Friday, November 4, 2011

An Attitude of Gratitude Series

During the month of October, my focus was on the saints and how grateful I am for the great cloud of witnesses who have gone before us. They passed their faith down to us by living bold, faithful, and sometimes quiet, lives. This year I read about Brother Andrew, President Lincoln, Mary Slessor, Lottie Moon and others. Their tenacious faith to overcome all obstacles in their way inspires me to set aside the petty concerns that tend to get me down and focus more on what is truly important.

Now that November is here, I will be posting blogs leading up to Thanksgiving. I hope you will join me and add your comments on what you are thankful for this month. The Message Bible says it well:

On your feet now—applaud God! Bring a gift of laughter,
sing yourselves into his presence.

Know this: God is God, and God, God.
He made us; we didn't make him.
We're his people, his well-tended sheep.
Enter with the password: "Thank you!"
Make yourselves at home, talking praise.
Thank him. Worship him.
For God is sheer beauty,
all-generous in love,
loyal always and ever.

Psalm 100, Message


  1. I am so grateful for God's love and the gifts he gives daily. Have you ever considered your 'tool box'? This is what I call God's Gifts. There are so many useful things that God has given me over my lifetime that I can pull out to share with others and doing this doesn't really cost me a thing, except the time to act. It could be remembering a recipe or special meal I enjoyed and making it for someone I care about, pulling out a warm stocking hat that once belonged to my husband and giving it to someone with a need, or asking a daughter for her old newspapers to start my fires, saving her a trip to the recycling center. If you play a musical instrument or love to sing, how about brushing up on your Christmas Music and plan an evening of caroling? Is there a little child who needs some special attention? Maybe they would love to share a cup of hot chocolate and hear you read them a story.

  2. I'm thankful for friends, who'll tell me when I'm off-base rather than sweep differences under the rug. That's the kind of loyalty that sustains friendships. Having just experienced the other kind of "friend," I know I can't take friends for granted. Like anything, if the relationship is worth keeping, I know I have to work at it.

  3. So true, Brick! Thanks for sharing.