Much to be Thankful For

by | Nov 26, 2012 | God, health, thankfulness

“Thankfulness takes the sting out of adversity.”

Yesterday on our way home from our Thanksgiving trip to Missouri, I read the above in a tweet from Jesus Calling. I was in pain most of the trip home, and after reading that, I almost laughed. (I was in too much pain to do so.) I couldn’t get comfortable, no matter how hard I tried.

I’ve been dealing with this cough for over three weeks, and on Thursday (Thanksgiving) morning, I had a coughing spell in our hotel room which was one of the worst ones I’ve had. I felt something “give” on my right side next to my ribs. The pain began immediately, and hasn’t gone away yet. I have brief moments of being pain free, but they are few and far between. After doing some searching, I made a self-diagnosis of a pulled muscle in my ribs.

This has affected everything I do. Coughing is even more painful. I sneezed this morning and thought my side was going to explode!

I was feeling earlier like I have wasted the day away, trying to rest and let my body heal. But I’ve given myself permission to get over it and be ok with resting. And I was reminded of the above tweet from yesterday.

I have much to be thankful for! We all do! If you haven’t already, I suggest writing down all the things you are thankful for, then thank God for each one!

Some of the things I’m thankful for at this very moment are:

  • my family
  • my friends
  • a great Thanksgiving trip to Missouri
  • my extended family
  • Jesus & God’s Word
  • my health and the parts of my body that are pain free and functioning
  • our warm home
  • our jobs and schools
  • the way God made me
  • our freedom
  • God’s sovereignty
  • the health of Bill, Ali & Zach
  • Mission of Hope and my friends there
  • Tina
  • my life!
Making a list and thanking God for them really helps put things in perspective and really does take the sting out of adversity!
What are you thankful for today?
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