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So, I’m Thankful

Thankfulness?

I’ve devoted a lot of time to the new direction of TheTDarrisBlog, and I’ve decided that I should start back with one thing that I think about each day: thankfulness. You might wonder, “Why thankfulness?” Well, it seems that a thankful heart is generally a happy heart, or at least a content one. A thankful attitude seems to make complaining uncomfortable, and it seems that thankfulness is the one thing which helps to keep the mind thoughtful all while keeping one’s passions sober.

I’m not as thankful as I should be

A major reason why I’ve decided to blog about thankfulness is because as I read the Bible, I am regularly reminded that I should be thankful. The Bible has many stories in which people who endured some terrible circumstances were able to sincerely tell God, and others, “Thank you”— or, they expressed some sort of gratitude and appreciation either during, or after these hard times. And, they were sincere about it!

Were they thankful for the hard times they endured? I doubt it. But, there seems to be a pattern of thankfulness concerning┬áthe troubles they endured because these experiences prepared them for a new phase in their lives, and other times, thankfulness was expressed because these indiviudals knew that their situations could have been worse! Certainly, there are other reasons why people were thankful, but that’s not the focus of this post ­čÖé

I want to develop a thankful heart

I want to be sincerely thankful for my life, and the experiences, etc., which God sees fit for me to endure. This will require a lot of courage, and of course, trust in Him— but I’m okay with that. Two years ago, I made a daily commitment to find a reason to be thankful, and to express that thankfulness to God during daily prayer time, in addition to living out that thankfulness each day of my life— I’m not perfect, I only get it right on some days, and on other days…not so much.

Thankful people are free!

And, I want to be free! I want to be able to endure life’s ups and downs, and still be thankful! I want to always find and hold on to the good in any situation, and allow it to further teach and mold me into being the person I should be.

I could go on, and on, but I think you get the point: I am dedicating a portion of this blog to thankfulness. Maybe I’ll even post on different aspects of thankfulness, like “how to be thankful”, effects of thankfulness and the need for more gratitude in everyday life. But, all-in-all, I’ll be blogging about reasons why I am thankful.

Some of you might remember the “Thankfulness” blog posts I published two years ago. This is a [better] continuation of that. And for those of you who like to dig a little deeper and read more about thankfulness, I will be adding some links and higlights from other articles, videos, etc., on some aspect of thankfulness. I’ll start with Merriam-Webster’s definition of thankful, and the Holman Christian Standard Bible’s definition article, enttitled, “Thanksgiving“. I hope you find this informative and useful as I have: Thankful and Thanksgiving.

Right now

2016 has been a very difficult year for me, but I’ve learned that I can, and will, endure these challenges. And one day, I hope to look back with even more thankfulness in my heart, and insights to share with others who need them.

So, tell me— why are you thankful?

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Day #18 – I’m thankful for little children

They are innocent. Reslient. And in many cases, brave. Children are full of imagination, wonder and appreciation for some of life’s littlest things.

A few years back, I attended a poetry seminar in Columbia, Missouri where my fellow writers and I were asked a question by one of the coordinators which struck a chord in my heart: “What happened to your confidence since you were two and three years old?”

A sudden silence fell upon the room, and we were all waiting for her to answer the question. She then asked another question: “What happened to you from the time you were a toddler until now which make you lack self-confidence?” I was amazed at her wisdom.

Her questions and following remarks made me begin to wonder what had happened to my self-confidence since I was a little child until that point, and even until now! I was fifteen years old when I attended that writer’s seminar, and now, I’m 28 years old! Since then, I have used the woman’s line of questioning and following remarks as a sort of guide in my own life to serve as a constant reminder that fearful and self-conscious people tend to be unhappy, lack motivation and feel unaccomplished in their lives.

This is why I’m thankful for children. That workshop serves as a constant reminder for me to always embrace the freedom of childhood as it relates to having a merry and worry-free heart.

So, I take this time to say, “Thank you God, for little children.” They remind me of the life that you want me to live: free, worry-free, and happy.

[Dear Readers: I realize that there are also hurting children in every part of the world. If you know of a hurting child, or children, then please do what you can to make a positive and healthy impact in their lives. Children are a precious gift from God, and should regarded as such.]

What good things come to your heart when you think of children?