Can thankfulness really be commanded

I checked out the blog of my friend Sylvia Schroder. Her Thanksgiving post really spoke to my heart.

Her answer to the title question is that yes, thankfulness can be commanded because God does. The concept of being thankful is found more than 160 times in scripture.

I joined her in her dislike of seeing myself in the Israelites in the wilderness. God had done so many things for them, yet they complained.

Until I read her blog I didn’t think of my frustrations as complaining, but that’s exactly what they are. Bad things happen, and I focus on that instead of on gratitude for the good things that God has given me or done for me.

Last year was a difficult year for. We had a lot of sickness and lost several close friends and family members. Yet even in that, God was good! He miraculously saved my cousin (a story for another day). He showed me wonderful new beginnings even in the midst of the sadness.

Sylvia said that thankfulness comes from a trust in God. I think that gets to the heart of it for me. I found out in a Bible Study this fall that I really do have an issue with trusting God. When bad things happen, I want to trust myself instead of God. I have proven over and over that I’m untrustworthy, but God has continually proven trustworthy in my life.

Thankfulness is a command and a choice to trust God. Something that I’m going to start doing each day.

God I am thankful for all of the small and large things you do in my life!

Please check out Sylvia’s blog at Can Thankfulness Really Be Commanded?



Pink Roses to You.

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The pink rose has always been associated with feelings of love and gratitude, but as evolving cultivation techniques have created a wider array of pink rose shades, the meanings attached to them have become more nuanced. It’s said that darker pink roses are symbolic of gratitude and appreciation, while lighter pinks are associated with gentleness and admiration. – From

I have always loved red roses. You know the deep red color like a deep red wine, but lately pink roses have pulled at my heart. Maybe it’s because with all of the losses we have had this year, love has been foremost on my mind. I love the ideas of gratitude, appreciation, gentleness and admiration. They are all feelings I have had a lot this year.

God has been bringing to mind people who I appreciate and admire. I have been sharing some of them with you. I plan to go back to that next week. This week has really been a time of reflection with the funeral of my aunt on Saturday, and with some stuff that’s going on with my daughter. It has all made me realize that I need to express my appreciation and gratitude to people.

I want all of the people in my life to know how much I appreciate all of you. I have a heart full of gratitude. You all make it easier to deal with stuff that life throws at me. These pink roses are for you.