Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I've Got Plenty to Be Thankful For!

Do you know this movie?  Holiday Inn is one of our all time favorite musicals. The movie covers the entire calendar from Valentines to New Year's Eve but, the message of this scene is appropo to Thanksgiving. Listening to his own chipper recording, reminds even Bing Crosby that thankfulness can transform any duldrum into gumption!

How true it is that a little gratitude changes our attitude!  It's in the movies; it's in the Bible; it's real honest to goodness truth, as Mamie might say. Holidays can be hard times when the feelings and the circumstances don't match what we know to be true; our perceptions on those days may not be reality.  We are staying put this year, in the clear, without travel or trappings to stress and strain. So, I will make my list now and carry it in my wallet for the next time I start to sulk.

I am thankful for:
1. a dentist I've had for 17 years
2. friends who pray for me
3. kids who are affectionate
4. money in the bank
5. kids who are readers
6. a husband who supports my success
7. a husband who can fix anything online and off
8. a husband who has loved me for 23 years
9. a free country where we can worship and study the Bible openly
10. knowing Jesus as a friend
11. a place prepared for me in heaven
12. living close enough to see the vastness of the ocean every day

Try it. Give me your top ten in a comment.

Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High Psalm 50:13-15

I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 2 Timothy 1:2-4

...give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 
1 Thessalonians 5:17-19


  1. 1. The opportunity i am chasing at the moment
    2. My health
    3. My Friends and family
    4. The life i was born into, i can express my opinions, expand my knowlege, and chase my goals in finacial and political security
    5. Jackie O's Pub and Brewery, a wonderful place to work
    6. The hard moments and life that made me grow
    7. John Prine and Jimmy Cliff
    8. Chevy silverado 1500 half ton (monty) for better or worse
    9. Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA
    10. The promise of the green movement

  2. 1. For 2 healthy, happy, and vibrant brothers who continue to grow and amaze me everyday.
    2. For Parents who could not have done a better job providing for us - I believe they did not make one mistake.
    3.For 16 aunts and uncles that make my life more interesting and diverse - literally they represent and all areas of the spectrum.
    4.For a strong (and expensive) college education that my parents provided - believing I was worth the best school I could get into.
    5. For 10 fingers, 10 toes, a healthy heart, and a sharp mind.
    6. For unconditional love from so many even when I don't feel lovable.
    7. For a picturesque hometown - bringing tears to my eyes every time I think about it.
    8. For people and companies in the world who attempt everyday to make the world a better place - places like Whole Food Market, Surfrider Foundation, Train for Autism, my mom, my grandparents, Andrea Moriarty, Kiva, etc.
    9. For an open mind and an open heart.
    10. For great food, great wine, and great friends - and for times when the three meet.

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