30 days of thankfulness…

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I have had so much fun participating in the 30 days of thankfulness.  What an eye opener it was for me.  We truly do have so much to be thankful for even when we feel as if we are at the bottom of the barrel. I encourage anyone to try this next year.  You will see all the wonderful things in your life and begin to feel silly for your bemoaning…I know I did.  So, here are my 30 days.

Day 1:

I am thankful for the unconditional love from my family and friends.

Through the many facets of my life, they have kept me strong, full of joy, supported tough decisions, and always had my back. I love you and thank you for loving me ♥

Day 2:

I am thankful for forgiveness.

Forgiveness is not something that is given freely. To say, “I forgive you” is probably the hardest sentence you will ever say to someone. From plenty of experience, when I have said those three really hard words, the weight of the stress and hatred are lifted and I can begin to love wholly again. You CANNOT love wholly until you have forgiven those who have hurt you. If you have done the hurting, perhaps it’s time for you to ask for forgiveness. It’s freedom from bondage, I can promise you that.

I am thankful for all my trials throughout my life. Without forgiveness I would not be the woman I am today.

Day 3:

I am thankful for the love in my heart.

Yes, my heart gets shattered all the time due to broken promises, love not reciprocated, the trust between friends has been broken, etc… I wear my heart of my sleeve, as many would say. So, choosing to love with all my being does set me up for some heartache. However, the twisted web of my life has given me two options:

1. Love with all I have.

2. Be hardened from the hell that I have walked through.
I pick #1. Life is way too short to not love wholly. I have even learned, in my short 32 years, how to love my enemies. I have learned to be selfless and not selfish. I have learned to show love and how to receive love (which you wouldn’t think is hard, but for me, years ago, it was).My ultimate goal here on this planet is to make as many people as I can feel loved, worthy, and beautiful. So, with my heart full of love this morning and every morning, my wish for you is that you will spread your love to others as well. Let your light shine ♥
Day 4:
I am thankful for cloudy days.Growing up in Parkersburg, WV there were a lot of cloudy days.
I’m guessing, that since the day I was born, I learned to operate on not so sunny days. Where most people go into hibernation on cloudy/rainy days, I am full of life.On cloudy days; driving is better for me, taking pictures is better, taking walks through the woods are more refreshing, fishing is better, hunting is even better, because everything is quiet and there are no shadows to contend with, and I don’t have to wear pesky sunglasses.  Plus, there is nothing more magnificent than watching a storm roll in. Today, I am a blessed lady who gets to enjoy her cloudy day ♥
Day 5:
I am thankful for music.
I am pretty sure I came out of the womb singing. When I was little I would sing to the top of my lungs “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow” to an audience of attentive cows on the farm. At the age of four I sang my first solo “Silent Night” in front of real people at my church. During my teen years I would sit at the baby grand, for hours, composing music. I sang through college and to date, still sing pretty well in the shower ha, ha. I’m thankful for my gift and today I was reminded why I love music so much.This week we are teaching the art of “songwriting” to kids in Wabash, IN. As I watched two of the best in the biz teach kids the “in’s and out’s” of the music biz, I realized how my life was all set up for this moment. I could write a book, using only songs, that represented every facet of my life. My parents instilled the gift of music in my life and for that I am grateful. Music is my therapy and love.

Day 6:
I am thankful for my right to vote.
I didn’t always feel this way. I thought Government was corrupt and my vote didn’t matter. One of those is correct. The other, people died to make it happen. As a citizen of the free world, it is my duty and great honor to vote for the people who I think are least corrupt.I pray for a Godly man who will uphold the Constitution, loves our County, respects our military, and is an honest man. Just read the oath and choose your guy accordingly.
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So help me God.
“God bless this day, this County, and her people. GO VOTE!

