31 Things I Thank God For

October 7, 2014 by


You (or may not) have noticed a 31 Day theme around the blogosphere the past few days. October is the month of 31 Days of Writing for many bloggers. They choose a theme and write on it for 31 straight days.

If you know me at all, you know that I love counting my blessings. It’s a full time job, I tell ya.

Even though I am not participating in this event on my blog, these 31 Day Challenges have inspired me to write 31 things I am thankful for.

My hope is to challenge you to look for the blessings in your own life.

I know life can be hard: there are so many challenges we face in this fallen world. But, I would challenge you, even among the financial troubles, the illness, the loss, the pain, and the struggles of life, to see the blessings that have been bestowed upon us.

I challenge you to write a list of your own 31 blessings. In the meantime, here are mine:

1. Life – the very fact that I woke up today is a blessing.

2. Faith – I shudder to think of where and who I would be without my faith in Jesus Christ.

3. Family – My eyes fill with tears when I think of the family God has blessed me with.

4. My Church Family – there is something deep and beautiful about worshipping, serving, and praying with fellow believers.

5. Friends – My friends are some of the most kind, loving, generous, and faithful people I know.

6. Food – While attempting to keep teenagers full of good food has its challenges, we are abundantly blessed to not know hunger.

7. Water – clean, abundant, hot, cold water

8. Forgiveness – Oh, how great is the forgiveness of our heavenly Father! And of others.

9. Grace, Not Perfection – It is all about grace.

10. Hope – Christ in me, “the hope of glory” ~Colossians 1:27

11. My Home – Home is where I spend my days with my best friend, where I watch my children grow up, where I learn what it is to care for my family, and where I feel at peace.

12. God’s Gifts – God has gifted each of us so that we may minister to others for our growth, their benefit, and His glory.

13. Love – “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” ~1 Corinthians 13:13 (NJKV)

14. Trials – This is probably something not often found on a gratitude list, but I believe that God uses trials to grow us, and for that I am thankful. (James 1:2-3)

15. Prayer – That the God of the universe desires continual communion with us astounds me.

16. God’s Word – Much like my faith, I would be lost without the word of God. It truly is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

17. Laughter – I love hearing people laugh, especially my husband and my children.

18. Joy – Not just happiness as a result of circumstances, but the true joy of the Lord.

19. Freedom – to worship, to homeschool my children, and most importantly, freedom in Christ

20. Pets – Like furry family members, our pets often bring us great companionship.

21. The Beauty of Creation: northern lights, fall leaves, falling snow, starry skies, ocean waves. God’s creation is as endless as it is majestic and beautiful.

22. Knowledge & Wisdom– I am so thankful for the things I have learned in this life.

23. Electricity & Internet – both only need be out for a few hours to realize how much we rely on them

24. Modern Conveniences – As much as I love the simple life, I am thankful for the appliances that make my life easier.

25. Giving  & Receiving– both are blessings in countless ways

26. Health & Modern Medicine – I know there is much to be desired in this area, but I am thankful nonetheless.

27. Wild Flowers – they are simply beautiful, especially when carried into the house by a loving husband or precious child

28. My Marriage – I am so thankful to be married to my best friend.

29. My Local Library – movies, books, music, and homeschool material all for free (well, sorta free)

30. Dirty Dishes – though I tire of washing them, they are a reminder that I am blessed to have them, a kitchen, hot water, food, and a family to dirty them

31. You. Thank you for taking the time to read the words that God has placed upon my heart.

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;

I will recount all of Your wonderful deeds.

I will be glad and exult in You;

I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High ~Psalm 9:1-2 (ESV)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for blessing us abundantly above and beyond all that we can imagine. Please help us to refocus our eyes that we might see the many gifts that surround us. In Your precious name we pray. Amen.

The book that has inspired me the most in this area is 1,000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp. To purchase it from Amazon, click here.

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If you’d like to read another wonderful post, see Creative Home Keepers, A Thankful Heart.

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Shared at Soul Survival, Rich Faith RisingCornerstone Confessions, Teach Me TuesdaySandra Heska KingSoli Deo Gloria SisterhoodA Little R&RMissional Weekend, & The Fabulous Fall Linky Party.

Also at Testimony TuesdayWhat You Wish WednesdayTell His Story, Teaching What Is Good, The Autumn BashSoul Survival, The Art of Homemaking MondaysSHINE Blog Hop, & Chasing Joy.

I’d like to wish my Uncle Keith a very Happy Birthday today! You are, after all, one of the things in this world I am most thankful for. I love and miss you dearly.

