Reflecting back over yesterday, thankful would be the word that comes to mind. My heart is overflowing having all the kids back together after being apart all summer. I am just trying to take it all in and enjoy every moment — listening to them play, laugh, giggle and just enjoy being together. It is such a blessing. I am amazed at how God continues to bless my family in ways I cannot begin to express or comprehend at times. Last night was just a culmination of all of those feelings with a Thanksgiving meal, complete with a huge turkey and mashed potatoes. Looking around the table, I was overwhelmed at the sights and sounds; my heart and table were both full again. Yes, the noise level in the house is no longer the same and I couldn’t be happier. It is no longer noise, but music to my ears.
Like so many things, it is all a matter of perspective. Instead of looking at life and the things that get under our skin and irritate us or drive us crazy at times, I am beginning to see that I need to look at things for what they actually are. And that each day is not a time to be stressed out and crazed, but to look at the day for what it really is — a gift. We all have a choice to make, how are we going to approach each day we have been given? Yesterday has helped me to see, that I do not want to take for granted the gift of another day. God has blessed us every single day, not just in the big things, but in the little things that are so easy to take for granted.
I challenge each one of us to approach every day with an attitude of thanksgiving. Thanking God for giving us another opportunity and try and look at it from God’s point of view. Then, figure out how we can use the day to bring glory to Him, instead of focusing on the negative — the struggles and the day-to-day craziness — and look at the blessings that He graciously bestows upon us every single day.
I would love to hear how you are choosing to be thankful today.