Day 7:
I’m thankful for the Second Amendment.I am thankful that my dad, Jerry Piersol, taught me how to respect and use weapons from an early age. I’m thankful I can take care of my family if we need food or protection, which doesn’t seem too far out of the question.Today, I’m going to cry for our Country. I am going to love on those who mean the most to me. Then, I’m going to be proud that I am an American and will stand with the millions who are devastated over last nights unbelievable choice.
LORD, I ask for Your protection over our broken land. YOU are King above all, the protecter of my heart and soul. Amen.
Day 8:
Thankful for creative minds.
I hope a pray teachers won’t let their art programs go without a fight. Not every kid is a cookie cutter kid. We wouldn’t have the iPhone, electricity, or music if it wasn’t for those who were able to dream and have someone believe in them. Pay attention to your little munchkins to see if they are screaming to be challenged.
Day 9:
I’m thankful for new friendships.
Last night was incredible. After the show we came back to the hotel to have dinner and met up with a singing group from Pakistan. They had their drums and some crazy looking according thing going and Gary Chapman and Aaron Barker played their guitars. It was so awesome! They were teaching G how to sing their licks… which by the way, is VERY sacred in their religion. They sing songs that date back 750 years passed down through the generations. It was refreshing to be with them and feel their love and peace. Sweet people.Also, the amazing people who have put this whole outreach program together. We are honored to be a part of this and grateful for the new friendships formed.We are off to our last school today to teach.

Day 10:
I am thankful for being a dreamer.
I would rather dream all day about how to make a better future, than go through the motions everyday just to make ends meet. Don’t get me wrong, I try to live each day to it’s fullest, but I love to dream of what’s to come.I do wish that I could wake up some mornings from my dreams and really be living in them. How fun would that be?! I have been

able to do that on several occasions, like waking up on a beautiful island or waking up to the beautiful snow covered mountains of the Rockies. The one thing that is hard, is waking up without the people you love. So, I take the dreams I have of them as a blessing. God letting me have a few moments with the ones that I love and miss so much.
Day 11:
I am thankful for our Veterans.
Thanks to all who have fought for freedom. Thanks to the ones who loved our Country so much that they risked their lives for her. My prayers are with the families of those who have lost loved ones. May we all continue to fight for freedom, democracy, and love of Country. GOD BLESS THE USA!
Day 12:
I am thankful for my fur babies.
Dogs are the definition of unconditional love. They are never mad at me (unless I leave them for a long period of time. Then, they just give the dog sitter grief…sorry KJ). The sweet kisses they give me when they wipe my tears away (yes, I’m the sicko that allows them to lick my face). They are always happy to see me. They love to be loved on and return the love. They are the best snuggle buddies in the world!
Each of them have a different personality that keeps me on my toes. I love when they stare into my eyes, like they are trying to subliminally send me messages of what they are thinking. Bella talks to me as if she is human. Briley is very independent, yet she has a few humans that she just adores. She is super loyal and a good judge of character. Boo is ancient and is the sweetest baby, but she is also an instigator…don’t be fooled by her age. Anyway, I could go on and on about them. I’m so blessed to have these three crazy girls in my life. They make me laugh so hard and love even more.

Day 13:
I am thankful for my health.
Lord knows that I have not always been good to my body. The 16 years of cheerleading and horseback riding have started to rear their ugly heads. However, I am so grateful for the people in my life who encourage me to stay healthy and fit. A special thanks to, Natalee Moreschi, who whips my butt when she trains me, calls me out when I’m slacking, but she is

