10.15.2010

The List that Never Ends: #1-10

I've been following several blogs whose authors are participating in things like THIS. I've even participated on a smaller scale myself.

If you're not clicking on the links, you have no idea what I'm talking about, right? So click on the links! Don't have time? Ok, fine...

I'm talking about keeping a list (that never ends) of things for which you are thankful. My friend Carrie over at Carrie's Busy Nothings is starting a "Thankful For..." linky, which I believe will be up every week. I'll be linking up there today, and if you'd like to participate too, then drop by!

Incidentally, I think this little exercise is one of the best you can do (and it's way more fun than push-ups).

To be honest, it's been a pretty rough couple of years for us. A few of the things we've gone through include: job loss and extended unemployment, financial challenges and super tight budgeting, a lot of slammed doors, the worst case of cancer we've ever seen and death of a very good friend, months of separation as my husband travelled with that friend to care for him during treatment, family illnesses and tough times, major life-changing decisions about Josh going back to school and all the logistics that go along with that, etc.

When I focus on all of those things, it's easy to get overwhelmed and start throwing a self-pity-party. (Imagine me rubbing my index finger over my thumb - it's the world's tiniest violin playing "My Heart Cries Out for You.") I'm as susceptible to doing that as the next person, but I think I've found the cure (as long as I remember to USE it!):

Thankfulness.
I heard a sermon once in high school about thankfulness, and it has stuck with me ever since. I remember the pastor saying, "Coveteousness begins when you stop giving thanks." Sounds simple and logical, but it was a "lightbulb" moment for me. So now, whenever I'm tempted to start feeling sorry for myself, envying other people, or wishing for something other than what is, I try to start listing things I have to be thankful for instead. In spite of all of my "problems," things could be a LOT worse. Actually, compared with what some people are enduring in the world right now, I have absolutely NOTHING to complain about. So, in order to help cultivate that attitude and without any further ado, I begin my list....

I am thankful for: 

1. Salvation in Jesus Christ. Not earned, not deserved, but given by grace through faith.

2. God's Word - I read this version: KJV - Defender's Study Bible by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.

3. Josh - my best friend who, conveniently, is also my husband. :o)

4. My family

5. Josh's family

6. Harvey (What can I say? I love my dog.)

7. God's provision to meet all of our needs, when we need it.

8. Health - boy, do we take this one for granted when we have it.

9. The ability to be creative and all the possibilities there are for doing so.

10. Brownies. :o)

What are you thankful for this week?


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2 comments:

  1. Great list! Yay for brownies and people who link up! :-) I really hope and pray that 2011 is a lot better for you guys! Thanks for linking up!

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  2. What a great post:O) Im sooo thankful for my kids and hubby and yes my dog, I am thankful for health and life:O) so true how life can change in A moment and chocolate:O) Thanks for sharing

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