There are so many things I am grateful for in life and for that I can truly say that I am blessed. But sometimes, we can all get caught up and LIFE sneaks up on us that we tend to forget the little things we have and take it for granted. I, for one, is guilty of that. But over the years, I have learned to appreciate all the little things in life that makes me happy and always reminding myself that the challenges I face is all part of living and will only help me grow stronger and better as a person. 

 

I am beyond thankful for having an amazing husband who understands and loves me the way that he does. Two beautiful daughters who showers me with their love, hugs, kisses and smiles daily. A wonderful family and loyal friends who always supports me, believes in me and for loving me as I am. Last but not least, I’m blessed with good health and a job I can always count on. 

 

I may not have everything in life but that is not gonna stop me from making the best of what I have, turning it into something beautiful and enjoying every moment along the way. Remember…there is always, always something to be thankful for. 

 

                                                                   

 

Hazel Nguyen

I am forever Thankful every time I'm reminded how blessed my life is even when everything around me doesn't seems like it. I've asked my self so many times how can you be blessed or joyful when you are faced with struggle and circumstances in life. This answer gets me every time, it is not joy that makes me grateful but it is gratitude that makes me joyful. This life is full with give and take, always give thanks and take nothing for granted. So simple right? But yet it gets me every time! In love with how my God never ceases to remind me to take a moment and know that this life is a blessed life. He gave me love that is undeniable. Blessed me with so many loving things in life even when I don't deserve it. Surrounded me with so many amazing and wonderful people in my life. My husband and my children, my family and friends, who exudes their love and support without fail daily. Who love me all through the seasons. And to say I am THANKFUL it's not enough, for my blessings are too many to count. #ForeverGrateful 

 

Nadia Rumahlewang

 

Doesn't it just make your heart full to see the many Thanksgiving posts filling up your social media feed this past week? Doesn't it make your heart feel giddy and happy when you reflect on your own life and realized how blessed you are with the people and things around you? I don't know about you, but it sure does get me every time. So why have it once a year, Thanksgiving should be an everyday thing, maybe minus the turkey and the feast, unless you really love turkey.

 

With that said, I am forever grateful for the family and friends that loves me, encourage me, builds me, and support me. No, my life is not perfect (far from it), neither are my family nor friends. Yes, there are certain things that should have, could have and would have been better, BUT let's cut out the should, the could and the would and reflect on the HAVES.  There are always always ALWAYS something to be thankful for.  The little things we have are enough to be thankful for.  Love what Nadia says, "it is not joy that makes us grateful, but it is gratitude that makes us joyful".  Try it, start and end your day with a heart of gratitude, and see the difference that it will make in your life. Gratitude will not disappoint.

Miranda Billy

What am I thankful for? Gosh, there are plenty of things that I am thankful for, but what I'm most thankful for is my family and friends. They are the ones who were there when things gets rough and they are the ones who encourage me to stay strong. Being with them fulfills the emptiness that's in my soul. It re-energizes me and makes me be a better person.

 

Now a days it's easy to oversee that. We've become a society that's so self absorbed that we don't realize what's important anymore. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Thanksgiving has lost its meaning and now all it means is sale. 

We are moving away from fulfilling our souls by spending quality time with our loved ones to fulfilling our house with material things. 

 

Now, I do love a good sale but I am challenging you (and me) to not make Thanksgiving (or any other day for that matter) about material things; What I can get for me, myself, and my family. 

Let's go back to basic and that is love. Let's give thanks by showing our love to our loved ones and to those that are hurting, lonely, and in need. To me that is the highest form of giving thanks.

 

Zenia Billy

It's the time of the year when we all tend to stop and reflect about what we have to be thankful for. Although it's nice to count our blessings on Thanksgiving, but being thankful through out the year or everyday has allowed me to focus on what I have, where I am, and who I am in this very moment. 

Being able to appreciate every moment can help open my eyes to the things I may not have come to appreciate before. 

I have learned that living a life of gratitude is a choice. Being grateful for what I have is definitely part of it. I can focus on what I have, not on what I don't have. Focus on what I need more, not on what I want more. The best way to do it is to stop comparing myself to others.....Think about it. Most of the time we were fine with what we had until we saw what someone else had. Right??!!.

So instead as what Andy Stanley's quote: Leverage what God has given you. Celebrate what God has given others. I love this quote. 

With that, every morning I wake up and thankful that I am alive and healthy. I'm grateful with everything I have and beyond blessed with all the people in my life. My husband, my son, my family and friends, and millions of other things that reminded me always that there are millions of people would love to have what we have and love to do what we do. Thank you 🙏🙏❤️❤️

 

Evelyn Kodongan