I have a new friend that's been spending a fair bit of time with me. It helps me to capture the many, many great moments that happen every single day. See, I haven't always, but now I believe that life is not always about big events, but it is also about a string of wonderful day to day moments, words, interactions, and other happenings, and my camera helps me to see and record these very things.
I know that gratitude is important, but I feel blessed that my gratitude can go far beyond merely expressing thanks to the universe. My thanksgiving can be directed to a very real and loving God who desires to bless those that He loves, and that by the way, is you too. For me as a Christian, my thankfulness is more like a prayer, a daily habit, as explained in these verses:
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:4-7
For me, thanksgiving turns quickly to praise, as it is God that I am thanking for my children, my husband, the beauty around me, and so much more. The gifts that come from God, like his power, wisdom, direction, love and his plan. It's a habit of mind.
I used to struggle a great deal with anxiety and depression, especially after my children were born. My thoughts were quite narrow, almost paralysing. As I slowly did as Philippians instructs, I came to realize that there are so many more positive things to pay attention to in one day, than fears and defeats to dwell on. I used to get overwhelmed by all the things that seemed to be "going wrong", but now I'm more overwhelmed by all of the "goodness" that I see around me.
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you." Philippians 4:8-9
And that is the point of my blog. Choosing to think about things that are true and good and noble and praiseworthy, which creates so much joy.
Thank you, God.
"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer." Psalm 19:14
ps I recently took a photography course and the instructor encouraged us to also (apart from an SLR) use a smaller camera that can be anywhere easily in a pocket, a purse or a bag. She said some of her best shots were taken with a point and shoot camera. Mine is a Nikon Coolpix. Many of the photos in this post (Sept. 30th) were taken with it while I was on a run.
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!