Thankful in All Circumstances

Thanksgiving is next week and most of us will pause and take time to give thanks for all blessings we have in our lives. It is easy to be thankful on days when everything is going well. How do you keep that sense of thankfulness all year long, no matter what the circumstances may be?

No matter how bad your day is or how bad your year is, there is always something to be thankful for. The year 2020 has been tough for everyone. Being quarantined for many of us has forced us to spend time with family. This helps us realize what a blessing family truly is and that we should be thankful for them. I know working from home was a huge blessing for my family and lead to us being able to start our own business. I am more thankful for my husband today than when we started the year, for sure! Having a heart full of thanksgiving changes your outlook on every part of your life. When you are truly thankful, the bad days become less and less because you are always looking at the sunny side of life. This doesn’t mean that you will never have a bad day or bad things won’t happen to you. But when they do happen, you are still able to see the good in the situation and press onward. The bad doesn’t seem quite so bad.

When I take the time to stop and reflect on all I have to be thankful for, it becomes overwhelming. I have been blessed beyond my wildest imagination. I have started writing out my prayers, and I begin with what all I am thankful for that day. Seeing it in black and white makes all my blessings seem so real. Focusing on all I have to be thankful for truly changes my outlook on life. Having a great outlook on life helps in making healthy decisions. You simply feel better about yourself and it will show.

This week’s recipe is a delicious pumpkin pie that gets most of its sweetness with pure maple syrup. Do not under any circumstance substitute the maple syrup with pancake syrup. There is no substitution for the real stuff! Maple Syrup is LOADED with health benefits. According to WebMD, real maple syrup is rich in antioxidants, it can help lower cholesterol, it can help promote better brain health, and it can help treat and prevent manganese deficiency. This pumpkin pie is absolutely scrumptious and secretly healthy!

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances: for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:16-18

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