Giving Thanks Always

Is it wrong to say I was disappointed in Thanksgiving? That little was as I had wished for? That few praises of thanks were lifted from our home that day? That gratitude was lacking and family unity seemed elusive?

As a mom, I feel responsible for setting the tone, and making place for holidays in general. During this season in particular, I desire to create an environment where thanksgiving can flow. As the mom of young women, and the wife to a husband with minds all their own, I also know there is nothing I can legislate. I understand that gratitude is a wellspring from our hearts and that I can’t make someone be grateful. Still I was saddened.

That evening a friend that I am seldom in contact with called and asked me for a favor. It would involve driving her to an airport out of town the following day. She offered to pay me. I assured her that friends do favors for friends, not for pay. She apologized for the early morning it would mean for me on my day off. 

We left at 7:00 a.m. and returned at about 1:30 p.m. refreshed and energized. What she had dreaded, turned into delight. That reprieve from a list full of responsibilities and time to talk on our drive to and from, invigorated her.  The truth is… it invigorated me as well. It was truly a fun morning, filled with extra blessings {like a hand full of quarters for my next RAK adventure!} that I could not have anticipated.  I came home humbly grateful.

I often don’t understand the peaks and valleys of this thing call life.  I do know this, however. We are to give thanks always. When we are sad, or disappointed, or do not understand; when things don’t go our way and people don’t respond the way we hope they would.  We give thanks.

Still Endeavoring to Leave a Legacy of Gratitude,

About debbierivers

I love to share what I can whenever I can. My goal is to live simply and love lavishly. I enjoy inspiring others with my writing. I am married to Steve and am the mother to two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Jenna, and grandmother to Kinsley. My desire is to encourage and to bless others through my life and my words.
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