Isn't that the big question - particularly this week? Thanksgiving time comes around and all of a sudden we are bombarded with that question - what are you thankful for? And the sad thing is - some of us only remember to be thankful at this time of year.
Now I'll admit, I used to be like that - thankful only for a short time. I learned a very valuable lesson when I was pregnant with my younger son. I had struggled with infertility for almost 8 years and was pretty certain that we'd be a one-child family. And I was okay with it. Well, I was talking with a friend one day and she offered to pray with me. When we were done - and this was over the phone - she said to me, "You're going to have your baby". I wasn't so certain.
Two months later, I was pregnant. I was over the moon and just felt like I was walking on a cloud. Then that sixth week of pregnancy hit and all the happiness and joy I had been feeling was gone. I was sick all day every day. I felt like I was going to die daily. I called my friend one afternoon and told her how awful I felt and she said "You need to remember to praise even in the bad times". At the time, I wanted to smack her. But I did. Every time I felt ill, I said a prayer of thanks because I still had my baby and that in itself was reason to be thankful.
Let me tell you, the rest of that pregnancy was beyond a nightmare. People around town that I was going to church with still talk about it. But the thing I learned was how being thankful DAILY really helped. You don't always have to be thankful for the big things, it's the little things that really make a difference.
So what am I thankful for?
I am thankful for the cooler weather.
I am thankful for my health. It's been a rough year!
I am thankful for my husband and sons. They make me laugh and smile daily.
I am thankful for my sweet little pug. Her cuteness makes me smile.
I am thankful that I have a job that I love and that it's the one I always wanted.
I am thankful that there is food on the table.
I am thankful for my friends.
I am thankful for the creativity God has given me.
I am thankful for readers who enjoy my books.
I am thankful for the ability to know that I don't have to please everyone.
I could go on, but finding ten things every day to be thankful for seemed like a good place to start. So what about you? What are you thankful for?