Day 30 ~ 30 Days Of Thankfulness 2012

iStock_000009206862XSmallI am thankful today for the opportunity to count my blessings.

Nothing will put life back into perspective like being thankful for what one has, rather than what is perceived to be missing.

One of my favorite passages of scripture talks of just that, and I’ll share it here.

Praise for the Lord’s Mercies

A Psalm of David.

103 Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord executes righteousness
And justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the children of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
14 For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16 For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
And its place remembers it no more.[a]
17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
18 To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

19 The Lord has established His throne in heaven,
And His kingdom rules over all.

20 Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Who excel in strength, who do His word,
Heeding the voice of His word.
21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
22 Bless the Lord, all His works,
In all places of His dominion.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Day 29 ~ 30 Days Of Thankfulness 2012

I am thankful today that I am still currently self employed.

What I have held on to as allergies to our 3 cats, and I am rather allergic to them, now seems to be more.  I think I  may have a roaring sinus infection.  To top it off I had a touch of a stomach virus which left me sick to my stomach this morning.

My ‘job’ allowed for me to blow off the day and sleep most of it.  This was a good thing.

Still not feeling grand but thankful I did not have to go to work like this.

Day 28 – 30 Days Of Thankfulness 2012

Today I am thankful for family and friends who can fix things.

My laptop is acting up and I fear it is on death’s bed.  My youngest brother is going to come by and check it out and see if he can do anything.  He is very good with fixing and building computers.  Thankfully.

He is also very good at breaking the news to you, when, as he put it, “I think it went to that great silicon graveyard in the sky.”

I have many friends and family members able to fix just about anything or they can recommend a solution.  Even if it is to open up the window and toss it out, or in the case of my car, hope space garbage falls from the sky and lands on it.

Seriously, though, I am fortunate to be surrounded by funny, yet talented individuals.

🙂

Day 26 & 27 ~ 30 Days Of Thankfulness 2012

This is 2 days worth as I forgot to post it yesterday.

Day 26 – I am thankful for hot, running water.  Nothing says “ahhh” like a nice shower.  So many do not have their own place to live, let alone the ability to keep themselves clean.  I try not to take for granted things like indoor plumbing and a nice hot shower.

Day 27 – I am thankful today for my hair.  Yes hair.  I can color it, cut it, style it, or not.  As a female, vanity strikes deep in me at times.  And our hair is one of those things we are vain about.  But I’m thankful that it is just hair, and that our hair is not who we are, as many learn when going through chemo for cancer.  And this will all make sense later today with a guest post from someone close to me.  But meanwhile, I am thankful that for now, I have hair on my head.

Day 25 ~ 30 Days Of Thankfulness

Today I am thankful for food to eat.

If my weight is any indication, I have an abundance of food.

So many go to bed hungry, and I can simply walk into the kitchen and find plenty to eat, is something to be very thankful.

The fact that I’ve reactivated my my Sparkpeople account again is a good indication that I’m not lacking for food!

Day 24 ~ 30 Days Of Thankfulness 2012

Mom said it best this morning:

“I’m thankful for a warm house.”

I second that one!  It is 35 degrees outside at the moment.  Someone posted on Facebook a little while ago that they were seeing flurries.  Oh yippie.  I don’t  like winter.  I love snow if I am inside looking out on it with a hot cup of coffee in hand.  But I do NOT like being cold one bit.

So, as it is cold outside, I’m very thankful for the warm house we live in, keeping us comfortable on this cold day.

Day 23 ~ 30 Days Of Thankfulness 2012

The house is all cleaned, turkey and associated leftovers have been put away to be nibbled on now for days to come until we can no longer stomach turkey anything.

I’m thankful for the time spent yesterday with the members of my family that were able to be here, even if only for a short visit.  And thankful for the memories shared.

During the cooking portion of the day, we were trying to figure out how long mom has been making her pecan dressing/stuffing.  I distinctly remembered one Thanksgiving way back when I was a little girl, in my parents first house.  My grandparents, my mom’s siblings (most were not married) and a stray aunt and uncle or so, crammed into our tiny house.  Me and my siblings ate at the card table by the window in the dinning room.  That is the first time I remember having the dressing.  I  don’t recall exact ages but I couldn’t have been more than 8 or so years old.

The recipe is from the newspaper, and it is yellowed now.  We decided this needs to be laminated soon so we don’t lose it.  To me and my sister, it isn’t Thanksgiving without mom’s stuffing!

Day 22 ~ 30 Days Of Thankfulness 2012

Thankful today for all those who will not be able to be home.

Our military deployed away from family – thank you for serving our country.

For the police and firefighters who have to be on duty today and away from family, my son and brother among them, – thank you for keeping us safe, please be safe today!

For doctors, nurses, and countless other jobs that must continue despite the holiday – thank you for all you do to keep things going.

And for the families who will celebrate this day without their loved ones in these various roles, thank you for your sacrifice that enables those men and women to do their jobs.

To everyone, have a very blessed Thanksgiving!

Day 20 ~ 30 Days Of Thankfulness 2012

Today I’m thankful for time spent with my mom and sister, grocery shopping.

It is no small wonder we aren’t asked to leave the store sometimes.

I swear the 3 of us could turn a root canal into something highly entertaining and amusing.  We have the best time together and laugh so much that more often than not we come home all running for the bathroom from laughing so hard.

Getting to this place in my life was not my plan, staying married forever was plan ‘A’.  But Plan ‘B’ has turned out to be something amazing, fun, and I swear a day doesn’t go by us without a lot of laughs.  If laughter is the best medicine we should all live forever!