Challenge yourself:

What if you were to get a jar and put a label on it that said “complaint jar” and every time you complained about something, you had to put a dollar in it, how much money would you save in one day?  I’ll admit, I have done my fare share of complaining but all it does is put me in a bad mood.

Let’s change the scenario around and call the “complaint jar” a “thankful jar”.  Every time you said something you were thankful for throughout the day, you have to put a dollar in it.  How much money would you save then?

I would like to propose a challenge to anyone who would be up for it.  Prepare a “thankful jar” and every time you say “Thank You Lord” for something throughout the day, put a dollar in that jar.  If you are low on cash, then write out what you are thankful for and put it in the jar.  At the end of the day, count your blessings, whether it be monetary or written out.

I came across a pin on Pinterest that said “Go 24 hours without complaining, not even once…then watch how your life starts changing”.  Be positive in your thinking, it’s a healthier way to live!!

Are you up for the challenge?

Thank you for taking time to read this post!  God Bless,

~The Thankful Heart

“For the love of…”

Good morning, afternoon & evening!  Have you ever been cleaning or working on a project and have either dropped something at least seventeen times or the project you were working on just wasn’t panning out and you used the phrase: “for the love of…”?  I usually say “for the love of Pete”.  That is what I have said many times when I have experienced the above.  Well, I got to thinking about that little phrase and it made me think, why not use it in a positive way?  Let’s add some words to it, shall we?  How about “I am thankful for the love of God“.  I really, truly am thankful for God’s love!  There have been times in my life when I have felt very alone and all of a sudden, I feel God’s presence and I know He is there, holding me and loving me.

This past weekend we celebrated Easter.  For most of us, we got up Sunday morning, went to church, then went to our families house to eat ham and whatever side dishes that go along with Easter dinner and maybe hid some Easter eggs for the kiddos to find, but did we really stop and think what Easter is all about?  Easter is more than just coloring eggs, eating ham or even going to church just to say “I went to church on Easter Sunday”.  It is the epitome of Love, God’s love for us.  I’m so thankful that God came down to earth some two thousand years ago, robed Himself in flesh and gave His life for us.  He didn’t have to do it, but His love for us was greater than we could ever imagine and still is to this day.  John 3:16 is such a popular verse around this time of year, but it is one that we need to hear every single day, “For God SO loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”.  There are so many people in the world that need to know that God DOES love them!  And even more than that, they need to see God’s love in and through us.

Show someone God’s love today or this week.  It doesn’t have to be anything major, it could be a simple phone call or text letting them know that not only do you love them but God loves them too.  It’s good to be reminded of this.

I will leave you with this thought “The Gospel is the only story where the hero dies for the villain”.  Jesus didn’t just die for the “good people on this earth”, He died for the ones who, in our eyes, didn’t deserve it.

Thank you for taking time to read this and may God Bless you this week,

~The Thankful Heart

Give Thanks!

Psalms 40:5 states “Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.”

In a world full of doubt, sadness, depression and anxiety, there is still something to be thankful for.  Each day we live, every breath we take, we have a reason to be thankful!  God’s blessings are all around us.  Blessings do not just include monetary blessings, but they are the days and hours we are given on this earth, our family and friends, our homes, etc.  Just like the scripture says, His works and His blessings cannot be numbered.

I have a sign in my dining room that states: “There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.”  Every time I read that sign, which is an everyday occurrence, I’m reminded that if I’m having a bad day and things haven’t gone as planned, I still need to be thankful for the things that ARE going good in my life.

I hope this blog will inspire you, if you are having a bad day, try not to dwell on it, but start to think about all of the blessings in your life and give Thanks!

Thank you for taking time to read this and may God bless you today!

~ The Thankful Heart