Developing A Habit of Thankfulness ( & a giveaway!)

The winner of last week’s giveaway, a free copy of Renee Swope’s A Confident Heart Devotion Book, is Mandy Pyle!  Please send an email to tracie@traciemiles.com with your mailing address.  

See below for a new giveaway opportunity today!

I have found in my life that I am often hard of hearing. Spiritual hearing that is.

God probably thinks I have some kind of hearing disorder at times, but thankfully, He never fails to keep at it until I get it!

For the past several months, I’ve found myself being thankful for little things. Little things that I thought I should write down, but that seemed kind of silly. So I would mentally appreciate the small blessing, and move on with my day.

But then God seemed to be pounding the message of “praise Him in all things” into my brain.

Over a two week period, my Jesus Calling devotion mentioned several things about praising God for specific things, not just a blanket  prayer of “thanks Lord for everything”. Then a friend on Facebook posted about a new bible study – about praising God for specific things. Then my Sunday School lesson later that week was about praising God during hard times. I heard songs on the radio about praising God.

Then I  decided to download a new book onto my Ipad, and randomly chose 1000 Gifts, by Ann Voskamp. I didn’t fully understand what the book was about even though I had heard about it.  Many of you may have already read it before – I’m just a little behind the times!

But as I began reading through it, I realized it was God’s perfect, divine timing that I chose this book on this specific day – because it was all about praise.  It’s not just about thanking God for gifts we usually tend to be thankful for –  but instead, gifts we all too often overlook.  I finally understood that God had been whispering to me through a variety of ways, that He was calling me to develop an attitude of thankfulness.

As I read through the chapters, the words of this book saturated my heart. Not only because of the eloquent way Ann writes, but because it was as if it gave me permission to be thankful for things that most people would think were silly and insignificant.

Like the birds I hear singing outside my bedroom window every morning when I wake up.

Like when my teenage daughter gives me a big hug before she leaves for school.

… when my college age daughter calls  me just to chat and tell me about her day

… the smell of my son’s bedroom, a mixture of cologne and his boyish scent

… the way sunshine streaks across the kitchen in late afternoon

… the aroma of laundry drying in the dryer

… how good it feels to sink into my soft warm bed every night

… when my husband texts me just to say ‘I luv u’

… steaming hot coffee with flavored creamer and whip cream on top

… piles of shoes on the steps needing to be taking upstairs to bedrooms

I could go on and on,  and on, so I have decided to start my list this week of gifts and blessings that peak awareness in my heart, no matter how big or small, silly or insignificant they seem. I am confident it’s not going to take long to get to 1000, but when I do, I don’t plan on stopping there.

Ephesians 5:20 says “And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  This verse doesn’t say give thanks for all the things you got that you really wanted, or answered prayers, or when God does something great. It says “everything.”

In the book, Ann says “I would never experience the fullness of my salvation until I expressed the fullness of my thanks every day,…”  This sentence struck a chord in my heart,  further fueling my desire to begin consciously being more thankful. If my deep and detailed daily thankfulness not only pleases God, but will also fill my heart with more joy and help me experience the fullness of my salvation, I can’t wait to get started! Just the thought of expressing thankfulness for the tiniest of gifts makes me excited!

1000 giftsI would love to give away two of these books on my blog, because I sincerely believe in the necessity and benefits of expressing gratitude to God in all things. This beautiful book is a perfect way to help us start developing a habit of thankfulness.

To enter to win, leave a comment ON MY BLOG stating three things you have found yourself being thankful for today or this week.  Randomly drawn winner will be announced on March 5th.

 

 

 

Tracie

Comments

  1. Magdeline Mashego says

    I am thankful that I can come back home earlier on Fridays, that my kids are wonderful and tell me they love me and give me hugs, grateful that the lady that helps me with the housework while I work, is doing a great job

  2. Eva says

    My daughter’s early snuggles, a kiss from my Mom, my son’s project getting finished on time without stress, my other son having a better attitude lately

  3. Karen Carlson says

    I am thankful for the husband that God picked out for me, we’ve been married for 25 years and have never had a fight. I am so blessed.
    I am thankful for the parents that God gave me. They have showed me what it means to be loved unconditionally by God. I am so blessed.
    I am thankful for my Father Who never gives up on me when I sometimes give up on myself. He has promised to complete the work that He began in me. I am so blessed!

