Monday, November 22, 2010

Week of Thankfulness

It drives my hubby nuts, but I like to save things on my computer's "desktop." So it is littered with "funny safety tips" and "dining deals master list," and many more wonderful things that I know I will use at some later date. My favorite thing on my desktop (besides the crazy pic of our family being silly at the beach) is the one titled "Read This Once A Day!" That title is mine; the real title for this wonderful blogger's post is "10 Point Manifesto for Joyful Mothering," and my mothering definitely benefits when I do read it once a day! I could write of how I can't read this manifesto without weeping, or how each and every one of the 10 points spears my heart with hope and desire, but instead, today's post is to focus on thankfulness, so I'll pick out only #4:
"Today, when stress mounts, I pray to dismount it with gratitude. My stress management plan will be intervention with verbal thanks. I can only feel one feeling at a time, and I choose to give thanks at all times. Fight feeling with feeling!"
This, my friends, is so true! I remember hearing a radio program about that funny story in the Bible of a man clearing the demons out of his house and cleaning the house only to have seven more demons move in. It's a strange story and I had never understood it before that radio program that explained that if you want to get rid of a bad things (habits, thoughts, emotions), the only way is to replace them with the good--otherwise, "7" more bad things will just move in!
So this week I'll just be talking about the things for which I'm thankful! There are so many! Here's a few to start the week off with!
1. I am so thankful for abundant life! And I'm thankful too for the fact that even with my large imagination, His thoughts are always infinitely higher than mine!
2. These four people hold the strings to my heart. I am so thankful for them!
3. I am thankful for our peaceful, beautiful home.
view from a street near our house
4. I am thankful for the beauty of the place where we live. 
5. I am so thankful for friends and neighbors and extended family. The more I grow in faith (I'm talking like growing from a toddler to a child here!) the more I realize how very important these relationships are.
And, I've never done this before, but if you're interested in being thankful with me this week, how 'bout linking up your post? I'll post the same linky every day and you can link up with it as many times as you want! Visit others' thankfulness posts to rejoice with them! And please, link back in some way to Of Such is the Kingdom. Have fun and be thankful!


  1. Just wanted to let you know I'm planning on writing a thankful post and linking up. :) Thanks for letting me know about the linky!

  2. I saw your tweet, and having just written a post Friday (of an unusual thankful sort) I thought I'd link up.
    Where you live is definitely beautiful - it looks like where I live! :-)

  3. Thanks for the invite! Love your post and I LOVE that manifest too. I used to have it on my fridge, but now the "resident artist" has overtaken it with her "portraits". Gotta find it, quick!

  4. Yay, joining in! I love this! The place that you live is breathtakingly beautiful. I would be very thankful for that, too...

  5. Thanks for the invitation to link up! You live in a gorgeous place.
    This is such a lovely time of year. I enjoy hearing all of the thankfulness in the blogosphere. :)