25. a thankful heart is a hopeful heart.

Thanks for the sweet words about my Granny after my tribute post yesterday.  She was such an amazing woman – it’s weird how life just moves on at a normal speed after we lose a loved one, isn’t it? 

 

Something that I have talked about before is thankfulness.  Last November Jack and I made a thankful tree.  We will be doing that again this year.  This summer and early fall I spent a lot of time thinking about thankfulness.  Maybe that will be my 31 Days topic next year. 

 

Something I have gathered from reading Ann Voskamp’s work is that a thankful heart doesn’t have room for the ugly stuff.  A heart that is in the practice of thankfulness, doesn’t have the time or desire to worry, stress, be fearful, or preoccupied with things that are not good.  A thankful heart is a heart of hope.  Hope in things beyond our own worries and matters at hand.  Hope in the blessings of this life.  Hope in the future. 

 

I have thought about that a lot, but that doesn’t mean I’ve done it a lot.  I had intentions of starting a new thanks journal many times this year but have yet to do it.  I know that being thankful helps keep my mind on track.  It is something I need to do.  It is far too easy for me to overlook the blessings in my life every day if I’m not recounting them.  So here are the things I’m thankful for today. 

 

1.  Getting to spend time with family today. 

2.  A clean house. 

3.  Feeling so much better physically. 

4.  Cold weather! 

5.  Soup on a cold day. 

6.  A little boy feeling better after a hard asthma week. 

7.  I know it’s petty, but my DVR.  Love getting to watch my favorite shows. 

8.  Heat in our house when it is cold outside. 

9.  Pumpkins, mums, and fall decorations everywhere. 

10.  New boots! 

 

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Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 
1 Thessalonians 5:18 

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  1. Pingback: 31 days of hope. | adventures of jack and me

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