A Return to Thankful Thoughts

Way back when, I had a habit of posting Thankful Thoughts each Sunday on the blog.

The original idea was to write those posts in advance and then take Sunday off.  The reality was that the posts were frequently written late on Saturday night or right after church on Sunday’s. They were written under pressure and felt like a disruption. As you can imagine, it was a struggle to find much to be authentically thankful about under those circumstances.

When I dropped the feature, I honestly heaved a big sigh of relief.  That was over a year ago. 

a return to thankful thoughts

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of housekeeping on my blog. It’s not just the pretty new color scheme and declutter that you can see. I’ve been working on making it easier to find old posts (at least the ones that are worth finding). In the process, I’ve been going through every single post.  All 763 of them.

(Let me just be the first to say it. I’ve written some dreadfully bad posts. I’m sorry. I’ve also written some really strong content that deserves to be seen again and again.)

I miss thankful thoughts.

I miss the discipline of writing down things that I am thankful for.

I miss the heart change that happens with deliberate gratitude.

In the preparation for Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday), it just seems natural to be thankful.  Many of my friends do the “30 days of thankfulness” challenge on Facebook.  Our homeschool curriculum includes writing list of blessings this month.

In this season of Thanksgiving, it’s easy to express gratitude.

The rest of the year, it’s a little harder but still needed.

The heart change that comes from expressing is something I need every day.

I don’t know about you, but I tend to forget that the bible suggests thankfulness as an antidote to worry and fear.

In Philippians 4:6, scripture says

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

See that? Thanksgiving is the antidote to anxiousness.

being thankful is the cure to worry

Colossians 3:15 suggests that thankfulness brings peace.

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Psalm 100:4 implies that thankfulness is a way to praise and worship God.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!

That’s the heart change I’m after. All of it. As I looked back through my old Thankful Thoughts series, I could see time after time where that heart change happened. I can still remember the feeling of transformation as I wrote some of those posts.  I remember writing in obedience and submission and not just out of duty.

And I’m thankful. I’m thankful for the call to return to a discipline of thankfulness.

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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Comments

  1. Thank you for posting. You and I seemed to be on the same track today. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Laura Schofield says:

    A return to thankfulness is definitely what I need. Thank you for the gentle, scriptural reminder.

  3. Beautiful! You revamped space looks beautiful, and your words are beautiful. May we all remember to have thankful thoughts–they drive out worry, selfishness and despair.

    • Oh thank you. I’m still over the moon happy with how my new “look” turned out. I’m doing the equivalent of spinning circles to show off a pretty dress every time I see it. 🙂

      And yes… increasingly I’m realizing that when life has me messed up, starting with thankfulness is the best possible response I can manage.

  4. Barbara London says:

    Glad you are returning to the Thankful Thoughts posts on Sundays – whenever you write them!! I started a Sunday Reflections a couple of weeks ago; my intent was to just reflect on the day – the first one was on All Saints Day, when I was in worship; the one this past Sunday was written as reflections from a place I love – the camp and conference center where I attended a women's retreat last weekend. We will see what next Sunday brings – I'll be at another retreat, one for crafting!!! Thank you for your great reminder to be thankful!

    • While I love the idea of posting Thankful Thoughts on Sundays, I’m still not sure I can manage it. I think trying to schedule thankfulness was part of the problem. It felt forced. God doesn’t move in my heart on a schedule like that.

      That being said, I would encourage you to embrace the idea of Sunday Reflections. If only for a season. Deliberate thankfulness is an awesome journey!

      Have fune at your crafting retreat, it sounds like fun.

  5. While I love the idea of posting Thankful Thoughts on Sundays, I’m still not sure I can manage it. I think trying to schedule thankfulness was part of the problem. It felt forced. God doesn’t move in my heart on a schedule like that.

    That being said, I would encourage you to embrace the idea of Sunday Reflections. If only for a season. Deliberate thankfulness is an awesome journey!

    Have fune at your crafting retreat, it sounds like fun.

  6. Barbara London says:

    Susan Baker I am reminded of the vers – in ALL things give thanks! And that would mean at ALL times!! Therefore, a "Thankful Thoughts" could just be another label or section of your blog to post when you feel that need to be thankful and write about it! I am new at blogging and trying to keep myself inspired and the idea came to me after that All Saints service…I am sure it will be come harder to find something specific on each Sunday – and it may turn out to be another day….You WILL work it out; I have faith that the words will come when they are needed to be there!

  7. Oh thank you. I’m still over the moon happy with how my new “look” turned out. I’m doing the equivalent of spinning circles to show off a pretty dress every time I see it. 🙂

    And yes… increasingly I’m realizing that when life has me messed up, starting with thankfulness is the best possible response I can manage.

  8. Barbara London , exactly. I have it buried as a sub category right now as I work my way through reorganizing old posts. I love seeing the spike in page views on these thankful posts each November, but it's not enough. We're called to be thankful at all times and not just the run-up to Thanksgiving. Write your thankful posts. Follow where it leads. It's an awesome adventure to be thankful in all things.

  9. It was the reminder that I needed too. It was so convicting to realize just how far I’d strayed from the habit of thankfulness.

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