My desire is for my automatic reaction to be thankfulness, regardless of what's going on... kinda like my smart sink. When something happens, I want my automatic single stream to be thankfulness, instead of the crazy spray of doubt, fear, anger, frustration... and whatever negative thoughts that can so easily consume. I want to shut off the negative and turn on my single stream of thanksgiving. Now, I've got a long way to go with this. For example, when my son stepped in vomit in the parking lot tonight, my initial reaction was frustration. And while I was thankful my friend had a bag to put the soiled shoes in, it still took me a while to flip from frustration to being thankful that my son was healthy and not the one throwing up. But after 66 days of being thankful, hopefully I'll be a lot more like my smart faucet - choosing to give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for us in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18). I hope you are closer to this too!
The memory verse I'm learning this week is Psalm 105:1-2: Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done. Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts. I love how these verses remind us to not only give thanks, but to also tell others how God is blessing our lives. We aren't supposed to keep these blessings a secret - and by listing your thankful list on the blog, you are doing just that... making known among the nation what He has done.
So, here's what I'm thankful for tonight...
- The sound of rain hitting the windows
- Singing Toby Mac’s “Me Without You” at breakfast with the boys – what an energizing way to start the day!
- Quiet time with God this morning
- My favorite, over sized, comfy sweatshirt and my 3 year old sticking his feet in the kangaroo pocket and giggling mischievously
- Learning the importance of “lightly beating” the egg BEFORE putting it in my favorite muffin recipe… and making the recipe enough times to realize I made a mistake before baking them
- The smell of homemade muffins filling the house
- My 7 year old completing his Extreme Dot to Dot – all 721 of them! In case you can't tell, it's a mummy in a sarcophagus.
Here's to 10,000 reasons... only 8,531 to go...