Today’s Truth

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus, (I Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV).

Friend to Friend

A few months ago, I was in the airport headed to New Jersey. It was a typical rush, rush, rush morning. Grab the bags, trudge through traffic, hunt for a parking space, follow the herd, wade through security, dash to the gate.

Folks aren’t usually very friendly in airports. Eyes look straight ahead. Purposed feet slap the floor. Overstuffed bags roll behind. It’s not that people are grumpy. They’re just “flatish.” (That’s a new word for today.)

On this particular morning, I looked just like everyone else. “Flatish.” Before settling in at my gate, I decided to make one last trip to the restroom. I’m so glad I did. It was one of the most joy-filled places I had been in a long time.

Gretchen, the “hostess” for this privy, donned a silly little hat on her head with whimsical feathers waving about the top. If it wasn’t for the official attendant’s vest she was wearing, I might have thought she was on her way to Mardi Gras. With a spray bottle in one hand and a cloth in the other, Gretchen welcomed each “guest” into her “home.”

A woman in a green jacket exited a stall and Gretchen swooped in behind her.

Squirt, squirt squirt with the disinfectant. Wipe, wipe, wipe with her cloth. “Right this way, madam,” she motioned to the next person in line, “This one is ready for you! Come right in!”

With all the poise of a valet opening the castle doors for a person of honor, Gretchen welcomed each woman as if she were the most important person in her day. I stood back and watched as this 5-foot-5-inch bundle of joy wiped off toilet seats and cheerfully invited her next guest into the pristine stalls.

Gretchen had an effervescent sense of joy…wiping toilet seats. It seemed to come from a deep-seated heart of contagious gratitude. And it spilled over to every single woman who left her station. Women entered weary and worn and left with a skip in their step and a smile on their face. Some even lingered…as if they wanted to soak in just a little bit more before facing the world.

Yes, gratitude is contagious, and so is grumpy grumbling. Someone complains, and the next thing you know you’ve joined in and are complaining right along with them.

How do you think that grumbling started with the children of Israel in the wilderness? I think it went like this. One person picked up her manna for the day and said, “You know, I’m sick of this manna.” Then someone else picked up his and said, “Come to think about it, I’m sick of it too.” Then a neighbor agreed, and it spread, and it spread, and it spread. Next thing you know 2 million people are grumbling and complaining. Then a sea of ingrates wandered around the desert for forty years.

Make no mistake about it. Our attitudes are contagious whether grumpy or grateful. Whether we complain or give thanks, others around us will tend to do the same.

Paul wrote, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus,” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV). How in the world can we rejoice always and give thanks in all things? Ah, the answer is sandwiched right in between…pray continually. That doesn’t mean we’re on our knees 24/7, but that we are in constant communion with God throughout our busy day. We enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise!

As I left the airport restroom, I noticed a tip jar resting on the counter filled with thanks. But I don’t think the “tips” were for wiping the germs away from the toilet seats, but for wiping the doldrums away from the ladies’ hearts. And for some strange reason, I just wanted to give Gretchen a hug.

I did.

She didn’t mind.

Gretchen reminded me just how contagious gratitude and joy can be. And how desperately I want to be a carrier. I hope you do too.

Let’s Pray

Heavenly Father, make me a woman of gratitude. I pray my heart will be infected with thankfulness and I will spread it to those around me. I pray the Holy Spirit will stop me from grumbling, and spur me to give thanks in all circumstances.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

List 10 things that you are grateful for other than Jesus and your family. I know you are thankful for those two. Let’s stretch. It doesn’t have to be big.

I’m thankful for hot water! For indoor plumbing! For the sunshine! For the rain! For vacuum cleaners! For makeup! (Gotcha on that one didn’t I). For eyes that see! For the color of the sky! (I mean, it could have been orange.) For food in my pantry!

Once you have your list, click on comment and share you list. Let’s be grateful together.

