I have always wanted to have guest writers featured on my blog, but I didn't think I was quite ready for that. Then my oldest daughter, Anna, who is 10, shared this essay she wrote for school. I couldn't help but ask her permission to share it as my first guest contributor. Of course she agreed. Here it is:
What more can I say?
Can you imagine if we all looked at our problems and difficulties this way? Instead of complaining or thinking about what we don't have, what if we focus on what great things our problems mean for us?
So, I was challenged to write a few of my own. Ahem... It is much easier to see this in other peoples' lives than it is my own. I'm convicted.
So here goes:
I am thankful for the stinking squirrel who found a way into our cabin and made a thorough mess everywhere because it means... I had the opportunity to teach my kids the value of deep cleaning (not to mention I even have a cabin that a squirrel can get into).
I am thankful for my van thermostat that chose to go out during the month of December because it means... I will have a nice warm van to drive the rest of the winter (and it happened before a major trip and not during).
I am thankful for tight finances because it means... I have more value for the little "luxuries" of life that I used to take for granted.
I am thankful for nightly homework battles because it means... my kiddos have great educational opportunities and I have opportunities to develop patience and persistence myself (ugh!)
So, here is my challenge for you - add your own gratitude statements below... I would love to hear them!