Thankful at Home: A Grateful Heart

When I was asked to join a series this Thanksgiving season on being thankful at home, I knew this was something I wanted to be a part of.  Because, oh boy, am I thankful at home!  Since moving into my new house a year ago, it’s been a whirlwind year of completing more projects and getting things finished around here. And it’s been one BIG thankful year for me. A year behind me of being in my new house, a house that I wasn’t sure I’d have again.  So, let me tell you, this girl is thankful in so many ways this year!  God has abundantly blessed me and I am so grateful for it.

I’m doing a Bible study right now with a group of other ladies and it’s James McDonald’s, Lord, Change my Attitude and I can tell you that being thankful is so important to all of us. If you get a chance to do this study, I’d highly recommend it.   What I’ve gotten from this study is that God wants us to be grateful to Him for all we have, big and small.  Everything that we have comes from Him and He wants us to remember that every single day and to trust Him in that, because he ultimately allows trials into our life to mold us into the people he wants us to be.  It’s how we react to those trials that will make or break us. One of my favorite take-aways from this study is this:  Faith is believing the Word of God and acting upon it, no matter how I feel, because God promises a good result.  Thank you, James McDonald!

So, that’s what I try to do. Wake up every day with a grateful heart for all the blessings He has given me and for who He is, the one who has it all under control.  I don’t want to be a whiner or complainer.  I want to be joyful and grateful for all that He’s done for me and to live in contentment.  I’m learning that lesson more and more every year too.  A state of contentment is a good place to be.

Things can all be taken away from any of us at the snap of a finger, but it’s truly the people in our lives that matter the most and as I get older and my parents get older, I’m so much more aware of that fact.

Dad and Mom

I’m so grateful for my family, especially my mom and dad, who have been there for me through thick and thin. They are amazing parents and I wouldn’t trade them for anyone else! I was raised by the most Godly example of parents that you can imagine.  Truly, they live it every day.

I’m also grateful that I’m able to work at home and not have to fight the traffic in this town.  Working at home is such a gift and a huge blessing as well and I love being at home and doing my blogging thing.

fall trees

So, today I’m sharing a few things at my house that I’m thankful for, like the trees in my neighborhood that are turning fiery colors right now, against a blue sky that reminds me of how big and majestic God is.

my house

My humble house that I’m so grateful to have. It’s not that beautiful on the outside (yet!), but I’ll be working on that this next year too.  I’ve got lots of landscaping to do and can’t wait to see my front yard come alive with plants, hardscaping and more.  In fact, I just had a Southern Living lifestyle and garden expert at my house yesterday. We planted some pretty containers for winter and she is going to come up with a whole landscape plan for my house using Southern Living plant collections and we will start planting in the Spring.  Can you believe that? I had no idea Southern Living even has plant collections until this summer when I visited the Southern Living Idea house.  God is so good to me!

See that little front porch that looks a little tumble-down?

front porch

I’m grateful that I can afford to hire someone to come and build me a cute peaked roof front porch with columns and new steps and that’s going to happen Thanksgiving week. I can’t wait!

back yard

I’m thankful for a large backyard with a few trees and seeing them turn colors too this time of year.  I’m very thankful for a finished screened porch this time of year.  My dad just finished trimming out this end of the porch last week and added that gate to it, which I’ll share with you later.  We are going to be painting this lattice and the new stairs soon too and hopefully next spring, I’ll be getting the whole house repainted, since it could definitely use it.

My House collage

So yes, I’m thankful for the inside of my home that I just adore!  I still have to pinch myself sometimes that I’m living in this house and loving it so much. It truly is my home, sweet, home, the place I can just be and live day to day.

Thanksgiving table

I didn’t set any new tables this year.  My family spends Thanksgiving at my cousin’s house and her parents, my parents, and all of us children and grandchildren gather together to celebrate a special time of the year. Being with family makes it even more precious to all of us, because we know that we will not always have our parents around to enjoy these special holidays.  So we savor them even more.

Thanksgiving centerpiece

I set this table last year and love the beauty that is there.  But, Thanksgiving certainly isn’t all about the table, although it is nice to enjoy a beautifully set table. It’s about who we celebrate with, family and friends.  This year, I hope you’ll take the time to really savor the moments with your families too.  We all get caught up so much in the fast-paced lives we lead and I don’t ever want to get too busy to just enjoy the days with loved ones.  Each and every one is a gift to remember, so take the time to stop, reflect and hold onto every day with loved ones.