also my biggest cheerleader…love you, Nat ♥ Thanks to, Autumn Cleveland, for always posting something positive to get me off my butt and moving. You are an inspiration. Thanks to BodyRockTV for letting me fall in love with working out again. You guys and gals are appreciated so much ♥ Thanks to, Ilea Angaza, for teaching me about my body. I will forever be grateful for the books you suggested, they changed my whole way of thinking. Thanks to my daddy, Jerry Piersol, who always encouraged me to stay active and to work hard…it paid off.
Day 14:
I’m thankful for having enough.
Day 15:
I’m thankful for a good book.
Day 16:
I’m thankful for sand in my vibrams.
I never leave home without my vibrams, especially if I’m going to the beach. I love getting up early and taking a run on the beach to watch the sunrise. I NEVER get all the sand out of those shoes. I probably have several different Countries in those shoes ha, ha. When I put them on, after I’ve returned home, the sand is a little annoying and causes some blisters, but the sweet memories of where those shoes have been come rushing in.
Day 17:
I am thankful for having a heart that can love deeply.
Day 18:
I’m thankful for a spirit filled day.
Day 19:
I am thankful for makeup, or better yet, war paint.
I saw my girlfriend post this the other day and couldn’t believe I forgot about makeup! I LOVE dabbling in makeup. I have gone through some trying times with makeup, but I’m glad my skills have evolved through the years ha, ha. I love taking a blank canvas, in this case a face, and painting it into a masterpiece.
One, it makes my clients feel beautiful.
Two, I love helping people feel good about themselves.
When you feel pretty, your confidence is much higher. However, it doesn’t matter how much makeup you put on your face…If your heart doesn’t match your face, then you first need to figure out how to make your heart pretty. When the war paint washes off, what are you left with?

Day 20:
I am thankful for peace.
I lived most of my young adult life struggling to find peace. Who am I? What do I want to do with my life? Am I ever going to find a man who respects, cherishes, and loves me wholly? Am I ever going to get the chance to have kids? Do I deserve to have a good life? When I do get married, am I going to have a family that loves me like mine does? These were questions that consumed my every waking moment.
As I grew up and started checking these questions off my list, the one thing I had to do was surrender. I’m still seeking to find the best me, but I actually like who I am today. I am still working on finding out what I want to be when I grow up, but I am at least taking steps to my dream job.
I did find a man who respects, cherishes, and loves me wholly…that is rare.
Jury is still out on the kid thing, but there is always adoption and I would totally love to do that. Of course, I would love to be pregnant and go through the experience, but that may not be in His plan.
I have learned that I get to choose if I’m going to have a good life or not. My choices and attitude will determine my future. My relationship with my family has grown stronger. Was it what I had always dreamed it would be? Nope. However, I’m grateful that God has given me peace and grace.When I surrendered He gave me the tools to work through some ugly situations. I am forever grateful that He didn’t give up on me and showed me the way out of the hell I was living in.

Day 21:
I am thankful for my amazing grandparents.
Today, I get to see my grandma Nokes to spend Thanksgiving with her…blessed. She is 87 years old and is still traveling the world, playing golf, and attending her bridge games. She has taught me how to be a strong, independent woman. She taught me how to be a lady and how to throw a nice party. She always encourages me to keep singing and to compose music. She was an opera singer, so it’s only fair that I try my best to keep the legacy alive ha, ha. I’m surprised the shower has any glass left in it! Her husband and my grandfather, Roy, passed away 18 years ago from cancer. He taught me how to fish and drive like a maniac 😉 My favorite quote from him was, “You dumb nut”. This was a frequent quote that would come flying out of his mouth while he was driving like a wild man. He loved us so much.
I was lucky enough to grow up with my other set of grandparents, grandma and grandpa Piersol. I lived on the family farm with them and they were crucial to my upbringing. They were my second parents. Grandpa Piersol is 84 years old and still wrangles cattle daily, puts up hay, mends fences, and whatever else needs tending to on the farm. He taught me how to work hard, castrate a cow, clean a deer, put up hay, drink beer (ok, I would just steal the beer when they were putting up hay, but I loved the taste ha, ha), fish, hunt, run a power house, and anything that had to do with farming. In 06 we said good bye to my sweet grandma Piersol. She was weed eating and had a stroke. She was the kindest, most gentle woman. Soft spoken, yet mean with a shotgun. She taught me how to raise animals and eat them. She taught me how to raise a garden. She would always sit patiently through my endless plays I would make up and pretend that she was mildly interested. She would come to the fair and support me as I showed my hogs and horses. I miss her so much. What a great woman.
I couldn’t ask for better grandparents or role models. Thank you GOD for them ♥

