Thursday, November 19, 2015

Attitude of Gratitude - week 3

While I'm Waiting...1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks.  YES!  Finally an easy one.  But wait...in ALL circumstances?!

For the past three weeks, Shelly and I have been breaking down 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. The first week we focused on what it means to "be joyful always".  We all have our moments but it's more about where we set our focus.  We can either choose - good verses evil, right verses wrong, light verses dark.  It's completely up to us.  We get to choose but God wants us to choose joy.  Last week was another doozie - pray continually.  I received so many sweet comments that let me know I was not alone in misunderstanding this in the beginning.  I love the way Alison from Life of Scoop explained it - "My prayer life is less than perfect, but my husband reminds me often that prayer doesn't have to be long, drawn-out conversations with God. Instead, it can be one sentence, a thought, a cry, expressing a fear - literally all day long communication like I text my husband!".  Exactly!!!  It's more of a continuous text message with God versus a long drawn out conversation.  I think I've got it now!      

And that brings us to today - give thanks in all circumstances.  Really, God?  You want me to be thankful for EVERYTHING?  Even when things don't go my way?  Even during the bad times?  Even when the unimaginable happens?!  Let's look at this a different way...no matter what, there is always, ALWAYS something to be thankful for!  And even during the dark times we can be thankful that our Savior is the Light.  If you are anything like me, I'm always digging needing a little bit more.  How about this?  Isn't this awesome?!

Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.
Romans 8:26-28 (MSG)

EVERY detail is being worked into something good!  Isn't that amazing?!  And, don't think the reference to "waiting" was lost on me. :)

You may be more familiar with this version of Romans 8:28:

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (NIV)

Always.  Continually.  In all circumstances.  He doesn't leave much out, huh?

I'm so excited to join Shelly again this week for our Attitude of Gratitude challenge and we would love for you to join us!  So, what is an Attitude of Gratitude challenge?  It's intentionally choosing to look for the good.  See the good, do good, BE the good!  We hope you will consider joining us today and next Thursday to link up your posts on what you are thankful for.  Next Thursday is Thanksgiving and we are sure everyone will be with their families.  Please enjoy your time with them - the link-up will stay open through the first of December.
While I'm Waiting...Attitude of Gratitude
So, with an attitude of gratitude in all circumstances, here's a few things I'm thankful for this week!

*safety - This is an obvious one after the attack on Paris last weekend.  I'm also thankful for the men and women who place themselves in harm's way just to keep us safe.

*coaches - Hope wrapped up her soccer season this past weekend and I'm so thankful for volunteer coaches who give of their talents, patience, and most of all, time.  She had a great first season and is looking forward to playing again in the spring.

*meteorologists - Kind of random, I know, but early, early Tuesday morning (think 4am!) we were notified on our phones via multiple emergency alerts that we were under a Tornado Warning and that we needed to take cover.  We quickly turned on our local news to see what was developing.  I'm so thankful for the countless people working all kinds of crazy hours to ensure that we are kept informed and safe during impending weather.  Thankfully as soon as we got everyone to our safe spot, the worst part of the storm was over and no tornado developed!

*OCD - Yes, you read that correctly, I was actually able to find a reason to be thankful for my OCD this week.  In case you don't know you can read more here, but for those of you who are aware, you know one of the symptoms I struggle with most is obsessive thoughts that repeat in my head on a continuous loop.  Super hard to explain but this week it proved to be a positive after stopping by the Giving Tree at my daughter's school.  Hang with me - I promise this will make sense soon!  :)  As I was going through the needs, the majority of the kids were asking for a coat.  A coat.  That's it!  So, my OCD went in to overdrive and I could.not.stop.thinking about ways to get coats for these children. So, while normally I want to curse my OCD, I do believe that God gave it to me for a reason - maybe it's to find ways to help people and He won't let me stop thinking about it till the needs are filled!

*friends - I'm thankful for friends who will listen to my crazy ideas and ask, "how can I help?".

*our kids' schools - God must have hand-picked our kiddos' teachers this year!  Each kiddo feels valued, important, and cared about and that makes this mama's heart swell with joy!

*YOU! - Thank you so much for sharing this journey with Shelly and I!  We are so thankful that you are sharing your hearts.  I have loved reading each and every post shared here and I look forward to what you will share with us today and next week.  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!!!

What about you?  What you you grateful for?

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So THANKFUL you're here!  Gig 'em and God bless! 
Holly

34 comments:

  1. Gratitude opens doors to more blessings, that I'm sure. :)

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    1. So true! When you can appreciate the little things, God can trust you with the big things. Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a blessed day!

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  2. Thanks Holly for this extra chance to spread some thankfulness around. Love you!

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    1. Thank YOU, Michelle, for your encouragement and love! It means so much!

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  3. I'm so thankful to have teamed up with you for this little challenge! I have definitely had the chance this month to practice so many of these and can't wait to wrap up next week.

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    1. Thank YOU! I'm so glad you picked this verse as our focus. It has given me a chance to really dig deep and learn what this verse means - verses what I thought it meant. I have been so inspired but the others who have linked up. Truly my most favorite link-up!

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  4. I just posted that picture on my IG this morning & said the same thing - ALL circumstances? Thats tough... but a lesson on perspective.

