Day 28: I’m thankful for intentional thankfulness
November isn’t over yet, but I think today’s the best day to layout this month’s learnings.
Now, to be clear I might be the one who’s been doing all the writing, but this challenge is something that Will and I have very much been doing together. It’s been a very fruitful month. I don’t think our house has been so full of cheer since we first got married or first got Izzy. Thankfulness changes everything
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-1
Our eyes were opening up to how ungrateful our attitudes had become. We were coasting. We were lack-luster. It’s funny the way life’s timing works out. Two days after realizing that we lacked thankfulness, we went to church and the sermon was on thankfulness. The verse above was the nail in the coffin for us…. I don’t know if you caught the last part of that verse or not, but it says that it is <strong>God’s will </strong> for us to be thankful. God’s will! Will and I talk a lot about our dreams for life and what we think God’s will is. Well, I have to say that I have never thought about thankfulness being Part of it.
This means you even need to be thankful for the “mess” in your life. To explain that, I am thankful for the huge whole in our kitchen floor because it wouldn’t be there if we didn’t have Izzy.
Intentional thankfulness also means CHOOSING to be thankful. Choosing to be thankful for the things Will and I adore about each other rather than letting the little things annoy and frustrate us.
Intentional thankfulness means hugs, kisses, small celebrations, appreciating the little things, lots of cocoa with EXTRA marshmallows, and laughing. Laughing is key.
There is still a month left in this holiday season, rather than getting caught up in the hubbub whirlwind, the shopping, and the parties walk through it with the intention of being thankful for and savoring each and every Christmas cookie, slice of pie, laugh, friend, card, and even the freezing temperatures.