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Delighting in my God, I desire to dwell in His pleasure and to help others experience true delight.

"Delight Yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
And He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your judgment as the noonday.  
Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him;..." Ps 37:4-7a

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A to Z Challenge: Say Thank You



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Back at ‘G’ I chose the word gratitude.  It is worth repeating the sentiment again here as thankfulness or thanksgiving.  Maintaining an attitude of thankfulness, looking for ways to say thank you, to let those in our lives know that we appreciate them, can lift us up like little else.  Here are some ideas to say thank you to some of those in your life.

  •   When you wake up, thank God that you did and for the day ahead.

  •   Put a thank you note in your husband’s or child’s computer case, or notebook or lunch letting them know something you appreciate about them.

  • Look for someone who you meet at the grocery store, in the bank, at the gym, who needs a lift and find something that they do that you can thank them for.  

  • Notice that special someone who always goes the extra mile, and thank them as you let them know you notice and appreciate them.

  • Send a note to someone who has influenced you to thank them for the particular impact they have had.

  • Look for a service member or policeman, and thank them for their service and sacrifice.

  • Recognize those who are smiling throughout your day by thanking them for their smile. 

  • Text a friend or a child or a sibling to thank them for something they have said or done that you appreciate.

  • Thank a blogger for something particular they have written that has blessed you.

  •   At the end of the day, thank your family members for the little things you don’t usually notice.

  • Thank God for another day of life, and if you did all this thanking, no doubt it was a day you appreciate a bit more than usual.

Life throws some tough turns our way.  Even in the midst of tremendous tribulation, thankfully counting blessings can provide strength and salve so deeply needed.  Thankfulness is a treasure we can all possess, and it is a multiplying treasure as we spread it around. 

In Everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.  
                                       1 Thessalonians 5:18



A to Z Challenge

Thank you, Arlee Bird, again, for this terrific A to Z Challenge.


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20 comments:

  1. I echo all your thanks, Especially to Arlee Bird who is the brain behind this challenge. I met him in LA and he is just the sort of person in real life as on line wonderful.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Hi Yvonne, I saw reflections of being thankful in your beautiful poem for today. No doubt you have this one down. Thanks for being here. God bless, Maria

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  2. Thank you, Maria, for this post! It's great to start the day with a reminder to be thankful.

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    1. Thank you, Danielle, for saying so. I appreciate you and your friendship. God bless, Maria

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  3. Thank you for your kind words yesterday on my post. Thanks is a great T word!
    tm

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    1. It is a blessing to have you among my blogging friends. Thanks for coming by. God bless, Maria

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  4. I am visiting you from Titus 2 Tuesday. I think it is always a good idea to be thankful in all things. I think that thanksgiving should also be a daily prayer (instead of heading straight to petitions.) Thank you for this thorough post. Read mine about teaching your children to sew:
    http://www.thelostapron.com/2013/04/planning-your-summer-sewing-camp.html

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting Ana. I agree that thanksgiving ought to be a part of our prayer life since we have much to be thankful for. I enjoyed your post on sewing camp as well. God bless, Maria

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  5. A great list of thank you suggestions.

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth. It means a lot to me that you stopped to visit. God bless, Maria

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  6. Love your blog and these great reminders, Maria. Thanks for your kind comments at my blog Doorkeeper. I so appreciate your visit. Have a great week! Blessings!

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    1. Thank you so much, Renee. You ARE a blessing and I appreciate your visit as well. God bless, Maria

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  7. I love the suggestion about putting notes in spouse's and children's bag or lunch. What a great way to say thank you and make someone feel special all at once.

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    1. Thanks DL. I did that for April Fools Day. I left messages through out the house and the belongings of my husband and my kids for them to find throughout the day. I liked that better than the toothpaste on the toilet seat! God bless, Maria

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  8. Thank you for the 'Thank You' post.

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    1. Appreciate you stopping by Helen and passing me a thank you! God bless, Maria

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  9. That was a lovely post :-)

    Have you read Ann Voskamp's A Thousand Gifts? She talks about listing them - and just the practice of finding things to be thankful for in even the most ordinary of things. (She has a rather poetic style of writing that I don't think is particularly conducive to reading the entire thing in one sitting, but I love the premise of it and the even most minute of things she found beauty or things to be grateful for!)

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    1. I have seen Ann's blog and though I don't have the book, I like the concept. As I mentioned in my 'G' post, the science is in on the health benefits of writing down our points of thankfulness. I agree it is important to practice finding and writing down the things we are thankful for, ordinary and all, and I try to practice it. Thanks Leese for sharing the word on Ann. God bless, Maria

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  10. a simple gesture that is always appreciated. Your blog is truly delightful!

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    1. Thank you Kathe. You are kind. God bless, maria

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