With Gratitude, Part Three

I am celebrating Thanksgiving in Pebble Beach, California (yes, it is beautiful here, absolutely beautiful). And although I had every intention of writing a “With Gratitude” post every day this week, the internet has been spotty and so I apologize that it has taken me a few days to get back to you with Day 3.

If you haven’t been following along, here are the basics…

Sometimes it is easier to focus on the things I don’t have. But I’ve found that’s no way to live.

Instead I want to be someone who constantly feels blessed. Because in all reality I have everything I need, and more. So in honor of the season of Thanksgiving, I have decided to publicly express my gratitude this week on my blog for some of my many blessings.

Also, you might want to checkout the posts from Day 1 and Day 2.

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I am thankful for friends .

Up until recently, I was one of those people who pretty much waited for life to happen. I was a victim of my circumstances, instead of a strong person capable of making plans and building dreams. But over the last year or so, I have decided I want to be very intentional in the way I approach life.

This change has made me very thankful for two types of friends: friends who are a step ahead, gently pushing, prodding, and encouraging me to live abundantly and faithfully, and friends who love me and support me wherever life takes me. Without each of these, I would uninspired to forge a new path, to write a better story.

I love doing life with my friends. I am thankful for each and every one of you.

What kinds of friends are you thankful for today?


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Lindsey has a sincere love for her precious dogs Molly and Maisy, a good red wine and the Delta Sky Club. She spends her days (and some nights) laboring to end childhood hunger at Feed the Children and to gather, equip and unleash women at IF:Gathering.

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  • Carol Anne

    Lindsey, you are so dead on! Where would we be without the companionship of our friends? I was single until 32 and it took me awhile to realize that I wasn't looking for marriage in my twenties, I was looking for those who were on my same path. When I figured out that I needed to surround myself with good, faith-filled friends, I became much more relaxed and centered and found a friend for life in my husband. Still, girlfriends are so invaluable to getting through a day!

    • @Carol Anne, I have found it is so important to find people who get you – regardless of where you are physically or spiritually.

  • Ali

    I am so thankful for my two best friends who both push me to better and support me in my choices. They are not afraid to criticize me when I am acting less than stellar, and they constantly push me to be a better person and to live out my faith. In addition, they are incredibly supportive of me in all that I do. (In fact, they also remind me of how great they are because they think I have high standards for my friends, and they accuse me of being a bit too critical if they don't meet those standards. And they are right that I sometimes get frustrated if they can't meet my expectations, which is a fault of mine.) But I feel so blessed for these friends because I know that some people really have no idea what it means to have a true friend.

    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • I'm thankful for friends who remind me to laugh, slow down to enjoy life, and try new things. Left to my own devices I would stay in my comfort zone, work myself to death and miss out on so many things. God knows just what I need in the friendship department (even when I think otherwise)!

    • @Cindy, It is so interesting to watch friends come and go as our needs change. God is totally writing characters as we need them.

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  • i'i'm thankful for you, friend.

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  • "Up until recently, I was one of those people who pretty much waited for life to happen."
    So true of me too. Thank you Lindsey, for that stab to the heart. Painful, but I needed it. Here's to going out and making life happen.