Thursday, December 18, 2008

Thankful Thursday

I started out this morning to write one of those ranting posts and to tell the truth I almost had it finished. However I took a break to read a few of your blogs and I settled down and decided to participate in Thankful Thursday. Thanks Kelly and Edie for reminding me to be thankful. Here are 5 things that I am thankful for.

1. I am thankful that I came to my senses and deleted that other post and instead went with this one. I hate when I sound negative because negativity is contagious.

2. I am thankful that my son Gregory passed his Black Belt test last night and now he has a Black Belt in Karate. I was impressed with his performance and I dare say that the guys that he was kicking were impressed as well even though they had on padding.

3. I am thankful that our Chicken, Lucy is still alive. She has lived through two hunting dog attacks (one recently) and one raccoon attack and is still with us. Last week she started laying eggs again after an 8 month dry spell.

4. I am thankful that I still have a job with so many people around me who are unemployed. I am also thankful for my family and the home we live in.

5. I am thankful that I live in a country that allows me to worship whomever I chose and I chose to worship God. And I am thankful that I can celebrate the birth of Jesus this Christmas.

I know I tossed in a few more than 5 but I am thankful for so many things. So what are you thankful for?

Have a Great Day,


Chatty Kelly said...

Wow - black belt! Congrats! That is really awesome. My oldest girl is a green belt in Tae Kwon Do.

I too have found that 'ranting' posts are counter-productive. What ever is praiseworthy - think about these things! (Philippians 4:8) And generally it does make you feel better...not always.

Good for Lucy...maybe you need a chicken coop?


And thank YOU again for the Christmas goodies. They are so fun. I'm sharing the pins with the girls (luckily there are two!) because they love 'em too. The reindeer is on the tree. :D

Truth4thejourney said...

Hi Greg,

I am glad you decided to be thankful today, too.

I own chickens and can't believe all that your chicken has survived!! She is a miracle girl! LOL!

Black belt - WOW! That's a huge accomplishment.

Well, glad I stopped by today!

Merry Christmas,

Wanda said...

Wow, a black belt ~~ is her hiring out for a body guard??

You must be so proud.

I am thankful today for so many things too...
Blogging friends
A content heart in a caotic world.

Love and Hugs Greg... you are one of my thankful blessings.


Wanda said...

Didn't spell check.... I meant HE not her...... Sorry!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I am thankful that you went with this post too. Every day is a clean slate that hasn't been lived before. If you think of three things you are thankful for each morning, your stay will start off positive. That's the philosphy that works for me :-)

Dorothy Champagne said...

It takes a strong man to take the higher road. It's so easy to stop and complain about what's going on than to see the good stuff that we often take for granted. So Kudos to you!!!

Lori said...

That's a great list Greg. I have many things to be thankful for as well. Too many to list here! I like this post. That's a great message. Congratulations to the black belt!

Sandy said...

Well heck, I was kinda looking forward to your ranting! BUt this was nice.

sailorcross said...

I'm glad you joined in on "Thankful Thursday", Greg!!

I have started a "Gratitude Journal". Every night before I go to bed I write down one, just one thing that I am thankful for about that day--could be big or could be small.

And then I make sure to thank God for this in my prayers.

A positive attitude can make a big difference, especially when you're used to looking at the negatives as I used to do!!


sara said...

Thankfulness is contagious too! I have a rough day, but after reading your post realize I am thankful to have a job that makes me tired sometimes!

I am also thankful for my blogging friends who realign my mood when it needs it!!! :)

Scarlet said...

Let me start by saying...I just love a cheerful post! ;)

I am thankful for so many things...that although I'm out of a job, I still have enough $ to make it through the season. I'm thankful for my father's recovery, my family and friends, and more than anything for feeling reconnected to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ...FINALLY!

Mary Moss said...

Black belt - quite impressive! First time I've stopped by here and I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who relies upon godly friends - in person and via the internet - to keep me grounded.

Edie said...

Great list Greg!

I'm working on the positive outlook too. I got a bit caught up in the negative myself there for a bit.

Yay for your son! Getting a black belt is hard work and a lot of dicipline. I have known a few people with black belts including a little girl who was a friend of my daughters when she was in 5th grade, and a lady in my SS class who is about 4'8". She and her son took lessons together.

So glad that Lucy is still with you and back to business as usual. He has His eye on the sparrow (and the chicken). :)

Monogram Queen said...

Well I was Debbie Downer yesterday but I ended it on a positive note too. I hate negativity and always try to look on the bright side of things. "try" being the operative word here. It drives the hubs nuts but who wants to be around somebody who is negative I tell you???!

Daphine said...

What a great list! I really enjoyed reading it!

Have a great weekend!

Beverly Lewis said...

Blessings are indeed everywhere. I am thankful that He gives us eyes to see His kingdom. Open the eyes of my heart, Lord! No eye has seen, no ear has heard... what God has in store for those who love Him. BUT GOD has revealed it to us BY HIS SPIRIT!
Wow. Amazing.

MGBHLH said...

Thank you for being thankful...

Have a very Happy and healthy Christmas.

Susan Skitt said...

That's great Greg. It is so easy to complain, isn't it? I am guilty as charged. But when we remember all the blessings God gives, we have much to be thankful for.

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