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31 Days: Gratitude on Purpose – There is Always Something to be Thankful For.


Days 8 & 9 Combined

Thankful … sometimes we have a hard time feeling thankful for things because the circumstances are not optimum.

This morning I woke up, after a day of not “feeling” right/good, in which I didn’t do my usual routine. A change of season cold has been traversing the household and while I refuse illness things are what they are. So to say the least things were not Optimum.

But ….


This 31 Days of Writing has evolved into a Focus on God and His things … where I thought I would be focusing on a few of my favorite scriptures He, Father God, has had me on a quest of gratitude for things that don’t always evoke thankfulness in us.

My day to day is in transition. My adult children are living their adult lives, finally, without my interference and this feels as though I am no longer needed. This doesn’t evoke gratitude in me … but I find I can be thankful that they are independent and successful, something I’ve always wanted for them, what mother doesn’t right? Yet I had a vision of what that independence and success looked like, and I was apart of it, and frankly that cannot be.

I find that I am thankful that God is showing me the wholeness of these things. I don’t necessarily like what I see, having your eyes opened wide to what God’s doing is not always a comfortable thing … thus this warning: Be careful what you ask for … God will open the doors and windows and show you upon request!

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you fathers, if your son asks fora fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” – Luke 11:9-13

This scripture is such a comfort … we can ask and God will provide what we are seeking, providing it is something within His will.

In it I can be thankful that if I ask for something that is outside of His will it will be refused. There is this saying that …

Not all good things are good for you.

So I am seeking God in all things … in thankfulness I praise Him for all I am and have. I am thanking Him for things like my day yesterday where I just rested and prayed, and it made that day productive. While I sat around and felt not quite great, each time I thought of something I found a way to thank God for that thing, good or bad.

I see this new routine improving my productivity, relationships and just my day to day.

I see this Gratitude on Purpose becoming a rote in my life as praying in tongues. Something I do purposely throughout my day without necessarily thinking about it. Really, it would be the Holy Spirit causing me to see the reason for my gratitude and just thanking God right then and there for things and people.

I will not quench the Spirit.

Rejoice always,pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19

This scripture says it so much better than I did … it is the essence of what I am trying to say and for that I am thankful. 🙂


Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

2 thoughts on “31 Days: Gratitude on Purpose – There is Always Something to be Thankful For.

  1. You know, we’re supposed to thank God all times – for all things. And sometimes we don’t feel very grateful or thankful. And yet, as God’s children, we are to thank Him all the time and to thank Him for everything. Ephesians 5:20 says, “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” When he says giving thanks always for all things, that makes it a little difficult. That brings up some real questions. There are some very bad things that happen to a child of God. Sickness, sorrow, disappointment, death, divorce, abuse, murder, rape, and mayhem. Why does God allow these things, and how can we possibly give God thanks always and for all things?

    • Gold Price,
      Thanks for reading my post, your time is a blessing to me.
      That is a very hard question, one no one can answer for another, and yet I still thank Him for all things. As a child of God, in whose life many of these examples have occurred – except maybe the mayhem, I lean on faith here … I thank Him for the tragedies in my life trusting that He has a plan, because in the midst of things I don’t have a plan! I don’t have control over some of the things that happened to me and there was no way for me to control them. By faith I had to trust that when I survived certain circumstances that there was a bigger picture and a higher power orchestrating my life events. It relieved me of the responsibility of having to figure out why He “allows” certain things to play out. To be fair, I didn’t always think in these terms but my tenacious spirit and perseverance (which He built into me) kept me standing while I built that faith.
      I thank Him that my words were able to cause you to think and you obviously know the Word … so I encourage you to stand … when you’ve done everything you know to do keep standing on that faith!

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