Thanks is such a small word but it can change so much. When I give thanks for things both big and small, it puts a new perspective on things. And when you speak those words out loud, I think it gives God a new perspective on our love for him.
I give thanks that my parents are alive. So many people my age have lost their parents and I am so grateful that I can see mine whenever I want.
I give thanks that I still have a job. Twenty of my coworkers have lost theirs in the past year.
I give thanks that I have picked up more hours at my part-time job so that I can pay for things like homeowners' insurance and property taxes.
I give thanks that when my sister's car wouldn't start that it was in her driveway and not in a dark parking lot after a long day of school.
I give thanks that my car starts every time I turn the key.
I give thanks that I have found a faith community at my church that has welcomed me with open arms and helped me grow.
I give thanks that I have my health.
I give thanks that I have a safe place to live.
Most importantly, I give thanks that I have a God who loves me just as I am and who has given me all of the things above.