A Thousand Reasons to be Thankful 

grateful attitude

Grat·i·tude

ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od

noun

The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

 

People are hurting. Bad things are happening to good people, and fear is running rampant. I know it’s happened to me. The fear. The questioning of how bad will it get, as I witness all the hatred, selfishness, and hopelessness of my people, my fellow Americans…the world. While I am a Christian I’m all to familiar with fear and doubt of where this world is headed.

A few weeks ago my church had our women’s meeting. We watched a video. In the video a woman talked about getting joy, peace, and having gratitude. What really stood out to me in the video is that she struggled with her faith,  having peace and joy in her life because she saw her little sister die. I can’t even imagine the horror of witnessing that. Now I haven’t witnessed anyone’s death (God forbid), but death has hit a little too close to home.

I’m in a season of my life where I’m struggling to have that peace, and joy,  because fear has grabbed me by the neck, and he doesn’t want let go. It does me no good to live in fear, and it’s very harmful to living a life God has called me to live. I don’t want fear to win, and if your struggling as well let’s go on this gratitude journey together. One of my favorite scriptures has really encouraged and inspired me during hard times:

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

I Thessalonians 5:16‭-‬18 NKJV

Pray without ceasing. Meaning continually be in conversation with God, through his word, prayer, in song or in music. Prayer, in meeting with God, gives us peace that surpasses all understanding.



In Everything give thanks. I’ve been through a lot. More than any 24 year old should ever have to go through. I take most things in stride, and many times I don’t see it as anything that horrible because in reality things can be a lot worse, and people have been through a lot worse. I’ve learned in these 24 years that taking a step back and witnessing your own personal testimony of the goodness of God is beneficial to yourself.  I find many times when I share my testimony, my spirit is lifted. As I recall everything God has brought me through and blessed me with It really changes my perspective, and a feeling of gratitude warms my heart, as I realize that even in the dark places God is good.



My favorite personal quote that I like to share with my close friends is to appreciate the little things. The smallest pleasures, enjoy them. I have a huge appreciation for life as I find life beautiful. Every moment I am breathing and my heart is functioning I count as blessing and gift. 

 

 

 

 

So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.

Ecclesiastes 3:12‭-‬13 NLT

So the women in my church have started a gratitude journal. We’re writing down 1,000 things that we’re grateful for. It can be the smallest thing. We’re starting with 20. So I challenge you to write down 20 things that your grateful for. You can write in the comments or in your own personal journal. It can be as small as I’m grateful to have shoes on my feet, or I’m grateful for Blackberry jam. Get creative and let’s start appreciating the little things. Join me and the women of my church in 1,000 things to be thankful for. I will write my 20 in a separate post.

❤ Happy Writing ❤

6 Replies to “A Thousand Reasons to be Thankful 

  1. I’m thankful that God gave me a great husband that doesn’t beat on me. That loves me unconditionally, that loved my whole family and help me raise my nieces and nephews. A man that goes out his way for everyone. I’m thankful for all my friends and associates, that has been in my life and stay knowing how direct I am. I also thank God for 2 wonderful kids that never gave me BIG troubles. Kids that came out hard workers and loving human beings. Kids that will go out their way to help others and are not into the club life or the drug scene. I thank God for giving me health and keeping me moving so that I can take care of others. I work hard now so I can enjoy life to the fullest later. I’m glad that God changed my darkness to light and that even thou I’m not perfect he sees my heart and is happy to know that every day I try my hardest to deal with the things I cannot change. Happiness comes from the choices you make each day so I try to make wise decisions and enjoy my surroundings. I’m also thankful to God for the great mother he gave me that through her struggles I learn to deal with life and all is obstacles. Thank you Lord for just loving me the way I am and for having grace over my life.

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