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“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?

One thought on “Living Thankful

  • November 22, 2010 at 6:54 pm
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    >Wonderful idea to count blessings instead of what I do, which is counting backwards from 100, by 7. LOL
    Sometimes, it works. Fortunately, I get to sleep easily most of the time.
    But I love your suggestion. I will try it the next time I'm restless.
    Like you, I am blessed and can list many things that God has bestowed upon me.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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