“A grateful heart sees each day as a gift. Thankful people focus less on what they lack and more on the privileges they have.” Max Lucado


My mother turned 87 on Tuesday. She is an amazing ball of energy and grace. Her attitude is one of exuberant joy and contagious optimism. I think that her secret is her incredible thankfulness. She is quick to tell you how grateful she is for her good health. She readily acknowledges that her energy is good and that God has blessed her with great family, friends, and an overall sense of well-being. She runs circles around me with all that she can accomplish in a day, and I am often surprised at her stamina. I can’t help but wonder if God just continues to give her that for which she is grateful?  My step-dad, Reggie, also has a generous heart and echo’s my mom’s sentiments whenever he joins in the conversation.  He is another person that lives out his gratitude.


In this season of Thanksgiving, it’s a great time to pause and count our blessings. It is a wonderful time to give thanks for our families, particularly our loved ones.

It is also a time to thank God for our struggles. I did that today. I thanked God for a particular struggle because I know that it is pushing me toward His grace and my own growth as a human, and as a believer. It isn’t easy to thank God for the hard stuff, but we can thank Him that his promise to “work all things together for good” (Rom 8:28) is true.

This next week or two, let’s focus more on what we have than what we lack. Let’s really be intentionally grateful and reflect God’s goodness and grace to those around us. That is true Thanksgiving!

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Jane Ann bio Jane Ann Simon is an interior designer and the Creative Writing team leader for CTK.