Monday, May 3, 2010

Saying "Thanks" Anyway

Maybe it's just because I'm pregnant.  Maybe it's because I'm tired.  And maybe it's because life cycles and sometimes seems much more fun and exciting than at other times.

And maybe I just need to find joy in my every day again.

But tonight I was catching up on my blog reading and came across this story on this blog.  And it made me cry.

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[Teren] says she teaches a home-school preschooler co-op. She says she began counting 1000 Gifts. She says she gave all her preschoolers their own gratitude journals...

Last week she called four-year-old J. to come with his journal and she'd record more of his gifts for him. They sit down. She looks across the table at this little man.

"So, what are you thankful for today?" Teren asks J.

"I'm thankful that it's not my birthday," says J.

My eyebrows shoot high. Really?

"That's exactly what I did when he said that," Teren laughs, gorgeous sky. "So I clarified, 'You don't like birthdays, J?'" And J says, "I love birthdays. And I haven’t had one in a long time."

Then why would he.... ?

Teren leans across the table to me and directly lays the little boy's words into my hands.

"I’m saying thanks anyway.”


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How often do we say "Thanks" anyway?  Every trial - every drudgery - we have can be turned for our good if we have the right attitude.  So tonight I'm saying "Thanks" anyway.



Thank you, God, for...

...feeling sick and tired because it means we're growing our family.

...never having a clean house because it means I have a home.

...children bickering over the "good seat" on the couch because it means they aren't starving.

...a dog that doesn't listen well because it reminds me to be consistent.

...feeling overwhelmed with church and home responsibilities because it means my life is full.

...music that never gets written because it means it is in my heart.


What are you thankful for anyway?

3 comments:

Connie said...

Thanks for the reminder. We can never express enough gratitude for the many blessings we have. I needed to hear this...trying my darndest to be complaint free for 28 days (complaint free world)after three weeks or so it is supposed to be a habit...I haven't made past day one yet :)

marlajayne said...

I was visiting with my brother and his family a little while ago, and he was kind of whining about having to bring in all of the groceries by himself...all five bags. It made me think of how some people have no groceries, much less five bags! And in one bag, he had a box of chocolate covered bananas. Yum! Now that's a treat most people in the world havent' experienced!

marlajayne said...

I was visiting with my brother and his family a little while ago, and he was kind of whining about having to bring in all of the groceries by himself...all five bags. It made me think of how some people have no groceries, much less five bags! And in one bag, he had a box of chocolate covered bananas. Yum! Now that's a treat most people in the world havent' experienced!