Yes, this does say Thankful Thursday and it is Sunday.  If I have learned one thing the past few years, it is the importance of giving ourselves grace.  So, my first Thankful Thursday is being published on a Sunday.

Quick Background – several years ago, I noticed my friend took the month of November and posted one thing each day she was thankful for.  I loved reading her posts and decided I would do this myself.

This year, instead of posting each day, I decided to start #thankfulthursdays.  Each Thursday, I will spend a few minutes sharing how thankful I am for so many people and things in my life.

#ThankfulThursday #1:

  • My Mom – I am so very thankful God gave me to my mom.  I am thankful she was able to make it through her surgery this week, and is now home healing (with lots of stitches, staples & a sling…and a really great attitude)!  She has always been a great role model and continues to show her strength and compassion.  I love you, mom!
  • My Dad – I am also very thankful God gave me to my dad.  While my dad always pushed us to be the best we could possibly be, he also showed us how much he cares.  Throughout the past three years, our family has been through a great deal of health problems.  My dad shows his strength, and shows his love and caring for us.  I love you, dad!
  • My Sisters – I am so very thankful God gave me my two older sisters.  Each one of them were always there for me growing up, showing me the ropes, and helping me to find my way.  As we have all gotten older, we still know we are there for each other.  We love each other.  While we are all different, we are sisters.  I love you Tammy & Kim!

Here is my challenge to each of you:  Whether you post this on a social media site or you just take a few moments to bring to mind the people & things you are thankful for…

#Get Started  #DoThis  #ThankfulThursdays

When I started this, I focused so much on what I said about others, and if I would make someone happy about what I wrote or sad by what I may not have included.  The beauty is, that worry was all for not!  Everyone found the posts very uplifting.  And, the best part, this was one small way to keep my eyes focused on the positive, and the beauty, and on all of the blessing God has given to us.

Heavenly Father,

I come to You today in Thanksgiving for all you have done and continue to do for me and for those I love.  I am especially thankful for Your provision to ensure my mom was able to start the healing process with her shoulder.  I am thankful for the physicians You placed on her service.  I am thankful for the nursing staff You sent who were so kind and patient.  I am thankful for the successful surgery You ensured was completed and that she is now home healing.  I see Your work in every step.  Oh how I thank You!

Father, I also thank You for having me click into Facebook and seeing this post several years ago.  It has helped me to focus on the benefits, the positives, the so many things You provide that may go unnoticed or unappreciated.  While I know there is so very much I miss, I am thankful for the opportunity to share how thankful I am for all You are and all You do!

Father, please help those reading this post to bring to mind the people and things they are thankful for.  Help them to see Your handy work in those blessings.  Help them to shift their eyes to You, to Your blessings, to Your plans.  Help them see, even on the darkest days, Your bright shining Son!

In Jesus’ Name I pray.  Amen!


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Hello! My Name is Jennifer Muszik

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