Have you read Ann Voskamp's One Thousand Gifts? I read it last winter during a time when I was very discouraged, ungrateful, and well, frankly, I had a yucky attitude. The ladies at my church are reading it and will be meeting together monthly to discuss it. God used this book, and multiple wise people, to put me in my place. And I think He's doing it again. Go get the book. Don't tarry!
How can I be ungrateful when I have so much? How do I not give thanks every minute? The secret to being content is giving thanks.
Not in order of importance. Today, I am thankful for:
1. Jesus, the lover of my soul.
2. Mom and Dad. I can pick up the phone or walk into their house and know that they are always there for comfort, advice, and a place to go home to.
3. Sister and her husband. Again, a place to go home to. My sister is always honest with me. She gives me coffee, she taught me how to dress, let's me borrow her purses and heels, let's me get away with nothing.
4. Niece and nephew. Niece was born on Thursday. I was privileged enough to be present at the birth. She is healthy and our family is rejoicing. My nephew, who I am enamored with.
5. Friends in Washington who feel like family
6. Friends in Haiti who feel like family
7. Friends in California and Florida who feel like family
8. Wise women who give loving, challenging, and truth-filled council.
9. The Word- The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only.
10. Haiti. Haitians. I have been shaped and refined into who I am today due to this country and its courageous, hilarious, and gorgeous people.
11. The patients and families I have been blessed to know and take care of. I could write a whole blog post and more on what I have learned from them.
12. Late-night talks with moms from the hospital. Conversations where we struggle with sickness, death, our faith. Prayers offered up together, beseeching for healing, comfort, strength, trust, belief. Laughter together where you almost, but thankfully, not quite, pee your pants. Is that appropriate while hanging chemotherapy?
13. Working at night creates giddiness and silliness that you may not encounter during the daytime.
14. Couches. Being snuggled up with coffee, a book, and a blanket
16. Chai Tea
17. Rain that pounds the house, windows, and roof so hard that you don't want to go out in it, but you can't help feeling so cozy and basking in its sound.
18. Friends around a table, sharing food, laughter, and fellowship. Laughing because you know each other and your quirks so well. You may have even argued about those quirks, but now there is a sweetness to knowing that your friendship survived it.
19. A friend I can always call and a laugh is guaranteed. Honesty is always given and received between us.
20. I've loved every job I've had as a nurse.
21. Being allowed to enter into someone's emotional, physical, and spiritual pain, when they are at their rawest. It is humbling, beautiful, and a gift.
Let each day, each moment, be offered back to Him in thanks.