Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Day 21

My eyesight is pretty bad.  Yep, if I didn't have my glasses on right now, the computer screen would be completely fuzzy.  That's why I'm so thankful for glasses and contacts that allow me to see clearly.  I can see my sons playing, my hubby's smile, the beauty of creation... all because of my glasses and contacts. 

This experiment is teaching me that thanksgiving is kinda like my glasses. When I choose to notice the little blessings throughout my day and give thanks for them, it changes my focus.  The inconveniences throughout the day can be transformed through thanksgiving, turning fuzzy gloom into clarity and beauty.  Are you noticing it too? 

My Jesus Calling devotion this morning summed it up perfectly:  It is impossible to spend too much time thanking and praising Me. (p. 221).  What if we choose to find some form of thanksgiving for everything like the Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:18?  Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.  How will this kind of thanksgiving change our vision?  Trust me, I know it's not easy.  Remember my dress story from Day 18?  Thanksgiving is not my natural response either.  But imagine the power of seeing God's blessings through everything... the transformation can be extraordinary.  We'll keep practicing this together... making progress one thankful reason at a time.

Since Thanksgiving is tomorrow, I wanted to share a blog article written by my pastor.  Ever wonder why George Washington originally established Thanksgiving?  You'll find out on the blog.  You'll also learn 5 ways to keep Thanking God at the Forefront on Thanksgiving Day.  I hope you take a few minutes to check this out:

Today, I am thankful for...

1.  A Dustbuster that cleaned up multiple spills this morning
2.  Homemade oatmeal cookies packed up and ready for transport
3.  My three year old cooking making helper
4.  Playing Battleship with my seven year old
5.  Being packed and ready for our Thanksgiving trip to Ohio
6.  Broccoli Casserole ingredients waiting for their ultimate transformation tomorrow

Here's to 10,000 reasons... Only 7,560 more to go...


  1. I am thankful for:
    1. having breakfast with my husband...on our own.
    2. seeing my kids make food for the less fortunate.
    3. getting an already baked turkey from Kroger the night before Thanksgiving...that right there is real thanks I don't care who you are!
    4. a sweet friend who made a side dish for our Thanksgiving dinners we will be attending tomorrow.
    5. getting set to watch Charlie Brown.
    6. them.

  2. I am thankful:
    1. for a friendly face (actually, someone I know) ringing me up on my last grocery store run (especially since I said there was no way I'd go back to the store, and then did!)
    2. for how beautiful brussel sprouts on the stalk look
    3. learning how to fold fancy napkins - bishop hat style napkins
    4. warm weather for an afternoon walk
    5. no lines on an early morning shopping run with my husband
    6. a new recipe from a friend
    7. my sweet Mom!

  3. (1) I am thankful that my grandkids were good today because I had a lot to do.
    (2) I am thankful that I have my pies, ceanberry relish, and mashed potatoes made and ready for tomorrow.
    (3) i am thankful that my house is clean for tomorrow.
    (4) I am thankful that my husband cleaned the floors.
    (%) I am thankful that I finished everything my 8:30.
    (6) I am thankful that i have time to rest and relax.Gina

  4. 1. I'm thankful that my sister-in-law is so good about teaching my girls things that I don't have the patience or know-how to do.
    2. I'm thankful that our country had courageous leaders, like Abe Lincoln, to steer our country in it's early years. (Saw the movie today!)
    3. I'm thankful that I was able to walk in my beautiful neighborhood in shorts and short sleeves.
    4. I'm thankful that I have a loyal and beautiful friend, Kim Combest!
    5. I"m thankful that we have food in plenty to eat, and I mourn for those that do not.

  5. AmandaL.
    I'm thankful for mega caverns .
    I'm thankful for krispy kreme doughnuts.
    I'm thankful for all of the advice.
    I'm thankful for Megan laughing with delight.
    I'm thankful for not having to cook tonight.

  6. 1. For an answered prayer, Courtney's earmold broke and I had to take it downtown to be fixed. I prayed that it would be an easy fix that they could do right in the office so we wouldn't have to send it out and it was fixed in under 5 minutes!
    2. For new babies being born.
    3. That the house is ready for Thanksgiving company tomorrow.
    4. That I can go to the grocery store by myself when the kids are in school. (Had to take them with me today, whew I forgot how it can be)
    5. For Turkey


  7. I am thankful for...
    1. A safe trip to Ohio
    2. Playing my favorite card game with my hubby and parents
    3. No vomiting today!!!
    4. A developing friendship that came solely from God-she is such a prayer warrior for my family and such a blessing to me
    5. Smiles from an awesome 9 week old.

  8. Thankful for
    1. Funny kids
    2. Seeing humor in the mundane
    3. The boys getting to play outside all afternoon
    4. A husband who will cook with me
    5. "Night before a holiday" anticipation
    Meredith B.

  9. 1. I am thankful for a day to reflect on God's abundant blessings.
    2. I am thankful for the way pies smell when they're baking in the oven.
    3. I am thankful for online shopping.
    4. I am thankful for all the opportunities I have to love on family and friends.
    5. I am thankful for whatever God has planned for us today.

  10. I am thankful for-
    A super fun day with my BFF Eden.
    GOD's protection of us when a lady crashed into our car in a parking lot.
    Christmas lights
    My Mom teaching me how to make beautiful bows when I was Eden's age.
    The opportunity to pass that skill down to Eden.
    Geo Mesh- every time I see it I think of my dear friend Karen whom I miss greatly

  11. I am thankful for:
    1. a supportive husband
    2. the family working together to get things ready for Thanksgiving
    3. friends to share the day with
    4. Spencer's stuffed eggs
    5. the old James Bond song, "To Live and Let Die" - even if my family doesn't appreciate my singing! Hah!

  12. 1. I am thankful to have my kids home (no school for HS son and daughter's home from college:)
    2. I am thankful to have the family hang out together and decorate the house for Christmas.
    3. I am thankful for beautiful Christmas songs to listen to while decorating the Christmas tree
    4. I am thankful for having my family help me get everything ready for Thanksgiving.
    5. I am thankful for the beautiful weather.

  13. 1. My alarm clock
    2. The conversations I got to have with someone at work while we opened
    3. The thoughtfulness of a boy
    4. Getting to talk with him for another 2 hours tonight
    5. Peace