More from the Girlfriends

I want to hear God, to see God, to experience His presence in my daily life. Don’t you? That’s why I wrote A Sudden Glory: God’s Lavish Response to Your Ache for Something More. For one year I pondered the verse, “In Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). What does that mean? How can my life be a fluid movement of living and moving in Christ? How can I experience the majestic in the middle of the mundane? If you want to learn more about how to experience God’s presence, not as a once in-a-lifetime occurrence, but on a daily basis, then this book is for you! It also comes with a Bible study guide for those who want to go deeper.

© 2020 by Sharon Jaynes. All rights reserved.

49 Responses to “The Contagiousness of Grumpy and Grateful”

  1. Peggie says:

    Thankful for…my 5 senses that enrich my day! Comfortable house that protects me from the elements! Electricity! Water! Heat! Not having to worry where my next meal is coming from! My furry friend 🐶! Energy to exercise! More than enough clothes! A sound mind!

  2. Sonda says:

    I’m thankful for furry blankets, half days at work, pumpkin pie, my car, the view at work, my church, heat, my eyebrows, good smelling candles, my fingernails, laughter, hugs, expressive eyes…

  3. Brenda says:

    I thankful for my healthy children and grandchildren. 2living parents. A job, running water and electricity.after being displaced by not 1but 2 Hurricanes. A place to call home.
    But mostly I’m thankful I have the choice to be able to praise my God in what ever way I choose.

  4. Bernadette says:

    1. I am grateful that I am a believer and I know the Lord in this season, in this pandemic.

    2. I am thankful that my children and I have become closer during this pandemic.

    3. I am thankful for my job. Thank you for giving me my job at 21years old.

    4. I am thankful for my supportive co-workers.

    5. I am thankful for my mom.

    6. I am thankful that my eldest brother is home with my mom.

    7. I am thankful that my other brother is not on the streets.

    8. I am thankful that my children have a computer to use for online schooling.

    9. I am thankful that I have seen some changes in my menstrual cycle.

    10. I am thankful that God sees the future and although I am not pleased about everything concerning my life, God is working things out.

    11. I am thankful for GIG devotions.

  5. Kathy says:

    Grateful for the sunrise this morning in it’s beautiful glory, my puppies who love me unconditionally, electricity, food and lots of it, seasons that change offering blessings that differ, a job that pays the bills, my health, indoor plumbing, clean delicious water straight from a tap, freedom to make choices

  6. Amanda says:

    I am thankful for quiet time to grow closer and learn more about my creator. I’m thankful for the little moments of pleasure that God brings me throughout my day. I am thankful for the roof over my head and the jobs we have to provide for it. I am thankful for my health and the time i get to spend with my loved ones. I am thankful for the Holy Spirit’s direction as i go through the day. I am thankful for the view in my rear view mirror, where i can see how God protected me and my family. I am thankful for the rain that softly falls outside and the sun that’s starting to rise.

  7. Linda says:

    1. I am thankful for our small group that blesses and encourages me.
    2.I am thankful that even though my daughter’s family got Covid ask are recovering well.
    3.I praise my God for His Word and His fault presence in my life
    4. I and thankful for time to stop and count my blessings.
    5. Thank you Lord for resources to pay the bills in door off several major house expenses this year.
    6. I am thankful for friends around the world that have ministered to me and encouraged me through the years. 7. I praise God for the cherish heritage that I have.
    8. I am thankful for our car that gets us where were want to go.
    9. I am daily grateful for our warm and comfortable home.
    10. Thank you Lord for another day of health and strength to live for you.