  4. Melissa says

    Today, three things I am thankful for….
    1. that God loves me
    2. that the virus I have had for 10 days didn’t go into the “tummy” problems
    3. that my husband is coming home from a week long business trip this evening and I can’t wait to see him :-)

  5. Ann Marie says

    I am thankful Tracie for you, thankful that you share your thoughts and feelings with all of us out there that are not very eloquent and do not know how to express what we are thinking or feeling. My church has a women’s Wednesday morning bible study and they are currently studying “1000 Gifts, by Ann Voskamp” but b/c I work full time I am unable to attend but I would LOVE to read this book. For Lent rather than give something up I really want to ‘take something on’ and have been looking for something and I think that an attitude of thankfulness is just the thing. I plan to get up an hour early every morning and dedicate that hour to time with God! Thank you Tracie!!

  6. Barbara says

    I am Thankful for Jesus who died on the cross for all of our sins.
    I am Thankful for my Husband that God gave me.
    I am Thankful for my Church and our Pastor.
    Tracie I am also Thankful for you and your words of wisdom.
    Blessings to you.

  7. Linda says

    I am thankful that God gave me another day to live and learn to serve Him in a better way! I am thankful for that dirty house I get to go home to every day. :-) I am even more thankful for my husband and children who help make that house dirty, but keep it full of love!

  8. Patty Clark says

    I am so thankful for my precious Savior who loves me even when I don’t deserve it, for my husband who also loves me and puts up with me, for my kids who are amazing and both love The Lord, and for my precious grandson who, although I have to see him most times over pictures or Skype, has come into this world and stolen my heart (so I am also very grateful for smart phones and Skype)
    Our God is so good and it is a pleasure to serve him every day!!

  9. Kelly says

    I’m thankful that my sons, 20 & 18, come into my room at night & lie on the bed just becuase, we may not talk much but their beside me.
    I’m thankful for a husband that works 2 jobs to keep us comfortable in what we do.
    I’m thanful for loving parents, that have us over every Sunday after church for lunch.
    I could go on and on about the things that touch my heart that make me thankful, but I’m sure everyone doesn’t want to see my post.
    God Bless your day!!!

  10. says

    Good morning Tracie, thank you for an opportunity to win such a nice book. I am thankful for being given a writing opportunity this week. I have been hired to write devotionals on a new site that has just been newly launched and the administrator gave me my own section. I am thankful that God is using me by doing something I love to do and I’ll be paid for it. Praise God. I am thankful for waking up today.

  11. Liz blagrave says

    Today I am thankful that my baby slept through the night last night! I’m so thankful that both of my girls are healthy and love to snuggle with me (I’ll be sad when they are “too big” to want to do it!) And I am thankful for my husband.

  12. says

    *My twelve year old son still wanting me to fix his covers & tuck him in at night
    *My teenage daughter daughter & I getting time together watching “Murder She Wrote”
    *Seeing my three year old niece wearing a poncho given to me at aroung the same age from my grandma Opal

  13. Delinda says

    I like you have found I am thankful for the smallest of things. One being just spending time with my grandson who is 3 and listening to how God is teaching him every day. The things children say are just amazing to me.
    Second – The snow we had recently. I love going out in the snow and just listening – it is so silent. You can hear the snow flakes fall. God says to Be Still and Listen – this is the perfect time. Thirdly I love hearing the birds singing and watching them fly around, especially the colorful birds.

    These are God’s love letters to me every day. I have more recently become aware of them and I try to read them over and over daily. If we are still and Watch and Listen, we will see all of the beautiful love notes he sends us all through the day. He gives them when I need them most. God is my hero!!!

  14. Susan Moore says

    I am thankful every morning that I can get out of bed, on this side of the earth, without help from anyone but God. My poor mom can’t. She relies on someone to bathe her and then pull her up and then to sit her, then to dress her, then to put her in a chair that wheels her to her living room chair, and then to set the tv on for her and then have someone come and fee her. Mom’s deaf and has Parkinson and a slew of diseases now. That’s my sister who does that for my mom so I’m thankful for my sister and the blessing she is because she also has a family she cares for. I’m asking God in the past few months to let me be thankful for blessings I don’t see through the day (because I know they are there) so open my eyes and let me hear. Sue

  15. Carol Thomas says

    Clean running water after spending 2 weeks in Ghana, Africa and then 2 weeks in Thailand. That my son and daughter and grandchildren are safely in the hands of God’s protection and they know Him. That God has placed on my heart to educate people in Michigan of what human trafficking is and how to pray against this evil!

    I know you wanted 3 but I have a 4th. Thank you God for fresh brewed ice tea!

  16. Lauren says

    What a great post! THank you! Today I am thankful for the goodbye hug and kiss I always get from my husband when he leaves for work.

