I’ve been absent for the most part lately, I’m sure you’ve noticed that. I’ve been in quiet mode. I tend to retreat a bit when life feels overwhelming. The older I get the more I feel like it’s impossible to keep up with the things I want and need to do. When that happens I take a break for awhile to give myself some room to breathe. I will always come back to writing though, because it is a place I love.
There has been so much going on lately in life, in the lives of people I care about, and in the world. It sometimes feels like every day brings new sadness. It takes a powerful lot of praying to keep it all from weighing us down. And that is my first thankful for this week… I am thankful for the power to pray, and for the powerful connection it is! Prayer comforts me, prayer calms me, prayer reassures me, and every time I see my prayers so clearly answered it uplifts me and recharges me… and reminds me of Who is in control.
In connection with that, I am thankful for the close relationships I have, for the sharing, and for the opportunity to support and encourage each other. There was a time in my life when friends and family were pretty much nonexistent and I felt so very all alone. Now my world is filled with loving, caring people, and together we journey through life. Thinking of any one of you, and them, gives me reason to smile and to feel blessed!
I find myself so often thankful for those small nudges and reminders that come to me from within. I was shopping recently and when I got to my car and began to put my bags inside, something said to check the contents and make sure everything was there. I never do this routinely. But sure enough, a package of batteries for my hearing aids was missing and they are expensive. I was grateful that I was still there and was able to go back inside to the cashier with my receipt showing I had paid for them. Sure enough, they were on the counter… she had forgotten to put them in the bag.
Small things can make a big difference in our lives. I am so thankful for my new glasses! I knew I was experiencing some eyestrain, but the change with the new lenses was amazing, everything is so much clearer now, and the frames are lighter too! My eyes thank me, and I am thankful that Papa Bear and I were able to cover this important expense.
I am thankful that my daughter and son-in-law are now in the process of having a new home built North of Dallas. They’ve been living in an apartment and are so ready to get back to having their own home and more space again. It should be ready for move-in before Christmas and it will be exciting to watch the work progress.
I am thankful for the fun of new recipes tried and shared between family and friends. Papa Bear is always willing and eager to try something new, and it’s fun when we hit a real winner that we both agree needs to be saved for future use.
As I look at the forecast for the coming ten days here and see most of them in the triple digits, I am once again thankful for our powerful new AC unit that cools us so much better than the old one, and more energy efficiently. The house is far more comfortable than it was during summer last year.
In view of the heat, and continued drought, I am thankful that I am able to provide water and food for the birds, rabbits, and ground squirrels that inhabit our yard. Life is hard for critters in the summer here, and to see them playing in the water and enjoying the food set out for them each morning and evening is a pleasure. It is a small way of giving back.
I am thankful that Papa Bear had last Saturday off work and we were able to work on some projects together. Time shared is always such a blessing and he had time for resting too. He is looking forward to this coming Sunday-Monday off due to Memorial Day, and the following week we are taking three days to go to a nearby lake for a little fishing to celebrate his 65th Birthday. He works hard, and comes home tired, days off are reason to celebrate!
I am thankful for the example of people in my life who deal with difficult issues and manage to pick themselves up and keep going with courage, determination, and humor. Their experiences quickly put my own small worries and struggles into perspective.
Last but not least, I am ever thankful for our five furkids. These furry little animal spirits, each with their own personality, bring so much and laughter into our lives! They are a very spoiled bunch, but they also know exactly when I could use an extra snuggle, and when it’s time to stop testing the limits. Their gentle affection and acceptance of us, faults and all, is a good reminder of how we all should be.
Blessings to each of you in the days ahead… Look for reasons to be thankful in your life, and remember to be a blessing to someone else!
If you’ve never participated in our weekly Ten Things of Thankful blog hop, I encourage you to check it out! You can click on the link at the top of this post to go to the Ten Things of Thankful blog page and read what others are sharing this week, or you can click on the blue button below to view the other links and add your own.
If coming up with ten things sounds impossible, don’t worry, we aren’t counting – any expression of gratitude will do! You will discover that focusing on the positives is powerful… it’s impossible not to feel better about life when you finish writing your post and reading what some of the other contributors have shared! The linkup opens early each Friday and closes at 11 PM on Tuesday night, so there is still time to join in!