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What are you thankful for in 2015?

November 27

What are you thankful for this year?

I am thankful for so many people and things, yet I don’t seem that way when I open my mouth.  I’m a complainer and have been for a very long time.  I came across this Facebook status that I shared two years ago…

How long does it take you to be grateful?


Reading the status, you see I express that I never want to be ungrateful ever again. Yet, two years later I find that I’m just as much of a complainer and I don’t express gratitude as much as I had hoped to.  Or so it seems. My heart and my actions aren’t communicating.  Or are they?

My heart is full of bitterness, unforgiveness, bad attitude and pessimism.  It all stems from being hurt by others.  I have my guard up expecting the worst.  I don’t have a quick fix for this.  However, I do know that:

  • I can change my heart with consistent Bible reading and prayer.  Actually, God is the one that changes me, while I must be the one that wants to be changed.
  • God is the only one I can ultimately trust and count on, but I can’t treat others like they are my enemies. I need to reflect His character, not mine.

In short, while I have continued to be ungrateful for the past two years, I have so much to be grateful for.  I have expressed that gratitude, but not nearly enough.  I want it to show more often than it does.  This relates to my post November, the Month of Joyful Intentions.   Have you read it?


What are you thankful for in 2015?

I am thankful for…

so many people and provisions God has placed in my life.  Without God, my husband and three kiddos and all the other people so directly involved in my life, I wouldn’t have survived the big transitions He’s made in my life over the past few years.  He is working BIG in my life and it’s been a tough road.  Yet, I am very grateful for every bit of it (okay, maybe not everything).  He has taught me so much about life, love and Himself.  Some of the things He’s taught me, I knew or have been taught by fellow believers, but He has allowed me to experience certain lessons to allow His truths to be real and meaningful to me.  You ever hear something a dozen times and then the thirteenth times it hits you like a brick wall or it’s a light-bulb moment.  He’s been doing that with me a lot lately.

What are you thankful for in 2015?  {I love comments, so leave one!}


  • Reply
    November 27 at 4:04 am

    An attitude of gratitude is often difficult. When blessings aren’t big we tend to miss them or overlook them. Kudos to you for recognizing this about yourself and for wanting to give it to GOD!! One of the things I try to do (not that you asked for unsolicited advice, but I just can’t help myself ☺) is something I just learned last week. Talk to yourself saying things like ” I woke up this morning-God’s grace”, “I have hot water for my shower-God’s grace” Notice every little thing!! I’m finding this is helping me see ALL sorts of little blessings to be thankful and grateful for!

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    November 27 at 10:24 pm

    I will be praying for you Tami! It took courage to share your heart like that. One thing I have found that really helps keep the focus on gratitude is have a little book and each night try to write down 5 things you are thankful for from that day. They don’t even have to be big things. They can be incredibly small. And you don’t have to write five, but do write at least one. If you want to write more that is good too! By the end of the year you will be amazed at how you have begun to see even the smallest things to be thankful for. Love you!

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    Angie Bailey (Precisely Mine)
    November 28 at 7:00 am

    I have a problem with bitterness. It’s the worst feeling and hard to overcome. I keep trying though. Hopefully in 2015 I’ll be able to appreciate what I have, not be bitter for what I don’t, and learn to appreciate people more.

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    November 28 at 2:48 pm

    There’s definitely a lot to be grateful for, even though it’s hard to be sometimes when things come up or unfortunate events occur. Noticing the little things definitely helps though, or even just writing one thing you’re grateful for each day and putting it in a jar–at the end of the year, you’ll end up with 365 things! :]!

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    Joely Smith
    November 28 at 3:04 pm

    This is exactly why I do my Happiness Is posts. Life can be so difficult, we are hurt, hurt others, even if unintentionally, we have to remember EACH and EVERY day there is something to be happy about, something to be thankful about. Thank you for sharing a part of your heart with us.

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    November 29 at 12:01 pm

    I really like that. With so much to be thankful for, why dwell on the problems? After all, when we think of where we could have been and the challenges other face, our issues seem pretty small.

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    November 30 at 2:37 pm

    I have a lot of health issues, so next year I’m going to try to be hopeful for every good un sick day I have and make the most of it.

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    Angie B.
    November 30 at 5:46 pm

    I’m thankful for the wonderful opportunities that keep crossing my path. I’m grateful to have 4 healthy children. I’m grateful for a good hard working husband, and I’m grateful to have a job with cool coworkers

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    Lady Lilith
    December 2 at 4:41 pm

    There is so much to be thankful for.
    I am thankful for all the wonderful opportunities I had this past year.
    Of course my girls are a wonderful part of that.

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    December 7 at 5:47 am

    So much to be thankful for. I am thankful for my family’s health. Life can be so short and that is one thing that we never take for granted.

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