Normally, I like these thoughtful posts to be very “thoughtful”. They are longer posts that take me two or three hours to write as I put a lot of research and “thought” into them.
Today, my brain is shot and cannot do deep thoughts. I woke up in the morning, taught at our school; and then at 11:45 a.m., my oldest daughter and I drove 7 hours to go visit a college. We got to the college safely, checked in, went to a church service, and I finally checked into my hotel and sat down to write this at 11:30 p.m.
So I thought I would share some of my thankful thoughts that have been running through my head today instead of deep thoughts:
- I am thankful for a reliable car. That is a luxury that many people do not have.
- I am thankful for a husband that will check out my car to make sure it is safe. I am also thankful that he is watching the four youngest kids so that I can do this trip.
- I am thankful for the protection we had on the road while driving.
- I am thankful for so many resources we have to encourage our spiritual walk. As I drove, I could listen to downloaded podcasts! I listened to a sermon as I drove, and it was such an encouragement. What are your favorite podcasts?
- I am thankful for one-on-one time to talk to my daughter. That doesn’t happen often!
- I am thankful for friends who care about me. I had a slight illness on Monday and Tuesday. A couple of my friends who knew texted me to see how I was doing.
- I’m thankful that I get to sleep in a bed all by myself with no one to bother me. I love my family, but I am exhausted and am looking forward to undisturbed sleep.
So in one sense, this was a very “unthoughtful” post. But, in another sense, maybe we need to stop thinking so much and start being more thankful instead. Sometimes, we spend so much time worrying, fretting, and thinking about things that we have no solution for instead of being thankful for what we do have. What can you be thankful for today?
And here is my final thought about expressing thankfulness. We know we are to be thankful — “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (I Thessalonians 5:18) If being thankful is something you struggle with or something you would like to focus on more, I challenge you to read Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are. Her writing style in this book is unique and not really my favorite. However, some people love her writing style. What I do enjoy is how she shares the need to give thanks for everything. She says, “He who has learned this (giving thanks for everything) knows what it means to live.” She also shares how just naming what you are thankful for — the seemingly small things — is in reality blessing God for it and His part in it. Even though I would not normally read this style of a book, I have found that when I read it just a little bit at a time, that it does encourage me to be more focused on being thankful for the little things that happen in my every day life.
Let’s be thankful!
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