I am Grateful

Thanks Everday: Gratitude Challenge Day 3

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever. –Psalm 107:1

I had four babies in about seven year’s time. Needless to say, I spent a lot of years with Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki’s Veggie Tales. (Love those guys, BTW. They’re still on my “wish I could meet someday” list).

Madame Blueberry was and remains one of my favorites. She reminds me of someone I know quite well.

I have a distinct memory of sitting up late one night a few years after we’d purchased our first house. My little darlings all slept—a minor miracle—and I sat alone at my kitchen table. Three (at that time) healthy kids, the love of a good and kind man, a nice, comfortable home, and a moment of peace. You’d think that I was sitting there numbering my blessings, right? Nope. I could literally hear Madame Blueberry’s song as I stewed…

I’m so blue-hew-hew, blue-hew-hew, blue-hew-hew-hew. I’m so blue I don’t know what to do…

Pathetic. You know what I was blue about? I’d been to a friend’s lovely and well-decorated home, and the stark white walls of my own home painted my disposition…blue. So very pathetic.

Here’s the turning point, though—and thank you, Phil and Mike, for including the Thankful Song in the video. Mommies like me needed that redirection—maybe more than our sweet kids. The antidote goes something like this:

I thank God for this day, for the sun in the sky, for my mom and my dad, for my piece of apple pie. For our home on the ground, for His love that’s all around. That’s why I say thanks everyday. Because a thankful heart is a happy heart, I thank God for what I have, that’s an easy way to start…

Love that. My kids are all too old to be thrilled with Veggie Tales anymore, but I still love that, and I still sing it.

We hope you’re participating with us in Simply Life’s gratitude challenge. What are you thankful for today?