Wednesday, November 23, 2011

With a Grateful Heart

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder...G.K. Chesterton

Because of my dear sister in law who lost her battle with cancer, (but won the war, for she waits for us in Heaven) I always give thanks for my health. This morning something reminded me of a bad flu I had and I realized that there are many this Thanksgiving who would give anything to feel good.

I can't imagine waking up day after day feeling sick, but there are many who do. I thought this the other day on my walk/run. The air was clear and cold. That particular day I felt like I needed to hear life and not the IPOD. Sometimes you just have to. I felt the blast of cold air through my nose, the tingle that makes the nose run.....I felt my lungs about to burst, pushing air through, my heart beating faster and faster.

It was life and life was good.

And I am so thankful for things and people who are life-givers and not life-takers. People who are quick to laugh, to bolster me up with their faith, who speak life and joy. Who build up and not tear I thank God for you!

I am thankful for the Christian music that uplifts......turns me towards God and makes me lift my hands, my heart, my eyes towards Him.

And I am thankful for realizing that despite some fleeting thoughts earlier this month, I could never pass the holidays by. For the first time in my life though, I do understand those who fly far away, or at least want to. And then the thought, maybe that was a gift too, because I didn't understand before. 

With people living in different places, it seems like someone close is always getting left behind. I was tired of the heartache. I still am. I don't want to wait for Heaven to have everyone in one place, my heart rebels against it. And then there is work. I always have to pick which holiday I want off. But then my heart wells with thanks because I have a choice, and a job. So many right now don't.

Thankfulness bloomed then in my heart and I realized that I could never really be one of those that ignored Thanksgiving or passed on Christmas. They are lodged too deep in my heart and I can't let either one pass without a celebration, for there is so much to celebrate and be thankful for this year......

as every year by God's wonderful grace.

Also, be sure to check out my new blog, Lori's Views. It's more photos and less words. I am really excited about it!  I am still tweaking things up a bit so thank you in advance for your patience.... 

image of cabin  from google images


  1. So sorry to read this news about your sister-in-law. Holidays can be hard when we've lost loved ones. I know I still miss my mom especially during this time of year and it's been six years since she died.

    Blessings to you Lori.


  2. Hi Lori,
    I too am so sorry to hear about your sister-in-law. A few years back I lost my wife this time of year. It was very tough.

    I love the way you wrote about the things you are thankful for.

    Have a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving. God bless you,

  3. She was a wonderful person and one of those I can't wait to see again, I thank Jesus that I will....God bless you both! Lori

  4. This time of year is always a mix of joy and sorrow. You have inspired me to take a walk and listen. Actually, you have also reminded me to listen today, to the voices that surround my table. Thanks Lori.

  5. Thanks Lori, you have reminded me how important it is to listen. I will try to keep that in mind today at our Thanksgiving Table. Have a wonderful day!


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