Thankfulness ...no matter what

Happy Sunday, everyone!  Today is my Joy Note #3:  Thankfulness…no matter what.

Joy Notes are my way of encouraging those of you who struggle with joy.  I want you to enter 2022 with hope, joy and a smile….no matter what.

I completely agree with the quote above….thankfulness is the quickest way to joy...and the Sunday before Thanksgiving is the perfect time to focus on it.

Thankfulness no matter what

Sadly, I grew up in a household that did not practice counting our blessings or contentment.

The best example I can give were our Sunday afternoon drives.

After church and lunch of whatever my mother left cooking in the oven while at church, my father would load us up for a Sunday afternoon drive.

That might sound nice, but it always went awry.

We would drive the wealthiest neighborhoods in the city and my parents would comment on the beauty of the homes and what they coveted.

My father inevitably would say, “That is where I would live if I wasn’t strapped with these kids.”

Once home, they would be in awful moods…grumbling over our meager means…and lamenting all that we did not have.

The mood would be a gloomy, even angry, one until the Wonderful World of Disney was turned on at 6:00, and grilled cheese sandwiches were served with soup.

Thankfulness no matter what

It would be years before I climbed out of doom and gloom.  I was hungry for joy.

I have never been wealthy like the families who owned those houses, but I have been wealthy with blessings of my own family.

I learned through my own faith that I could have joy no matter what was happening around me or even to me.

It means you learn to be grateful for what really matters and not regret the loss of the material things.  

I learned around age thirty to make lemons out of lemonade and even enjoy doing it!  I also learned to forgive and show grace…and ask for grace when I need to.

Those are all important for thankfulness and joy.

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Just before I sat down to write this post, something happened that made me deeply sad.

Then I opened my computer to see my oldest grandson’s THANKFUL HAND….I love it and am so blessed to be on his hand (Gigi).

He filled my joy jar in just that moment.  I still get sad and have disappointments, but underneath it all is a well of joy that continues to flow.

I protect that joy and no longer give anyone the right to take it away.  Life is just too short to allow anyone to do that.

Discontentment…anger…unforgiveness…and fear can rob us of joy and our health.  Use thankfulness as a way to put them behind you.

When I begin to have regrets, I look for something that will pull me back to this moment, today.  Like his little hand. I have so much to be thankful for. 

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Of course, one of the best ways to allow thankfulness to feed your joy is to say THANK YOU to others.

When you bless others, those blessings come right back at you!

No matter who it is… take time this holiday season to say THANK YOU!  Look for people around you who need it.

Your joy will grow as a result of it…..(I shared some ideas in Joy Note #2)

Thankfulness no matter what

My JOY grows immensely when I open my blog each day and read comments and encouragement from you….I AM SO THANKFUL FOR THE READERS AND FRIENDS I HAVE HERE.

I hope you know how much I value your support!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Joy Notes goes for five more Sundays through the end of the year…I hope it blesses you and others.

Joy Note #1

Joy Note #2

Have a fabulous Sunday…I will be here every day this week as I also prepare to host my Texas Thanksgiving….and I hope all of you will

KEEP SMILING…no matter what!

By Pamela Lutrell

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