30 Days of Encouragement – What I'm Thankful for (Day 16)
I am so thankful for:
Day 1 – The ability to rise each morning and run, stretch, and walk freely after years of being physically disabled.
Day 2 – The memories I can recall (happy and sad) of my parents and grandparents who have died years ago.
Day 3 – I am thankful my wife is a survivor and we have no negative findings since she finished chemo. She is thankful her hair is growing back (From Carl R.)
Day 4 – Being able to lie about my age and say that I’m in my 30’s when I’m really 50 years old AND seeing a glimpse of how I will look at 71 years old like my mom (the year she passed).
Day 5 -I am thankful that I know I have a future in heaven for eternity and that no matter what I am going through I can always talk to Jesus and He will comfort me (From Dave M.)
Day 6 – For the ability of children to dream dreams big enough to fail and the childlike ignorance to make them come true.
Day 7 – For the solider I saw on the news who laid down his life on behalf of his country doing his duty. I also am thankful for every mother, father, sister, brother, daughter or son who has lost someone to battle. No words can ever comfort enough and no flag or medal can ever repay. Please accept my thankfulness today is saying because of their unselfish act, I am free and I will forever be grateful. Thank you.
Day 8 – The storms and waves that are allowed in my life. Yeah, the smooth and easy times are great. However, I learn, grow and mature the most when I”m put in a position to trust my feelings or trust what I know to be true of who God is in my life and watch Him at work. At times, I am left bruised but in my life I have always found that there is a great purpose and plan in the pain. In those times, my trust is not that things will work out like I want them to. My trust is in the Lord, regardless of how they work out. (A Lesson from one of those storms)
Day 9 – Babies. Yes, I’m thankful for those little, cute, sometimes can really get on your nerves but they are so adorable babies. At my age, unless God decides to do another miracle birth, a baby ain’t happening. Even if that were to happen, I guarantee with my 50 year old eggs, my child would probably come out with gray hair, arthritis and an AARP card in it’s hand. But getting back to the point. Very content to be the mother of two wonderful cats, I’m still and very thankful for the smell, smooth skin, and sneaky ways of babies. Just love them.
Day 10 – Despite situations, judgments, histories and so many problems that we allow because of our differences, I am so thankful that there are many different cultures, types and personalities of people. No, on this earth we may never “get along”. However, I am so thankful that with all the wonderful things we could bring to the table, we really could get along so well.
Day 11 – My kids, Conner Bodine (green eyes-boy) and Cole (sitting on toliet, girl). They have traveled with me through in cars and SUV’s, stayed in hotel rooms and have endured 10 moves (including 4 state-to-state) with me. They remind me when I work too much and need to chill out and continue to teach me the true meaning of “rest and trust”. My babies.
Day 12 – Waking up to a new day. I’m fighting a cold, my head is aching, I’m not sure of what this day holds for me yet I am thankful that I am able to see a new day. Many did not wake up this morning. I don’t know the numbers of my days to come however for today, I am most thankful.
Day 13 –I am sitting in the sun – having a terrible day, so can’t get going , nothing going right, expectations of the day have spiraled out of control…… BUT the sun hits my face and I feel the warmth of the heat in the breeze caress me and comfort me – and I think of my Lord Jesus Christ – who loves me holds me touches me and comforts me , when it is all going wrong —— to know His presence in the dark ——IS AMAZING , and HE keeps me holding on for another day (From Mandy L.)
Day 14 – Today we (Dallas,TX) have been hit by many tornadoes. A lot of damage with the tornadoes and state of emergency has been declared in some areas. I am thankful that although there are many wounded, I have not heard of any deaths. I am thankful that my life, my cats, those around me and the lives in Dallas have been spared on this very scary day. Tornadoes, storms and rain still pour down. However for this moment, I have nothing but thanks and gratitude to share. Thank you for all of your prayers and care because they mean so much.
Day 15 – Law enforcement, volunteers, firemen and others who help without reward, praise, or desire for their own good. During times of struggle, tornadoes, tragedy and harm, there are always those who say, “I’m here to do whatever needs to be done in order to help!” Yes, so often the focus and praise is wrongly put on reality actors, celebrities and the rich. However the true people of praise and focus, to me, are those who daily go in danger’s way and those who volunteer to help another in need. To you heroes, I am truly thankful. Thank you for coming to our aid through the damage of the storms and tornadoes yesterday.
Day 16 – I am thankful for the ability to hope. Unemployment, house foreclosures, depression, violence, war, broken families, and daily struggles. There is so much pain and negative things all around us…yet I can still hope. Despite the situations or circumstances in my life and in the world, I can choose to hope that there is a plan and purpose for my life and that no one or thing can ever prevent it from coming into fruition. I can choose to hope in the future and promise and in the One who created and foreknew me before I was ever a thought in my parent’s lives. I can choose to hope that I have not been placed on this earth to merely survive but to thrive, make a difference in the lives around me and to live out each day with thankfulness, joy and anticipation. I am thankful that each day and each moment, I can hope and remember the past events in anticipation for a future that has not happened yet. (excerpt from “Your 100 Days of Encouragement: Encouragement, Stories, & Thoughts For Real People In 2012”)
Have a great day until next time.
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