30 Days of Encouragement – What I'm Thankful for (Day 26)
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.
Day 17 – I am thankful to see another Easter knowing growth, health, and life changes that have taken place. It has been a challenging and eventful year. I remember the questions and concern I had last year at this time. I remember my health issues and being placed on high blood pressure medicine. I remember working on a book that I thought would never be completed due to distractions and setbacks. Now, a year later during the another Easter weekend, I find those questions and concerns answered, a completed book, and normal blood pressure that no longer requires medication. Yes, I am truly thankful for this year and especially the reason and blessing of this weekend. He truly has risen from the dead. Have a great Easter everyone.
Day 18 –I am thankful that my youngest is safe and at home. I am referring to my youngest cat. Yesterday, my cat, Cole decided to climb out onto the three story ledge of my home. I had accidently left the unscreened window open while using some ammonia to clean inside. I was busy working on a writing project when I realized I had not seen her in a while. When she did not come after I called out to her, my greatest fear concerning my cats happened. My Cole fell off the ledge to the ground below. I prayed that she was alive, unharmed, and somewhere close. My cats are indoor only and naive to outdoor life. I ran downstairs at 10:00 pm to find my Cole in the bushes, shaken up, but unharmed. She had to endure a bath, but was happy with extra treats and attention for the rest of the evening.
Day 19 –I am thankful for men who try, despite mistakes, imperfections, and miscalculations, to be good father and men of integrity. Today, there are men who choose their own interests over those of their family and friends. However, there are other men who stay engaged in their marriages and relationships even through hard times, frustrations and hurt. There are men who value being a dad and a good man like Rick Johnson, founder of Better Dads (http://betterdads.net) who encourage men to step up and be the best they can be for their children and wives. There are men who have fallen and made great mistakes yet try to use what they learned to help young men and others. I am thankful for the men who fight against what society and the media often state in using their sexuality to validate their manhood. I am thankful for those men who are brave enough to cry and show their imperfections yet choose to be a leader in courage in their lives and in their homes. I am thankful for men who try to be the men God has called them to be in a world where they are challenged every day to be less. Thank you to all those men who remain standing and deserve to be thanked for all you do and who you are in our lives. Thank you.
Day 20 –If you read my post regarding”OH NO, they found me”, I guess I will have to be thankful that God allowed me to live long enough to receive an invitation to the AARP. While it is a reminder that years have passed and I am in my second half of life, I am thankful that I made it. I know of many friends and relatives who did not make it to fifty years old. Despite my age, I feel great, think I look better than I did in my twenties, and have way more wisdom than I did in my first half. For that, I am blessed. Now, I just get more discounts.
Day 21 –During my evening walk yesterday, I saw a group of birds flying in formation. They moved in rhythm, allowing a different bird to take the lead while the others glided on the airstream with ease. Instinctively, the birds knew how to move in different waves and designs in the air as one unified unit. I stood in awe and thought, “Wow, my Heavenly Father gave them the ability to do that!” No human could created birds to do that. If God took the time to place that type of detail and care for a bird with no soul or great possibility, how much love, care and planning of details He must have for me. Today, I am thankful for a Father who knows my name, formed and planned my future before I was a thought in my parent’s mind, sent His Son to die for me, and moves in my life each day.
Day 22 – Today’s thanks will sound a bit crazy. However, I am thankful for the dream that is about to take place. I am no one of great importance or giftedness that I can bring it about myself. I have no great wealth that I can buy the dream that no man’s hand can open or create I am no better than anyone else that God’s favor or dream would only apply to me. Yet as sure as I am a tall, black woman, I know something is about to happen in the view of others that will show God’s faithfulness and prove that nothing is impossible with Him. I have a dream that those around the world who know and do not know the Lord will come to a crisis of belief in saying either 1) God is a fairy tale and I can believe nothing. I am in control of everything including my birth thru death & know everything or 2) God is exactly who He said He is and I can believe everything. I don’t have to perform, put myself in a certain position, get my life together, earn His love, try to be a good Christian, or do anything outside of loving and believing in Him in everything. He really doesn’t need us to help Him make His plan work. He does desire us to join Him in His plan that He has already marked out in our lives.
Day 23 – I am thankful for my story. Everyone has a story. Some are filled with great joys and positive experiences while others are filled with many sorrows and negative experiences. Regardless of the events or paths in the journey, the story remains. Although my story contains many sorrows, tragedies, and negative experiences, I have lived a journey of joy, growth, learning, healing, discovery and intimacy because of those experiences. I would not change a single hurting moment, struggle, time of crisis, period of confusion, betrayal, argument with God, or stillness of sorrow. My personality, passions and character have been molded from the story that was written in my life and continues today. Through the pain there is always a purpose. Knowing what I know now and living a life of confident expectation for a future that has not happened yet has been worth every second of my past. My story was given to me to tell something wonderful about God’s story. Although many might have similar events, no one else has my story or can use it for the specific purpose that has been planned for me. What’s your story?
Day 24 – I am thankful for Häagen-Dazs® chocolate ice cream. I have no excuses. Yes, I could tell you a lie and say that I have the will power to only take one bite, but I won’t. I am thankful for every pint of that blessing from God that was produced from that company. After a day of exercising, I make no excuse when I happily climb into bed with the kids (cats, Cole and Conner), put on a good movie and open up a fresh pint of ice cream with the plan of eating the WHOLE pint. Awe, it’s good to be the queen of my own castle when chocolate ice cream involved! You can have your Breyers and every other brand of ice cream. You can have your rocky road, strawberry and exotic ice cream. As for me and my house, we shall eat Häagen-Dazs® chocolate ice cream. Boy, am I thankful!
Day 25 – I am thankful for mistakes. I’m sure the idea of being thankful for something most people desire to avoid is strange, but not to me. Although I have dealt with the consequences and experienced the sense of failure and letting others down, I learned greatly in the lessons that resulted. I used to feel and believe that my mistakes defined who I was as a person. Interestingly, through making mistakes I learned that mistakes are simply the risk of making a choice and have nothing to do with who I am and cannot mark or deter my future. In the world of jazz music, we have a saying, “There is no such thing as making a mistake, only better choices that could have been made.” The same idea reigns in my life in knowing my mistakes reflect better choices that could have been made but they are a great and needed source in my growth and maturity. I would like to believe that my mistakes have made me a better counselor, writer, friend, mentor, woman and person. Until I see Jesus’ face, I will remain an imperfect person who makes mistakes, falls, disappoints and then stands, daily growing, learning and living day-to-day being thankful for every moment.
Day 26 – I am thankful for sleep. Wonderful, mouth open and slobbering, waking up with hair looking like Gumby sleep! Not only does sleep replenish the body, burn calories, and allow the mind to enter a R.E.M stage of sleep, it really is a needed part of the day for us old timers. Speaking of sleep, it is 8:10 am and I have been up all night working on some writing projects. It is now time for me to go to….SLEEP. Have a wonderful day.
Have a great day until next time.
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