  8. Carol says:

    So, Thankful for this devotional!
    I usually in my prayers “ask” first. Gretchen knows the truth of being grateful, and I know I want to do a complete turnaround!
    “Dear Father….I’m not going to ask for anything in this moment. I’m just going to say, Thank You, for everything….Amen”

  9. Marilyn says:

    I am 77 years old and through the years, when I walk for exercise, I try to always say thank you God for: eyes that can see, ears that can hear, arms that can hug, legs that can walk and a mouth that can taste and speak. I am most grateful for the Holy Spirit that pricks my conscience and guides my days. Blessings from Texas

  10. Pat says:

    I am thankful for my home
    I am thankful for a comfortable bed
    I am thankful for hot water
    I am thankful for my lovely yard
    I am thankful for my washer and dryer
    I am thankful I know how to bake so I don’t have to buy
    I am thankful for my heater to back up to this morning
    I am thankful for my pastor and wife
    I am so thankful for my sisters in Christ
    And so thankful for my girlfriends in God

  11. Jennifer says:

    I am thankful:
    1. Living in a free nation
    2. Protection that is provided by our armed forces and first responders
    3. Living in the country where so enjoy space and fresh air
    4. Terrific coworkers
    5. Adult children who are independent and responsible
    6. My church family
    7. My friends group
    8. The ability to choose what I want to do
    9. Living pets that brighten my day
    10. Wonderful employees that keep my business running

  12. Melany says:

    Thankful for 3 wonderful sisters & a wise mom who come along beside me when life becomes difficult. So thankful for His word & His patience that never changes. I appreciate Girlfriends in God and your wonderful ministry!

  13. Candace says:

    I’m so thankful for….
    – a body that can still move
    – technology, esp during this pandemic
    – the sunshine
    – toothpaste and toothbrushes
    – doctors, teachers and police officers
    – my fat, flat feet – they may hurt a lot, but they get me where I’m going.
    – having a car for transportation
    – running water
    – flowers

  14. Sonja says: new house
    2. not paying rent anymore
    3. my pups
    4. my job
    5. coffee
    6. food
    7. fruit that grows in my yard
    8. time off
    9. my car
    10. co-workers

  15. Michelle says:

    Of course we are thankful for all the essential people in our lives – God, family, pastors, nurses, doctors, teachers, friends, etc. Those are a given. So, here are a few outside the obvious.

    1. Flavored coffee creamers
    2. Authors who write books that take me away to a new place
    3. Comfy, cozy pajamas
    4. Dishwashers
    5. Fall’s vibrant colors
    6. A soft snowfall on Christmas morning
    7. Music 🎶
    8. Glasses that help me see the world clearly
    9. My job
    10. White chocolate covered oreos

  16. Susan says:

    I am thankful for
    1. The peace that comes with knowing and having that relationship with God especially during this pandemic.
    2. The relationship I have with all 4 of my children.
    3. Nature: how I am able to be out in it daily and see the works of God’s hands
    4. Jobs: for both my husband I that we like and enjoy
    5. My dogs who bring me joy and company during my daily grind
    6. Friends that I can call on and share my burdens with
    7. My sister whom I do life with
    8. Hope: the hope that God gives on a daily basis.
    9. My parents and being able to bless them during this stage in their lives
    10. Food and decorations that bring comfort and happiness during the holidays

  17. Patricia says:

    I want to always have a grateful heart. I am thankful for:
    1. The healing the Lord has done in my life
    2. For a gifted counsellor
    3. For the interests I have
    4. For a body that works
    5. For a new job that I can do from home
    6. For a wonderful relationship with our two kids (ages 20 and 21)
    7. For a church that is doing well even during this horrible pandemic
    8. For a dog that makes us laugh (and gets me walking on days I’d rather not)
    9. For a husband that puts me first – always
    10.For hope that never has an end

  18. Carol says:

    I am grateful for my friends, and my precious grandchildren. For music that makes my heart sing. For my morning cup of coffee. For the beauty outside my window. For the incredible sunrises and sunsets. I am grateful for all of nature. I am so grateful for the seasons and all the changes that come with them. I am grateful for each person who will smile back at me today. I am grateful for the food I have and to everyone who grew it, made it, packaged it and delivered it to the store so I could buy it. I am grateful for the privilege of being able to spend time with my clients.

