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There is a book that came out several years ago entitled One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.  To be honest I couldn’t get through the entire book due to the style of writing.  However, the underlining message, so I have been told, is to be thankful for even the small things in life for they are God’s gifts to us.  Our co-teacher for  Sunday school started writing down 7 things he was thankful for every morning.  He said by doing so, he started his day in a positive way.

Lately, thankfulness has been put on the shelf.  Not that I haven’t thanked God throughout the day or week, but it hasn’t been a priority.  Sure I have been thankful as I have seen God work in the lives of my family and friends.  For myself though, thankfulness has been few and far between.

I have taken up the challenge to start writing two things every morning that I am thankful for:

Day 1

  • Friends  who love me for who I am and pray for me
  • The writer’s group I attend. Who with godly love and encouragement they critique and share the talents God has given them
  • My daughter Emily and her sweet nature
  • That my ipod didn’t lose its charge while I was doing car line duty.  The warning  “low battery”, came on at the beginning of a 45 minute job of directing cars out of the local elementary school

Day 2

  • A God who is creative
  • The wonder and uniqueness of imaginations
  • An answer to death
  • For scientists who are not afraid to say that they believe in a God who created the world and universe in which we live.
  • The student I mentor who God is now using to stretch me as a person

As you can see the list didn’t stop with just two a day.  He wants us to have a thankful heart.  The amazing part is what happens when I write down the things I’m thankful for;  the smallest item puts a smile on my face and reminds me that God is at work in all areas of my life.

I would like to challenge you to purchase a small notebook, for a month  write down at least two things you are thankful for everyday.  If it’s small enough you can take it with you  and write items down throughout your day.  Don’t disregard the “small stuff’ like my ipod situation.  When those rough days come, re-read what you have written and let your heart soar.

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances

For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV 1984)

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Two weeks ago our family  experienced two unexpected deaths.  The first was one of my husband’s co-workers who died in a freak accident while on the job.  The second was a dear friend of mine at church who died suddenly.  Both sent shockwaves through us.

While we sat listening to the remembrances being offered for the co-worker, I began thinking, did he know how these people felt about him?

At the reception I told my husband, “How sad it is if a person has made such an impact in our lives and we wait to express them at their funeral.  We should being thanking them before they die.”

My friend was a wonderful woman of God. How did she impact my life?  Marynona impacted my life by showing me what it means to be a godly Bible Study leader.  I wanted to be just like her. 

She was available to share struggles, celebrate victories, and answer questions. She also prayed for me and my family. 

I have no regrets. I did tell her what she meant to me.  I feel blessed that I was able to give her a hug and “I love You” three days before she went home to be with her Heavenly Father.

God has created us to reach out to others to share God’s love with them.  What could show thankfulness to God better than thanking those He has placed in our lives to grow us, love us, and be Christ to us. 

 Are there people who come to your mind that have impacted your life in big and small ways?  Have you thanked them?

 

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good

works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some,

but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”

Hebrews 10:24-25  (ESV)

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