Thursday, January 22, 2009
A Thankful Heart is a Happy Heart
Today is Thankful Thursday. I don't participate in this often, but think that it is important to pause and reflect often on how much we truly have to be thankful for. Years ago I was told by a doctor to keep a health journal to monitor my progress during a time when I was ill. After a few days of reading and writing what I felt, I felt worse than I had to begin with. I was focusing on the negative instead of the positive. At that point I made a decision to make list of three things daily I was thankful for or that had blessed me. When I shifted my attention on how much I had in my life, my attitude and health picked up too. It has been a long time since I sat and listed three blessings each day. After a while I didn't need to everyday. I could see what I had in my life and was constantly reminded of how blessed I really am. I've said before that if my life came with a soundtrack two songs that would be included would be How You Live by Point of Grace and Blessed by Martina McBride. (Both songs can be listened to by pressing the "play" button on the MP3 player on the side bar.)
So that was a bunch of rambling to bring you to where I am today.
Today I am thankful that:
1. God is not finished with me yet! He has plans not only for my future but also for my NOW! All the times I've given up on myself, He has not given up on me.
2. Over the past few weeks God has reminded me of how much He has brought me through. I have such a renewed sense of faith in Him and am exploding with excitement about it.
3. My husband has already been off work for a month since his surgery and is likely to be off another two months. I am so thankful that we have short term disability coming in that is more than enough to keep us afloat until he goes back to work. Not only that but our doctor's bill came in from his surgery. It was over $12,000 but after insurance paid, we only owe $50!!! Only God could have done that! Talk about taking a load off of our minds!
4. God is who He says He is!
I'm reminded of Madame Blueberry. She says, "A thankful heart is a happy heart." And I am so blessed...
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:7-9