  19. Debbie D. says:

    What a wonderful devotion to have on “Thanksgiving Eve!” I am very grateful that you wrote it! In addition, I’m grateful for:

    1. Electricity

    2. My five senses

    3. Retirement

    4. A sound mind

    5. Having food on our table

    6. Our granddaughter being homeschooled using a Christian homeschool program

    7. A comfortable home

    8. Answered prayers

    9. Computers

    10. Wonderful books to read

  20. JillK says:

    1. My home and all utilities
    2. My job
    3. Wonderful friends
    4. Cozy socks
    5. Coffee
    6. My pets who bring so much joy
    7. Tulips
    8. Lipstick
    9. Books
    10. Scented candles

  21. Carol says:

    I am thankful for… my close friends, unconditional love, the sunshine, rain, for being pain free (after many, many years of pain, daily), my doctor’s, my walk to the bus stop each morning and afternoon, being able to buy food, the roof over my head, and for being me.

  22. Cheryl says:

    1. Closeness gained with daughter home from college 2. Reunited and playful cats. 3. Trainer who makes working out fun. 4. Massage therapist visits and hearing how her new business is thriving. 5. Prayers answered for faithful sisterhood friends. 6. Clean bill of health. 7. Joy of new Instant pot pressure cooker recipes. 8. New birds noticed on nature walks. 9. Books, books, books! The Passion translation of the Bible, Ken Follett’s 900 + page prequel, being introduced to The Pursuit of God, A. W. Tozer by Sharon’s A Sudden Glory; in fact, all Girlfriend in God’s publications. 10. Being able to FaceTime my dad 2000 miles away.

    This is just today. Tomorrow’s list will be different, as was yesterday’s. SO MUCH to be thankful for.

  23. Pat says:

    I’m Thankful For:
    1. CT scan that showed improvement.
    2. Prayer
    3. Godly friends.
    4. The promise of everlasting life.
    5. The sun shining on my face.
    6. My needs always being met.
    7. Adversity that draws me closer to
    8. Relaxing evenings.
    9. Children laughing.
    10. Freedom.

  24. LaDawn says:

    I’m thankful for:
    1. My youngest daughter being set free from addiction,
    2. My mother surviving brain surgery,
    3. My oldest daughter and her family not loosing their house despite her husbands lack of work,
    4. My husband surviving heart surgery,
    5. The children I teach,
    6. My husband and I surviving Covid,
    7. Being able to learn how to teach virtually,
    8. Being able to live close to many beautiful outdoor areas,
    9. My dogs,
    10. Being able to understand the depth of God’s love so that I may love others with a smile, a glance, a kind word…💗

  25. Erica says:

    Hello thank you for this wonderful truth which reveals to me, that being joyfully is truly a choice and we can give others our joy by just being happy.
    I am thankful..
    1.My cozy Bed
    2.My working car
    4.My husband’s job
    5.That I can be a stay at home mom
    6. My Journal
    7. That my parents live close by
    8.our spacious house were we can all be together yet not suffocating each other.
    9. For internet which allows my kids to do online school.
    10. The Bible that by reading it helps me get through life.
    11. Coffee and this devotional 🙂

  26. Karen says:

    I’m Thankful for My Girl Friend’s in God ❤
    1. My Beautiful Life 🌹
    2. My Home 🙌
    3. My Roof (it Needs 💯 Repair) 💪
    4. My 20 yr old daughter ( I had her at 41 yrs old. I asked God for one more daughter. Her older sibling is 20yrs older (brother) than her. Next 19yrs (sister) than last 9yrs (brother) 💞
    5. My Wonderful Grandkids (Ami grandson, n Atayvia granddaughter) 🐶
    6. My Tribal People ⭐
    7. My Faith 🌹
    8. My Elders 💪
    9. My Deceased Mom n Dad ( I won’t be here if it weren’t for them two) 👍
    10. My Deceased Husband (for My Amazing children) 🎶

    As well as My 4 (kids) Family! My son in law n two daughter in laws. The great great grandparents n great grandparents. My Tribal grocery store don t have to travel miles. Just close to home. My Tribal Government. So many others as well as My Safety!!

