This year’s Thanksgiving post is going to be a little different to the norm for me, in more ways than one.
Of course I’m thankful for my salvation, family, friends, home etc etc but today I want to focus on something else.
I am TERRIBLE at recognizing my own achievements, which means I’m terrible at recognizing and therefore being thankful for the gifts that God has given me and the things he has done for me.
Today therefore, I am going to step way outside of my comfort zone and list some of the things that God has done for me and through me this year. Please believe, I’m not trying to be arrogant I just want to acknowledge what God has been doing. To God be the Glory!
- I am very thankful that I started using twitter in April – and that I have met so many wonderful friends through it.
- I’m thankful that I already have 500 followers, at least ten of which are actual, real people.
- I’m thankful for every time someone tweets one of my blog posts. It’s a great honor and encouragement.
- I’m thankful that Bridget and I started the One Word at a Time Blog Carnival and that it is going so well – I’m thankful for everyone who gets involved.
- I’m thankful for all of my customers in my web hosting business. I have the BEST customers!
- I’m thankful that my parents and grandmother helped me travel over to my cousin Kara’s wedding. I’m so glad I didn’t miss it.
- I’m thankful that Gary Boal, Katdish and Kevin Martineau allowed me to be a guest blogger on their sites.
- I’m very thankful that I got my first rejection letter from a literary agent. Kelly Mortimer rejected my manuscript and made me feel like I am truly on the path. People always say that you’re likely to get lots of rejections before you get accepted!
- I’m thankful for every person who has written a guest post for my site! You all rock and you honor me by being willing to write for me!
- I’m thankful that Katdish asked me to help her develop Billy Coffey’s new website and that she made it look so good! It was one of the best experiences of the year to be a part of that.
- I wrote two books for my kids. They still need LOTS of editing but it’s a great start!
- A story I wrote got accepted for Hurray God!!!!!
- The second-best day of the year so far was when I got an email from Michael Hyatt telling me my guest blog post submission had been accepted. I was literally bouncing up and down!
- The best day of the year was when that post went live. It was such an honor to be able to guest blog for him and I was overwhelmed by all of the comments I received that day.
- My greatest accomplishment though is that I and my kids have become friends with several homeless people here in town – and my kids LOVE going out to take food to them. It is the greatest honor that these wonderful people would call us their friends!
What are you thankful for that maybe you sometimes forget to thank God for?
19 Reply to “I'm thankful for….”
First of all, let me say, this was an excellent post. A great writer makes the reader think & feel. You have done both. I too shy away from discussing personal acheivements for fear of sounding haughty. Seems I am a theif when doing so as I rob God of the glory & steal on opportunity for another person to find hope from my testimony–just as you have done for me with this post.
I have a tendency to thank God for the things He brings me through. I’m less likely to acknowledge or feel grateful for the things He spares me from altogether. For instance chronic illness has caused my to be hospitalized for several hundred days over the last decade. While reading your post I remembered I have not been hospitalized once this year. That’s huge!
Thanks for sharing & for the humility you constantly reflect.
Thank you, Melinda, for such a sweet compliment.
I am grateful for your friendship, Peter. You are so encouraging. And of course the accent. I love the accent. May you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving.
I'm thankful that God blessed me with the accent and then landed me over here!
i choose to be unthankful far more than i realize, i am sure.
I'm the same!
Let's both be more thankful this coming year!
Peter, I did not realize we both started Twitter in April.
I love your encouragement and appreciate your friendship.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
You started in April too? Wow.
And look…. you've got twice the number of followers I've got!
I am thankful for laughter, and friends to share laughter and tears with…Thankyou for being one of those friends!
Happy thanksgiving, Helen. I appreciate you!
All wonderful things to be thankful for! You are a wonderful blessing and encouragement, which is why I'll forgive you for not being thankful for me. 🙂
You were mentioned under the first point… just not by name.
I thought it went without saying 🙂
We met before twitter. It was a nice try though! You know I’m only teasing you. 🙂
I am SO thankful for all your work on the website. Thanks so much for your technical skills and for putting up with my demanding, picky self.
I honestly think it's one of the author websites I've ever seen. We couldn't have done it without you.
It's amusing that you left the adjective out there: "I honestly think it's one of the author websites I've ever seen."
one of the BEST? WORST? GROOVIEST? NEWEST? author websites?
I'll take my pick which one I think you meant to put in there!
Great post … remembering the good things of the past is a great way to be filled with gratitude for the moment and provides hope for the future.