A Thankful Heart is a Happy Heart!

My family loves the VeggieTales by Big Idea.  We’ve been fans since the days of VHS when they first started making the videos (maybe 1990?).  The title of today’s post is a phrase from “The Thankfulness Song” in Madame Blueberry.  As we get closer to Thanksgiving Day, it makes me ponder if there really is a need to set aside one day a year to be thankful.  Why not be thankful everyday?  And that’s when this song popped into my head.   It could also be because I have kids and watch VeggieTales a lot.  LOL!

The Thankfulness Song  (If you don’t know the song, you can hear it by clicking on the song title.)

I thank God for this day,
For the sun in the sky,
For my mom and my dad,
For my piece of apple pie!

For our home on the ground,
For His love that’s all around,
That’s why I say thanks every day!

Because a thankful heart is a happy heart!
I’m glad for what I have,
That’s an easy way to start!

For the love that He shares,
‘Cause He listens to my prayers,
That’s why I say thanks every day!

It’s amusing to me how I’m becoming more simple and child-like (which, by the way, isn’t the same as childish) the longer I walk with Jesus.  And it’s interesting that I often recall simple songs from childhood (either mine or my children’s) when I need reassurance or encouragement.  I now see how profound it was when Jesus said we must be like children to enter the Kingdom of God, for when I see things through a child’s point of view, many of the things that theologians often argue about become so irrelevant, and it isn’t so hard to trust in God and believe that all will be well, when all I see is Jesus’ loving face in front of me, just like those children sitting on His lap.

So what’s Thanksgiving Day for then, if I’m already thankful everyday?   It’s another occasion to celebrate with family and friends, of course (I like having a good time!  LOL!).   And if I’ve forgotten to thank them throughout the year for gracing my life with their presence, it’s good to have a day set aside for that.  And the fact that Thanksgiving Day is on Thursday and we often end up with a 4-day weekend is pretty cool too!

Because a thankful heart is a happy heart!  . . . . .

For a God who really cares ’cause He listens to my prayers; That’s why I say thanks everyday!


Hello and Welcome to My Blog!

Well, I finally took the plunge and started a blog.  Not sure what exactly I’ll be writing here yet, but as my family and friends would attest, I seem to always have something to say (to put it nicely).  Just ask my husband, Paul.  Bless his heart, he’s always patiently listening to me processing my thoughts out loud.  He’s been journeying with me for over a quarter of a century now,  being my best friend and confidant.  I’m very thankful that God has blessed me with such a man.   Having him to confide in has really helped me keep things in perspective; God’s perspective, that is.   Part of the reason I’m starting this blog is out of kindness to my husband.  He’s got a lot on his shoulder, being the leader of this clan of 8.   I think he would appreciate some peace and quiet as I process some of my thoughts through writing on this blog, especially at 3:30 AM.  (You’re welcomed, Paul.)

I must admit it’s a bit scary to be writing things down like this, knowing how my opinions and thoughts, particularly about God and His love for us, have changed so much over time.  Friends have told me for years that I should write a book, but I’m not sure if I’d like to have my thoughts frozen in time for all the world to see when I may not even think that way anymore years later.  I mean, just thinking about some of the beliefs I held, how I had dealt with some situations, and things I had said in the past, can make me cringe sometimes.  But at least for now they’re just thoughts in my head.  If I start to write things down, it will be recorded for all to see.  What a scary thought!  No wonder it took me so long to start a blog!  LOL!  And so I ask you, my reader, to keep in mind as you read my blog that I am a growing (and hopefully maturing) person, and that each blog I write here is like a photograph of me in one moment in time, and not necessary the full essense of who I am all the time; that to get a true sense of who I am, you’d need to travel with me (via this blog or in real life) over a period of time.

So then, if you want to journey with me a while, welcome to my blog!