“If you’re worried and you can’t sleep, just count your blessings instead of sheep. And you’ll go to sleep counting your blessings.”
These words, from a song in White Christmas, seem to sum up this week’s theme better than I can. With Thanksgiving on the horizon, it’s a good reminder to keep our focus on our blessings instead of our troubles. After all, living thankful should be more than a once-a-year attitude of gratitude (even if I seem to need a scheduled holiday to get my act in gear).
So, I’m starting my week off with a list of all that’s going well in my life.
- Starting at the top with a relationship with the Creator of the Universe who loves me more than I can imagine.
- Followed by my 14-plus-year marriage to a man of convictions.
- A special-needs daughter who has surpassed her prognosis and actually has friends at school.
- A pre-teen son who is healthy and uses his athletic gifts well.
- A first-grade son with a tender heart and a snuggly-gene.
- A warm house that more than meets our needs.
- Two cars that are paid in full.
- A steady job working from home for an amazing company and the fact my husband’s job (and our health benefits) are protected by tenure.
- Speaking of health, that my chronic fatigue is under control and I’ve been able to exercise regularly for the first time in years.
- Family members who live nearby.
- Friends of all varieties.
- A church that teaches the Word and feeds my Spirit.
- The ideas for stories that fill my head and the two books that are almost ready for an agent-search.
- The training I’ve received, my critique partners, and the other writers I’ve met locally, nationally, and online.
- The freedom I have to worship because of the sacrifice of others.
Wow. That felt good. And I know I’ve only started to scratch the surface.
What about you? How long is your list of blessings?