Thursday, May 17, 2012

Thankful Thursday: For the little things

Something I used to love about Ghana was the way my friends there were thankful for everything! At our church, we had 'testimony' time and most of the testimonies were, "I'm so thankful that I'm alive today"- wow- or...."I'm thankful I was able to eat today"..."I'm thankful I was not sick and was able to go to work today"...if we learn to be thankful for everything in life we will rarely find time to gripe and moan.

Have you tried to grumble and complain and still be thankful? It doesn't work. You either end up doing one or the other. 

I Thessalonians 5:18 tells us "In everything gives thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you...

I've always seen it- not as thanking God for the circumstance or situation- but thanking Him in the midst of the situation.  Thanking Him for being there with me, through the situation. Thanking God for helping me make it through, if it is a difficult one. Thanking God for blessing me, if it is a wonderful situation. He becomes the focus, not the situation and circumstance I am facing. 

This past Sunday we had Bob Mortimer speak for us. He has an amazing life story and is a great example of someone who is thankful in every circumstance. What a great reminder to me to be thankful for even the little things! 

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  1. I think people in other countries are more thankful than we are. Even the poorest people in India are so thankful! It really makes you reassess what's important in life!

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    1. Yes being thankful makes you know all things in life are important- even the ones we take for granted.

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  2. I LOVE testimonies. Sharing them isn't a tradition in my church and I wish it was. I love being thankful and hearing others be grateful, too. I'm going to check out the speaker!

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    1. I love testimonies also! Being thankful is my 'safe guard' :)

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  3. A lovely, thought provoking piece - you're right, being thankful and moaning are mutually exclusive. I've woken up extremely tired this morning after another bad night with my youngest. Glad I read your post, it's put me in a better state of mind! I've got a mantra to repeat all day! Thanks Anjuli (I know, I keep switching between your names!)

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    1. My prayers and thoughts go out to you! Hope your youngest is okay. HUGS!!!

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  4. WOnderful Connie. Little things in life, make life 'LIFE'! This is a very happy postitive post. I wish we all thought like that. I think we could start something like that in our colony. People will surely find time for this.

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    1. Being thankful really does change ones life- not that the circumstances or situations necessarily change- but our attitude changes & that is the BIG difference!!! Attitude can make or break a person.

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  5. Great post! I know it is all about thanking god that we surpass all the hurdles.

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  6. how quick we are to blame God, people, circumstances etc when things go wrong, and how we never seem to thank for the simplest things that we take for granted!! such a beautiful post, Anjuli. "thank god, that I am alive today", beautiful!

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  7. I think I chose the right day to visit your blog. I needed that reminder so thanks. I will try harder now after your inspiring words.

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    1. my words are easy to type- but harder to live by :)

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