    I am thankful for having found and read this post

    I am thankful for God’s grace

  17. Maja Caldwell says

    I am thankful for:
    My 10 year old twins still hugging me and saying I love you
    My husband saying to have a good day before he leaves for work
    spring cleaning and chance to move along some much loved items to others

  18. RoseMary Baty-Willcox says

    I am blessed and Thankful for my husband, he has had triple bypass surgery and the Lord has given us more time together. That things do not help or make you happy, the love of Christ does.
    That the Lord has given me a hunger for him and his word and work.

  19. Joy Richardson says

    I am thankful for God’s amazing love for me.
    I am thankful for my teenage daughter who tells me several times a day that she loves me.
    I am thankful for God’s unconditional acceptance of me.

  20. says

    I am so very thankful for the sun shining on me as a drive to work. I feel it is God telling me good morning. I’m also thankful for this long hard winter, it is serving a very needed purpose and we all need to rember that. And I am very grateful for my two very large furry companions (dogs) who set an example of loving unconditionally as we all should. I have a tendency to lump my gratefulness together in my morning prayer but I will try to be more specific with my thanks from now on. Thanks, Tracie.

  21. Amy B says

    I am thankful for being able to watch a man witness to a woman in a doctor’s office waiting room.
    I am thankful for the good news we received at the doctor’s office.
    I am thankful for His presence in the midst of the storm.

  22. Lisa Moore says

    I am thankful for…….
    – having spent a few days with my mother-in-law and father-in-law
    – traveling with my 18 year old daughter to mother-in-law and father-in-law’s
    – coming home to my wonderful husband

  23. Becky says

    I am thankful for-
    – sunshine on this crisp snowy day
    – a substitute job today at a school I WANT to go to
    – freezer pizza for dinner tonight so I don’t have to think of a meal to cook :)

    p.s. – what a wonderful challenge, to make a list of things we are thankful for. I already have 34 that came to mind just as I read through the devotional and everyone’s comments. Thank you Tracie.

  24. Joyce says

    I am thankful for the book I just read by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Choosing Gratitude, Your Journey to Joy.
    Thankful that it illuminated my years of ingratitude for many blessings.
    Thankful for God’s unfailing love, mercy and grace. Now it is hard to stop at just three things ;)
    Thankful for all the ladies connected with Proverbs 31 ministries.
    Thank you Tracie for this post today.

  25. Nellie says

    I am thankful for my grand children, all their hugs and kisses even their whining and crying, for my daughter and her friends for all they help me do, my son-in-law for just being him, my husband, my friends, my pets, and even my enemies because they remind me how great God is.

  26. Hope Mc says

    This is interesting to me. A few years ago I started a private Facebook group where people were to post something they were thankful for each day. After about 6 months I stopped adding to it because I was the only one doing it in the group. A few days ago I came across it because I hadn’t deleted the group.
    So I am thankful I didn’t delete it. There are so many good nuggets in there even though they are several years old.
    I am thankful for proverbs 31 and their online bible studies.
    I am thankful for my family and the work Jesus is doing in everyone of them.

  27. Melva says

    I am thankful for…
    – the beautiful sunshine, even on this cold winter morning
    – God’s gift of ladies who join me in Bible study
    – His peace and contentment for this season of life

  28. says

    Thank you Tracie. This was a gentle reminder for me today.
    1. I am thankful for my daughters that do their own laundry; even tho right now it is all over
    the sitting room couches.
    2. I am thankful for my husband and the sweet text i just received from him saying he loved me and hopes i have a wonderful day.
    3. I am thankful God encourages us to relax and be real. He wants to see us enjoying the person He created us to be.

  29. Ginger says

    I am thankful that God puts the right things in our path at the right times. I needed to be reminded of this today. I am thankful that God Doesn’t Give Up on Me. I am thankful that my children are healthy and know the Lord. I am thankful that God loves me unconditionally!

  30. Julie F says

    I am thankful…
    … that God is working ALL things together for my good and His glory, even when I can’t understand how.
    … that God gently shows me my failures in a way to help me grow and overcome.
    … for Skype so I can see my grandson who is literally on the other side of the world.

  31. Kathy Shea says

    I am thankful to wake up each morning to a wonderful husband and caregiver each day. He not only takes care of us his wife and son but he cares for his mother who lives with us and has dementia and con not really get around to well.
    I am thankful that God has blessed me with a wonderful son! After 5 miscarriages my son makes me thankful for all God has blessed me with.
    And lastly but I am sure not only, I am blessed and thankful to have a loving and supporting mom and dad!

