Thursday, December 6, 2012

Day 36

Do you have a favorite outfit?  You know, one that you love to wear and that makes you feel great?  My favorite outfit is a black sweater that I got for Christmas a few years ago.  It's my "go to" outfit when I need to wear something casual but nice... and when I wear my red hat too, I feel great.  In fact, it's the outfit I wore for our family pictures a few years ago. 

My three year old has a favorite shirt.  It's his beach shirt... a muscle shirt with a beach scene that he discovered this summer.  When I tell you it's his favorite shirt... I'm not kidding.  If it's dirty, he asks me every day if his beach shirt is clean.  (Trust me, I'm not exaggerating... How's that for some encouragement to do the laundry?)  And when I wash it, he thanks me... and quite often puts it on right away.  Over Thanksgiving, he wore it while we traveled to Ohio, and the next day too.  I think he ultimately wore it three days in a row... and he knew it was due for a washing by then. On the third day, he proudly reported in his cute, mischievous voice "I have on my beach shirt, Mommy" and snickered. 

Now that it's winter, a muscle shirt is not the best choice for cold weather.  Not to worry... he puts it on under long sleeves and when he reaches his destination, the long sleeves come off and the beach shirt is proudly displayed.  He takes great delight in wearing his favorite shirt.  And here it is:

My desire is to wear thankfulness like my son wears his favorite shirt.  I want to be obedient to 1 Thessalonians 5:18 and "give thanks in all circumstances," which means I need to wear thankfulness every day. Through this experiment, I've discovered that some days my thankfulness shirt is in the wash... those are the days that I'm not so great at choosing thanksgiving.  But other times, the Holy Spirit helps me wear my thankfulness shirt throughout the day.  As I practice thanksgiving more and more, maybe I'll wear thanksgiving more and more frequently.  Are you wearing your thankfulness shirt more often since you started The Thankfulness Experiment?  I think I am... and I hope you are too. 

I realize that you might be thinking, OK, Heather, wearing a thankfulness shirt all the time is kinda silly. (Unless you have one of The Thankfulness Experiment t-shirts... and even then, wearing it every day is a bit much, I agree.)  However, the Bible actually supports this idea.  Isaiah 61:1-3 explains:

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners... to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion - the bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. (Italics mine.)

These verses are filled with reasons to thank our Lord... things like God has the power to heal our broken hearts; He can set us free; He comforts us when we mourn.  And not only that, our Lord gives us new clothes to wear... things like a crown of beauty and a garment of praise.  That's the kinda wardrobe I want to wear.  Thanksgiving has the power to transform our outfit from one we despise to one we adore.  Let's keep choosing to wear our thankfulness each day... because it makes for quite an attractive outfit!

Today, I am thankful for...

1. Quiet time with Christmas tree lights twinkling
2.  Fun Bible Study wrap-up
3.  Celebrating the courage and bravery of ladies in our group
4.  Going to lunch with my friend at a restaurant where "everybody knows my name" (OK, not my name, but they know what I'm gonna order)
5.  Waterproof rain jacket
6.  Changing my shoes after noticing the sprinkles... flops and socks are miserable in the rain
7.  Umbrellas
8.  Grocery shopping with both boys
9.  Cheesy potato soup & cornbread
10.  Questions about heaven from a three year old
11.  The sweetest love note from my son
12.  Encouraging words
13.  Emmett Otter's Jug Band Christmas with each son snuggled next to me
14.  Walmart Grocery just around the corner so my late night grocery trip didn't take too long
15.  Getting to serve my hubby
16.  Picking up the toothpaste I forgot this afternoon while at the late night grocery run
17.  Two extra lines opening up shortly after I got in line
18.  Getting started on a Christmas present
19.  God's redemption and how He always pursues us
20.  Listening to the prayers of my sons

Here's to 10,000 reasons... Only 6,126 to go...