Day 22:
I am thankful for the 102 brave Pilgrims that made the trek to the new world in hopes of prosperity and freedom from tyranny.
Giving thanks to God for their new life, new friends, new hopes, and good harvest.
~ As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nation-wide thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, “as a day of public thanksgi

ving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God”
.~ Abraham Lincoln finally heeded Sarah Hale’s request in 1863, at the height of the Civil War, in a proclamation entreating all Americans to ask God to “commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife” and to “heal the wounds of the nation.”
Day 23:
I am thankful for my haters.
While they sit safe behind their computers or talk ugly to others behind my back, they have no idea what gift they are actually giving me.They are giving me the momentum to be a better me, a better friend, better at my job, be more giving to others, love more and hate less. So, while the “haters” are living in a hell that they have created for themselves, bitter and negative… I am flourishing. So, for that, I thank you.
John 15:18-20
Day 24:
I am thankful for second chances.
We ALL have been idiots a time a two…I know I have been for sure. I have, what I thought, burned many bridges over my years to the point that I knew that those bridges could never be repaired. At those ashy moments, I honestly, wanted to scatter them and forget. My ego was too big to care. In fact, I got really good and forgetting. Then, when my ego started deflating and reality set in, all those ashes started collecting at my feet and I had a job to do. I had to start rebuilding the bridges (relationships) that I obliterated.
Starting with my surrender. GOD was the ONLY thing that was going to help fix my brokenness. I didn’t just snap my fingers or rub a genie lamp, I had to learn the beauty of being patient for HIM to give me the tools to forgive and how to be forgiven. We can all pretend that we are the victim, but we are not. We have all done things to hurt others and the only way to fix something is to put it in HIS hands…we are human after all and make terrible decisions. No matter how faithful you are in your respective religion, we screw up, plain and simple.
I then had to figure out a way to humbly ask for forgiveness from the many people that hurt me or that I hurt. For the first part of that, it was/is a very hard pill to swallow. There is nothing more relieving than looking someone in the eye and telling them you are sorry for _____ and to please forgive me for ____. After it is all over, you can’t imagine how much better you feel. More than likely, it was to a person that you loved deeply in the first place. How can you love someone and then intensely despise their existence? I do get it, because I have been there. The only thing that holding onto bitterness does is slowly hardens your heart. Free from the bondage of pain and hurt is the only way to go. We only have one life. What you do with it is your choice.
After I started sorting through the soot, one by one GOD placed me in situations where I was able to say my peace and ask for forgiveness. I was able to tell that person that I love them, cherish them, and only want what’s best for them. These second chances have been the sweetest gift I could have ever asked for ♥

Day 25:
I am thankful for being an encourager.
One thing I know I am good at is giving hope, good advice, I try my best to bring joy to those who are hurting, and without judgment… love on those who need it the most.I know that we are living in times where people are so divided, full of resentment, and have little to no self-worth. Why do you think that is? It comes down to morals…
People sleep around to fulfill a need of feeling wanted. All this does, in the long run, is kill your worthiness of ever having a good relationship. Who wants to be with a person who can’t commit and changes partners like summer underwear? You are better than that.
For the people who are full of resentment, you can only blame others for so long when you have to start looking deep into your own heart for some answers. We have all been hurt, used and abused in some way. Our feelings get beat up on all the time from the ones we love most. Is it fair…nope. Do we get to choose to stay bitter…yes. The only way to fix your broken heart is between you and GOD. Only you can choose joy. If you want to be a lifetime member of the Debbie Downer club, don’t expect to have many friends for long. Rushing straight into another relationship to find comfort and the feeling of being wanted will only last a short minute. You can’t just bring your bags full of trash through the front door of a new relationship and just expect the new person to simply understand. You have GOT to sort through your trash and stop hoarding the broken promises of yesterday.
As for the division in our world. That is simple. All people want to talk about is “tolerance”. That’s fine if you know what the word actually means. It is the capacity to endure pain or hardship. OR have sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one’s own. Are you one that touts “tolerance” in all your passive-aggressive posts? Perhaps you should learn about tolerance and then learn about empathy as well. It is so much easier to love than to hate. It’s so much better to give than to take. Your life will be full of joy when you can change someone’s day with a simple smile or go out of your way to open a door for someone. Perhaps, help the elderly to their car and unload their groceries…there is ALWAYS time to help. We have to change our attitude towards each other before real change will ever happen in our world today. We have to start holding ourselves accountable for our own actions and stop blaming others. The BIG ONE is we have to start loving and respecting ourselves more.
Day 26:
I am thankful for my roller coaster life.
It amazes me that in one minute my heart can be bursting with utter joy and then the next minute my heart gets shattered into a million pieces. News alert…I am very sensitive or bi polar…jury’s out ha, ha. My pea brain can’t comprehend the bigger picture at times and I allow myself to get excited about things that are totally out of my control. Then, in those pensive moments of despair, the voice of reason cries out of the darkness, “MY PLAN IS BETTER…BE PATIENT AND TRUST ME”. Whew…trusting is hard at the bottom, but the sooner I trust, the quicker the chain lift will rise.
My whole life has been one long roller coaster. I am so grateful for the up’s and down’s. The down’s are usually not ideal, at that moment, but I know deep down I will be stronger because of them. As I get older, I am learning how to embrace the hard times. The hard times mean there is something GREAT getting ready to happen. Something so great that when I look back at that dip on the track, it was preparing me for greater glory.

