November- It is the month to be thankful.

For several years now, friends have used Facebook as a way to remember things they are thankful for. They will make a short post each, up until Thanksgiving, to list items they are thankful for on that specific day. I decided to up this practice and write a weekly post of things that I am thankful for.

I am thankful for a relationship with God.God comes first.

Week 1

God commands that we put him first in all that we do, so keeping that directive in mind, I am thankful for God and my spiritual journey.

First and foremost, I am thankful for God, my Lord and Savior. God is and has always been there for me. He is not too busy to listen to my concerns or trouble. Better yet, I don’t even have to contact Him physically to converse with Him. I just need to start talking and He is there listening. I just need to be quiet to hear Him talk to me. It’s really awesome.

This brings me to the 2nd thing I thankful in my walk with God. That is prayer. One of the most valuable possessions that I am thankful for in my spiritual walk is the Bible, God’s Holy Word. I am often asked How I know what God is saying or expects from us. One can just pick up the Bible and He begins to reveal Himself. God has provided us with His written word so we can know His desires and expectations and we are to fulfill them. God gave us His intentions for our lives through His word in the Bible. We only need to use it.

I can always pray and I know that God is listening and is more in tune to my concerns, wants, and needs than I can ever be. All that is required of me is patience. I am positive He will answer my prayers, but He will answer them in His time. He knows what’s best for me, even more than I do.

I am thankful for Christian friendships. Being a Christian in today’s wporld can be difficult. Many people don’t understand your your values or reluctance to participate in various popular activities. When you have friends who understand and practice the same values that you do, it makes your friendships so much easier and enjoyable.

What is your favorite day of the week? Mine is Sunday. Sundays are great day if you want them to be. I am so thankful for Sundays, the Lord’s day. God rested on this day from the huge task of creating our world and mankind. He commands us to use this day to slow down from the demands on our lives. I am very thankful God sanctified this day.

These are a few of the things I am thankful for in my spiritual journey. Throughout this month I hope to post weekly about different areas in which I am thankful for. Stay tuned.

What are you thankful for?

Thankful Thursday – What are you thankful for this week?

 

Hello Everyone!

What are you thankful for this week?

I am thankful for

  1. Electric

This post will be a little late this morning due to a power outage this morning. This is the second time in two weeks that I have gotten up to get ready for work and did not have any electric. See last week’s post by clicking here.

This problem inspired the first of the Thankful Thursday’s posts. I was so thankful for my cell phone for waking me up with the alarm and its flashlight for illuminating my way around in the darkness of the early morning.

So, needless to say, my cell phone saved the day again. This leads me to that luxury that I’m thankful for today. Electricity!

Many of us, including myself, take this utility for granted. But it is estimated that one quarter of the world’s population lives without electricity today. I feel very humbled and selfish when I complain about my lack of electricity for a few hours.

However, I spent the morning grumbling to myself as I tried to find clothes for me and the two kids. We managed to find what we needed and get dressed within a reasonable amount of time.

My biggest dilemma of the morning had to be taken care of at work. Since I had washed my hair the night before, I had let it drip dry. My plan was to curl and style my hair this morning. I do not look very well kept in the mornings. My daughter-in-law actually refers to her kids uncombed, bedhead hair as mama hair. I had to go to work.

To solve this problem, I packed up my hairbrush, hairspray, and curling iron and fixed my hair in my classroom before the students came rolling in. Thank goodness, the school had electric.

2. Family members who off work

Since my husband, my daughter who lives with us, and myself all work outside of the home, when something comes up, someone ends up having to take a day off work.

My grandson called from the middle school this morning complaining that his stomach was hurting with diarrhea. I was the only one that could have left to get him. I really hated to do that since we already had a teacher out of our unit. Her students had already been distributed throughout the unit.

Luckily, my son was home from his job on the boat, so he was able to go pick him up. I am very thankful that he was not working today and could save the rest of us from missing a day’s work.

The third thing I’m thankful for today is

3. students who have a great artistic ability.

One of my jobs as a teacher is decorating bulletin boards. I try to change these at least once a month. Since I also teach art, I try to involve the students in the process of decorating new boards.

This month the students each made a hot air balloon so they could Fly Into Spring.  After they made their balloons and I printed out pictures of them to put in the balloon baskets, we felt that the board was missing something.

I volunteered our student artist to add to the board. He, on his own, added the Yellow Brick Road, the Emerald City, and the characters from the Wizard of Oz.  He drew the characters, the road and trees, and the characters, free handed.  He really helps with bulletin boards and other artistic endeavors. He made a game for one the aide’s birthday parties.

Now if we can channel his artistic ability into a vocation.

These are the 3 things that I am thankful for today. What are you thankful for?

My life verse.