I recently graduated and completed a Masters in Professional Counseling. It was an intense two-year program, which also included an internship in the last year. It was one of the best seasons of my life and also very busy. Now that I am winding down from my intense schedule, I currently have some extra time on my hands. At first I felt somewhat disoriented but now I am thankful for this time.
Time is precious because we can never get it back. Therefore, I am thankful to have this extra time and I plan to use it wisely. I am thankful that this time has allowed me to spend precious moments with my family when they came to visit for my graduation. I am thankful this time allows me to catch my breath and enjoy the moment. I am thankful this time allows me to refill my tank with God’s word and soak in His presence and love. I am thankful this time permits me to focus on supporting and helping others.
I am thankful that this time allows me to sit by the river and enjoy the natural beauty of God’s creation. I am thankful for the time that allows me to reflect on the past two years and adjust my goals and focus. I am thankful that I have the time to read the books that I want to read. I am thankful for the time I have to gather my thoughts, ideas, creativity and further develop myself as a counselor and prepare myself for the clients I will see.
Time is truly a gift and precious. I pray and hope that you also, continually cherish the valuable moments, your time, and the time of others because there is beauty and enjoyment in the time we have now.
Over the last two days people have opened their heart and lives to me. My friends have shared their pain, joy and deepest fears. As a counseling intern I am exposed to the challenges of my client’s lives. I am thankful for the privilege to see into the lives of others and walk alongside them. I do not take this privilege for granted and I never what to take it for granted. Thankfully I have friends and family who will let me know if I am becoming ungrateful or prideful.
I thankful for the gift God has given me to counsel and listen to the heart of others. I thankful that He trust’s me to fulfill this role. I am thankful for the opportunity to pay it forward and speak into the lives of others the same way people have spoken into my own life and supported me. I am thankful for the wisdom God has given me to listen, be present in the life of another, speak encouraging works, or ask probing questions that help people with their challenges and/or give encouragement.
I am thankful for the joy I experience sharing other people’s joy. I am thankful for ability to be moved by compassion to help someone other than myself. Life is not about what I can get from others but the love I can give to others. I am thankful to know that family, friends, clients, and sometimes strangers trust me with their life, that says a lot about the love of God that flows through me.
I challenge you to think about the lives you have helped and the people who have opened their hearts to you. This really is a privilege not to be taken lightly. It says a lot about your character, even when you may have thought otherwise. There are times when we may think, why is this person telling me their whole life story, I know I have thought this. However, it may be because you have the wisdom, insight , patience and gift to listen and help others. These past two days have reminded me of my gift to be with people during their suffering and celebrate with them during their achievements. Whatever the situation I am thankful.
I thankful for the power of encouraging, life-giving words. The saying goes “sticks and stones will break your bones but words will never hurt you,” that is a lie. We remember hurtful words and we remember kind words, yet the hurtful words often over power the kind words. There are gifted people in this world today, walking around believing they are worthless, not good enough, or a failure. On the other hand, there are gifted people walking around knowing that they are loved, worthy, and significant, because of the words spoken to them and what they chose to believe.
I am thankful for encouraging words, and quotes that encourage people to overcome the lies they have been told. I thankful for people who have overcome emotional pain and written books to inspire others. I love to encourage others and I thankful for this gift. I thankful to see the face of a person light up when I give them words of encouragement or tell them how beautiful they are. I love to see a person’s demeanor soften when kind words are spoken to them. As weird as it might sound, I love to see the tears fall from a person who hears words of love for the first time because their tears mean they realize they have finally been accepted.
I thankful for websites like Pintrest where you can find thousand upon thousands of encouraging words. I thankful when I look through my Facebook or Instagram feed in the morning and people are praying for an amazing day or sharing inspiring quotes.
However, most importantly I am thankful for the Word of God, the Bible. That is life-giving to me. As a daughter of God I am reminded of His promises, His enduring love, His, protection, His guidance, His wisdom, and his special love for me. God’s word keeps me and for that I am thankful.
In 2014 I challenged myself and some work colleagues to make a note of the things we were thankful for and share it on Facebook. For 30 days, in a row, my friends and I shared our gratitude with our personal communities and the outcome was amazing. I became more joyful, less anxious, more accepting of others, and my eyes became open to the blessings I have had throughout my life. The most surprising outcome was the impact it had on other people. Various people thanked me for sharing my posts on Facebook, some even started their own gratitude list. My colleagues also received similar feedback and personal feelings of joy.
It is apparent that being thankful and displaying your gratitude generates joy and contentment. As result, I have decided to share my gratitude with you, each week. I hope you enjoy this experience and that it creates an attitude of gratitude within you.
As human beings we are created to connect through healthy relationships. I am thankful for friends that I am connected with in a healthy way. I am thankful for my great friendships in both London (my first home) and Atlanta (my second home). I am thankful that my friends love me for who I am not who they want me to be. I am thankful that I have friends who I can be vulnerable with, without fear of judgement. I am thankful for the support, encouragement, quality time, gifts, smiles, words of wisdom, listening ear, voice of reason, and honesty I receive from my friends. I am thankful for the power of great friendships. I am thankful my friendships have helped shape me into the beautiful amazing woman I am today.
I am a woman who is thankful that I know and experience the value of true friendship.