I decided to copy off a friend of mine who does this, except she calls hers "Thankful Thursdays." It's a great idea and one that I've been meaning to employ for awhile. I realized that being thankful and expressing that thankfulness out loud develops a true spirit of gratitude that is able to be expressed even in times of hardship. The truly grateful heart will still be thankful and at peace when things go wrong. I want to cultivate that so that when the rough days come, I'll be able to stand, despite the rain and not be beat down because I have fixed my gaze on Christ! So with that, here are the things I have been thinking about this week that I am most thankful for!
1.) The days are longer- darkness settles around 8:30 in the evenings. I love that!
2.) Walking outside to my beautiful backyard and soaking in the beauty of God's creation that seems to have been made just for me
3.) The ability to even have a garden
4.) Opportunities to serve others
5.) The trials in life eventually come to an end- always. That is a promise from God to His believers. So keep on keeping on!
6.) One day we will be perfect and not have to struggle with our sin nature! Hallelujah!
7.) Light always overpowers darkness and evil. When the Light comes, there's no room for darkness!
8.) I am His and He is mine :)
9.) I never have to worry about my future- I can just pray to God about decisions and let Him lead and guide me.
10.) I'll never be alone ever again :)
11.) I am saved.
12.) I don't have to pretend I'm someone else to receive recognition. I can be who I am because I know I'm not perfect and God is changing me to be more like Him with each day. I don't have to worry about what others will think of me- all that matters is what He thinks!
13.) I am thankful that God is continuously working on changing my feminist mindset and creating a more God-honoring mindset :)
14.) That God can still use me, despite my faults, and I do have a great deal.
15.) That God makes me happy- always. Whenever I am sad or lonely, He seems to cheer me up just when I need Him. He is able to turn an ordinary day into something extraordinary even though nothing new or interesting has happened, He is just able to make the day brighter!
There is my list for now. Each week it'll be different. So what are you grateful for this week?