  32. Tana says

    I, just last year, discovered Ann Voskamp’s 1000 gifts idea/Joy Dare Challenge. I haven’t read her book, but I printed out the “promptings” for the year and refer to them regularly. What a splendid idea to help us recognize the daily blessings we have… no matter how small!!! God created them all and blesses us with so much each day; we just need to slow down and take the time to recognize them and Praise Him for them!
    I am so thankful for: 1) starting an exercise program again and strengthening this body that God has entrusted me with (it’s been a long road after dealing with breast cancer and foot problems and getting out of the exercise habit, but I am coming back!) 2) Robins! I sooo love to see and hear the robins again after a cold winter; spring surely can’t be far behind! 3) I am thankful for the much needed moisture we are getting and the sunshine with it! God truely is great, let us Praise Him each and every day.

  33. Lynn Bowman says

    Hi Tracie! What a wonderful God we serve! It will be hard to stop at just three things. For today I am thankful for my husband, Geno, who brought me breakfast this morning; I am thankful for the heat that is now working in our office building on this chilly day; and I am always thankful for a Father that loves me unconditionally. Peace and Blessings to you!

  34. Paige says

    I’m choosing to be thankful for the timely visit from my sister and her family. Although its tempting to focus on the sadness I feel as she leaves to go back 6 hours away tomorrow, God arranged for her to be THIS particular week. A week I have been under tremendous attack by the enemy. She has spoken truth, encouragement and hope into my heart this week and I am so thankful.

    I’m thankful for the running feet I heard this morning as I sat in “my place” at 5:30am talking to God this morning and watching sky turn pink. The thump thump thump of little feet on the steps, the sleepy head peeking around the corner of the kitchen to see if he will be told its too early to be up. The mop of unruly bedhair tickling my chin as I squeeze him close in his tight legged PJs that will no longer be cool here in a few months.

    I’m thankful for my hard-working hubby who won’t be able to run the thousand errands I have tomorrow with both boys in tow. As much as I wish he were with us, I’m so proud of him and how hard he works. And so thankful for a stable job.

    Thank you Jesus for today.

  35. Rachel Koser says

    I’m thankful for the changing seasons. I’m thankful for a Christian heritage. I’m also thankful that my husband has the chance to go to school and finish his degree. Blessed be the name of the Lord!

  36. Marisha says

    thankful today for several glimpses of sun in the midst of a gloomy-rainy day, feeling better physically, and what seems to being efficient despite little busy things that I had to do today. :) I am glad you discovered this book!!

  37. Jennie says

    For understanding husband, Godly friends, my children. Thankful for the beautiful sunrise and God showing how much He loves me through my husband, friends and children.

  38. Katie says

    I’m thankful for the pining of my son each morning when I leave for work, for the random acts of hugging from my daughter, and for feeling well enough to return to work and for God’s healing and protection throughout a week of illness.

  39. Polly Schneider says

    I ‘m thankful for my home, just to have a place to get out of the cold weather is a blessing. And the sunshine today is great,it is so bright against the snow. And the birds singing outside enjoying their bird seed. Also friends and family, esp my new grandson. Such a blessing. It feels good writing down what I ‘m thankful for. I will have to do it more often.

  40. Vonnie Kronk says

    I’m thankful for my house & it has been a great place for all our family to come together for holidays since it’s very open from the kitchen where the food is! But now I’m thankful it can be passed on to our daughter & her kids since it’s near good schools for them & has many rooms we no longer need! Then I’m thankful we have another house we can move to not too far away. Just praying this is in God’s will & the process will come together soon! My daughter’s current house Must sell first.

  41. says

    I am thankful that God is working in me and helping me to improve my health, I am thankful that I feel his love for me and I know that He is with me every step of the way. I am thankful that He is showing me how to learn to overcome the things of my past that had been holding me back. Thank you Lord for freedom to love me, to know that I am worthy of my love and yours. Thank you that together we will continue this journey. Thank you that you will never leave me and thank you for the wait on you Lord. I am waiting and thankful that I can talk to you and trust in you that your timing is perfect. Praise you Lord. Amen

  42. Julie Smith says

    I am thankful for my church family, who is helping me grow in Christ every single day! I am thankful for the bad weather forecast for this weekend, which will allow me more time at home to read!! And I am thankful for my very patient and loving God!!!

  43. Johnette Peck says

    I am thankful today for my health. My eye doctor died this week from a battle with lung cancer which was not caused from smoking.
    I am thankful for my sweet Burmese Refugee students who just came into my classroom with lots of good mornings.
    I am thankful that I am a Christian & don’ have to go through life alone.

  44. Halona Luna says

    Tracie,

    This week has had it’s good and bad but I am so thankful. One is when my sweet 10 year old daughter looks up to me and says,”You’re pretty!’. Two is that two friends sent me unexpected gifts. Three is that being nearly homebound, I was able to get out of the house today. I hope I win because I have wanted this book for awhile.

