November 6, 2011

Giving Thanks ... days one thru six

 
Being busy is a blessing. Not being able to post on my blog? Pure torture. But I have only myself to blame for that because of my tendencies to procrastinate... I was finishing my literature work until (literally) the last minute. The new freedom from all of that stress is... so amazing.

I've been planning on blogging about 24 things I'm thankful for this year, right up until Thanksgiving Day itself. I wanted to post one a day, but unfortunately, I've already missed the first five days due to the aforementioned school, among other things. Therefore, they shall join the sixth on in one big clump:

    1. Laughter
One of the greatest blessings of human life that everyone seems to take for granted. It is such a beautiful, healing thing to laugh, to share joy and cheerfulness with those around you!

    2. Colors and Beauty
God gave us such a beautiful place to live. The earth is made up of an endless variety of detailed plants, people, colors, creatures, all with unique functions and purposes. I marvel that so many people believe that this glorious place was an accident. The evidence of our incredible, all-powerful God is everywhere.

    3. Modern Machines
Our clothing dryer broke down late summer this year. It wasn't until then that I realized what a blessing it was. And not only drying machines, but other simple things such as running water faucets, electricity to power lights in the evenings, and SO MANY MORE!

    4. Work and School
I admit, I almost always take these things for granted. I don't have the brain or heart for math, and work is always a bummer when I don't have the right attitude. But the fact is, whether or not I see these things in the right light, they are great blessings from God; and right now, seeing them for what they really are, I thanks God for them!

    5. Food
It's incredible how much we take food for granted. There are inconceivable varieties of food out there, and we people of America hardly ever realize (or definitely experience) the sting created by the lack of food in many other countries around the world. We're so used to having our bellies full that we are numbed to the fact that there are people out there LITERALLY starving to death. We so carelessly use that phrase 'starving' when our tummies start to rumble slightly. The truth is, I really don't understand what it's like to be starving. And I don't dare take it for granted. I thank the Lord for every meal He gives me, and I pray for all of the people who are not so fortunate. (And thank the Lord for so many people who strive to help the truly hungry!)

    6. Time
Every one has a different amount of time to live. Some people from long ago lived hundreds of years. Some people are only alive for months, days, or even minutes. Every time I remember how much time God has given me to live, I thank Him for it. Life is hard, but life is good, and every life belongs to God.

And one of the hardest questions every person faces during life is, "What am I going to do with my time?"

"Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way." 
-Psalm139:23-24

2 comments:

  1. Thanksgiving posts are so much fun! It's always interesting to see what different people say... And work and school are great things to bring up - I find myself complaining about them a whole lot more than I should, but in reality, I am incredibly glad I have opportunity for either!

    BTW, your blog is soo pretty! :D And I just published my blog comments from the past month and saw you had commented, in case you're wondering where I randomly appeared from. ;) lol Thanks for stopping by! :D

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  2. Katherine,
    Yes, same here. It's good to be reminded that the most menial things are also blessings. ;)

    Oh, thank you; a friend of mine designed it for me just shortly after I started 'Thirst for Purity' early this year.

    I love your blog! I receive emails for each of your posts and do my best to keep up with them; although this can be hard sometimes, it's definitely worth it. =)

    And thank YOU for visiting me back! God bless!

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