November 25, 2011

10 Reasons I Am Thankful (Plus an Update)

What a year it has been!  During this year I experienced a reduction in workforce in the public schools. Both of my parents had major surgery.  My family moved across the state and thankfully we are closer to my parents.  I am employed again, working 9-10 hour days, and commuting two hours each day.

If you’re wondering why you haven’t seen me around here, it’s because of these things. Sometimes in life it’s just best to step back from a few things so that you can survive and/or put first the things that are most important to you.

Through all of these things I can still find reason to give thanks.  I am blessed. I believe that God honors an attitude of gratitude.

Here are some of things I am thankful for (in no particular order):

1.  My husband. Like every couple, we fight and argue.  He loves the Lord and is a wonderful father to our children.  With God on our side, we’ll make it through many more years together.

2.  My kids. They are both healthy, smart, and love Jesus. What more could a parent want?

3.  My parents. They taught me to be kind, considerate of others, to help those in need, and to love God.

4.  My health. I am so very thankful that I have the strength to complete my job each day and care for my family.

5.  My family. I am blessed with a brother, cousins, aunt, uncles, in-laws, and grandparents.

6.  My friends. I have a few really true and loyal friends in my life.  They are the ones that you can talk to about anything and they will be there to steer you in the right direction or just to listen.

7.  My Savior. Some people don’t understand why I talk about the Lord so much.  It is because of the joy that comes from serving Him.  It really is hard to explain.  You don’t understand it until you’ve experienced it.

8.  My job. I know I commute and it is not ideal, but I do have a job. I spent months this summer looking for a job and it really helps one to appreciate employment.

9.  A place to live and food to eat.

10.  Freedom. Though our country has it’s faults, it’s still a pretty great place to live. I am thankful for the freedoms I have.

If you are struggling with finding reason to give thanks or simply want more information on having an attitude of gratitude, check out this message from Pastor Steven Furtick of Elevation Church.

What are you thankful for?

“Rejoice always,  pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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4 Responses to “10 Reasons I Am Thankful (Plus an Update)”
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    Random Mom
    Twitter: RandomMomDotCom

    It’s good to see you back, Karen.

    You’ve been through a great many interruptions, but are handling it by with His help. I’m currently reading “Jonah: A Life Interrupted” by Priscilla Shirer with a ladies’ bible study group at church where we discuss things like relocation, surgery, job loss, etc. You know, interruptions.

    Lately, I haven’t had any major interruptions, just the daily ones that come with having a family of six and working fulltime. But that’s enough to keep me from blogging as much as I’d like. I’m on vacation this extended weekend, I finally found the time to post something.

    Thanks for sharing your attitude of gratitude. Stay blessed!


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    The Thrifty Mommy
    Twitter: thriftymommy

    Unfortunately, the past few years have been full of interruptions. I find myself longing for boredom. I don’t understand why thing keep happening but the best thing I can do is praise God through it. It keeps things in perspective and helps me not to feel sorry for myself or get depressed. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

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    Random Mom
    Twitter: RandomMomDotCom

    If you have a few free moments, re-read the very short book of Jonah to refresh your memory about how he said, “No”, to God, because he didn’t want to deal with the interruption it would impose on his life. Jonah is the only prophet to ever tell Him, “No”. Wow! I’m sure my track record is much worse, however.

    This study of Jonah is flooring me.

    My life has been relatively calm for the past couple of years, but there was a period during which I felt like God was “picking on me” as if no one else needed to learn the lessons or trials that He allowed me to go through. Silly, but it’s what I thought. LOL! When I came out of those trials, I could only describe the plans that He had for me as “out of this world”. I couldn’t begin to fathom His rewards in my human mind, but He blew me away.

    As a believer, I know you can attest to His faithfulness as your blog today continues to praise Him in the midst of storms.



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    The Thrifty Mommy
    Twitter: thriftymommy

    Hey there. Sorry, I am just seeing your comment today. I get so much email that I guess the notification for a comment just slipped right past me.

    We have been through so much the past few years. Just when things seem to lighten up a little it gets crazy again. I hope that he is building the character in me that he wants. I know that I am not the same person today that I was years ago.

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