By Ann Cooke

Every year as Thanksgiving approaches I, along with most people, tend to start listing mentally or physically the things I am thankful for. Even those on social media are encouraging friends to join in this Thanksgiving spirit.

And that is a good thing. We are called to be thankful in Ephesians 5:20.

There are many obvious things for which to be thankful; life, jobs, family, salvation, health, etc. But this year and hopefully for many years to come, God has called me to remember some little and seldom thought of things that cannot be left off the list.

1. Sneaking downstairs to crawl in Mama’s bed in the mornings. (This actually came from my three-year-old grandson, Jamison. He will let you know right quick he is Mama’s baby!)

2. Rainy days. They make you slow down.

3. Seasons. Each one has benefits, from new life to snowy wonders.

4. The colors of autumn leaves.  God’s brilliant art.

5. My neighbor’s trees in the fall. I get to enjoy their brilliant orange leaves filling the view from my windows every year.

6. Waterfalls. So beautiful and calming.

7. Mountains. So majestic filling the sky.

8. Animals like dogs, cats, and horses that are such good companions.

9. The warmth of a fire. Inside or out.

10. Living in a free country. For me it’s the USA. What is yours?

11. Good friends old and new. I remember the jingle we sang in elementary school. “Make new friends and keep the old. Some are silver and the others gold.”

12. Living in an era in which there are lot’s of cool things to enjoy.

13. Laughter. Gotta have it; don’t forget that Jesus laughed.

14. Music. It can thrill the soul and stir the heart

15. Smiles. They make YOU smile for other people to smile, and so on…

16. God’s Word and coffee early in the mornings. What better way to start your day?

17. Sunrises.They remind me of God’s grace and mercy, new every morning.

18. Sunsets. Oh, the beauty!

19. Youth. Being around them makes you feel young.

20. The myriad foods we enjoy. Aren’t you glad we don’t eat grass?

21. Transportation we enjoy. So we can see the splendor of God’s creation.

22. Missionaries.They remind us of God’s love for all.

23. Prayer. Our conversations with God (listen to Him speak to you, too).

24. God’s Holy Spirit. He comes the moment we are saved and never leaves.

25. A congregation of Christian believers to worship with. Some don’t have this and yearn for it.

There are so many “little things” to list! I could go on and on (and almost did).

In Proverbs 30:24-28, we are reminded of little things whose accomplishments are great, though very small. These “little” or “forgotten” “odds and ends” remind us of the myriad blessings we have if only we would take the time to stop, look,and listen.

Have I left anything off the list that perhaps came to your mind as you were reading?

If so, please add to it in the comments here. Let’s see how many “uncommon” things we can be thankful for this year!

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About Brenda McGraw

Brenda McGraw is the founder of Ask God Today Ministries where a team of writers share hope and truth with others. She has a God-given dream to reach the masses with the gospel of Christ. Brenda is an author and speaker who reveals how to discover joy beyond the clutter of life. She draws from her own life experiences in the #1 Amazon Best seller,“Joy Beyond, 28 Days to Finding Joy Beyond the Clutter of Life”. She has two new books released. Finished, Top Ten Steps to Finish Writing a Book and Living Uncluttered, An Abundant Life Bible Study. Brenda lives in South Carolina with her husband, Jeff and one of their five children. She is a survivor of breast cancer and a heart attack. Despite the challenges she has endured, Brenda found peace through her relationship with Jesus Christ.
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