Happy Thanksgiving to my caregiving buddies!! One thing I am thankful for is you, my readers. I'm thankful for each one of you who has taken the time over the years to send me a message, either publicly or privately, to tell me part of your story, too! We are all in this together, for sure.
Thanksgiving is more than just a one-day event where the world stops to eat and hang out with friends and family. It should be our lifestyle, really, especially as believers. It can be difficult on some days, given our caregiving situations, to be thankful. But I've found that if I can lift my gaze just a little about the suffocating circumstances, I can find something, anything to be thankful for. It always improves my mood and my attitude, even if the situation remains the same.
Most mental health professionals in the world will even tell you that having a grateful attitude improves your mood and is healthy for your body. How much more effective is thankfulness when we address it to the One who truly cares for us?
My scripture for today is a popular one. You may be able to quote it yourself. It's Philippians 4:6-7. Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplications, with thanksgiving (not the holiday!), let your requests be made known unto God, and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ. (NKJV)
Today, I'll be giving God a long list of things I need and things I am thankful for. They can run simultaneously! I will turn my heart toward gratitude today and thank Him for carrying me through the caregiving years, struggles, joys, and pains. I'll also thank Him for you today. Thank you for reading along and continuing to seek God in the storm with me.
I finished publishing Affirmations for Caregivers last night! It contains an affirmation, a verse or two to read, and a prompt for a very short response for each day. One of my favorite quotes so far is from Day 25, "He knows how hard it is for a broken heart to trust, so He cradles it gently in His love." You can download the eBook from the Dove's Fire Ministries Bookstore right now and print it and and start today! It will also be published in print form on Amazon in the next few days. I'll let you know when it goes live!