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.
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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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?Print This Post