What are you grateful for?

I am grateful for many things, but the most important thing I am truly grateful for is my faith. When I was 15 years old, I had developed an eating disorder called anorexia nervosa. I was very close to dying from this illness, and knew I needed help to recover.

Thankfully, I had very good friends who showed their concern for me at school, and talked to the guidance counsellors about me. From there, I was able to seek professional help from a group of healthcare providers that were able to assess and treat my illness. It was also during this time, where I found a true relationship with God, and began to exercise my faith by starting a daily devotional, prayer, attending church, and getting baptized for a second time.  I grew up Catholic, but never had a true relationship with God. It was not until I asked Jesus into my heart to forgive me of my sin, that a true relationship with God began to form. Ever since I have become a born-again Christian, I have had an entirely new outlook on life, which includes a never-ending attitude of thankfulness and gratitude.

The things I am grateful for today is having a relationship with God and getting to experience life from His point of view. I am also thankful for my family, friends, health, education and my dog! Also, I’m very thankful for the wonderful new farm that God has blessed our family with, as well as my passion to cook and bake things for my family. And, of course I am thankful for the beautiful, clear, sunny sky today.

Whenever I take time to reflect on the things I am thankful for, I become more joyful than ever before! It is the act of being thankful that allows me to reflect on all that God has done for me, and how He has provided for my family and I. Sometimes, being thankful can create the opposite effect on me because I start to feel guilty for having what I do in comparison to others, but then I am reminded of how I have the ability to share my resources with others. For example, when someone gives me fifty dollars to spend on my own pleasures, I can use that to help someone who is truly in need of some extra cash. This would be an example of “paying it forward”, when someone blesses you, in order for you to bless someone else. It creates a ripple effect on people, and I believe that is what thankfulness is all about. Giving, sharing, helping, and expressing our love to others because we have been blessed by God!

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