Thankfulness is an expression of gratitude, a lively sense of good received. Too often (myself included), our expression isn't one of gratitude or joy... we are more prone to ungratefulness.
Maybe we only focus on thankfulness for that one month because we fail to be thankful in the hard things of life. Those hard providences.
It's hard to be thankful when the harshness of life makes you sad on in the inside, isn't it?
But, somehow it seems that that very shift in focus is what will free you from the sadness. There's always something to be grateful for.
This year has been a bittersweet one for me, and I can relate so well to having to look hard to see what I should be grateful for in the midst of change and difficulty. But, I have realized there are things. Lots of things.
Mainly, other people.
I'll just share from the last two weeks the way others have blessed my family in hopes it'll encourage you to have a little faith that everything will work together for good.
- I had exactly $2.43 in my checking account and a friend (who had no idea!) was generous beyond measure with a financial gift.
- My washing machine died and my neighbor brought me one they had stored in their garage.
- A water pipe burst, and a friend drove from an hour away to repair the pipe.
- An anonymous friend sent me a Kroger gift card.
- Another friend sent me work (oh! those referrals!)
I'd love to hear stories of how you've received an unexpected blessing! Please leave me a comment.