More Thankful than ever before

Thanksgiving is over for 2017. We’ve all had our turkey, mashed potatoes, family time, and football.

Maybe even shopping.

I am definitely not a shopper.  Black Friday actually scares me!  My idea of shopping is walking into Fleet Farm, getting what is on my list, checking out and walking out!

I have a question for you though, since Thanksgiving is over.

Are you still thankful today?

Being Thankful isn’t just for Thanksgiving

Being thankful is for every single day of every single year.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
I Chronicles 16:34

Being Thankful brings Happiness

Sometimes it’s a struggle to be happy.  Maybe because we’re searching for happiness in the wrong places or ways.

Getting what you want all the time doesn’t make you happy.

That bigger TV in the living room? Did it make you happy?

Sure, for a few seconds maybe.

I’ve looked around our own home, at the things we have.  What do we have to show for our spent money?  Do these “things” make me happy?  No.  Of course not.

But loving what you have, and being grateful for it, will bring you happiness.  It is thankful people who are happy.

It is hard for me to keep that in my mind on a daily basis.  But I try my best.  I look at even the smallest thing as soon as I get out of bed.

Layo

The cat, Layo, that howls every morning at the top of the stairs.  While I sigh when I get out of the warm bed to let him in the bedroom, I am thankful for him because he catches and eats mice around our property.

What I am Thankful For

First, and foremost, I am thankful for my faith that carries me through on a daily basis.

Second, I am thankful for the hubs.  That man … there are no words to describe his love for me, other than it is unconditional.  For that love, for him, I am so, so grateful.  I thank God every day for bringing him into my life.

Last week, while he was up north hunting, I was even more thankful for all of the things that he does around the house that I tend to take for granted!  I had to do all of those little things for myself while he was gone.

I love the hubs even more after our last trip to Florida early in November.  The time we were able to spend together, just the two of us, allowed us to share with each other, and grow in love together.

However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
Ephesians 5:33

I am thankful for my family.  I consider my family to be my husband and our children and grandchildren; my sister and three of my brothers; my husband’s family; and my very closest of friends.  All of these people are kind, loving, happy, thankful people.  There is no judgment in our family, there is no hypocrisy.

I’m thankful for my struggle with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer, and all of the treatments and side effects it brings. Not every day!

I’m thankful for all of the struggles in my life that have made me who I am.  Those struggles gave me, and continue to give me, strength.

Because of my cancer, I have met some of the most kind, friendly, people, who are giving, warm, gentle, they give care and concern, they pray for me, and I pray for them.

Because of my cancer, I have had great opportunities to travel that I wouldn’t have had before.  We were able to travel to Dollywood in Tennessee, and New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Take Nothing for Granted

Give thanks and take nothing for granted.

As I said before, it is hard not to take things for granted.  Especially those little things that the hubs does every day.  Feed the dog, take out the trash, clean the litterboxes, and on, and on.

Be Thankful

There is always – ALWAYS – something to be thankful for.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
I Thessalonians 5:18

What are you thankful for?

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2 thoughts on “More Thankful than ever before

  1. Lynne Stahl

    Every day we need to be thankful. I have learned in the past two years to not assume things. Take nothing for granted. Enjoy the day. Life is short. Love each day. Love you Erika.

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    1. I am thankful and grateful for YOU – the times you listened to me during the divorce, even at three in the morning. Giving me wine glasses to celebrate the single life. Asking me to help you with paperwork and notarizing. Allowing me to help you organize, one of my favorite things to do!
      Everything you’ve done for me in the past 25+ years, I am thankful for. All my love ❤

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