It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Chapter 1, Page 26, Book 12
Give me a grateful heart, Lord,
For each small favor granted,
As years unfold, may I behold
Life, still, through eyes enchanted.
Let me find beauty in all things,
Not to be blind to see
The goodness in my fellowman,
That he would find in me.
Grant that my ears remain attuned,
To hear the smallest sigh,
And may I lead a gentle touch,
To those less sure than I.
Let me remember lessons learned,
To profit from the past,
And may I build a bridge of dreams,
That shall forever last.
Let me rejoice in simple things,
I need no wealth to buy,
The scent of pine upon the wind,
A burnished copper sky.
Scarlet roses on the fence,
Sunrise through the trees
Oh, Grant that I may not outgrow
Affinity for these!
Give me a grateful heart, Lord;
Let me be satisfied,
When days are less than sunny,
And plans lie at low tide.
Life is an adventure,
That will lead to who knows where,
So, give me a grateful heart, Lord,
That I may always care.
Being thankful is a blessing in its self. It focuses my mind and is very often an attitude adjustment. To begin each day with a grateful heart is the best way I know to assure myself of a good day.
This past week was a busy one at my house. I knew in advance that I had company coming in. So I am very thankful that I had the strength to get it all done. As each year passes I find I have more time on my hands, but less strength do many of the things that used to come so easily.
I am very thankful for all the time I have as I need those extra moments.
I'm very thankful that I have a family that enjoys being together and that they love sharing what they do and schedule time to be together. Too often people let their to do lists come before family and thankfully mine make time for quality family times together.
I'm thankful for the blessings of a mild January. Our weather here continues to be a roller coaster with high temps in the 40's and even 50's now and then, while plummeting down into the single digits on other days. I say it is mild here because too often it gets cold and stays that way and having days with a bit of reprieve are just wonderful.
As always I continue to be thankful for my basics of home, food and clothing but more than anything I'm thankful to be able to live each day to the fullest and enjoy the blessings that are so abundant in my life. Most days my heart is near bursting at the seams!
I hope your heart is one full of thanks today too.