  27. Karen says:

    I’m thankful for my husband of 37 years. He is so patient with me and encourages when I get lost down the rabbit hole that I tend to go down.

  28. Karen says:

    I’m Thankful for My Girl Friend’s in God ❤
    1. My Beautiful Life 🌹
    2. My Home 🙌
    3. My Roof (it Needs 💯 Repair) 💪
    4. My 20 yr old daughter ( I had her at 41 yrs old. I asked God for one more daughter. Her older sibling is 20yrs older (brother) than her. Next 19yrs (sister) than last 9yrs (brother) 💞
    5. My Wonderful Grandkids (Ami grandson, n Atayvia granddaughter) 🐶
    6. My Tribal People ⭐
    7. My Faith 🌹
    8. My Elders 💪
    9. My Deceased Mom n Dad ( I won’t be here if it weren’t for them two) 👍
    10. My Deceased Husband (for My Amazing children) 🎶

    As well as My 4 (kids) Family! My son in law n two daughter in laws. The great great grandparents n great grandparents. My Tribal grocery store don t have to travel miles. Just close to home. My Tribal Government. So many others as well as My Safety!! God is My Blessing 💖

  29. Paige says:

    Here is a list of 10 things I am grateful for:
    (Jesus and my family)

    1. Basic survival need. ie. shelter, food, heat, water, clothing, ect.ect.

    2. Being able to further my education

    3. Being alive and fairly healthy

    4. Finding Trim healthy mama books to help me to become healthy and loose weight.

    5. Finding suitable and sustainable employment.

    6. My reliable vehicle

    7. Being able celebrate Christmas with my family

    8. My friend Curtis, how he is always there for me.

    9. I am also thankful for Amazon shopping. to reduce my risk of covid exposure. one in my family or myself getting covid.

  30. Teresa says:

    I am thankful for my warm mug of coffee; being physically able to help our friends move today; my kitties who sit in speckled rays of sunshine; clean sheets; cool weather; fuzzy socks; our beautiful, peaceful backyard; barkthins chocolate; internet for my daughter’s school; press on nails – and yes they work. 🙂

  31. Vivian says:

    1. I’m thankful for my job
    2. My co-workers who make my job enjoyable
    3. My health,especially with coivid and working at a convenient store.
    4. My two four legged companions Jax and Sophie
    5. My senses taste,smell,sight, touch and hearing.
    6. Roof over my head
    7. My sense of humor
    8. I can cook. I had the best teacher ever my mom.
    9. I have a reliable car to get me where I need to go.
    10. My morning coffee.

  32. Wanda says:

    I have so grateful for many things. Today I am grateful for
    1. My small hometown. I always feel safe.
    2. My job.
    3. A new car that allows me to travel and visit my children and not worry if it will make it.
    4. Yummy coffee.
    5. My church.
    6. Friends that are family.
    7. Seasons of change. Although hard, much needed.
    8. My Sunday school class and teachers that show up every week to pour into us.
    9. Prayer, sweet prayer.
    10. Music

  33. Jessica Rahn says:

    I am thankful for calm! I am thankful for my “herd” of snuggle buddies who welcome me with an almost irrational amounts of joy every day, even when I just went to the restroom! I am thankful for the air conditioner, especially since I live in the desert! I am thankful for the free car I was given! I am thankful for the fact I have made people proud! I am thankful I live in a place where there is no curfew and I can still not be forced for mask up! I am thankful that I give others happiness! I am thankful that I can laugh at myself instead of be self critical! I am thankful for our Veterans, Law enforcement and first responders! I am thankful I have people to put me in my place when I need it!

