Thankful Thursdays

It has been a really long times since I’ve done a Thankful Thursday post and I think it’s about time to revive them!

Summer is season that makes me just absolutely joyful.  The days are longer (at least daylight LASTS longer) which provides time to enjoy more things outside.  The weather took a while to decide if it really wanted to give us that summer heat..but I think it’s finally hear to stay.  Looking forward to lots of time out in that glorious summer heat!  Some things I am thankful for about summer time:

24. More daylight, which means more time outside – more grilling out, more time in the yard, more hiking, more country drives with the windows down and sunroof open

25. Warm mornings.  Joshua and I have a renewed desire to wake up earlier and get our day going now that the sun is rising earlier.

26.  A husband who holds me accountable to my personal goals.  This morning Joshua kicked me out of bed for my desired morning run.  I really would have loved to lay there and cuddle longer, but with the evenings staying so warm, I know I’ll have better runs if I get up and go in the morning.

27.  This morning’s run.  So thankful I didn’t miss the beauty God has created for us to enjoy by staying in bed this morning.  A country road in the morning light provides such serenity and joy.

morning run

What are you thankful for this week?

Thankful Thursday

I know, I know…I have been slacking on my Thankful Thursday posts. I mentioned the reasons yesterday, though that’s not really a great excuse to miss out on sharing life’s gifts. I love seeing so many of my friends taking November as a month to share what they’re thankful for over on Facebook. For those of you doing this, I challenge you to continue on past November. Even if you don’t share it, there is something so positive in examining your daily blessings..even if it’s simply being thankful for another day.

Today I had the opportunity to spend some time with 2 great teachers…both of which I’m related to by marriage. Joshua’s aunt an cousin happen to work at the same school so I went to spend the day shadowing them. Can I just say, I am so thankful for the experience (#21) and for the incredible work both of them are doing in their classrooms (#22). It felt good to be in a school learning from the experts.

I know I still have so much to learn but God keeps solidifying this calling. He is constantly reminding me that I am on the right path. God is good and I know my happiness rests in doing what He has called me to do (#23).

The last few weeks have reminded me how important it is to SLOW DOWN and take time to remember life’s blessings. Life should never be so busy that I don’t stop to praise our amazing Father for the work he is doing in my life.

What are you thankful for this week?

Thankful Thursday

It’s that time of the week again..time to give thanks for the small gifts I experienced over the past week.  I’ve felt especially blessed this week.  I’m not sure if it’s the little break in school or this beautiful fall weather, but my spirits are up.  I received this great verse from a friend (which I should count as a gift) and I keep it right under my computer monitor at work.

Thanks for gift #15, Hawls!

16. A good hike on a crisp morning

17. Quality time with my sister.  A huge reminder that I need to spend more time with her before she heads off to college next year.

18. Making new friends

19. Encouraging words from a professor, reminding me that I am right where I am supposed to be.

20. Relaxing evenings with my husband.  We have had a lots of time to relax and recharge this week.

I’m ending this week with one last piece of scripture that reminds me to constantly praise our Lord for the blessings he gives.

What are you thankful for this week?

Thankful Thursdays

I read some really great stuff in Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts this morning.  Rather than just sharing items from my gifts list, I thought I would also share some of the really good meat from the book.  This list of gifts really encompasses all the small moments in life.  Sure, some of the things I am thankful for a re the BIG things, but I am trying to follow Ann’s example and look for those SMALL things in life that give me joy.  She reminds me that it is the details that make up our life, they are what create the big picture and God is part of all of those tiny moments. It is so important for us to remember that God is there with us, He is part of EVERYTHING.

Ann also discusses Ephesians 5:20, “And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  I think most people would say they attempt to be thankful for everything, but Ann makes a very good point that by being thankful for the broadness of EVERYTHING, we are often giving thanks for very little.  She says,

So, that is what I am attempting to do.  I want to embrace life-changing gratitude through my own list of gifts.  I don’t want to have an overarching attitude of thanksgiving that leaves me without memory of those small things that make me JOYFUL.  I want to cherish the little things, every day and remember that God is in those little moments with me.

This week I am thankful for:

10. The ability to dance like a fool without worry of what others think

11. Those rare mornings when Joshua and I get to enjoy breakfast together

12. Eating a delicious meal that I’ve prepared – savoring every bite

13. Clean sheets on a perfectly made bed

14. Hand written cards and notes (sending and receiving)

What are you thankful for today?

Thankful Thursdays

I hope you are doing well this beautiful Thursday afternoon!  It is time for our weekly thankfulness list.  Each week I’ll pick up my numbering where I left off the week before.

This week is short and sweet:

5. Dancing around the kitchen with Joshua this morning

6. Music that touches my heart

7. Time with the kids at Harvest Hands every Thursday afternoon

8. A great professor, whose class leaves me inspired week after week

9. Crisp morning air and dew on the grass

What are you thankful for today?

Thankful Thursdays

I’ve been reading this great book, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp.  You can read more about the book on her website, but here is a little bit about the book (from the website):

“Ann Voskamp’s story is not happily ever after.  As a child, her sister was crushed under a truck in front of her and her mother.  Consequently, her mother checked herself into a psychiatric hospital and her father couldn’t find God.  As an adult, she stood beside her brother-in-law as he buried his first two sons.  Voskamp is a wife and mother who does not grin through the pain but battles to believe that in God is joy, and that there are as many gifts amid the grittiness of life as in the moments of celebration.

In One Thousand Gifts: A Dare  to Live Fully Right Where You Are, Ann strives to find the meaning of life and fully embrace the surprising truth from the final scenes of Jesus’ earthly life.  In the hours before Jesus’ execution, he took bread and gave thanks.  This fresh, heart-wrenching book unveils the long forgotten wonder that through the imitation of Christ’s thankfulness, we too can experience a life of joy.”

As I’ve read this book (I’m not too far in, still reading!), I’ve had a desire to create my own list of thanksgiving.  To be honest, sometimes it can be a challenge to come up with things we are TRULY thankful for.  Sometimes it’s challenging to be thankful at all, but I desire to LIVE FULLY and I truly believe that can be done by giving thanks to our amazing Creator for the things He has provided in our lives.

So, I will be sharing pieces of my thankful list every Thursday.  I’ll also try to share pieces of her book that have really left an impression on my heart.  I encourage you to pick up Ann’s book and read it yourself, but if nothing else, examine the things YOU are thankful for.

So to start it off, today I am thankful for:

  1. This cooler fall weather, especially the mornings
  2. Catch up phone calls with far-away friends during my evening drive home
  3. An adorable little sister who sends me silly face pics throughout the day.  She keeps me young.
  4. Early morning snuggles

I’ll hopefully have a way for you to link up with me next week…not quite there yet!