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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 the 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 🙂

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?

30 Days of Thankfulness, Challenges

Day #24 – I’m thankful for my mom

My mom is a gracious lady. And I’m grateful for the commitment she has had to our family our entire lives. If it were not for her (and my daddy), I would not be the person I am today.

Commitment and strength define her, and make me proud to call her mom. Sometimes, I wonder how I’m going to get through a project, meeting, or even some minor conflict— but, after I think about the fact that my mom gave birth to 9 children, I figure that I can endure these little challenges!

Today, I am sending this post to my mom via e-mail in order to let her know that I told the world that she is GREAT, I’m thankful for her, and that I love her.

Each year I play The Intruders’ 1973 hit song, I’ll Always Love My Momma— that’s why it’s featured in this blog, today.

God, I thank you for my mom 🙂

[Dear Readers: I would post a photo of my mom, but she would have a hissy-fit— so, I’ll post some flowers instead.]

So, Readers…tell us why you’re thankful for your mom in the comments below 🙂

30 Days of Thankfulness, Challenges

Day #12 – I’m thankful for computers

Some of my earliest memories involve me playing on the Mac OS computer in my parents’ bedroom during weekend mornings. It was essentially a corded gray box, with a small screen, a keyboard, and a square mouse— which I thought was simply amazing.

It opened up new worlds to me. On it, I played educational games and explored the operating system while trying to satisfy every possible whim a little kid could imagine that was worth trying to understand about the gray box with the small screen, square mouse and keyboard which sat on the table in my parents’ bedroom each weekend.

Although the computer was intended for educational use by one of my brother, I still found ample opportunities to explore this technology which would set me on the course for a life that has grown and evolved as computer technology has evolved.

I don’t want to focus today’s post on myself and how I use computers. I want to focus today’s post on a little boy who learned how to speak English using Duolingo— an app which I have been using for over a year in order to stay fresh on my French and Spanish, and to pick-up German and Portuguese.

I am thankful that God has blessed mankind with the ability to create evolving technologies which allow us to connect to the cultures and languages of the world and to immerse ourselves in them (at least in the “second-person…[I hope I said that right :-)]).

So, I take this time to reflect on the many benefits I enjoy as one who basically walks around with a computer in her pocket, and uses them for work, in daily living, and explores them as a hobby.

God, I thank you for computers 🙂

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Day #9 – I’m thankful for peace

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27).”

Jesus said these words before he ascended into heaven. So, then, what is peace?

People often think of quiet, calm and tranquility and happy times amongst people and even a joyous soul. While this can be descriptive of peace in one regard, the peace that I am talking about refers to the peace one has in the soul when tough times happen and life seems gloom. During these times, peace keeps a person settled and unwavering. It even helps them to stay comforted during and uncomfortable times.

This is the kind of peace which helps me to keep going despite what difficulties I might face. It keeps me focused. It helps me to not worry and it helps me to remember that God is with me— no matter what!

I want to take this time to reflect on the peace which God is blooming in my life:

God, I thank you for peace!

“Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed …” (Psalm 85:10)

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Don’t Get Anxious

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“Do not be anxious about anything. But in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”— Philippians 4:6