Gratitude turns anxiety into joy. Gratitude turns darkness into light. I’ve been focusing on this a lot the last couple of months, and it’s so cool. At the end of each day, I like to sit down before I have my nightly Date With God, and list out my joys/highlights of my day. Usually, when I tell myself I just need to think of one, I end up thinking of about 15! When you really stop and think about things, there really is a lot to be thankful for. And since it’s Thanksgiving time, what better time to count our blessings! I thought I’d share some of mine (though I’m sure if you’re reading this, you might not even care), but my hope is to try to get you to think of what you’re thankful for!
- God. This is a no-brainer, but sometimes we can take Him for granted. Or, worse yet, not really even acknowledge Him in our day-to-day lives. Sometimes we think of Him when things get hard or dark, but then kind of forget about our dependence on Him when things are going well. I am forever thankful for what He’s done for me in my life, and what he continues to do now and in the future!
- My family. We are so close, and no matter what happens in life, where we live, etc, we always will be. And I love that. We’ve been there for each other through thick and thin, and I am glad God gave me them!
- My friends. I couldn’t do life without friends. I’ve never really had friends until a couple years ago, so it’s new for me. Whether we talk every day, every month, when we can…I love knowing I can call them up and chat about anything and everything.
- Choices. I hate making decisions-everyone knows this about me. BUT, I am grateful that I get to make I know how lucky I am and I don’t ever want to take any of it for granted.
- Opportunity. The fact that I have opportunities to do things, travel, help people…makes me super thankful. Helping people is part of my core, who I am…without that, I wouldn’t be me. I am thankful I can help others—whether it’s making them soup (ok, bringing them soup, because come on…me making homemade soup? I don’t think so) when they’re sick, sending a gift, spreading encouragement…this world is hard enough. Why not try to brighten it a little bit?
Find joy in the little things, too. Having a car to drive. A phone to use. Running water. A stove to cook food. A bed to sleep in. Shower. Clothes to wear. Even in the dark times, it’s really hard to see things to be thankful for. Trust me, I know. It’s HARD. But, if you can, try to start a tiny little gratitude ritual every day. It will change your life.
Happy Thanksgiving, friends!
What I’m listening to:
CHRISTMAS MUSIC! All! OF! IT!
Also, “Daylight,” Taylor Swift