Give Thanks for Thankfulness – Thankful Thoughts

Awareness. Appreciation. Gratefulness. Thankfulness. Gratitude. Enjoyment. Thanksgiving.

Thankfulness is one of my keys to happiness.  When I can focus on the blessings of my life, everything just works.  I’m contented with what I have, I see purpose in the random events of my life, I stay focused on God instead of myself.  I find peace.  Being able to be thankful in the midst of tough circumstances… that’s amazing.

This week, I really struggled with what to write about.  Thankfulness may be a daily event for me, but writing about it is apparently a little more difficult.  I struggled. So much so that it’s midnight on Saturday night and I’m just now sitting down to type.  Normally, I have my Sunday post on thankfulness written and scheduled by Thursday at the latest.  I had several ideas.  I have a ton of things to be thankful for.  But the words just would not flow.

Until now.  Now the words are spilling out faster than I can type.

Just before writing this, I read a friend’s blog.   Six weeks ago, she announced that she is battling stage 2 breast cancer.  Six days ago, she announced that she has lost her hair.  She has four kids and is in the process of adopting a 5th.  Her husband has a job that requires extensive travel.  And her post today was on thankfulness.  She cataloged, in depth, things she took for granted mere weeks ago that she now sees as blessings.

I was humbled beyond description.

In the midst of all the ugliness that comes with cancer, my friend found the ability to be thankful.  God’s powers are beyond description.  He can work miracles in our hearts when we allow.  He lifted my friend out of the valley and lifted her up.   I know my friend has a long journey and that she faces yucky stuff.  But today, I celebrate with her as she counts her blessings.  I honor her courage and openness.  I appreciate the perspective she has given me.  I celebrate God’s victory over darkness and despair in her life.  I am thankful for her thankfulness.

I am so blessed.  I have so much to be thankful for.  If I did nothing but write about what I have to be thankful for in this life, I would never run out of things to write about.  I have an amazingly wonderful life.  I get to stay home with our kids, with my husband’s full support and blessing. I have parents who love me and believe in me.  I have friends with whom I can be honest and transparent.  I have a church family that I look forward to seeing each time we meet.  I have two amazing boys who love me beyond description.  At least one of my boys is a miracle.  We have money in the bank and a roof over our heads.  There is food in the refrigerator, and my air conditioning works.  I have fresh water to drink.  I am free to read the books I chose to read and to leave my house without fear.  I am saved by Grace by a loving God.

And suddenly, there is nothing else to say.

What are you thankful for today?

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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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  1. Susan, I really loved the fact that you wrote about your friend. Indeed, she is strong and we all can be thankful for not suffering for breast cancer. But thankfulness can also be proven by supporting breast cancer organizations.

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