Day 27:
I am thankful for the people in my life who keep promises.
Words are just words until they are put into action. To a fault, I want to truly believe that when a friend or family member tells me they are going to do something, no matter how big or small the task is at hand, they will follow through. After all, that’s all you have is someone’s word. It could be something so simple like meeting for coffee or as large as them saying, “I promise I’m going to quit allowing myself to be trampled on by men or women”. It is quite simple to keep your word. If you can’t keep that promise, just say so. It hurts worse when you don’t follow through and begin ignoring calls, texts, emails, or totally vanish because you don’t have the courage of your convictions.
I am so grateful for the people in my life that know the true meaning of keeping promises. If I’m in need of help, love, prayer, or trust…I know who I can count on. You know who you are and I thank you for being that person in my life ♥

Day 28:
I am thankful for the little benevolent surprises God places in my life.
I am a giver, plain and simple. I don’t give to gain some sort of recognition or humanitarian award. I give because that is what makes my heart smile.
This year I was accused of “my heart not being in the right place” by giving a sweet young girl all the things that she couldn’t have otherwise. Do you know how badly that destroyed me?? I loved that little girl and wanted her to feel good about herself and know that she would be taken care of. It’s a shame. However, after the initial hurt of it all, God, quickly restored my heart and off to giving I went.
There are many times in your life that you get so down on yourself because you feel as if you are the only one giving. It can drive you to the point of feeling worthless. A little secret my mama taught me. When you give, don’t EVER expect anything back from that person. Some people are just takers and if we helped fulfill a need for them, what does it matter if they don’t reciprocate? We haven’t lost one thing, if money is what you spent or gave. Just know, that the money spent, will come back to you 10 or 100 fold…It is HIS promise. I have seen it work many times. Don’t ever stop giving, even if you have been burned a million times.
“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” (2 Corinthians 9:6)
Day 29:

I am thankful for discernment.
I think in my previous life I was some wild animal of sorts ha, ha. I have this keen ability to know when something or someone is perilous to my life or my family. When I was younger, of course, I didn’t pay attention to this gift and let people walk all over me, steal from me, trust in liars, etc… I believe with my whole heart that’s why I was put through so many challenges…hard lessons I had to learn to be able to tap into this gift. I tell my family and friends I’m kinda like my pup, Briley.  I have a real good nose for spurious folk. I can pick a con artist out in about 5 minutes of our meeting. I have been wrong at times, but not very often. I’m thankful that I can weed these people out of my life before any danger presents itself to me or my family and friends. There are a lot of crazies out there. Peel the scales off your eyes and I bet you can tap into your discernment as well.

Day 30:
I am thankful for the incredible opportunities that are presenting themselves. YAY GOD!
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