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.

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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.