This week I was a pretty pitiful human being. I had a bacterial infection from food poisoning, and it was not fun in the least! I am happy to spare you the details, but let me just say this : I never want to take my day to day, normal, healthy life for granted. It is such a beautiful thing. Nothing makes you more thankful for your health than being sick.

A theme that the Lord has been teaching me lately is one of gratitude. I read 1000 Gifts last year, and it has influenced how I view the small things, the “dailies.” For Christmas, Callie gave me a Thankfulness journal, and I am fill it daily. Each morning when I wake up, I write down 3 things I’m thankful for. Some of my “thankfuls” lately:

– Eating guacamole with Will
– Cast iron skillets
– Peach tea
– Knockout roses
– Waking up early without an alarm
– Pilates
– Getting into clean sheets
– Baths during a fever
– Rainy mornings 

While I could have complained nonstop about the way I felt this week, and while I could have had a terrible attitude, the Lord kept giving me a sense of peace and grattitude while sick. I really believe the Contentment Challenge has helped with that. Paul said it himself :

“Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.  I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.  For I can do everything through Christ,  who gives me strength.” Phil 4:11-13

I kept thinking to myself:

I’m so thankful to have this warm bed
I’m grateful to be at home
Thank you Lord that I’m married, that I have a husband who cares for me like Will does
I’m so thankful for this warm tea
Thank you Lord that I will be well in time for this weekend’s wedding
I’m so thankful for this country – for healthy foods and medicine within arm’s reach
I’m thankful for mindless TV shows like the Amazing Race that allows me to zone out and rest!
(Ha! I never watch TV!)

So, friends, what are you thankful for today? I love the quote I’ve shared : Gratitude turns what you have into enough. Can I get an amen! How perfect is that for this Challenge?

What do you have, right now, that you are grateful for today? Comment away!

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What a beautiful attitude. I’m glad to hear you are feeling better.
I’m thankful for…
my dog Colby
my boyfriend that loves me and cares for me
for God blessing me everyday
for tuna salad
for the weekend that is here
for having a roof and yummy healthy food
for your inspirational goals posts – I’m starting to post my goals on May 1st thanks to you :)
Have a great time at the wedding and hope you feel 100%.

Grateful that my husband was safe last week and back from his business trip last night. Grateful for my body that takes me where I need to go and allows me to do so much. Grateful for mistakes that show and challenge me to lift my game in my personal and professional life. Grateful for our dog who teaches me a million simple things every day.
You are right Nancy – I was sick for two weeks with a cough/cold and it’s so easy to forget what it feels like to be well. Something as simple as breathing through my nose is amazing!! :) Hope you’re wedding goes well this weekend.

Nancy, I hope you’re feeling better! I had a little stomach bug this week, and like you, am so thankful for where we live and all that is available to help us be healthy.

Going all the journey of your contentment challenge has been wonderful this month! I’ve cleared out the physical clutter in our house and it’s really brought so much joy to know that those items are going to help so many people. So thankful that I’m able to help other! Thank you for the inspiration!

I totally love the Amazing Race, too. Chris and I started it recently from the beginning (thanks, Hulu Plus!) and we’re hooked!

I am thankful for catching up… things are slow for us right now after several months of sheer craziness–multiple moves, a shady landlord, money worries and health issues. Slowing down and getting our feet back under us again is such a wonderful, liberating feeling… I honestly never felt like a time like this would ever get here! And the weather is warming up, which makes me a happy camper! :)

I’m so glad you are feeling better! Awhile ago I would write 3 things that I am thankful for, and I love going back to look at them. Within the last 2 months, my husband and I have being writing our “3 things” about once a week. I love doing it with him, too!

This is so sweet! At the moment I’m beyond thankful that I’m studying abroad in London, and that the weather has been so beautiful the past few days!

Last year I started a list of everyday things that made me happy. It had little things from getting a handwritten note, to waking up to the sun shining through my blinds, to my grandpa’s hugs. Even when I’m having a bad day I can look at that list (which is more than a few pages long now) and think of all the small things that can make me so happy!

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