As you sit quietly in My Presence, let Me fill your heart and mind with thankfulness. This is the most direct way to achieve a thankful stance. If your mind needs a focal point, gaze at My Love poured out for you on the cross. Remember that nothing in heaven or on earth can separate you from that Love. This remembrance builds a foundation of gratitude in you, a foundation that circumstances cannot shake.
As you go through this day, look for tiny treasures strategically placed along the way. I lovingly go before you and plant little pleasures to brighten your day. Look carefully for them, and pluck them one by one. When you reach the end of the day, you will have gathered a lovely bouquet. Offer it up to Me with a grateful heart. Receive My Peace as you lie down to sleep, with thankful thoughts playing a lullaby in your mind.
I am grateful that I have a long list of things to accomplish tonight, because that means that my daughter and her family will arrive tomorrow.
I am grateful for bittersweet that comes with tears and emotion. It’s my last day to work with Joyce – happy for her, sad for me.
I am grateful for pictures of Parker on her birthday.
I am grateful for a really full refrigerator ready for hours in the kitchen.
I am grateful for elastic in my socks.
I am grateful for a clean car on the inside.
I am grateful for anticipation of bedtime stories and maybe a lullaby or three with little ones this week.
I am grateful for a Fraser Fir Christmas tree ready to put in the living room tonight.
I am grateful for laughter and silliness at the end of a stressful day.
I am grateful that my sister is helping to make the hard food for Thanksgiving.
I am grateful that our friends and family really won’t care that much if the windows are not sparkly clean, the floor is not mopped squeaky and polished slippery, the food is not 5 star, and not everything is Martha Stewart perfectly matched. We are who we are, and we are grateful.
And finally, I am grateful that when I feel like I am loved not, I know that He. Loves. Me.