In a year like 2020, it may see hard to find things to be thankful.
Maybe some of your plans didn’t happen this year, and you find yourself disappointed and bitter.
Maybe you’re spending Thanksgiving today alone in an effort to minimize interacting with other people and potentially catching COVID.
Maybe you wish you could go back and redo this year with less craziness, no masks, and more normal everyday life.
But I would venture to say that you still have SO MUCH to be thankful for. If you reflect on this year, you will find that there have been a million glimmers of hope and reasons for thankfulness, in this year alone. We can be thankful for each day that comes. Today is the day that millions of Americans will gather around a table to reflect on their blessings and how the year has gone. When we are intentionally thankful, it shifts our focus from what we lack to what we have – which might be more than we thought. I encourage everyone to practice this type of appreciation daily and intentionally. Finding moments of gratitude is so important.
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” – Psalm 100:4
I’m thankful for my daughter’s smile, laughter, beauty, and joy and the nearly 1.5 years she’s spent in our lives so far.
I’m thankful for my husband’s intellect, character, companionship, and constant support.
I’m thankful for not just ONE, but TWO sisters who are my best friends.
I’m thankful for a strong mother who has set such a great example for me of endurance, patience, determination, and grace even in the wake of losing my father years ago.
I’m thankful for an extended family that loves on me and lifts me up in prayer.
I’m thankful for my church family and the awesome opportunity to minister to youth through Bible study weekly.
I’m thankful for my friends who hold me down, both in Texas and Ohio who provide constant support.
I’m thankful for my career as a dentist and the practices I work at where I am constantly pushed and challenged to grow my skill set and build my confidence.
I’m thankful for the food on my table every day that I take for granted, while many are searching for where their next meal will come from.
I’m thankful for shelter and comfort in my home.
I’m thankful for the community of women I’ve built on Instagram and this blog and the opportunity to encourage them.
I’m thankful for _____. (Fill in the blank with anything that you re genuinely thankful for)
Try it out! Every day for the rest of 2020, start each day with a statement of gratitude and see how it reframes your mindset for the day. Finding moments of gratitude is key and it will truly change your life. Happy Thanksgiving!
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
- 1 Chronicles 16:34
Author - Beryl
Beryl has a passion for writing pieces that uplift, inspire, and encourage you to bloom. She's been blogging since October 2018.