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{Day 1} 30 Days of Thankfulness


November has to be one of my most favorite months of the year. When I was a kid, I always enjoyed the Thanksgiving get-together's more than the Christmas ones. Christmas always seemed like there was so much more expected of everyone -- gifts that people weren't happy with, or gifts that grandma had forgotten she had tried re-gifting the year before. It was funny, but Thanksgiving always held a special place for me. 

When I was introduced to the wonderful world of social media as an adult, I found that I thoroughly enjoyed the "30 Days of Thankfulness that so many people involved themselves in during the month of November. Naturally, I joined in. Not only was it fun to see who's thankful for what, but it was an incredibly humble reminder to me of the things that God has blessed me with. So this year, I decided to do a 30 Days of Thankfulness on my blog, where I can showcase those special things even more.


It doesn't mean that I'm not thankful for my blessings every single day, but it is certainly hard to remember those blessings on a regular basis when life is so busy. Just as we set aside a month to celebrate Christ's birth, why not set aside some time to think about all of His blessings? 

So today marks day number one in this blog series, 30 Days of Thankfulness, and I would love for you to share in the comments below or on facebook, just what you're thankful for this day! 


Most Christians will start today's thankfulness day sharing their appreciation for God. And I totally get that. I do not want to devalue my amazing Creator and all the works that He has done. He is my rock and my fortress, my Father, my Redeemer and my Giver of grace and mercy. He is the greatest blessing in my entire life. But I think we know this, after all, the name of this blog is Boogers & Jesus. So today I want to dive in a little deeper, to a more personal level.

Today, on Day 1, I am thankful for my life

I am thankful that He formed me in my mothers womb -- that He knew me by name before even she did. 

I am thankful that He breathed life into me and made me whole. I am thankful that He sustains me and keeps my heart pumping every single day. To understand how worn out the human heart is, even by the time you're in your 20s, is incredible. It comforts me to know that I don't have to depend on my human heart to keep me sustained in this life.

I am thankful for the husband He brought into my life. I am thankful for the life of love between us -- that my soul connects with his soul...that my heart buried itself far inside of his and has never left it.

I am thankful for this body of life, the womb that brought forth my precious little boy, and yes, even the womb that has failed me so many times before. 

I am thankful for my life, because it has brought forth new life to another.

I am thankful for this life because it has helped others grow, it has helped others learn, and it has helped others come to know the same magnificent God that I know -- the only one true and living Savior. 

I am thankful for the heartache, the joys, the sadness, and the struggles that this life brings -- because without them, I would never grow as deeply into the life He created just for me.


I am thankful for the creativity that He placed on this earth -- and yes, that totally includes Pinterest.

I am thankful for the quality of this life that I live -- because He provides all that I need, not all that I want.

I am thankful for this body of life -- my hands that crack from working with the animals, my legs that ache from walking up and down the sloping hillside to tend to them multiple times a day, my head that keeps it altogether, and my heart that tries to love unconditionally.

I am thankful for my life, because while it is my life, it is a life that was loaned to me for who knows how long. And the more I live it, the more I realize that I am not my own.

I am thankful for my life, because I am not a body with a soul, I am a soul with a temporary body....and one day, I'll have to give it back. In the end, if I have tried my hardest, loved my most earnestly, and influenced others lives, then I have done all that is required of me. The rest is merely all the good stuff in between. 

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I am thankful for my life, and the Creator of it, on this very first day of Thankfulness. 

-- amy --

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