Gratitude

Hey, it’s cold!

It’s finally cold outside. I slept with the window open, and it was amazing to wake up and be freezing. I stepped on the bathroom tile, and the floors were so cold which was great! I was finally able to take a hot shower without ending up sweating more. Needless to say, I’m in a really happy mood.

I know that I’m in the minority here. Sure, a lot of people love fall: flannels, pumpkin spice, leaves, Halloween, Reformation, bonfires, etc. But do a lot of people actually like the cold? Not that I’ve heard, at least.

Most people that I hear from absolutely hate the cold and long for year-round summers. They dread the arrival of fall and the impending gloom of winter, just as I dread spring and the impending doom of summer.

This struck me as I was writing in my prayer journal, listing my thanks and praises to God. On a morning like today, I had no trouble coming up with endless thanks and praises. I’m incredibly happy because the chill is finally in the air! But what about people who hate cold?

My challenge to you who hates the cold is to (I know it’s cliche) count your blessings. Even the little ones make a huge difference. Each day when you’re cold, think of five things that you’re grateful for: even just a warm bowl of soup or a steaming mug of coffee.

I’m challenging myself too. Come summer when its a million degrees (honestly, come this weekend when the weather changes again, and it’s back in the 90s), I’m going to list things I’m grateful for when I can’t choke down my coffee because the world is burning.

We have so much to be grateful for, warm or cold. I think it will help our attitudes tremendously if we just remember to be grateful.

Today I’m thankful for

  • Flannels
  • Fall
  • Chilly, breezy mornings
  • The changing of seasons (how cool is our Creator that he came up with four completely unique seasons?)
  • Hot coffee
  • Hot showers
  • Clothes to keep me warm

 

Image taken from Lucky Number 13Virtual Coffee

 

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