Feeling Grateful

I woke up this morning, just basking in the goodness of God, and recounting the numerous blessings He has given me over the years. I don't wait just until Thanksgiving to do this, but having a day set aside each year to do so, definitely helps us be more cognizant in recognizing our blessings.

I went to the gym and just recounted everything as I jogged. There's something so powerful about just rehearsing everything God has brought you through and blessed you with, because as you do it, more and more comes to mind. I definitely recommend doing it periodically, weekly, or daily because it helps in "setting your affection above" and changing the posture of the heart to that of thankfulness and gratefulness.

What are you thankful for? Comment below.

Here's some of the things I recounted at the gym..

God, I thank you for today! That I'm even alive! Wow. Many people don't even make it to this age, and I'm so grateful. I'm thankful for purpose, and the fact that I'm still here today let's me know that you still have purpose for me to accomplish on Earth.

God, I'm thankful for my family and a Christian heritage. I'm thankful that even when I wanted nothing to do with my family or the way I was raised, you still placed them in my life to pray for me and pray over me. The prayers of the righteous availeth much. I'm thankful for the examples I have through my family, and the foundation that was laid by them for me. I'm thankful that I have always been able to turn to them for guidance and leadership to do the right things and not be led astray. I'm thankful for a mother who never gave up on me, when she had every right to turn her back on me. I'm thankful for a sister who tattle-told on me. At the time, I hated it, but I'm thankful for that covering.

God, I'm thankful for my test and trials this year! I don't always appreciate them, because I lose focus of the fact that you have ordained them all, but I'm growing more and more appreciative of them. You hold me in your hands, God. As You increase my faith, you're teaching me to dwell in Your arms more and more, and I thank You for that, God. I'm thankful that when I have no clue what else to do, I can rest in you.

I'm thankful for my job this year, even though I complain about it at least twice daily. The lessons I'm trying to learn learning are invaluable, and I know that this season is meant to mature me in order to walk into the next season that you have for me.

I'm thankful for friendships, God. The ones that you've knit perfectly together when I may have viewed them as imperfect; you knew what you were doing all along. The spiritual counsel you have given me, unbeknownst to me, has matured me. Even the friendships that were seasonal; I am thankful for. You're teaching me more and more that some friendships are meant for a season for a certain purpose; help me to walk in that thought, God. No matter what, you know what's best for me.

God, I'm thankful for what you've brought me through. WOW. I can't say it enough. Help me never to get tired of singing the same tune- "God has changed my life personally, and I'm not the same!" Help me never to get over that. I'm thankful that You didn't allow me to marry the trash that I was willing to settle for. I'm thankful that you didn't allow me to make temporary relationships and actions permanent. I'm thankful that I didn't end up pregnant, even when I should have. I'm thankful that I didn't end up strung out on drugs or alcohol, because were it not for grace, it could've been me. I'm thankful that you've allowed all of the bad relationships that I've clinged to, to dissolve. I'm thankful for being single. WOW as a recovering serial dater lol,  I can't believe I've said that. Thank you for allowing me time to just be alone with you, God, and mature. I fight it, but I know it's best for me because it's ordained by you.

I could go on and on, but I'll just end with a thank you.