A Thankful Heart Is A Happy Heart

First I want to thank all of you wonderful, caring bloggy friends for all of the well wishes and prayers. It means so much to have such wonderful friends. You are all a blessing. I hope your week has been lovely thus far! Mine has been a busy one, playing “catch up,” from all of those sick days. Who knew a kidney stone could wreak such havoc on an otherwise fairly orderly life. I am just now digging out from under the Mount Everest called laundry, the valley of dirty dishes and an ocean of emails.

I am feeling much, much better and fully mended. With the exception of  being overly exhausted, I have turned a corner. We started our homeschooling this week. My youngest son is in fourth grade and my middle son is in eleventh! I am also endeavoring to teach my little two year old…soon to be three her colors, numbers and ABC’s. Life is busy but also lots of fun. =)

During my recovery, while I rested, I enjoyed my quiet time with God so much.  I enjoyed reading in the first book of Thessalonians. It is a wonderful book filled with so many lessons for my heart. Paul wrote often of being thankful to God for people and experiences, his love, growth, faith, etc.
I love that verse  I. Thess. 1:2, where Paul is expressing his thankfulness for the church of the Thessalonians.
“We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;” I also especially love that verse in Chapter 5:18. “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

I contemplated about being thankful, even in the worst of circumstances. I wondered just how many times in a day, I forget to be thankful & appreciative of all of God’s care and goodness.  Remembering that God is weaving and working together all things together for His good. I remembered a little elderly lady I had read about. She was being placed in a nursing home for the remainder of her life. Upon settling into her new room, she began to tell anyone who would listen, what a wonderful place her room was. No one could understand her thankful heart. How could she be thankful, when she was being ‘put away.’ She told them, that happiness was not the product of circumstance but a state of mind. She said she had made up her mind to happy and thankful no matter what. What a marvelous example this dear lady was of how powerful it is to count our blessings!

I thought of how often, I rush right into prayer without first thanking God for the blessings in my life. How often, I forget that my prayers can and should be like a thank you note to God.

A thankful heart is a happy heart. A happy heart is one that shines forth the light of God into the lives of others. I want to be more faithful about counting my blessings.

I want to be both thankful in the sunshine as well as the rain. It is our duty to live a life of praise…to live thankfully…to have a thankful spirit. Like that familiar quote of Charles Spurgeon says “Remember the good of God in the frost of adversity.” In Proverbs it mentions that the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord.  I want my intentions to be pure, my heart to be thankful and to radiate the love of God to others.

While going through the recovery process, from this recent kidney stone…I counted my blessings. Many of which I often take for granted. A family, who is looking out for my well being. Parents who so willingly help out with my little ones…who cook meals…drive me to appointments. A husband who is ever supportive, loving and helpful with the children and the household. One who provides food for our table, a shelter over our heads and so many other things, too numerous to mention. Children who are so loving and dear to me. The valuable medical care that is at our fingertips anytime our bodies falter and fail. The wonderful medical insurance that we have, I know so many who do not have that blessing. I feel so humbled by the abundance of my life. The sheer beauty of it. The lovely days, that turn into weeks, months and years of plenty.

I want to have a thankful heart. Like that well known saying goes…to “Hem my blessings with thankfulness, so that they do not unravel.”

Blessings and Lots of Sunshine,
Valerie


14 Responses to A Thankful Heart Is A Happy Heart

  1. Hi Valerie, I'm glad to hear that you are feeling better. So sorry to hear about your kidney stone situation. I went through that about 4 years ago and it was horrible! Good luck with the housework and homeschooling. Just take one day at a time! Thanks for stopping by and feel better.
    Julie

  2. So glad you are feeling better! Sounds like it's a good thing too since you are now busy with home schooling :o)

    Tania

  3. Hi Valerie: So glad you are doing well. My daughter had a kidney stone and it was awful. Have a great school year. Blessings, Martha

  4. I'm so glad you are feeling better! And I'm with you on gratitude and thankfulness in all things. Well, maybe not in ALL the things ;-).

    Darling knitting corgi! Is that in your shop?

  5. Stephanie says:

    Hello, my friend! It sound like even though you went through a lot the Lord used that time to strengthen your walk with Him 🙂

    I am glad you are doing better and you continue to be in my prayers. Hugs to you!

  6. Susan says:

    Hello Valerie…Oh, darling illustrations today and great thoughts, too.

    An attitude of gratitude, I have found, is a key to a happy heart. You are so right that we have SOOOOO much to be thankful for.

    So glad, too, that you are all better. That was the best news of all and filled my heart with gratitude. Susan

  7. Valerie says:

    Dear Julie,
    Thank you so much! Yes, I am so happy to be "over" that kidney stone attack, they are no fun. If you have been through one then I'm sure you know what I mean. I really enjoy visiting with you on your blog.
    Blessings,

    Valerie

  8. Valerie says:

    Dear Tania,
    Thank you for the well wishes. Yes, I am SO much better and it is a good thing because the homeschooling truly keeps me hopping.
    Blessings,

    Valerie

  9. Valerie says:

    Dear Sheeplady,
    I know exactly what you mean about "all" things. LOL It is very difficult to be thankful for a kidney stone or anything of the like. 😉
    Yes, the knitting corgi is now available as a print in my Ebay shop. Just look for me under the seller name Lucybug30
    I hope to have some more prints added to my Etsy shop soon! Just not enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do. I really enjoy visiting with you on your blog. Blessings, Valerie

  10. Valerie says:

    Dear sweet friend,
    Yes, the Lord is so good to me. I am feeling so much better. =) Thank you so much for the well wishes and prayers.
    Blessings, Valerie

  11. Valerie says:

    Dear Sweet Susan,
    Thank you so much for your kind thoughts. =) I am happy to be feeling better. God is good. =)
    Blessings, Valerie

  12. Valerie says:

    Dear Martha,
    Thank you so much! Yes, kidney stones are a nightmare to be sure. Glad it is over! So sorry your daughter had to endure it as well! Blessings, Valerie

  13. Hi Valerie,
    Glad to hear that you are back to yourself again!!
    It is so true about a thankful heart, it leaves little room for complaints! ;-D
    Your sweet illustrations go so well with your words of wisdom!
    It is great that you are home schooling!
    Many Blessings, Linnie

  14. Valerie says:

    Dear Linnie,
    Thank you so much, it warms my heart to have friends like you! Blessings,
    Valerie

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