Yesterday, during church, my pastor was talking about how God calls us to be thankful. Even in the difficult times. But, he doesn’t say we have to be thankful for the difficult times.

Good things can come from the bad, but that doesn’t mean we always see them right away, and sometimes it’s hard to keep going when we can’t see them. I know I say that a lot, but It’s important. I also don’t want anyone to think it’s okay to just slap that “I’m fine,” sticker on life, and call it good.

I haven’t had much luck lately in my ability to see the little things. So, I’m gonna write down twenty five things that I’m thankful for. Small or big, it’s important to see the areas in our lives where God is there, and where he does provide.

I’m Thankful for:

  1. Snuggles
  2. Pea soup on a cold day
  3. That warm feeling you get when you’re really comfy
  4. The confidence you have when you know you’re ready to keep fighting
  5. My family
  6. A clean room
  7. “Mom” hugs
  8. The people who remind me that they love me
  9. My stuffed animals and my blanket
  10. really good book
  11. Being able to comfort a friend
  12. The people who push me, but who still give me a hug when I don’t feel like I can push anymore
  13. The look people get on their faces when I surprise them with my art
  14. How some of the little things I’ve done have really encouraged people
  15. The people who say thank you
  16. The people who treat me like family
  17. All the kids who let me read to them at work or at church
  18. The opportunity to work with kids
  19. All the opportunities I’ve been given over the last few years
  20. The joy of writing
  21. The ability to put the ideas in my head down on a piece of paper; whether that’s through art, or writing
  22. The ability to really think about something
  23. The people who I know are always there for me
  24. A good understanding of suffering
  25. The ability to be there for people, and to love on them

This list really could be much longer. Last year I wrote a list that had fifty things, I think. If you’ve got time I would totally encourage you to sit down, and write out a few things that you’re thankful for. It might just be the perspective shift you need (I sure did).