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4.04.2014

thankfulness lately.

gratitude is the essential guardian of the soul.

those words from John Piper found me a couple years ago as i was preparing for a bible study, and they have gripped my heart ever since. if we are cultivating hearts and minds of gratitude, it sure is more difficult for evil to creep in, deceive, and make us forget all we have been given.

gratitude produces joy, and a joyful life is a life worth living. there are so many things to be thankful for, and too often i forget to list them. listing the gift, saying it aloud and acknowledging it, makes the gift more meaningful. it also blesses the Lord. praise Him. acknowledge His gifts to you. the big and the small. and guard your heart with gratitude.

lately i've been thankful for...

-- long walks on lunch breaks
-- time and motivation for exercise to keep my body healthy
-- coffee dates with dear friends
-- projects at work that allow me to use my creative side
-- friends who truly know me
-- springtime and warmer weather
-- this blogging community and friends made here
-- patient advice givers
-- Jesus, who never gives up on me
-- the weekends. can i get an amen?


what are you thankful for?

20 comments:

Chelsea said...

Guardian of the soul..that is beautiful.

Robyn Black said...

amen! so ready for this weekend :)

Susan said...

My teen daughter has been battling mono and many side effects. I am so thankful that she is on the road to recovery. (: Susan

Paige Williams said...

Ahh weekends! Gotta love 'em!

Whitney said...

ya know, I didn't even think about taking walks on lunch breaks (on the 2 days I do work...) lol. but it's such a good way to just get things off your mind. thanks for the idea. I'm totally doing this next week. Also, I'm glad I found your blog today! Excited to be following via bloglovin! I love making new blogging buddies :)

Amy Hodgdon said...

So much good! Weekends...amen sister! Creativity, springtime, all of it is so good!
I think stopping to be thankful just seems to put life in a better perspective for me, so it's so worth doing!
Have an excellent weekend Meg!

Shana said...

I like your list. I to am eternally grateful for better weather! Man, don't know how much longer I would have lasted with snow on the ground. :-D onesource-sb.blogspot.com

Megan McIlvaine said...

don't you just love that? :)

Megan McIlvaine said...

i hope you had a GREAT weekend, robyn!

Megan McIlvaine said...

mmmm yes. spring is finally here!

Megan McIlvaine said...

oh no! so glad she is getting better!

Megan McIlvaine said...

yes ma'am! :)

Megan McIlvaine said...

it totally is! it's so nice to get out of the stuffy office and get some fresh air! so glad you stopped by, girl!

Megan McIlvaine said...

yes it does! it definitely helps my heart attitude! :)

Megan McIlvaine said...

oh fun!! i am really wanting to go to a women's conference maybe this year or next!

Megan McIlvaine said...

haha! we did have a crazy winter this year, didn't we? so glad spring has finally arrived :)

Amy said...

"gratitude produces joy, and a joyful life is worth living" amen and amen.
and i loved your list....so many beautiful things ot be thankful for!

Megan McIlvaine said...

yes ma'am!

meg - me with the three said...

SPRING! I'm thankful for sunshine and warm weather. It totally changes my outlook on life! Ha!

Chantel -A Harvest of Blessing said...

What a great list! I just came home from a women's conference, so today I am grateful for the chance to learn more about God with a group of Christian women.