Over these days around Thanksgiving I want to do a series called Grateful, Thankful, and Blessed. I have to be honest I had to do some searching in the dictionary to be able to describe to you all the difference between these three words. I will go into each definition more each day. With that being said, today I am describing to you why I am grateful.
Gratefulness is a feeling of gratitude associated with something someone has done for you, it is overwhelming appreciation for that person and their actions. When I think about this definition I begin to realize the wonderful people I have in my life and the wonderful things they do for me and our relationship.
This semester one of my goals was to find a true community and let me tell you that is so difficult. I have dealt with friendships becoming more distant, some just being momentary, and others digging deeper. I am so grateful for each and every one of those people, because each one taught me something and brought me closer to Jesus.
I have so much gratitude for those people in my life who loved me in my brokenness and hardships, those people I know will always be a part of my life. I have gratitude for those people who pushed me to dig deeper, to ask more questions, and draw closer to Jesus. That is the reason behind relationships and community to point to Jesus.
I am grateful for my small group, getting coffee, laughter, deep conversations, the fullness in my heart and the love I feel from that. Jesus has brought people into my life to show me small glimpses of His truly immeasurable love for me.
“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe”-Hebrews 12:28
“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” —Henri Frederic Amiel
“The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.” —Charles Schwab
“None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.” —Fred De Witt Van Amburgh
“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” —Zig Ziglar