Blessings and Gratitude

We’ve just finished Canadian Thanksgiving. And this year, despite our strange times of isolation and social distancing, we still have a responsibility to continue to love our neighbours and be thankful for the blessings God gives us. Perhaps you’ve been aware of the special people in your life more because you cannot see them as frequently as before. Perhaps you have been in need of more encouragement because you have been the one feeling isolated. In any case, I have been blessed by the words, and the promise given in Psalm 23 that

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Did you realize that is a promise?!

I thought I would add in a little throwback to an email from our 30 Days of Blessings campaign, that many of you completed some time ago. If you did it once…. do it again! If you were not part of our exercise back then, why not try it out this Thanksgiving?

Happy Thanksgiving and be Blessed!!

The Blessing of Thankfulness

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!! For those of us who are turkey overloaded and too stuffed to work, I thought I would “repost” one of our 30 Days of Blessings emails from last year! It is always a great idea to say thank you, so let’s do it again!

(For those of you who are new to the mittonmusings adventure, we ran a fun 30 days of emails last year, prompting us to a new “blessing” each day! Should we do it again?! Should we try another one?! Wanna get in on the action?! Subscribe to mittonmusings and get a weekly blog post straight to your inbox — and special invitations to campaigns and studies just like this one! Join the adventure here! )

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! Say also: ‘Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather and deliver us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise.”  1 Chronicles 16:34-35 (ESV)

 Remember that list of Blessings we made back on Day 2?  Time to pull it out and send some thank you’s to the people on it.  Often we are truly thankful for our friends and family… but we don’t show it in tangible ways.  Send a card (or flowers?) to a person to simply say “thank you” for the influence they are having in your life.  Maybe take them out for dinner.  The how is up to you… but be sure to include the reason why: to say thanks!  This is also a good way to be an example for our children.  Remind them to be thankful as well, by showing them how!

This is also the perfect opportunity to spend some time saying thanks to God for all your blessings.  He is called Jehovah-jireh in Hebrew:  the one who provides.  Spend a few minutes giving Him thanks today.  

  • Challenge yourself to think of obscure or difficult people to be thankful for… like government leaders or your boss, or that person on your “hard to love” list
  • Write some old fashion thank you cards and actually put them in the mail with a stamp!
  • Share ideas with family and friends… get the kids involved or post your thanks on the group chat so everyone can see
  • If you are joining us in October, send a special thank you to your church leader for #pastorappreciationmonth
  • Can you think of another fun and fabulous way to thank someone?
  • Remember to take a few special minutes to thank your Heavenly provider as well

“Now may the LORD show steadfast love and faithfulness to you. And I will do good to you because you have done this thing.” 2 Samuel 2:6 (ESV)

Roller Coaster Ride

I was chatting last week with a friend who was handed a pretty hard lot in life recently. Her seemingly blessed life was rocked with shock and abandon. The ripples were filtering down into many different parts of her life and she was becoming simply numb to it all. Our life journeys can be like that sometimes. And Jesus followers are not immune to this dark world, either. We have seasons of joy and seasons of pain, too. No where in the Bible does it say that just because we got God, we get a free ride. We get a ride, alright, but it’s often a roller coaster ride that sometimes we don’t want to take.

Photo Credit: Unsplash Jr. Korpa

Yet, the beauty of it is, Jesus makes the ride bearable. He brings the joy. The thrill of the hill that allows us to tolerate the down turns. As my friend and I chatted, we came to the conclusion that unless you experience the darkness, you don’t recognize how beautiful the light is. Only when you have been in the cold, dark, dampness, do you appreciate the warm glow of the fire. Your faith begins to grow stronger and purer because it stood the test of the dark.

Many of us question why bad things happen to “good” people. Why does God allow the innocence of a situation to be tainted by the darkness? No easy answers, I am afraid. But I am encouraged by the words of a worship song called Blessings by Laura Story. She wrote it in response to one of those dark moments in her own life. I encourage you to read about it and her story here. The song lyrics challenge us to look at those dark days in a new and different light. To wonder “What if our blessings really do come from raindrops?” Only God can see the end of the roller coaster’s track, because we’ve never been on this ride before. We can’t focus on the turn ahead because we are only looking at the bottom of the hill.

Photo Credit: Adi C.

mittonmusings.com is a lifestyle blog — with a twist of inspiration! We designed it that way to stand out from other lifestyle blogs, not because we have all the answers, but because we want to encourage others who are along for the ride. We’ve opened up our 30 days of Blessings challenge again, to do just that. Perhaps you need to feel the joy of the ride right now. Or could it be that you need to be that crazy friend who holds your buddy’s hand and buys you both a ticket for the “Loop de Loop” when neither of you have the courage? It’s not too late to join the challenge! Sign up here. Maybe it is time for us to keep our hands and feet inside at all times, and keep our seats in the upright position, secure all loose articles, and simply wait until we come to a complete stop before we exit left. Enjoy your ride, my friends!

Photo Credit: Unsplash Chris Slupski