Showing Thankfulness – How to Express Words of Gratitude

By Benita B Jenkins

In this life there is so much coming at you in a sense of being all you can be. Of course you want to be the best. You want to succeed in being a mother, wife, daughter, whatever it is that we are called to do. We chase after this American dream that no one can live up to without losing something that really is of importance to us. There are certain sacrifices that we sometimes end up making without fully knowing the devastation it will cause us!

Sometimes you just have to look around and be thankful for what you have and even thankful for what you don’t have! There are some married couples that wish they were single. After you listen to all the stories of it ain’t what it is cracked up to be. I am grateful it is just me and my girls. Would I be totally ready for marriage, the ups and downs, the financial struggle of who is going to earn the most?

The choice of who pays what bill! I realize that I am grateful, I am going to be patient and wait on the Lord! Loneliness, the need to feel loved, to feel valued, adored by someone who really can see the true beauty of you inside and out. Someone who will love you with all your flaws and imperfection that is truly a gift that we sometimes overlook. Family is sometimes our worst critic and they know us better than anyone! Needless to say they love us unconditional whether we realize it or not.

My dad has always been my dad, whether he says I love you or not, I know he loves me because when not around, I can see him when I am in his presence struggling to see me through the little sight that remains. My mother will always be my mother, strong as a bull but yet soft as a flower needing that hug! My brother even though he is the oldest will always want to be the baby, and to hear my voice!

My children will always need me, I am grateful because I have so much love to give and so much work to do. Our job is never finished. I am thankful for my family even though apart a lot of times, the silence of the closeness lets me know they are grateful to be in my presence! I am grateful because sometimes the storms of life can truly take us away from the things that matter the most like a simple phone call saying I love you! Is there a family member that you have not spoken to, maybe was to busy, put off visiting, or maybe you have been going through your own trials and tribulations that you have just forgot to tell God, Thank you Lord! It is not about me! What can I do for others? Every Morning I wake up I say Thank you because we never know when it will be our last. Gratitude is often overlooked, but much needed! It starts like this if someone ask you how are you! ”Say good! Thank you for asking! Someone opens the door for you, say Thank you! A kind word, a warm smile goes a long way. Remember we are all in need of Gratitude!

Benita Bianca Jenkins
Let’s share food for the soul, warm each other’s heart!

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