  34. YVONNE says:

    I really enjoyed reading what others are grateful for. It was hard for me to come up with my gratefulness without mentioning my family or God. Looking at other’s list, I thought of way more than 10 things.
    1. My boss Amy and her encouragement
    2. Our best friends Gary & Karen
    3. Shari the woman caring for my mom when I live 1,300 hundred miles away.
    4. The USA
    5. My ability to sew, so I can make gifts for others
    6. Our Pastor and the many times he’s helped us with tasks around the house.
    7. My right to Free Speech
    8. My journey for implants in near the end after extending a 4 mon. process to over 2 years.
    9.My good health
    10.Having safe & faithful friends in many places throughout the USA.

  35. Paula says:

    1: Family – first and foremost
    2: Sister friends who are always there for me
    3: a job that allows me to work from home
    4: A Husband who loves me fully
    5: my bedroom – a safe haven from the hectic day
    6: a working freezer in the garage! All my goodies saved for any visitors
    7: Grandbabies who like to spend time with me
    8: the ocean
    9: my garden
    10: making someone else smile!

  36. Paula says:

    Thankful for this devotional I so badly needed . I definitely want to show more joy through my life and know I’ve not been showing joyfulness to others lately . Thankful this was revealed to me .

    Thankful for a wonderful Godly husband who loves our family and wants to serve Jesus

    Thankful for adult daughters who love God and granddaughters who are teens desiring to live for Jesus .

    Thankful for food, a home , an inside bathroom, hot water to bath and shower . Clean water to drink and cook with .

    The gorgeous woods to walk in . The change in seasons to enjoy . Legs that are healthy to walk .

    Thankful for my dog who brings much comfort and joy to our home .

    Most of all thankful God never leaves me nor forsakes me . He always a shout and a prayer away Always! He cares about every concern I have No matter how big or small. He cares about our country, the election.
    And this crazy pandemic. He’s right here with us ! He always will be !!! No one can take him away from us ! So So thankful that Gods here !

  37. Tami says:

    No particular order
    1.Health and healing during 2020
    2. Our 4 sons kept jobs during pandemic
    3.Home where we are safe and comfortable
    4.Home that has finally been mostly repaired from hurricane damage 2 years ago.
    5.Coworkers who support each other and pray for each other .
    6. Opportunity to take care of elderly mom this year.
    7.Time to reflect and be still and pray and read devotions
    8.Job that supplies income for my needs
    9. Spouse that is loving, supportive, smart and kind
    10.Our country-God bless the USA!

  38. DeeDee says:

    1. Sunshine
    2. Iced Tea
    3. TED Talks
    4. Clouds and Ocean view
    5. Birds singing
    6. Cookie Butter Ice Cream
    7. Friendships and forgiveness
    8. Star Trek TNG streaming on Netflix
    9. Live theatre (missing it, immensely, during pandemic, but it is a reminder of how much I appreciate it and will enjoy it all in the more when theaters open back up)
    10. Amazon radio

  39. Lindsey says:

    Grateful for: 1. Running 2. Coffee 3. Sandy beaches 4. Forests to hike in. 5. Sunny days. 6. Mascara 7. Technology to communicate with others. 8. Stove top stuffing. 9. Weeping Willow Trees 10. Dogs

  40. Taylor says:

    So many things to be grateful for! Here’s a few things. Not going to lie, I had to think for a minute because it can be so hard to genuinely feel grateful for the little things (Hopefully I’m not the only one) but here it goes…!
    1) For the warm cup of coffee I have each morning to wake me up
    2) For my dog that cuddles up with me on the couch
    3) For cozy blankets and good books
    4) For the sound of children laughing
    5) For Ramen noodles (They’re so cheap yet so good on a cold day!)
    6) For Christmas decorations
    7) For comfy recliners (sitting in one now)
    8) For bubble baths with candles
    9) For essential oils that make my house smell fresh
    10) For Bible highlighters!!! (you know what I’m talking about)

  41. Daebreon says:

    I am grateful for:
    1) The beautiful sound of a baby’s laughter
    2) My warm bed
    3) Food and water
    4) Divine health in my body
    5) A sound mind
    6) Financial Prosperity
    7) Favor and success
    8) My Bible
    9) The freedom to worship God
    10) The joy of dancing to music

