It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Chapter 1, Page 20, Book 11

If you haven't all the things you want, be grateful for the things you don't have that you wouldn't want.


When we are grateful, we appreciate life’s free gifts: friendship and solitude; movement and rest; Nature’s bounty and her winter introversion; our own alternating movements of joy, sorrow, and joy’s resurgence. Through this appreciation, we find contentment.

Gratefulness calms this storm. It allows us to see that what we truly want is already right before our eyes

On this THANKFUL THURSDAY I'm going to list the things I can be thankful for in the deep midwinter. We should be thankful in all things and this is one I have the hardest time with.

We can revel in the cold for giving us a chance to savor the peace and healing balm of warmth, whether it be a fireplace or some blankets you crawl under when you are shivering

We can be thankful for the clothing that protects us from the very real dangers and damage that severe cold can do to our body. Thanks are due to winter coats, scarves, hats, muffler, earmuffs, gloves, boots, and long underwear

Winter gives us ample opportunities to build up our patience muscle and to push its limits. Patience, that is learned by the obstacles constantly thrown into our path by bad weather, breakdowns, and stressed people, When we are out shopping, we can be patient with other walkers where there is a narrow path and you must let others go before you. We can be patient with traffic jams caused by accidents, icy roads, and dense snow. I am thankful for lessons that have taught me to be patient with breakdowns in our home, plowing services which dump snow where it wasn't meant to go, and weather reports which are misleading and confusing.

Winter affords us the opportunity to physically slow down. It is hard to walk through snow and when we are walking on ice, we must watch our steps carefully. We can take a meditative walk down the block where we live and be thankful for winter and the chance to move slowly through the world.

A lot of people are truly handicapped over the missing pieces in their lives. Whatever it is that is missing, they have become obsessed with it, it controls their thought life, and it keeps them from enjoying or appreciating the good things they do have. Instead of complaining, we'll enjoy winter much more if we can find ways to be thankful for it.

Because God has given me so many other things to fill up the missing spaces, He has shown me that without that missing pieces, I would never know Him the way I do.

There's always something to be thankful for. If you can't pay your bills, you can be thankful you're not one of your creditors.

I am very thankful for these and all my blessings today and I do hope and pray that there are many things you can be THANKFUL for this Thursday too.

'On Ya'-ma


BlueRidge Boomer said...

Thanks Ma......i needed that...!!

Scrappy quilter said...

We can always find something to be thankful for, can't we. What a wonderful thankful list for winter. It's my favorite season (except for the winds). Hugs

Ally Lifewithally said...

I am always thankful for the blessings I have ~ thanks for a lovely read today ~ Ally x

jack69 said...

This is one of the best lines ever!

There's always something to be thankful for. If you can't pay your bills, you can be thankful you're not one of your creditors.

Thankful we can pay our bills.
Love from Sunny Florida, beautiful day here today.

grammy said...

Great list of why we need to embrace winter
I am still not sure I want to embrace cold
but I will be thankful for seasons...which include winter

Jean said...

Great entry Ma! Maybe in a few more months this cold weather will be gone. Take care.