30 Days of Thanksgiving – Days Thirteen, Fourteen, and Fifteen

Yes, I have been bad.  I have worked on these each day, just have not been able to finish them, until today. I would not let this craziness go on longer than three days.  I hope to keep up-to-date with my daily devotional postings for 30 Days of Thanksgiving for the remainder of the month!

Day Thirteen – Unshakable Gratitude

“Therefore since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful and do worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.” -Hebrews 12:28

Today I am thankful for all the blessings I have been given in my life.  I tend to get caught up in the minutia of day to day life and I lose sight of the bigger picture the Lord has painted so beautifully for me.  One of the tricks I have been using is cognitive behavioral therapy.  When I catch myself thinking in a maladaptive manner, I purposefully change my thought process, and reverse the direction so that I am thinking positively (or at neutrally).  I am getting better at this, slowly but surely, and its helping me enjoy life more, appreciate those blessings I have been given – a job I love with a great group co-workers, I am lucky enough to be able to call the most wonderful man in the world my husband (sorry ladies!), a house we have made a home, two gorgeous German Shepherd rescues, and so much more…

Day Fourteen – An Orphan Tradition

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:  to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”  – James 1:27

I am thankful for my lifelong friends and family who accept me exactly as I am, flaws and all.  I am grateful that I have friends who would be there for me, no questions askedI am thankful to be able to become close friends to those who were once strangers to me, and I accept them, exactly as they are.  If I know someone is going to be alone on a holiday, especially Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, Jon and I will invite them to spend time with us because no one deserves to be alone, especially during the holidays.

Day Fifteen – God’s “People Gifts”

“I thank my God every time I remember you.” – Philippians 1:3

I am thankful for the people God brought into my life because I needed them.  At my previous employment, where I worked for eight years, the Lord brought many good influences into my life, and a few lifetime friends.  He has facilitated Facebook, yes, Facebook to reconnect me with loved ones, long-lost friends, and even people who were friends with my mommy.

What are you thankful for today?  

Please join me on this journey in celebrating 30 Days of Thanksgiving!

Please leave me a comment telling me what you are thankful for today, or how you plan to put gratitude in action! 

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