As we approach the season of Thanksgiving, I always find I start to brainstorm and think about the things that I truly am thankful for in my life, both big and small. I know sometimes it can happen to the best of us, where we start to complain more than we give thanks, think about what’s wrong rather than what’s right, and focus on ourselves too much rather than what we can do for others. Thanksgiving always helps to put this in perspective.
We have so much to be thankful for and I thought I would write out a little list of a few things I’m grateful for to share with you.
1) A God who loves me and my family (and YOU) so much he chose to die for us while we were still sinners and wants a relationship with us
2) Crisp autumn walks and crunching leaves
3) My amazing husband and our little happy marriage
4) One of my biggest blessings in the whole world – My Darling Addison and all the joy that she brings to our lives daily
5) Baking up something sweet and the look on my husband’s face when he tastes it
6) Sharing an incredibly close bond with my mom (and dad)
8) Our home and living in the beautiful country of Canada
9) The gift of being alive and healthy
10) This little space to share my thoughts with you
11) My education
12)Long talks in coffee shop corners
13) My faith
14) Getting lost in a book or writing a journal entry if only for a moment
15) The crazy ups and downs of life
Those are just a few of the many things I am thankful for both at this time of year, and all year round. I challenge you to really think about what you’re thankful for in your life, and write out a list. A good old fashioned, hard copy list. Creating a gratitude list, and brainstorming really helps you to focus in on your blessings and gives you a fresh outlook.
Even if things don’t seem to be going your way, I guarantee you, you can come up with at least a few things you are thankful for. Reflect on the often overlooked things we are blessed with in Canada like clean water, a roof over our heads, and a bed to sleep in at night. Ask God to create in you a grateful heart; a heart that looks at the glass half-full, rather than half empty, and a heart that looks to give rather than get.
And check out my sweet friend’s page, Brush Up Lettering, to see more of her amazing work like the signs pictured in this post.
Have a lovely thanksgiving with friends and family. I’m thankful for your support on my little blog.