I’m a natural pessimist. My mind seems to gravitate to negative thoughts. My husband dubbed me his little half-empty wife very early in our marriage, already realizing this quality in me.
He is incredibly half-full. Always. He calls it a choice. While I often questioned my ability to actually choose optimism, I’m beginning to agree with him.
We aren’t always inherently thankful for our circumstances. Sometimes we get so caught up in the darker aspects of our lives, we can’t seem to notice all the light.
I remember years ago when the wonderful little book, Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach, came out. It advised to list 3 things every day you are grateful for. I started this habit immediately, but as they so often do, that habit soon disappeared.
In recent years, as my faith and prayer life have grown, my gratitude list reemerged. I find myself praying throughout the day, thanking God for all the incredible gifts in my life. I even catch myself in gratitude for all of the unanswered wishes over the years that led to so much more than what I originally thought I wanted.
In the words of the late, great A.W. Tozer:
How true this statement is. It has taken me most of my 45 years to come into this “purer faith” and I must admit to still struggling with it. I will probably always have my moments of asking God why or why not…
In honor of November being the month of Thanksgiving, I want to share a portion of my incredibly long gratitude list with you.
I’m thankful for…
My precious children who have blessed me with my favorite role in life, Mommy.
My husband and all of the broken hearted breakups before him which made our marriage possible.
My testimony, including all the difficult years of addiction and non-existent faith so I could serve others still trapped in those horrific, lost days.
Grace, that beautiful gift from God which allows me to be forgiven and to finally learn how to forgive myself and others.
Being able to pay my bills and all of the years I couldn’t so I can appreciate this immensely more.
My mother and sister who have lived this crazy life with me since the beginning and love me anyway.
My father, who left when I was very young, for (unintentionally) teaching me how to deal with the most painful hurts and disappointments in life.
- And most of all, I’m incredibly thankful for my true Father who has always been here with me even before I believed in His existence…
I encourage you to make your own list of things you are grateful for in honor of this blessed month of Thanksgiving. I would love for you to share a couple of gifts from your list with us in the comment section.
Let’s start Choosing Thankfulness on a daily basis. It really is possible…