    Blessings to u all,
    Halona

  45. Stephanie says

    I’m most thankful this week for:

    * spending time laughing with my husband
    *God’s provision when things seem impossible
    *getting an email from a friend I hadn’t heard from in awhile

    Thanks for offering such a fun giveaway- it’s been so neat to see how others are thankful this week.

  46. Bobbi says

    I’m thankful for my husband of 31 years who makes me coffee every morning. I’m thankful for my 9 year old daughter who tells me I’m the best mom in the world (even though I’m not even close to being the best mom in the world.). I’m thankful for me 3 grown children who are healthy, well-adjusted, productive adults and continue to bless me everyday. I’m also thankful for my cute grandson who brightens the room just by walking into it! (I know that’s 4 things, but I’m very blessed!) :-)

  47. Jeni says

    God has been truly teaching me to be thankful for all things. It has been especially evident in the past few weeks via daily devotionals from Proverbs 31 and Jesus Calling.
    I am thankful for Proverbs 31 and me friend Christie that introduced me to it.
    I am thankful for finally being able to let go of my past and that I am learning not to harbor anger and resentment.
    I am thankful for the new youth minister at our church and the opportunity to listen to my daughter sing in our awesome youth band. It gives me great pleasure and is a true blessing.

  48. Amber M says

    I am right in this spot with you. So busy all the time. The things I am so thankful for (while not small at all) I am around so much it could really easily be taken for granted. Getting to be a single mom to my two beautiful and awesome kiddos. The near and dear friends that never left my side and support me daily. And those little feelings of peace that let you catch your breath in the mist of a stressed, hurried and non stop semi chaotic life. TYJ!

  49. says

    I gave this book to friend about a year ago and she shared it changed her life. Just by her sharing made me aware of my often lack of gratitude. On Thanksgiving she shared it with her family the parts that she wrote about them and it was profound. So my three things that come to mind now to be thankful for are:
    1. The women who, write, blog, speak and share their hearts so that others may grow in the grace & knowledge of our Lord. (and how easily accessible it is!!)
    2. God loves me enough to say ‘no’ when something seems so ‘right’ because He knows better.
    3. I’m thankful that God has revealed to me my DREAM JOB and its all falling into place so quickly! The pieces are all fitting together.

  50. Becky Wedekind says

    I am thankful that my son’s cowboy boots fit my husband’s feet “like a glove”. We lost our son last month. Just being able to see his boots at the front door or to see my husband where them helps me smile and remember our son.

    • Dottie says

      Thank you for sharing that special memory of your son’s cowboy boots. Somewhere in my sons moves that he made over the last year, he lost my deceased husband’s boots. Maybe they will be found so he can wear them proudly. Thank you, again.

  51. Patricia Hernandez says

    I am thankful for the doctors God has placed in my path. I am thankful for the rain. I am thankful for “down time” God has provided for me that allows me to sit and read my emails so I can be reminded how much I have to be thankful for!

  52. Lynn W. says

    Although I feel that I am thankful, I had never thought of it quite like you stated…being thankful for everything and being mindful of every detail. I am thankful for insightful blogs that challenge my way of thinking. I am thankful for a puppy that brings joy to me daily. I am thankful for a warm house/office when it is so cold outside. I could go on and on…thankfully!

  53. says

    In the beginning of the year, I developed the habit of writing in my journal 3 things I am thankful for using Ann Voskamp’s prayer prompts. This practice has also helped me look beyond the easy or normal things to open my eyes to all of the blessings God has graced me with.
    Today I am thankful for:
    1. A long car ride that gives me extra time with my husband
    2. An overflow of God that compelled me to write His truths
    3. Knowing I’m blessed in the little ways as well as some pretty big ones too

  54. Cathy says

    I’m thankful
    that God loves so much that he doesn’t always give me what I ask for
    incredible men and women of God who share His word in a multitude of ways in the plethora of technology — such riches so readily available!
    the promise of spring in longer days

    I’m SO blessed!

    Cathy

  55. Tracy Nana says

    I’m thankful my allergies to my medicine didn’t put me in the hospital. Thankful for my husband’s love especially when I’m sick and I ask for something chocolate. I get a hug, a smile and chocolate. I’m thankful God breaks through the gray clouds and sun breaks through when I praise His name and thank Him for each day.

  56. Dottie says

    I am so thankful for God’s faithfulness in all of my children since my husband died. One of my sons is being consistent at going to young adult group, and he is also desiring to go on to finish school. That is God. My youngest daughter (who didn’t like being in the nursery) was holding a baby last week, and working in the nursery. God did that in her heart. I am thankful that my journey that I am on is not a mistake. it is all part of God’s eternal plan for my life. Thank you for challenging me to focus on what I am forever thankful for. We have a God who truly will never leave us nor forsake us.

