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Friday, November 16, 2018

Recent Reflections - November 2018: Thanksgiving 365

This is the eleventh Recent Reflections post of 2018.  Recent Reflections goes live the third Friday or Saturday of each month.  Each Recent Reflections post covers something that I'm reflecting on.  If you'd like to share a post with a similar theme, feel free to leave a comment with a link to your post, and I'll hop on over and leave a comment (and maybe some other readers will, too).

This month, I will be reflecting on giving thanks all year long, not just on Thanksgiving.

This is a picture of my favorite mug (Thanks, Mom E.!).  I love the reminders on it, and I love the idea of being obsessively grateful.

If you can't see the picture or are having trouble reading it, it says:

Be Obsessively Grateful
grat-i-tude  /ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/ noun
1. the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation

1. Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life, it turns what we have into enough.  2. The more grateful you are, the more present you become.  3. Expect nothing, appreciate everything.  4. There is always, always, always something to be grateful for.  5. Gratitude changes everything.  6. Life is a series of thousands of tiny miracles.  Notice them.

How awesome are those thoughts?  This is exactly how I want to live my life - constantly grateful and ready to appreciate the littlest of things.  When I live this way, I feel better, I act better, I am the best version of me.  I also find that life is just better when you're grateful.

As it says in the Bible, "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." (I Thessalonians 5:18 - KJV)  God loves you more than anything and wants what is best for you.  What do you have to lose by trusting in His will for your life and being grateful come what may?  Nothing.  You can only gain.

Thanksgiving is this coming Thursday.  It is a day to reflect on all we have to be grateful for.  This year, may I challenge you to turn Thanksgiving into a 365 day thing vs. a 1 day thing.  Find something to be thankful for - no matter how small - every day and watch your life change for the better.  I promise, it works!  The right attitude can make any day better, and  you'll find your life enriched because of it.

I truly hope this post has been a blessing to your heart, or at the least made you stop and think a little.  What has God done in your life lately to bless you?  What are you reflecting on?

Have a wonderful weekend!