Monday, September 30, 2013

Be Thankful

Be thankful.  Maybe you are going through difficult circumstances right now. Maybe your life isn't turning out the way you planned.  I've learned that despite challenges, choosing to be thankful is the best way to live.

Each day you have a choice to make.  Will you dwell on what's wrong or will you look for what's right and good?  This doesn't mean you should ignore the issues that need resolving.  But I can tell you from personal experience that when I choose to be on the lookout for those every day blessings, my day is so much better. I make the choice to be thankful.

I work in a classroom filled with children who are 3 or 4 years old.  There isn't a day that goes by when I'm not greeted by little children who clamor to me for hugs.  If that doesn't bring a smile to my face, nothing will.

Last week, the children were learning the letter "C". Here they are with paper cameras on the lookout for things that start with the letter C.  Of course, camera starts with C.
I get to work with some amazing women.  Megan and Heidi are too cute. Rancho teachers do rock, you know. :)

I was so happy to see my good friends Pete and Susan who are missionaries overseas.  They were on furlough for several weeks.  Today they leave to return to the mission field.

They were interviewed in my church on Sunday.  When asked how our church family could pray for them, Susan provided an acronym; WE GO.  She asked for W=wisdom, E=energy, G=glorify God, O=ongoing opportunities.  I will remember so it makes it easier to pray specifically for their needs.  What a blessing to see them and pray for them.

Our church is in the process of memorizing Colossians 3.  I am reminded of verses 14-16 (ESV):
14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

#968  Sweet greetings each morning from little children
#969  Seeing children beginning to learn
#970  The excitement on the children's faces when they can answer correctly
#971  A wonderful sermon from Colossians 3:12-14 by our Minister to Young Adults Scott Savage  (a fellow blogger at The Joshua Collective)
#972  Listening to the beautiful voices of New Life New Life Singers from Grand Canyon University
#973  Getting to talk and worship with Pete and Susan

I'm linking up with Ann of A Holy Experience for Multitudes on Mondays.

Blessings and love,

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eph2810 said...

It is so true, Debbie. We can make a choice every single day to see the good and when we do, we can more manage the things that are not so good. Thank you for the reminder.

Debbie P said...

Loved your post!

Ashley Ditto said...

Yes amen, choosing to be thankful!!

Kim | Just For Clicks Blog said...

Choosing to be thankful and full of joy is sometimes hard.... but always the better choice. When my eyes are on Jesus and off of myself, I am much more successful in my life. The world is so noisy it is often tempting to be fixated on the temporary. Great post!!!

Lea said...

Oh, what truth! Life is full of choices and I am trying harder than ever to take the high road and choose to be thankful in any and all circumstances. A tough chore sometimes. Have a happy week my friend!

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

All of those hugs must make you feel so loved! That is something to smile about! :)

Mia De Vries said...

Dear sweet Debbie
I am a little bit jealous of you for having the joy of hugging so many little ones every day. My friend, I am experiencing the worst Fm/CFS flare in seven years and I can with all honesty say that Pappa is holding me so close in His Loving Embrace that I cannot be anything else, but so thankful and filled with joy and peace.
Blessings XX

Susan Stilwell said...

WEGO -- I love that, Debbie!
Hope you're having a great week. I'm staying with my nephews, one of whom is a 1st grader. When did they start getting so much homework??

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