought me through; the battles He has already helped me overcome; the times that I so strongly wanted to give up, and yet God enabled me to keep going.

It’s so easy to forget those times.

It’s so easy to continue through life from one day to the next, focusing¬†on our present difficulties and not¬†taking the time to remember the victories that God has already accomplished in our lives.

But it’s in¬†remembering that we gain the strength to push past our present difficulties and move forward.

After I completed a 12 week mental health program in September of this year, my small group held a little¬†ceremony, and I was given the opportunity to choose a stone from a box. A stone that would help me to remember the time that I had spent in the program, and all that I had learned. It¬†was meant to be¬†a physical representation of this time in my life: of the struggles I faced, the hard work and effort I put into my recovery, the relationships that I built with my doctor, therapists, and group members–of the fact that I had reached the end of this specific¬†journey and was now moving on to¬†the next.

God has always¬†been there for me. He has never let me down. Yes, there were–and still are–many times when I feel like I won’t be able to get through whatever it is I’m struggling with. Times when I prayed and prayed, yet felt like I received no clear answer from God. Times when I even doubted God, or got angry with Him, because it seemed¬†like He wasn’t there, wasn’t helping me.

But the truth was–and IS–that God is there. He is with me. He is guiding me, strengthening me, encouraging me. Giving me the insight¬†and wisdom that I need to make life decisions. Giving me the grace and mercy that I need when I mess up (and there are so many times that I mess up)! Giving me the understanding, acceptance, and compassion that I deeply long for, when I feel alone and misunderstood.

He is there for YOU today.

Take a moment to review your past experiences and to remember the difficulties that God has brought you through. There are most likely many¬†circumstances that He has helped you to overcome! That same God–the God who helped you in times past–is with you today. And He will help you face the challenges of tomorrow. ‚̧