Thoughtful Thankfulness from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Thoughtful Thankfulness

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Thanks for stopping by today! I know you are busy with the Thanksgiving festivities so I won’t keep you long. I just had some thoughts that I want to run by you, maybe get your feedback! Grab your coffee and come on in.

I love this time of year, when the weather begins to cool down, the colors are changing and bright oranges, reds and yellows burst forth upon the leaves of the trees. There’s a sort of fall scent that comes with it all, too. This harvest season is the beginning of the holiday season and while I’d rather stay in this particular season, I’ve come to realize that we don’t have to have Thanksgiving to be thankful.

Every morning, I begin my quiet time by being still and inviting Him into my previous day’s movie rewind. Together we go through the things that happened and the moments where He was blessing me, trying to get my attention, moments that make me super thankful I am His and He is mine. As I am still, I am able to recognize all kinds of things to be thankful for, and I do acknowledge them through journaling and prayer.

For twenty-seven days now, I’ve seen posts on Facebook talking about the things they are thankful for because this is the “month of thankfulness.” Every day, there is a new thing to be thankful for and I absolutely love the simplicity of many of the things that others are thankful for and post. The unfortunate truth is when the month started, there were a lot of people participating. After every few posts was one corresponding with the day of the month and then explaining what they were thankful for and why they were thankful for it. That has diminished, little by little and now I see one from the same person every day and others are posted intermittently.

Could it be to practice thankfulness is a challenge? I think that it can be and that being thankful requires more than written or spoken works. It requires action. Do my actions line up with my words of thankfulness? Am I living like I’m thankful? What does it take for an attitude of gratitude to be my constant companion? How do I carry that thankfulness out? For example, almost every morning — 🙂 — I thank Him for my husband and his love for me but how do I show my husband that I am thankful for him, his love?

While those questions I just ask you elude me at this moment, and something tells me I’ll be walking through the answers so I can share, here are some truths that I’ve learned and lived about thankfulness:

Learning how to be thankful for the little things gets us through the big things that would otherwise overwhelm us.

Thankfulness is a choice!

Thankfulness can pull us out of the pit of depression and lessen any crisis.

Thankfulness is an act of worship and blesses God!

Thankfulness is an anti-inflammatory that decreases pride.

Thankfulness is an antibiotic for negativity.

Thankfulness opens the door to more blessings.

Thankfulness can turn a frown upside down!

Thankfulness helps us stay in the moments instead of living for the next.

A little thankfulness goes a long way!

Thankfulness sends  complaining and worrying scurrying away.

Now it’s your turn; what does an attitude of thankfulness do for you? Remember, we don’t need to wait for Thanksgiving to be thankful!

Thankful,

Evinda

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