November Thanks

November is like, the official month for giving thanks.  Lots of bloggers are doing 30 days of thankfulness and lots of facebook friends are posting what they are thankful for each day.

I love it.  I think it’s beautiful to see all those words of thanks lifted up, floating to the King of all Good Gifts like incense.

I’m passionate about gratitude.  (Which you already know, if you’ve EVER read this blog.)  And while it’s a discipline I’m still learning, it’s also a discipline that has changed my heart, changed my spirit and changed my life.  It’s changed my outlook and it’s changed the filter through which I view every event, feeling, hard thing and easy thing and everything in between.

Two words…two words whispered when the heart is broken.  Thank you.  Two words whispered through howls of laughter and joy.  Thank you.  Two words grumbled through gritted teeth when you can’t take even one more thing.  Thank you.  Two words shouted when your heart is so full and love is all around.  Thank you.  Two words uttered with broken sobs when tears fall hard and fast.  Thank you.

It’s why I call it a discipline.  Because sometimes it’s a hard choice to make.  It’s a hard road to walk down.  Sometimes, I frankly just don’t feel it.  But I don’t have to feel it.  I just have to do it and He is faithful to bring my heart alongside my actions.

So that is my encouragement today.  Give thanks.  Do it especially if you don’t want to.  Do it especially if it’s hard to think of something to be thankful for.

Get this book.  Ann Voskamp will teach you the discipline of thankfulness within.  It’s a life changing book.  My relationship with God grew so much deeper as I read and lived out this book.

Pre-order this book!  I can’t wait to get it myself.  It’s a devotional and a journal to keep track of your good gifts.  It’ll help open your eyes to all that is good in your life.

November 1st:

Lila tells me she is thankful for me and for Nora. Claire says (with coaching from Lila) that she is thankful for Lila.

Today, I am thankful for 20 years of being a mom and all it has brought with it- watching these five grow up, looking forward to number six, the funny things they say, the ways they’ve grown me up, their quirks and the wonder of who each one of them is. It’s the world’s best job.

Julia

Aubrey

Chase

Lila

Claire

Nora, well me and Nora

November 2nd:

On the second day of thankfulness month, I am thankful for my sweet husband.  He is my very best buddy, my biggest fan, my steadiest champion, my hero and the person who loves me best in the world.  I can’t believe how much life we have lived since we met in May of 2009.  He is a huge part of my restoration story and I love him to pieces.

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