30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 1

thankfulnessI saw this post from one of the bloggers I follow and was instantly inspired to write my own “30 Days of Thankfulness” posts :)

Thanksgiving is my favorite time of year, and one of the reasons why is because we’re encouraged to celebrate all of the things we are thankful for (and I love being thankful for things). In fact, this is something we should do daily:

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” [1 Thessalonians 5:16-18]

Therefore, during the month of November I will take each day to thank God for a specific thing that I am thankful for, and I encourage you to do the same!

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Today I am thankful for my job. These past couple of months have not been easy as I have been adjusting to my new job (one I never thought I’d ever have), but God has been really helping me become a better teacher. He’s giving me confidence in myself, patience with my students, and an earnest desire to see them learn. I have been asking Him to help me with that last one especially, because I don’t want to see this as “just a job.”

These last two weeks France has been on vacation, and I have had two different week-long vacation classes. This week I had a class of 4 very bright, very joyful little girls (THAT was a blessing in itself. Girls are so much easier and calmer than boys). I enjoyed teaching them so much that at the end of the week it made me sad to think I wouldn’t have them in my class anymore :( but I am thankful for my job and for moments like this, when my students bring me “presents”:

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What are you thankful for today?

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2 thoughts on “30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 1

  1. Hallo Maggie! :)

    I saw your thankfulness posts orientating in my Reader and wanted to start responding back but I’ve been sort of half-behind with my SFN month posts every so many days that I kept getting distracted from coming back to your blog! :( I’ve amended it now! :) I wanted to say that being in a state of thankfulness and gratitude is a wonderful way to approach our lives during each week that arises in front of us. Especially if your going through trials or tribulations or simply attempting to get adjusted to a new job that you’d rather approach as a loving gift and blessing than a mere job that you took because you needed a job. I can appreciate where your approaching this testament of gratitude from and I think its something that we should all aspire to achieve!

    I can tell you that each day I am always seeking the joy of the moment, and being mindful of the joys that arise in our lives even when we’re not expecting to find any. IF we keep mindful and focused on what is positive it helps distract us from always feeling consumed by woe and letting the negatives that emerge into our lives take over our focus. Its not always easy, but I do agree, that if we approach everything through a thanksgiving of blessings and think about how our lives our filled with joy — I think we can aspire to have our attitude in tune with our heart and spirit.

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