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Monday, September 29, 2014

52 Things to be Grateful for Today

I think the title of this post is pretty self-explanatory.

I figure who can't use a bit more gratitude? After all, as Thomas Monson has said:

"This is a wonderful time to be living here on earth. Our opportunities are limitless. While there are some things wrong in the world today, there are many things right, such as teachers who teach, ministers who minister, marriages that make it, parents who sacrifice, and friends who help.

"We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude. If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues."

Here you, 52 things to be grateful for today.
  1. The fact you are alive
  2. Your husband or wife
  3. Your family
  4. Friends
  5. Pets
  6. Education
  7. Zippers
  8. Velcro 
  9. Pockets (have you ever imagined life without pockets? Dreadful)
  10. Animals
  11. Food to eat
  12. Employment
  13. Internet access
  14. Being able to read Uplifting Love
  15. The beautiful colors of autumn
  16. Watches and clocks
  17. Microwaves
  18. Indoor plumbing
  19. Belts
  20. The combustion engine and your car
  21. Shelter, a home
  22. Religion, our faith (whatever it may be)
  23. Socks
  24. Umbrellas
  25. Books and libraries
  26. Ballpoint pens
  27. Sewing machines
  28. Bread maker
  29. Rice cooker
  30. Sunrises
  31. Ice cream (it truly is heavenly!)
  32. Rainbows
  33. Cell phones, smart phones especially
  34. Post It notes
  35. Recliners and rocking chairs
  36. To be able to see, smell, hear, touch, and taste
  37. Television and movies
  38. Health
  39. Hugs
  40. Electricity
  41. Mechanical pencils and dry erase markers
  42. Mechanics, dentists, doctors, accountants (notice lawyers are not on this list)
  43. S'mores
  44. German chocolate cake
  45. Mountains, rivers, lakes, and streams
  46. Sunsets
  47. Rain
  48. Board games
  49. The radio
  50. Shoe laces
  51. Kisses on the cheek
  52. Popcorn
I challenge you to come up with ten more things, that aren't on my list, and share them in the comments.

By the way, I'm grateful for you and that you're reading what I share. Thank you!

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  1. I can't refuse a challenge. So here it goes: Moonlight, Zip Lock Baggies, Mail Carriers, Full Cupboards, Flowers, Swimming Pools, Crayons, Paper, Scissors, I have all my teeth. :)

    1. Awesome Darlene! I especially like "I have all my teeth." :)

  2. Here's my list, flip flops, holidays, ceiling fans, heat, coffee, water, ATM, beaches, chocolate, my hair and my health. I really had to think about this. Thanks

    1. My wife would totally agree with the flip flops. She's a flip-flop-aholic!

  3. I'm here from SDG! ten things I'm grateful for...grapes! grandkids! boots! fall colors! candlelight! bubble baths! crockpot soup! flannel pj pants and a soft sweat shirt! my favorite knit hat! my old moccasin slippers!

    1. Moccasin slippers are the best. My father-in-law has this pair that he's worn for ages now. They never seem to wear out. Thanks for sharing Elizabeth!

  4. I am grateful for EVERYTHING!! I am grateful for God's continued out-pouring of HIS love & Grace! I am also grateful for HIS son, Jesus for making the ultimate sacrifice so that we would all have a second chance for everlasting life - THANK YOU LORD!!

  5. Lovely post! My ten?
    1. cats
    2. raindrops on windowpanes
    3. the sun breaking the eastern sky each morning
    4. the quiet breathing on my sleeping children
    5. library books
    6. tea
    7. watching the cotton fields surrounding our house throughout the year as they sprout, grow, bloom, produce cotton, and are harvested.
    8. happy hour at Sonic
    9. salad
    10. getting to the bottom of the clean sock pile and having no unmatched socks

    Thank you for sharing with us at Wake Up Wednesday, and for the reminder to be thankful for all the amazing things in life that God has given us!

    1. My wife burst into laughter when she read your number 10. She totally agrees with you! Thank you Karen for making her laugh!!

  6. In addition to so many of those already listed:
    Contact lenses
    Quiet, foggy mornings
    Cold milk
    Freedom of information
    Pumpkin patches
    The ocean
    Having a great job
    The truly wonderful people that my sons and daughters have married!

    1. Speaking on behalf of those that have married your daughters, we thank YOU for letting us! They are amazing women!

  7. What a great list and great reminders...amazing what a grateful heart does for our attitude! Today I am grateful for my family, my home, pumpkin spice lattes, autumn leaves and the crispness in the air, laughter (especially my children's), quality time with my spouse (which is rare but wonderful), being able to be a sahm, candles, Trace Bundy music, and Jesus' all-in love for me. :)

    1. I love pumpkin too Summer! There is this ice cream place nearby that makes a few seasonal flavors at various times of the year. My favorite is pumpkin pie. I've been so excited the last couple of weeks because it's back for this year!! Go pumpkin flavor!!

  8. Fall leaves turning beautiful colors, hot coffee to start the morning, hot tea to end the day, my warm comfortable bed, cool crisp air, a warm fire in the wood stove, a silly husband who loves me, the joy of writing, the time to encourage others, and Jesus Christ who died for my sins. Oh, and for this post! Thanks for sharing, Tyson. ~Heather @ My Overflowing Cup

    1. I love the fall leaves too Heather! That's a great one. Happy autumn!

  9. I say a BIG Amen to your list. Thanks for sharing with us here at "Tell Me a Story."

    1. Thank you for stopping by Hazel! And thank you for hosting the link up!

  10. Thankful for the thankful challenge :) I am most grateful of the saving relationship I have with Jesus. I'm thankful that to His grace there is no end.
    Gratefulness is such a wonderful practice/discipline!

    1. Agreed Lisa. I believe gratitude makes our hearts more receptive to feelings of love and kindness than anything else. And those are definitely two Christlike attributes! Thanks for stopping by!


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