  57. Christine says

    Ok, my reasons may sound a bit odd, but here goes…One, I’m thankful that everything went smoothly this morning for my student’s sociology wedding which is a huge undertaking, and I prayed so much about it and felt tremendous peace and calm over it; two, I’m thankful that even though I just spilled my tea all over the desk right now, it only got the mouse, the desk, and completely just missed the laptop!; and three, I’m sooooooooooooooooo thankful for each night that I can gather with my husband and two girls at the dinner table and just “be” with them for at least that time after such long days at work and school.

  58. Anne B says

    I am thankful for how healthy my kids are right now, I’m thankful to have a good friend to talk with, and I’m also thankful (oddly) for some good smelling hand soap!! Some big things, and a small one. I’ve heard a lot about the book but have yet to read it!

  59. Donja Arkell says

    Thanks for this reminder to thank God in everything, Tracie. Here are a few of mine….

    I am thankful for sunshine on a freezing cold day … spring is almost here!
    I am thankful that today is pizza/movie night – family time and opportunity to relax after a busy week. Also means fewer dishes and cleaner kitchen! :)
    This week I was thankful for beautiful worship songs to turn my eyes to Jesus when I felt discouraged and down.
    I am thankful for God’s provision time and time again.

    Blessings to you all!

  60. says

    I was reading Charles Spurgeon’s book, Holy Spririt Power. In chapter two of this modern vocabuary version of this ( Whitaker House), he goes into depth on how the Holy Spirit can influence our mind, will, and heart toward the Lord. This greatly encouraged me, since I have been praying for years for our adult son to come back to faith. Sometimes if we look at it in the natural it looks like a permanent state or condition. This showed me, that we can’t convince people, but we can share and ask specificlly, that the Spirit, convict, teach, enlighten, and reveal Jesus.

  61. Elaine Segstro says

    I am thankful to have been married to a godly man for over 34 years, thankful for my health (I’m doing a term position now for someone who is suffering from pneumonia and bronchitis), and thankful for the sunshine. It’s so terribly cold here, but seeing the sun on the sparking snow is ‘snow’ beautiful :)

  62. M.E. says

    Thanking God today for the heavy rainstorm helping to ease our region’s drought (answer to prayer); for family & friends that bless my life; for hearing my son’s laughter; for soft warm blankets to cuddle under; for lined boots that keep my feet warm & dry; for our home – shelter in the storm; for God’s loving protection & provision.

  63. Maria says

    Thanking our Dear Lord today for the Drs. & Nurses He put in my path after my diagnosis in Aug last yr. with cancer.
    Thanking Him for all my family & friends who have offered prayers for me and kept me encouraged with cards, bible verses and phone calls saying I am praying & thinking of you.

    For my grandson who made his appearance into the world in January this year, (Haven’t had the pleasure of meeting him yet, but will soon, )

    He blessed me with two beautiful daughters after Dr’s. told me (at 21) I would never be able top have a child…

    Thanking Him for His Grace, Mercy & Love, which He blesses me with every day.

  64. Lynn Thomas says

    Just this morning I began a Bible Study with Margaret Feinberg’s “wonder struck”, where she
    Encourages us to write 3 things we are awed by every day, things that God has done! So
    Ironic to read your blog entry just now! I am thankful today for the warmth of my dog laying beside
    Me, sleeping peacefully.

  65. Sheila says

    Today I’m thankful for
    Abundant sunshine
    My son received an award at school today. His teacher said she loves his big heart & how he looks to serve others
    An invitation to develop a friendship with a wonderful family

  66. Brandi B. says

    I’m thankful to be alive and well enough to take care of my 5 kids and hubby, for the beautiful sunrises I’ve gotten a chance to see when waking up erly to get my kids ready and off to school, and last but not least…am thankful for my hot coffee each morning that makes all of this plus more possible to get through each day! Lol

  67. says

    I’m thankful for my two kiddos and for my health and my family and close friends! I was very sick recently and being sick really puts things into perspective and gives you a renewed sense of what’s really important in this life. Thanks for the chance to win!

  68. Melissa says

    I am going to list 3 things I am thankful for at work since it’s been pretty stressful around there lately:
    -that my current boss is better than my old one
    -that I am allowed to adjust my work hours during the school year so I can take my girls to school every morning
    -that I enjoy my work

  69. Suzi says

    My 3 are having Face Time on Ipad that allows me to have storytime once a week with my grandlove in a different state. We are reading The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew and this week the poor Pepper family was given a pat of butter by their parson which was carefully wrapped in a cloth and was a delicacy to these children. My husband and I have been blessed financially enough to help our adult children in ways our parents could not and when discussing how much we should do for them last night he said, “we do it because WE have a pat of butter”. I love his generous spirit and am grateful both for him and for having enough butter to share with our children.

