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100 Reasons to be Thankful - our reminder to choose gratitude

Our God is so good, and He has blessed us in a million ways. But in the world we live in, somehow our focus has turned to "me, me, me" and "more, more, more". We're never content with what we have. We're always craving the next best thing. We want to keep achieving, keep gaining. Maybe for popularity, maybe for the likes, maybe just because we've lost sight of what really matters.

But right now, can I invite you to pause? Just breathe, for one moment. Look outside of the now and remember the bigger picture.

Remember Jesus. Remember all the good. Remember the many, many blessings.

There is a lot of hurt in the world. A lot of suffering. We are all fighting our own battles, every day, but we are also so, so, so fortunate. The majority of us have roofs over our head, food on the table, and a million other good things.

Today, pause. As we enter into the holiday season, filled with festivities and joyous chaos, don't forget to remember the blessings. Don't lose yourself in the busyness of everyday life and the daily demands, but choose to reflect on the good things. Choose to be thankful, and choose to remember how much God has given you.

I want to practice what I preach, and so today, I'm going to share with you 100 reasons we have to be thankful. 100 reasons to praise God and celebrate this good life He's blessed us with.

  1. A roof over my head

  2. A pantry and fridge full of food

  3. A healthy body

  4. Clean air to breathe

  5. A cozy bed to fall asleep in every night

  6. Home cooked meals

  7. Air conditioning + heater

  8. Multiple vehicles

  9. The freedom to read my Bible + worship Christ

  10. A mom who loves me no matter what

  11. A dad who supports me and cheers me on in everything I do

  12. Siblings who make me laugh and are always there for me

  13. Fuzzy socks

  14. Cuddling up in a blanket

  15. The smell of freshly baked cookies

  16. Sunrises

  17. Sunsets

  18. The leaves as they change colors

  19. The ability to get a quality education

  20. Teachers who work hard and invest in me

  21. Cold glasses of water

  22. Technology that keeps me connected

  23. Youth group + weekly church services

  24. Ice cream

  25. Birds chirping

  26. Blooming flowers

  27. Hot showers

  28. Jamming out to music

  29. Sleeping in

  30. Quality friends

  31. Doctors and nurses

  32. Reading before bed

  33. Cozy pjs

  34. Medicine

  35. God's faithfulness

  36. Jesus' death on the cross

  37. Twice a days with Jesus

  38. Worship music

  39. God's never ending love

  40. The Holy Spirit's constant presence

  41. God's never-ending grace I don't deserve

  42. New pens + highlighters

  43. Blank notebooks + fresh starts

  44. The ability to run + move my body

  45. Laughter

  46. Freshly cleaned room

  47. Slow weekend mornings

  48. Clean clothes

  49. Indoor plumbing

  50. The life-changing freedom that is found in Jesus

  51. GPS

  52. Freshly fallen snow

  53. WiFi

  54. Birthday celebrations

  55. Christmas music

  56. Sore muscles after a good workout

  57. The shining moon on a dark starry night

  58. Looking at old photo books

  59. Sandy beaches

  60. Journalling

  61. The warm sun on your skin

  62. Evening walks

  63. Playing with children

  64. Newborn puppies

  65. Smores by the toasty warm fire

  66. Doodles

  67. Hugs

  68. Snow capped mountains

  69. Giving + receiving letters

  70. Dancing

  71. Singing in the shower

  72. Jumping in the pool on a hot summer day

  73. New haircuts

  74. Good hair days

  75. The ability to constantly talk to the Lord

  76. Knowing that God always hears my prayer

  77. Fresh fruit

  78. Bike rides on crisp fall afternoons

  79. Sweatpants

  80. Grandparents

  81. Movie nights

  82. Sharing Scripture with friends who need it

  83. Being still + reflective after a long day

  84. Making lists

  85. Supportive coaches

  86. God's constant goodness in the everyday annoyances

  87. Deep conversations

  88. Inside jokes

  89. Taking pictures to capture the memories

  90. Shrimp tacos

  91. First love

  92. Experiencing God's peace in the midst of heartbreak and struggle

  93. Time away from technology

  94. Smiling

  95. Happy tears

  96. Releasing sad emotions with tears

  97. Writing

  98. Vacation

  99. Christmas movies

  100. God's every day little miracles

Guys. God is so good. In this simple yet incredibly profound practice of writing down 100 things I'm thankful for, I'm humbled. God has blessed us all in so many ways, and I'm so grateful. I know that each and every one of us are facing our own difficulties and heartbreak, but in the midst of all of that, I hope that this list has helped remind you of God's faithfulness and constant goodness. It is my prayer that you are inspired, in the midst of your own busyness and in the midst of the challenges you're facing, to pause and reflect on the good things you have been blessed with.

I challenge you to make your own list of 100 things you're thankful for. Really be intentional and purposeful as you sit down to reflect on the good things in your life. And as you write your list, remember to continually be praising God for all these blessings, big or small.

And I also challenge you to leave a few of the biggest things you're thankful for down below! We are a community - let's encourage each other with more of the good things we've recognized. I know that I for one am thankful for you, and I'd love to hear what you are thankful for!



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