Be thankful in all things…

As mothers, when we are unsure as to what to speak about, we automatically speak of our kids, so i will start there:)… Bear with me, this is very new to me.. but I know I have to start sometime:)…I shouldnt say “have to”, but “I want to”, lol…

Well, I am amazed about how well my 6 year old Jacob is doing is school, he is now reading books to me! It just seems as if yesterday he was a little peanut swaddled in my arms…. To think of how much he has blossomed makes me realize how fast time is going by. It makes me realize the importance of stopping to count the daily blessings.

When I think of the blessings I’ve been showered with, my eyes always fill up with tears.  Just to wake up in the morning, to prepare breakfast for my healthy children, to drive them to school, to change a diaper, to dump a full load of diapers in the cold garage, to brush tangled hair, to stop my boys from fighting, etc….. those are all tasks that sometimes seem cumbersome and frustrating to do, but in all reality those tasks are nothing less than a blessing.  To have the privilege to perform those tasks are things that I forget to give thanks for. “… give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thess. 5:18)
Today, as it was yesterday and will be tomorrow, the will of God is for us to be thankful in all things.

A few thoughts on cultivating thankfulness as a lifestyle:

  • Sit down and think . We will not be grateful automatically (this depravity thing holds us back from looking outside ourselves).
    • Is there anything “big” that I’m thankful for?
    • Anything relatively “small”?
    • How do those “small” things add up — a tall stack of God’s grace and undeserved kindness.
  • Ask someone else, “What are you thankful for?”
    • Gratitude and joy are contagious (as are negativity and self-absorption).

I must end with this, I am very thankful for you taking the time to read my first blog:)!

January 28th, 2010