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99 || Thoughts on Thankfulness

So I was having lunch with a friend. It was November 1st.

We were catching up on life and true to my analytical, typically selfish and ungrateful nature, I was rattling off the reasons why my life was terrible. I’m a bit dramatic, have I mentioned that?

In an attempt to help shift my perspective, (and most likely shut me up) she said, “Well, today is November 1st. Your assignment for the rest of the month is to email me something you are thankful for every day.”

I like a challenge. And it’s sad to say that I found the task of finding one thing to give thanks for every day a challenge.

Learning Thankfulness

On my lists are family, friends, and even silly things like nail polish. And you know what? Every day I am so determined to find at least one thing, great or small, that I end up giving thanks for all kinds of things in my search. And trust me, there are days that I just forget to be mindful of it. Those days, I’m grateful for grace and second chances.

After a co-worker irritated me one day, I was muttering to myself all the things I’d say to that person if I could. And then it hit me: I am far too easily angered.

I am a fair-skinned, green-eyed, passionate woman and with that comes a variety of emotions and an overall lack of patience for all things annoying. I feel deeply. It’s a pro and a con, and I’m currently learning to harness my powers for good.

But God? He is slow to anger.

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Psalm 103:8

Slow. To. Anger.

He blows my mind! AND He’s merciful and gracious and abounding in steadfast love?

That is something to be thankful for.

Season Life of Thankfulness

I found a quote my sophomore year in college that etched itself in my heart.

“Gratitude is born in hearts that take time to count up past mercies.”  Charles Jefferson

I love that quote and the way it prods me to take time and remember what God has done. It doesn’t leave a lot of time for dwelling on irritating co-workers or say, hairdryers that eat your hair. At the end of the day, I remember the grace given to me by a friend, the sweet baby I got to hold, and the radical way God is so patient with me.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:11-12

When I take time to count up all that God has done for me, one month of gratitude will just not be enough.

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