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...