  70. says

    Today, I am thankful for:
    – the quiet morning to spend time with Jesus and read my Bible
    – hearing the birds singing outside my window…we started with one nest and 2 birds who had babies and over the years now have 3 nests of birds that are all socially related to each other and so much fun to observe. They have become like our little backyard family.
    – the beautiful house that we have raised our family in (today is cleaning day for me and I’m determined to be thankful that I have a beautiful house to clean!)

  71. Lynn Phillips says

    Lord I am thankful to You for my life
    Lord I am thankful to You for my salvation
    Lord I am thankful to You for the Hope I have in You.

  72. Cristi Young says

    I am thankful for:
    -for finding a wonderful church body to be a part of!
    -for my teenager speaking boldly about Christ to a friend!
    -for sweet kisses from sticky popsicle covered lips!

  73. Sylvia M says

    I am thankful for having the time to be able to read my posts about God each morning.
    Thankful for my family and friends.
    Thankful that I can freely worship my Lord and Savior.

  74. Kim M says

    I’m thankful for my husband and my kids. I’m thankful that my moms cancer went into remission so I have her for a while longer. I’m thankful that I enjoy my job and coworkers. I’m thankful that I have a loving church.

  75. Nikki Wise says

    I am thankful that God loved me enough to choose me. I am thankful that God’s grace and mercy are new everyday …. I really need it! I am thankful that God trusted me enough to bless me with my son .

  76. Judy says

    Like Tracie I have recently been introduced to the book 1000 gifts. I am a leader of a life group that is studying Ann Voskamp”s book and video. This study and book had made me aware of so many things for which I am thankful. It has been life changing for me. I am thankful to be reminded of the sincere and innocent questions of my precious grandchildren.

  77. Rhonda says

    I am thankful for the love of my family.
    I am thanful for a 6 years grandson who loves to sing about Jesus while he is digging in the dirt on his “farm”.
    I am thankful that after 39 years of marriage my husband still calls me “his bride”.

  78. Debbie says

    Thank you first and foremost for the reminder to be thankful!! I am thankful for sooo many things that it’s hard to pick just three… for God’s faithfulness toward me at all times, for my wonderful, beautiful family that bless me so much daily and in so many different ways, for the beauty of creation which surrounds me and keeps reminding me of my heavenly Father, Creator and author of all things, Who is in control of every detail of this universe and still has time to be in control of the details of my life!

  79. K. Martin says

    I am thankful that God chose my husband and I to be the parents of our son, Malachi.
    I am thankful that salvation is FREE–not many things are these days.
    I am thankful that every time it snows I am reminded of Christ’s blood washing me even whiter than the snow.
    I am thankful that I was created with the ability to love and to be loved.
    I am thankful that God is a God of love and He is always challenging me to be more like His Son, Jesus.
    I am thankful that I was made for MORE.

  80. Mary T says

    Tracie, I was also touched by the Jesus Calling devotion of Friday February 21st. The very next day, I opened my Bible and there was Daniel 6 and a devotion from Lysa TerKeurst titled “no more pit dwelling”. I began to thank God all day long as soon as I observed or thought of anything that I was thankful for. During the week, the beauty of “a thankful heart” began to fill my days with joy! I will have to read this book! I almost bought it a couple of months ago, but opted for “Whispers of Hope” by Beth Moore. Anyway, 3 things that I am thankful for are: 1. My big giant coffee cup, a gift from a friend, that says “all I need is faith and a cup of strong coffee”; 2. My favorite journal, they had 2 left at the book store on sale so I bought them; and 3. My cup of hot cocoa just before I go to bed! Lots more but those 3 came to mind! Thanks for sharing your thankful heart! God bless!

  81. Kristine says

    I am Thankful for my girls, my home and that right at this moment my bills are being paid. Quite honestly, I am also trying to be Thankful for the weather & my husband too! They are both trying this winter!

  82. Jane says

    1. Thankful for God’s love for me and his incredible sacrifice of his Son.
    2. Thankful for a church family that is shown amazing love for me following the untimely death of my husband.
    3. Thankful for understanding that I can praise, worship, and share my Saviors love with others.

  83. Susan Tilney says

    1. For the warmth and sheer delight received from my grandson’s hugs!
    2. For our small but wonderfully faithful church family!
    3. For 35+ (almost 36) years of the blessing that comes from being married to your very best friend.

    Oh, just three? :) There are so many more!

