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Today friends and fellow bloggers are celebrating the Sixth Anniversary of the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop started by Lizzi Lewis back in June of 2013. I haven’t written a TToT post in some time, but this is one party I don’t want to miss! As I was looking back through my TToT posts of years past, I came across this post from my previous blog and felt like it was worth resharing. It all still rings true…
December 12, 2013
This year Lizzi over at Considerings started a wonderful little weekly blog hop called Ten Things of Thankful that asked us to “focus on the good things going on in your life by listing ten things you are thankful for.” It wasn’t long before the little group began to grow by leaps and bounds as the word spread and folks came to share, find encouragement, and meet some awesome new friends!
I soon discovered that the weeks I struggled with doubt and felt least like I would be able to come up with ten things I was grateful for, were the weeks that I most needed to make the list to remind myself of all the blessings I have. Once I got started on a list the thoughts came easily, and by the time I was finished my whole attitude had changed for the better; it proved to be a wonderful way to begin the weekend!
I admit that it can be hard to find the time to compile a list and write my post, and I don’t get it done every week, although that is my goal. Sometimes I feel guilty about participating when I can’t make it around to all the other blogs to read and comment, but I try to randomly visit as many as I possible. I’ve also had to do some thinking about comments made to me by someone who felt that such lists can be a form of bragging and may make others feel bad for what they don’t have. I’ve decided that for me at least, the difference between bragging and recounting blessings is remembering where the credit goes. Very few of the good things in my life happen out of my own doing, they come to me purely by the grace of God, and my lists are a testimony to the truth that God is Good!
If we compare ourselves to others we will always find a reason to feel slighted, but if we adopt the attitude of celebrating the good things that happen to others, it uplifts us too. It helps us to reach outside of ourselves and see beyond our own little world, and to appreciate that others struggle just as much as we do. We can cry with them when life is hard, and we can rejoice with them when things are good… and at Ten Things of Thankful, we do. Sometimes the biggest blessing of a really difficult week has been having caring friends at TTOT to share with!
I think I can safely speak for most of us there when I say that Ten Things of Thankful is one of the very best things that’s happened this year, and I can’t thank Lizzi and her fabulous team of co-hosts enough for all the work they do to bring this blessing to our lives – the proof is in the enthusiastic response… drop by Lizzi’s place sometime and see for yourself!
If there’s one thing I’ve learned this past year, it’s that there is ALWAYS something
in our lives to be thankful for; thru good times and bad the grace of God sustains us.