This morning is freezing cold, I hardly want to let my cats in and out the door. I have revolving door cats, typically one comes in and the other goes out. Except today.
Pumpkin (aka stupid) went out,
and Peaches stayed in, on my bed til I got up, purring when I moved him, and now in the chair right by my side.
And in the few moments that I was typing that, Pumpkin came back in, and Peaches continues to sleep in the chair next to me. Go figure. Peaches got it right. He knows it is way better to stay warm today.
What does that have to do with thankfulness turning the key? Loads. See, as I was thinking of what today's focus should be, I knew I should express the gratitude of the week. But why? Not just because it is soon to be turkey day, but because it is soul deep meaningful.
Thankfulness starts with the small things: in today's cold I thank God for allowing scientists to discover polar fleece. Polar fleece has made winter more bearable. Polar fleece is where I will start. It warms my body which decreases my pain. That is a lot to be thankful for. I got a 2nd pair of polar fleece pants yesterday (turquoise blue, thank you very much) since I discovered that yes I can sleep in them if I am too cold.
Let's dig deeper. Thankfulness needs to be stitched through whatever we do, however we respond, whatever happens. Thankfulness lets us never take for granted the blessings that we have. Thankfulness lets us remember to hug and love those that are with us right now and realize that today is all we really have. Life is terminal. We are all a dying breed. The sooner we realize that, the sooner we can grab hold of the reality of today and really live.
I am not waiting for turkey day to say thanks. Thank you sparkling Spark friends. You help to make this journey doable. I am not waiting for turkey day to live a life of gratitude. I am grateful that I live, I breathe, I love, and have a family, and am in a warm home. To God I am most grateful for that life, for my faith, for His love and care. I am so grateful to be blessed with a very loving husband of 30 years, for two sons who each drive me crazy in their own ways. I am grateful for my family, extended family, church family, spark family, FB friends, and real flesh in blood face to face bff's and friends. God is great to allow our lives to intermingle like this.
Thankfulness turns the key because without it the door of gratitude would not be opened. I would be selfish and self absorbed and discontent.
As I type this lots of Bible verses rush out at me. Lots. I love that!
I will only share one in closing:
For I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
May your heart and days be full of thanksgiving everyday. I pray blessings for you and yours. Happy Thanksgiving.