Thankful in 2013

This morning, I sat down with my coffee and the i-Pad and read the day’s devotion in Jesus Calling.  Here is what it said:

Let thankfulness rule in your heart. As you thank Me for blessings in your life, a marvelous thing happens. It is as if scales fall off your eyes, enabling you to see more and more of My glorious riches. With your eyes thus opened, you can help yourself to whatever you need from My treasure house. Each time you receive one of My golden gifts, let your thankfulness sing out praises to My Name. “Hallelujahs” are the language of heaven, and they can become the language of your heart.

A life of praise and thankfulness becomes a life filled with miracles. Instead of trying to be in control, you focus on Me and what I am doing. This is the power of praise: centering your entire being in Me. This is how I created you to live, for I made you in My own image. Enjoy abundant life by overflowing with praise and thankfulness.

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15

This year, as I sit down to think of all the things I am thankful for, I want to take a minute to thank Jesus for HIS blessings on my life.  I think so many times I pray for him to DO things in my life.  Lord, please give us a child.  Lord, please give me strength to NOT eat something I shouldn’t eat.  Lord, give me this.  Lord, give me that.  Well, today, I am taking a minute to just say, Lord, THANK YOU.  He has given me all of the things I am about to talk about.  Without him, none of this would have happened.

I was standing in church on Sunday singing and all of a sudden, the tears started flowing down my cheeks.  I was simply overcome with thankfulness for Him.  I can’t tell you what song it was we were singing but I can tell you that at that moment, my heart was full.  Full of thanks for Him.  I wanted for nothing.  I just thanked Him and it felt so good!

So, here are the MANY things I am thankful for this year!

YOU and this “little” blog – Without you, reading all my shenanigans and letting me vent and cheer, cry and sing, talk and laugh, Lord knows how much I would weigh.  You help me just as much if not more than I help you.  Just having a place to talk about what is going on has been the best thing for me.  Just knowing that there are people who are encouraged by my success and failure is a huge thing for me.  THANK YOU for sticking around…I love you all for being here and I know we can be successful together!

JASON – I can’t talk about how thankful I am for my blog without talking about the brains behind the operation.  He made this happen.  He is the reason you found me.  Without his guidance, wisdom, and skills, I would probably not have very many followers.  He fixes issues, helps me brainstorm, encourages me and is right next to me constantly.  THANK YOU Jason for all you have done for me, my weight loss journey, and specifically this blog.

Color Me Rad Atlanta Jason and Jen

My Fifth Grade Class – When my principal sat me down and told me that I was moving from the computer lab to fifth grade, I was not so very happy.  I enjoyed my job, I felt I was good at it and I was reaching LOTS of kids.  Well, I took that leap of faith and went…dragging my feet but I went.  Not only did I go, but I went full force.  I don’t typically half-ass things.  So, I have put my heart and soul into this class.  And I-LOVE-It!  I love them.  I love every-single-one-of-them.  All 27 of them.  Through good behavior and bad, I simple adore them…like they are my own.  I have missed having “my” class, “my” group of kids, “my” team.  I am so happy to be back in the classroom.  Sometimes, we have to trust our boss and know she actually might know what she is doing.  So, THANK YOU, Karen.  Thank you for making me get out of my comfort zone so I could grow and love and reach kids to a new level.

Oh, and my team.  I love them and they make going to work FUN!

Sesame Street Pumpkins win first place

My Health – Today, weighing in at 190 pounds, I am not going to bitch about my weight gain.  Instead, I am going to say how thankful I am that I am healthy.  You know how many times I have gone to the doctor this year for sickness?  None.  You know how many times I have been sick?  I think twice…All year.  That’s it.  I am thankful that my body is healthy and getting healthier with every good decision that I make.

Jacynta – I know I have talked to you about her until your ears fall off lately but she has truly been instrumental in my weight loss journey up until this point.  With all of the changes happening with her and Weight Watchers, I just want to really say how thankful I am that she has been my weight loss cheerleader for the past five years.  THANK YOU Jacynta for helping me change my life.  I hope you know how many thousands of people you have helped change.  You-Are-A-Rock-Star!

Jen and Jacynta at Weight Watchers

I have the most amazing family, friends, and life.  Sure, I have issues.  Not enough money in the bank, too much fat on my body, not enough time.  However, I must say that my life is pretty stinking great!  I am so thankful for all the many blessings God has given me this year.

Tomorrow, as you sit around your table with loved ones, take a minute and just breath in how blessed you really are!

What are you thankful for this year?

BTW-on Friday, if you choose to go shopping, you REALLY are going to need to take a minute and give thanks!  Those peeps out there are cray-cray!

Black Friday

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About Jennifer Swafford

Jennifer is an elementary school teacher who is trying to lose 100+ pounds. She has certainly learned how much It Sux To Be Fat and is here to motivate you to live a healthy lifestyle.

  • TinaShaw

    And we’re thankful you, too, for sharing your journey and relating to us as well! Sweet post! THANK YOU! (PS – Please tell me Jacynta dresses like that all the time! That outfit is awesome!)

    • Jennifer Swafford

      You are more than welcome! No, she doesn’t…that was Halloween! She is so funny! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Tanika Wilson

    Wow! I. Just found your blog and your journey is amazing! I truly appreciated the thanksgiving reminder because we get so focused on the negative (our weight) that we forget how blessed we are. So thank you!