  84. Nancy jo says

    I am thankful for my God who has speaking to me gently but clearly through messages, books, bible studies and posts.
    I am thankful for prayer so that I can pray to listen to God’s calling and be obedient. Lord give me strength and perseverance!
    I am thankful for my husband who has loved me despite my failings and believes in the call we have received.

  85. Carissa D. Huffman says

    I am thankful for my nearly 5 year old boy who still thinks his 45 year old Mommy is “cute”, and spontaneously says “I love you, Mommy”.

    I am thankful for God’s great patience with me–it seems I lose my confidence in Him practically every hour.

    I am thankful for each new thing I learn about Him from blogs and Bible studies. It helps me more than you can know!

    Carissa in eastern Iowa

  86. Rebecca says

    1. My kids that snuggle with me and still need me…because they will all too soon think snuggling with their mommy isn’t cool and need me less and less
    2. My hubby, who despite not feeling well yesterday, came to my rescue when my windshield iced over on the highway and I couldn’t see to drive and pick up our kids
    3. A heater that works (today!!)

  87. SUSAN says

    THE FIRST AND THE MOST I AM GRATEFUL AND THANKFULNESS GOES TO OUR LORD & SAVIOR JESUS FOR COMING SUFFERING WILLINGLY GOING TO THE CROSS TO DIE AND PAY THE PRICE FOR MY SINS AND SALVATION WITH HIS PRECIOUS BLOOD 2ND MY PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL FAMILY AND LAST BUT NO LEAST EACH AND EVERY MIN OF EACH AND EVERYDAY IS A NEW DAY AND BREATH HE GIVES ME TO PRAISE SERVE LOVE BLESS LIVE HONOR GLORIFY HIM & OTHERS HALLELUJAH

  88. Virginia Walter says

    I am grateful for the lessons the Lord is teaching me, no matter how painful they are.
    I am grateful for my children wanting to snuggle with me, wanting to hug and kiss me, and tell me they love me! I am so grateful that my children like my husband’s new girlfriend (even though we are not divorced) and like to go over to his new home. :-)

  89. Holly says

    thankful for the slight improvement in pain level; so thankful for Daddy’s willingness to help out when I really need it; thankful that watching my niece by myself went well.

  90. Susie says

    I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to meet you and listen to you at our retreat this past weekend. It was like you were speaking directly to me–there wasn’t another woman in the room. I’m grateful for the books you suggested and can’t put the first one down. I’m grateful for my relationship with God–I am weary and burdened and I know He will give me rest!

  91. Jennifer O'Brien says

    watching old home videos with my kids and laughing at all the memories with them, having a warm house to live in during this extra-cold Midwestern winter, God’s forgiveness and faithfulness! :)

  92. says

    I am grateful that our power stayed on during our last winter storm.

    I am grateful for the phrase “powered by God” that just now popped into my head.

    I am grateful that I can come here and read the blessings of over 100 Christian women.

  93. lesa scott says

    Today I am thankful for Christian friends who always encourage me, two healthy and beautiful children, & trials which consistently remind me of my need for Him and His grace and love! :-)

  94. Lawra Boyce says

    I’m thankful for God’s never ending forgiveness and grace, because I seem to need it more and more these days.
    I’m thankful for my precious girls, whose gentle spirits and fragile hearts remind me daily that they are gifts from God.
    I’m thankful for a husband who loves me despite my shortcomings.
    And, I can’t not mention how thankful I am for the Christian women God puts in my life….friends and perfect strangers….to help mold, influence, and guide me.

  95. Bronda says

    I am thankful for Proverbs 31 devotions and the way God uses them to speak into my life.
    I am thankful for my precious family, the gift of three generations together.
    Most of all, I am thankful for salvation and resurrection power that lives in me!

  96. Nametsegang Wapoo says

    I am thankful to God for my life and my salvation, and I am thank ful for my mother and daugter that all of us are still alive despite the challenges and threats in this world, I honour God for our protection and love. I am also thankful to God that I am still working and am able to do things that my family need and also able to take care of them and I see the grace of God is sufficient for us and His protection I honour it and His love is great and endless. Lastly, thank God for you, by meeting you I am very happy to read in your website and as I am reading I feel blessed and I am happy to meet God’s people and feel that by meeting them God’s grace and mercy have located me, because everything you are sharing with us I value it and it may seem it’s nothing, but it’s I lot and it will bless you too as you take your time to deliver God’s word and sharing with His people, keep well and stay blessed too in Jesus’ Name.

  97. Tory says

    I am thankful for many things. I am blessed and thankful for God’s great love and mercy.
    I am thankful for being in remission with stage 4 cancer. I am thankful that I am still able to care for my husband who suffered a major stroke and suffers with Parkinson at home.
    I am thankful for our children, grandchildren, family and friends.

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