  1. I am thankful for
    1. A good morning.
    2. Getting one batch of cookies made for the
    3. Cleaning every room but my kitchen.
    4. Atley being good and playing so I could get
    a lot finished.
    5. Have a Salad for dinner so we could go
    6. Going Christmas shopping with my husband.
    7. Getting all the grandkids shopping finished
    except one present.
    8. Having time to shop the night before the
    9. Not feeling stresed yet about the party.

  2. I am thankful for:
    1. Being able to read
    2. Good books
    3. That it is raining and not snowing
    4. Morning coffee
    5. People who volunteer
    6. A family who is helping a mom in our church who they don't even know
    7. Christmas lights
    8. A busy, but fun weekend planned
    9. Finishing writing my sermon for the weekend
    10. That I was ale to cancel an order in time without penalty
    11. The book of Psalms
    12. Romans 1
    13. A good idea for the men's retreat next year
    14. A small refund check from the electric company

  3. I am thankful for:
    1. time with Sara Beth baking Christmas cookies!
    2. playing ball with my Zoe dog.
    3. my iphone.
    4. my daughter's awesome friends.
    5. youth group.
    6. Rachel's swim team.
    7. My girls' love of sports.
    8. fuzzy socks.
    9. the garbage men that come in the rain to pick up our garbage.
    10. my church family that truly is our family!

  4. I am thankful for:
    1. getting some shopping done while hanging out with a friend.
    2. my husband who can figure out how to fix so much stuff.
    3. a chance to rest before our evening begins.
    4. puzzle books.
    5. anticipation of gifts arriving in the mail.
    6. the creativity of my son with Legos.
    7. my children playing together well...I think that's over now.
    8. colors.
    9. watching my children dance. One of them even has rhythm.
    10. having some fun things planned for the weekend.

  5. I am thankful for:
    1. my lost library book found - it was already on the shelf at the library
    2. The self help kiosk at the post office
    3. my husband arriving home safely from out of town
    4. tator tot casserole
    5. my son's 100% on his knowledge test - way to go!
    6. trailer for the new Star Trek movie
    7. trailer for the new Hobbit movie

  6. I am thankful for...
    1. The words of encouragement from a dear friend
    2. A much needed email
    3. The "Jesus Calling" devotional
    4. One hour of simultaneous nap time for kiddos
    5. Much needed time with God
    6. A brand new journal waiting to be filled
    7. A husband that prays for me
    8. Time to do something besides laundry
    9. My season of life
    10. God seeing me
    11. A bible study that offers new perspectives
    12. Yummy nachoes and rice for dinner
    13. Tomorrow being a new day
    14. Smiles from my 11 week old
    15. My journey with God

  7. I am thankful for-
    A fantastic weight in today :-)
    Pumped up music and earphones that helped me do 5 sets of the stairs at the mall
    Strong deodorant
    Smiles from other mall walkers
    my washer and dryer, no scrubbing our clothes on a rock for me !
    A semi- splurge dinner plan that made my family smile- Qdoba
    Getting to holler surprise and see the birthday girls face surprised on her 50th bday
    Christmas shopping with my Santa I mean Superman :-D
    The precious friendships my daughter has made at ACC
    Knowing that my daughter is safe and having a blast

  8. AmandaL .
    I'M THANKFUL for a full toys for toys box.
    I'm thankful for actually meeting someone today who relieved toys for toys years ago.
    I'm thankful for the marines.
    I'm thankful for our veterans.
    I'm thankful for being the first ones to see Santa tonight.

  9. Toys for tots .this dumb smart phone.

  10. I am thankful for...
    1) the incredible chapel services at my son's school
    2) the boldness of a young college student encouraging high school kids to "do ALL for the glory of God'
    3) good health
    4) the Lord's love
    5) my car to get me where I need to be each day.

  11. My Top Ten list of things I'm thankful for:
    1. Jesus!!!
    2. Morning coffee-talk with my wife
    3. My sons (they rock!)
    4. Air freshener (see #3)
    5. God's Word
    6. Songs of praise
    7. Good food
    8. Elastic waistbands (see #7)
    9. Church/friends
    10. My bed-which is where I'm headed now-Goodnight and God bless!