Thankfulness

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As I was reading Jonathan Welton’s blog on Thanksgiving the other day, I came to the end of it and saw his suggestion to write out 50 things or people I was thankful for. It sounded like a wonderful idea!

I thought about what I would put on the list, and who I was thankful for all day long, but never put pen to paper. Instead, I waited until yesterday morning to sit down and start compiling.

It wasn’t as easy as I supposed.

Sure, Paul was first on my list and next came my relationship with Papa and His mighty abundance in my life – soon to be followed by children and family members.

Next I wrote down how thankful I was for my kitchen and all the equipment I am blessed to have – it is my place of solace after all, (smile).I was sure to include all the material blessings I have; my kitties and my neighbor’s kitty too!

…Speaking of neighbors, they were included also.

As I kept adding things to my list, I realized that I needed to stop and begin adding names of the people who I am so overwhelmingly blessed to have speak into my life

I began writing.

Name after name was added to the list. As soon as someone was added another name would come up in my heart and I added them to the list.

On and on it went.

Before I knew it, I had well exceeded the suggested 50 items or people.

And I wasn’t finished!

More names and faces appeared before me and a smile would blossom on my face at the remembrance of their love, their kind and encouraging words.

Once I began being thankful for what I have and for the people I surround myself with, I realized there was no room for complaining anymore. And even though I hadn’t been complaining really, I hadn’t been actively conscious of how much I have to be thankful for.

I find it interesting how simply reading a blog post of someone I have never even met can set me on a course of remembering how much I am loved and blessed! And the really great thing is, it happens almost every time I read something that YOU have written from your heart. It speaks loudly in my life.

When I left Facebook for a season, I deleted everything. That means, when I returned I started completely over with my friends and contacts. It also means most of you have been hand-picked to speak into my life and can I say: You rock!! You are amazing! Many of you I have not had the chance to meet face to face yet. But that doesn’t even matter really – I get love you and appreciate you every time we connect. It’s one of the most wonderful things in the world.

Oh, I just thought of one more name! I can’t forget to add you to the list!

Jesus said that, “from the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. (Mt 12:34)”

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! May your heart be overflowing this day. May the words of your mouth only speak life!

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12 thoughts on “Thankfulness”

  1. That’s so wonderful Ginny. As I was reading this I started thinking of all the things I’m thankful for also and think I will just have to write them down because they keep on coming! One thing I’m thankful for is being able to read your “Conversations”. and indeed being able to read the blogs/ conversations of a number of amazing believers whom I will know only through pages like yours, until we meet in heaven. The encouragement, wisdom, insight and love so freely shared through your conversations and others is such a blessing, thank you Ginny😊

  2. This was just so…… good. Like our Dad’s own heart. I felt the spirit of genuine gratitude just rest on me as I read this. What a blessing to experience this and be mindful of this aspect of Holy Spirit;s nature.

    Thanks, Ginny.

    D

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