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    1. So true! It's definitely not the easiest thing to do! :) I once heard that when you want to ask God, "why me?" you should change it to "use me". Looking back - most of the times that I would have rather not gone through have become huge moments that I'm so grateful for - absolutely no way I could have gotten through them without God! I'm so glad you stopped by today! Hope you are having a great day!

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  5. Beautiful take Holly and so true! Being thankful for everything is tough, but being perceptive enough to be thankful for something, that's doable. I love this premise and I'm glad you shared it on #SHINEbloghop this today. We're so happy you were able to join us this week.

    Have a great day!

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    1. Thank you so much, Maria, for your sweet words and for hosting! I hope you're having a wonderful day!

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  6. Holly, I have OCD. I could hardly believe it when I read your post. Finding you here in blogland. Wow. I have so much to say I was going to email you because I'm thinking this comment is too long!! Mine is similar and I know the pain too well.

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    1. Oh, Julie - I'm so sorry! Sometimes it seems like such a burden and no one understands - unless someone is suffering too. Email me anytime! I'm here for you!

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  7. Hi Holly, I loved reading what you are grateful for! I'm so glad you are safe from that tornado too! I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thank you, Valerie! Tornadoes (and even just the watches/warnings) always make me a bit nervous. With other storms you kind of know the path but with tornadoes - completely unknown! I'm so glad you stopped by today! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving too!

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  8. Holly, I love this! I always read it as "IN" all things. Sometimes I can't be grateful for what's going on, but there's always something to be grateful for, even if it's just that tomoorow will be here sooner or later!
    Love your gratitude series.
    Thanks, Melinda

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    1. That's a great way to look at things, Melinda! I hope you have a great weekend!

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  9. This is great!! It is sometimes so hard to be thankful in Every Circumstance, but I'm trying!! Also love that your thankful for meteorologists! HA!! Love this link up!!

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    1. They are some of those professions that go without praise but when you are in the thick of a storm, you are so glad they are doing their job! :) Hope you have a fantastic weekend! And, thank you so much for your sweet words about the link up! Shelly and I are loving it too!

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  10. Thankful in ALL circumstances. Sometimes I'm like really God?! Yet, in my heart I know I need to praise Him and be thankful. With that said, thank YOU for that beautiful reminder. I absolutely LOVED your list of things you're thankful for, what a treat to read it. I do hope you're able to get some coats to those kiddos in need. I'm visiting from the Faith and Fellowship Blog Hop and I'm glad you linked up before me. Have a great weekend Holly!

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    1. Thank you so much, Crystal! I'm actually dropping off 12 coats tomorrow - all from donations that people left on my porch! People are amazing! I'm so glad you stopped by! I hope you have a super week!

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  11. I love how you are breaking up this passage, Holly! And how you noted the "always, continually, in all circumstances" of these verses. He sure means what He says, right? Sometimes it is hard to believe we can be thankful for ALL things, but then I remember that my thoughts are not His thoughts. He sees the big picture while I, only a small corner. On that note, I like that you mentioned you were thankful for your OCD this week because it reminded you of children needing coats. I have struggled with OCD for many years, though it is a lot better now than it was years ago. But my anxiety shows its face in different ways and I have learned to be grateful even for anxiety because it reminds me of God's love and grace over my life as He comforts me and gives me peace. And it has been a platform to proclaim God's love to others who have been in similar situations.

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    1. Talking about my OCD has been a blessing in itself. Why? Because I get to meet people like you! I'm not glad we suffer but I'm glad to find others that know what I'm going through. If you ever need anything, just let me know! Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a great week!

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  12. Hi! I'm visiting from Thankful Thursday. Better late than never. I enjoyed your post. Those are some good thoughts about praying continually and always being thankful. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Hi, Cathy! Thanks so much for stopping by! Shelly and I have really enjoyed this Attitude of Gratitude series. We would love for you to stop by again this week! Hope you have a super day!

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  13. You are such a sweetheart, I love that you turned your OCD into a positive. You've turned your OCD into a SUPER POWER! The power of love and kindness :)
    Wishing you and your sweet family a beautiful week!!
    Also, I'm thankful you linked up with me.
    XOXO

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    1. I love that! OCD is my super power!!! Thank you so much for your sweet words and for stopping by! I hope you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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  14. I am so glad I found you on TheiLOVEProjects' link up. This is a great reminder to be thankful for the little things as well as the big things in your life. I am happy to have found another Christian blogger to follow.

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    1. Welcome, Mary! I'm so glad you are here! Thankful for the big things is easy (ok easier!) for me but it's the little things that mean the most. And, if they mean that much to me, how much do they mean to God?! We are all works in progress and I'm so thankful for grace! Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

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  15. Hi Holly, This is my first visit here and I loved it! What a great place you have! I love your thankfulness for your OCD. Such a great perspective. My daughter has OCD and I am going to search for those positives! I'm also excited to have two new friends to follow on Instagram and Facebook :-)

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    1. Ah! Thank you so much, Lori! I'm sorry that your daughter has OCD but I know she will absolutely love that you are trying to see the positive and not the negative! I'm so happy to have you following along! Welcome!

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  16. Hope ya'll have a fabulous Thanksgiving! Thanks for linking up today! xo

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    1. Thank you, Jessi! Hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving too!

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  17. very true! its easy and so nice to give thanks #pinitparty

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving!

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