What do you think? Are you intentional about counting the blessings in your life? How does this make a difference in the way you see things?

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48 Responses to 31 Things I Thank God For

  1. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    I love your thankful list. Even the dirty dishes… awesome Heather!

    It’s so important to approach our days with a thankful heart. When we contemplate all we have to be thankful for, our woes seem much less don’t they?

    Thanks for sharing.

    Wishing you a blessed day.

  2. Rick

    I found myself thankful for the blessings of these 24 hours in front of me. They are already off to a good start. I am sitting (slouching really) in my red leather easy chair, sipping a cup of coffee; reading 31 things my daughter is grateful to be blessed with. What a blessing to a father to know that your daughter’s most important things in life, are not things! You my dear are a blessing that cannot be enumerated. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

  3. Kaylene Yoder

    Beautiful list! I appreciate how you mentioned things like joy, trials, prayer, laughter, marriage etc. I had to smile at electricity and internet. I have a love hate relationship with those two! Neither were relevant to our life until about 4 years ago. There have been a few times we have wished for a gas stove and wood heat when the power went out. And the internet steals my time and energy, sometimes. I do, however, really like both! 🙂 Amish girls guilty pleasures, I suppose! lol

    • Heather

      We have a wood heat stove and I love it. It keeps us toasty warm during the winter without having to run the furnace and I can cook on it a little bit. My dream is to have solar power one day. Yes, the internet can be both a blessing and a curse. Thanks for reading, Kaylene.

  4. Zan Turner

    Amen to this post! Thank you so much for writing it – it is such a reminder of how abundantly blessed we are and sometimes we do not even take the time to thank the ONE who gives to us freely even though we are so undeserving!!

    • Heather

      We are so undeserving and yet we are so loved. We serve an wonderful God! Thank you for reading and for taking the time to comment, Zan.

  5. Lauren

    Enjoyed your blessings. 1,000 Gifts made such an impact on my life. I did blog about my gifts but have gotten away from it… after this 31 day challenge I may pick it back up. Thank you for inspiration!

  6. Jac

    What a beautiful post today!! (I saw your title on a commentluv somewhere else around the blogosphere, and just had to pop over!) I recently created a faith journal, and I have a gratitude section – yet it sits empty! So thanks for this challenge to kickstart me to make a list of 31 things for today!

    • Heather

      I’m so thankful to have been an encouragement to you, Jac. Thanks for taking the time to read and share your thoughts. Blessings.

  7. Life Breath Present

    What a wonderful list! So simple, yet so true…each item on your list is so much more than it’s name/category. 🙂

    • Heather

      It’s so true, isn’t it? Don’t you find that the more you praise Him, the more you want to? Thanks for reading and for taking the time to comment.

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  9. adrian@lifewithgarnish.com

    Thank you for reminding me what I have that I should be extremely grateful for! Thanks for sharing with us at last weeks Teach Me Tuesday Linky Party:)

  10. Kristy

    What a beautiful list of blessings! Grace is one of my favorites, too. 🙂 I did something similar last year during the month of November, but now I’m eager to do it again. I also like that you added dirty dishes. It’s all about perspective. 😉 Thank you so much for sharing with the #SHINEbloghop!

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  13. Jaime Buckley

    That was a lovely post and a fantastic list.

    I actually didn’t know that bloggers write about a single topic for 31 days in October. Huh. I’ll have to remember that next year and quit doing it so early on!!

    Learned of your site through a link by Jennifer over at The Deliberate Mom…so glad I clicked the link =).

    I’m a dad, married to my best friend and we have have 12 beautiful children–so there’s almost half my list, right there =D

    God Bless.

  14. sherry

    Oh Heather what a beautifully written post. And it was Fabulous! Perfect for the Fabulous
    Fall Thanksgiving party! Thank you for linking! Please feel to ink any Fall/Thanksgiving post this month. The linky changes every Tuesday around 5. I’d love you to link again.

    • Heather

      Lynne, your comment made me smile! Maybe we should tattoo it on our hands, instead, so that we can see it all day? Thanks so much for reading.

    • Heather

      Yes, Tiffany, peace is something I would definitely add to this list. Believe it or not, it wasn’t easy to limit it to 31. I removed several. What a wonderful problem to have! Thanks for reading and for taking the time to leave a comment.

  15. Chasing Joy

    This is a great list. Well thought out and I enjoyed the surprises, like dirty dishes.

    Thanks for linking up for #FlashbackFriday. This post has been pinned to the Flashback Friday Pinterest board.

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