08 January 2011

The art of thankfulness


I'm a little embarrased to admit it, but I often get alot out of children's books and devotionals.  God usually speaks to me in the most strangest of places (like while hanging out the washing or in the shower) or through the simplist of things, like this morning, while listening to Symon read to the kids from a children's devotional around the breakfast table.

The story was all about a little girl grumbling about having to go to school, having to make her bed etc.  Her mother explained to her about the art of thankfulness - in everything... being thankful that she has the opportunity to go to school, that she owns a bed she can make.

How often do we as adults need to be reminded of the simple art of thankfulness?

The world seems to encourage us to focus on what we don't have, and it is often all too easy to become ungrateful for what we do have, while dreaming (and drooling) for those things we want.

Too often as a mother, I find myself grumbling about the daily grind... hanging out the ton of washing each and every day, all the dishes piled up, the kid's teeny, tiny toys that I often accidently step on, the lack of time alone to even think or breathe without being inturrupted... I'll stop before I really get started.

I need to be reminded often about thankfulness... that our family actually has clothes to be hung on the line, that we are blessed to own plates and cups to wash, when many people in this world would dream of having their own dishes... and even to the simple fact of having children (and their painfully tiny toys).

Choosing thankfullness can transform an ordinary day into the most stunning day ever, and can actually change your whole outlook on life.
  
Learning to be satisfied is wonderful, but learning to be thankful to God is an amazing experience that I need to choose to live in more often.

We all do.

"Let all that I am praise the Lord;
  may I never forget the good things he does for me." 
Psalm 103:2


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24 comments:

  1. For something so simple, it's amazing how often it's forgotten. Thanks for the reminder :)

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  2. so true - it's all too easy to forget to count your blessings and it's great to be reminded :-)

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  3. I love this post. Beautifully written and a great reminder for us all. It's about giving thanks in ALL things hey!!

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  4. So true friend!
    the first picture is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!
    joy...real joy and lasting satisfaction is in the small things...
    love when you get to the heart of the matter PJ
    you have such a lovely one!

    love and light

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  5. jacksta loves this :)

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  6. Yip I am totally hearing this. SO much we are overwhelmingly blessed with. I love that you get a lot from simple things. Me too. Sometimes daisies on the lawn take me to a very special place!

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  7. What a wonderful reminder - thanks for posting this! We do have so much to be thankful for. I actually wrote about this (kind of) the other day, after shelling out for my boys' school stationery ... I realised how lucky they are to be able to go to a good school and have an education. We are so blessed!

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  8. I needed reminding, thank you!

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  9. I'm thankful for you writing this beautiful post.

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  10. Love this! Thanks X

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  11. I am always reminding myself to be thankful and my children too. It is all too easy in this 'give me more' world to stop and take in all that we actually have.
    My journey with God has been long and hard and I have denied him but not his teachings for many years. I now hear him speak to me and am starting a bigger journey with him, I am not sure how or where to start but now I feel him with me the whole thing should be a lot easier

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  12. Love this post, Kristy!:)

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  13. No need for embarrassment, all that you mention is good. The books and devotionals especially.
    I also believe that being thankful is important . Cool post!!

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  14. Good on you, setting such a nice example to your children.
    I don't complain about housework etc as it's my cross to bare in this house with a husband away 90% of the time & children doing small chores, which i'm grateful for. They have been trained (early on) to thank me for fresh washing on their beds when they come home from school, dinner etc, it makes you feel a million times happier than just doing it & hating it. It makes me love the daily grind & in turn, whinge less. Love Posie

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  15. This is what I am having to work on this year! Hubby & I spoke about it earlier on, and this is something I need help with - so a very appropriate reminder for me, thanks a bunch!

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  16. so true! I am working on being thankful & relishing in the days of 'just being' instead of putting off because the mundane things have to be done....this year I am working on making the little things matter XO

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  17. My dear I have gotten to be closer to Him thru seeing Him from their point of view...and sharing Him with them...we all have so much more to be thankful for than we really know...lovely post...xx

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  18. well said!
    loving the first pic, soo dreamy ♥

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  19. hey i am "back stalking" your blog and I love this!
    i was reading a story book bible to my boys tonight and seriously having to BARELY hold back my tears.
    have your read the "JEsus Storybook Bible"????
    it is the best kids bible i have ever read. really. we read the creation and noah's ark stories and i am really tempted to keep reading right now, without them (jake would be furious)...it was that good.
    if you don't have it, get it.
    and i am super into getting all caught up on PAisley Jade....

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