H A P P Y T H A N K S G I V I N G W E E K T O Y O U .
2012 has been a tougher year than normal for me to be thankful. Death and sadness and mourning and gray have covered season after season for our family. Being thankful in the midst of the depths is no easy task. But I've tried to practice something new this year--when I feel myself sinking into the sadness, I stop and say thank you. Maybe it's for something I never think to say thanks for; maybe it's something I say thanks for a lot. But here's the thing: it's hard to stay in a dark spot when you start enumerating all you do have.
I know this may sound like something easier said than done if you're in a well of sorrow. But try it once. How about this: I have a bed that keeps me warm at night. I have food; plenty to fill my belly and keep me well. I have fresh water that doesn't make me sick. I saw the sunset yesterday and the sun rose this morning. It's the little things that bring me back to reality. What about you? What are you thankful for today?
Here's an excerpt from a book I haven't read but that my mom sent my way this week. I hope you find it as sweet and fragrant as a bouquet of tiny treasures.
As you go through this day, look for tiny treasures strategically placed along the way. I lovingly go before you and plant little pleasures to brighten your day. Look carefully for them, and pluck them one by one. When you reach the end of the day, you will have gathered a lovely bouquet. Offer it up to Me with a grateful heart. Receive My Peace as you lie down to sleep, and with thankful thoughts playing a lullaby in your mind.
-an excerpt from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young