Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Giving Thanks

A very warm welcome to my blog. It has been a while since my last post. In honour of Thanksgiving tomorrow I thought I would write a post about giving thanks.

I'll start with this quote I saw tonight:

"It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy."

And this bible verse:

"Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

No matter where you are in life, no matter what you doing, no matter what circumstances you find yourself in, you can always find something to be thankful about. What are you thankful for?

I am thankful that I have a God that loves me and is always there for me guiding me along the way and everything else I am thankful about is all because God gave me my life and everything in it, it's all thanks to Him! I am thankful for the people in my life, the friends and family I have who give me reasons to smile every day and that they're all different and each have special things about them. I am thankful that I have a good job. I am thankful for all the travelling opportunities I have had seeing places that I used to dream about. I am thankful for food and shelter. I am thankful for the things I have. I am thankful for beautiful sunrises and sunsets. I am thankful that I have lived in such a beautiful area for over two years. I am thankful for all the laughter I have with the people I love. I am thankful for so much choice in music. I am thankful for the country I grew up in and what I learned there. I am thankful for life's lessons. I am thankful for my mother and grandmother for showing me the beauty of being kind and helping people.

Those are just a few of the things I am thankful for. I am very thankful for all the kindness I have seen in people I know and have met over the years.

I never grew up celebrating Thanksgiving. It isn't a holiday in Africa. I do like the idea of giving "thanks" around the table every Thanksgiving. It's nice to give thanks for what we have to the one who gave it all to us. Look at how God has blessed us in our lives. It's not about having everything you want, it's about appreciating what you have in this moment and it's not about giving thanks on one day, you can give thanks any day!

You can be thankful but it's another thing to express your gratitude. Have you thanked God? Have you thanked your friends and family? Do you give thanks enough?

It's something to think about. Whatever your answer is you can start today, giving thanks.

I'd like start by thanking you all for taking the time to read my blog post. I love to write and thank God that He gave me a love for writing. I have lots of other posts on this blog on different topics and another writing blog too (links are on the right hand side). If you have twitter, you can follow me there - @nicolahill7.

Thanks to all my friends and family for their encouragement, love and laughter and making my life full.

Mostly thank God, for as I always say "Everything I have and everything I am is all thanks to God for giving me the life I have." EVERYTHING good in my life is because God is a part of it.

Until I write again,
Nicola Hill