  42. Jenny says:

    Thank you Sharon for a wonderful reminder. When I was little I would be woken up in the morning with my dad loudly and happily singing the song from Oaklahoma – Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day, I,ve got a wonderful feelin, everything’s going my way! My parents raised me to believe in a God who is part of my family and whenever I’m feeling down of late, I remember that song and the joy and thankfulness that God is with ALL of us each moment of the day 🥰🙏

  43. Krystle says:

    I am thankful:
    1) for this devotion to remind me to be more thankful
    2) a nice car to drive
    3) AC when it’s hot and Heater when it’s cold
    4) sweet tea
    5) Christmas movies, they always make me happy
    6) a comfy couch
    7) popcorn
    8) clothes fo wear
    9) that I am able to Christmas shop for my family
    10) a phone to keep me connected

  44. Kathy says:

    1.Morning devotions when no one is up.
    2. Hump day meals with family.
    3. The deer that show up in our backyard.
    4. Sunrise and sunsets.
    5. Playing Monopoly with my grandson Nolan.
    6. Getting to deliver meals on wheels Christmas Day.
    7. Bubble baths.
    8. Sunday day of rest.
    9. Nightly walks with my husband even when he stops to watch the geese fly over instead of keeping the pace.
    10. When my husband makes cheesy eggs.

  45. Judy says:

    I am Thankful for:
    1. life
    2. technology for communication during this pandemic
    3. Girl Friends in God Devotionals
    4. The front line workers
    5. The farmers and truck drivers who make sure we have the food and necessities during this pandemic
    6. A new administration to lead our country
    7. The coming of a vaccine to combat covid
    8. My son and his independence
    9. The way my husband makes coffee
    10. The opportunity to donate to charities from time to time

  46. Carol says:

    1 – I am healthy

    2 – Thanksgiving holiday and a chance to relax

    3 – Progress made on the house

    4 – Freedom to travel

    5 – Laughter

    6 – Modern technology to stay in touch with others far away

    7 – Memories

    8 – Seasons

    9 – Different personalities

    10 – Hot water

  47. Dina says:

    I’m thankful for …
    a bible to read God’s loving word
    a job that allows me to support my children and myself
    a vehicle that gets me around
    a roof over our heads
    food in our pantry
    clothing for our bodies
    sweet friendships
    my dogs
    a phone that allows me to face time my grandson at any given time
    a giving spirit

  48. betty says:

    1. I’m thankful for memories. If God hadn’t given me memories, I wouldn’t have
    anything left of my mother, my daughter, my son and 2 grandsons..but with memories,
    they are with me always.
    2. God’s precious animals that I love and enjoy so much.
    3. Storms – yes, storms. How they show me God’s power and thunderous majesty.
    4. Friends; how I love them, how they encourage me and give me joy.
    5. Songs…what joy, what inspiration they are. Just hearing Whitney Houston sing
    “I’ll always love you reminds me that God loves me and will never forsake me.
    6. Flowers (especially wild flowers). Truly God knew what He was talking about when
    He said “Even Solomon in all his glory wasn’t clothed as beautifully.”
    7. Laughter….God and I have these wonderful little times when He causes me to laugh
    out loud at His private little surprises He gives me.
    8. Thank you, Carol, that you reminded me what a blessing hot water is…few things
    are more enjoyable than a hot shower.
    9. How can I explain how grateful I am that God gave me the mother He did? How she
    loved me and made sure I was raised to know Jesus
    10. And – how can I ever thank God enough that He gave His son, Jesus, to die for my
    sins and give me salvation?

  49. Brandy says:

    10 Things I’m Grateful For 💙
    • mobility
    • my little home
    • indoor toilets
    • food on the table
    • comfy chairs
    • hot mugs of tea
    • pens & paper
    • a giving heart
    • contentment
    • my job

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