You can see all the participating bloggers in this series and I hope you’ll take the time to stop by everyday and go back to the ones from Monday and Tuesday and catch them all. We are all sharing thoughts, recipes, projects, and family traditions about Thanksgiving and it’s a great time to stop and reflect on all we have to be thankful for!

Here’s a little bonus and sidenote for you! I love choir music, really good choir music.  Contemporary church music is fine and dandy and some of it I like, but really truly I adore really good choir music.  In my opinion, contemporary praise and worship music can’t hold a candle to some of these songs.  I sing in the choir at my church and am so blessed when I am up there singing to the Lord.  We just sang this song last Sunday and it always blesses my socks off, so I hope it will for you as well. I couldn’t embed the video, so you’ll have to click over to listen to it. This is the Prestonwood choir, not my church, but they always do a great job with their music.

Enjoy! The song is I Choose to Worship! It reminds us to worship even when we have trials and hardships….especially when we have trials and hardships.  

I Choose To Worship

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If you’re stopping by from Cedar Hill Farmhouse, a big welcome to you. I hope you’ll continue on with the tour tomorrow and stop by The Lilypad Cottage, where Kelly is sure to wow you!

Monday:
Savvy Southern Style
Finding Home
Lilacs & Longhorns
The Inspired Room
The Crafty Woman

Tuesday:
Stone Gable
Debbiedoos
What Meegan Makes
Maison de Pax
Confessions of a Plate Addict

Wednesday:
Thistlewood Farm
Eclectically Vintage
My Soulful Home
Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Southern Hospitality

Thursday:
The Lilypad Cottage
A Little Claireification
Fresh Idea Studio
Pennywise
The Rustic Pig

Friday:
Housepitality Designs
Mom4Real
Country Design Style
The Everyday Home
Unskinny Boppy


- Rhoda

Comments

  1. Wonderful post. 🙂

  2. Can’t wait to see your outside transformation ! Enjoyed the journey on the inside, God truly turned your tears into joy! What a surprise that you had my church on singing “I choose to worship!”
    Tina

  3. So well said, Rhoda! Your love and gratefulness shine through! My Bible study class did Lord, Change My Attitude also, and it was so powerful that we did it again the next year! In fact, it may be about time to do it again.

  4. Kris Woelke says:

    Rhoda,
    My Bible study group is going the same study! Love my time with The Lord and my girl friends! I enjoy your blog and love the pictures of your mom and dad! They remind me so of my grandparents! Keep up the great work!

  5. What a wonderful post and reminder of what we all have to be thankful for! Love your porch and I can’t wait to see the new roof. 🙂

    Thank you for sharing your heart today….and so blessed to call you friend!

    Have a wonderful day rock star!
    karianne

  6. You are right on Rhoda. We are abundantly blessed. I was thinking about His presence this week. Like the wind….I can’t see it but I can sure feel it. Will check out the Bible study.

  7. Rhoda,
    Great post. Thanks for sharing the video from the Prestonwood Choir. Prestonwood’s pastor, Jack Graham, is my favorite preacher in the world!
    I’m going to get the James McDonald book on changing my attitude; this has been my prayer every single day this year, “Lord, change my attitude” and I can definitely see that happening; Praise the Lord!
    Thank you for sharing! Love your post!

  8. Rhoda, God brings us through the storm and refines us like silver. Psalms 66:10.
    Blessings to you and your family.
    Take care.
    Emily

  9. Rhoda,
    What a beautifully written post. I know you spoke from you heart and you DO TRULY have a grateful heart. It has been a privilege to see you grow and blossom in your life.
    xo Kathysue

  10. Beautiful, Rhoda, thank you so much, especially for the bonus. It gives me chills. I love how grounded you are and your place in the blog world. I’m thankful.

  11. What a blessing you are to everyone who reads your blog! Just a wonderful reminder to be thankful for all that we do have in our life….I love seeing the pictures of your mom and dad…thank you for sharing your blessings and reminding us to be aware of all things great and small that matter.

  12. Rhoda,
    What a beautiful post. Thank you. I too feel so blessed and so thankful for all of God’s blessing.
    How many people you have touched today with your message. Blessings…

  13. And thankful you should be because you are blessed with your amazing parents and home. I can’t wait to see your new porch!!!
    Kelly

  14. Thank you for reminding me about what is truly important at Thanksgiving and every other day, too.
    Blessings to you and your sweet, hardworking folks!

  15. Doris Self says:

    I loved your blog today. So very special!! You know you are a very good writer as well as a good blogger.

  16. Peggy Born says:

    Wow! Love that awesome praise music – and your post was a post of praise. 11 years ago, my circumstances were very similar to yours – I lost everything; started all over at 51 years old. God has blessed me abundantly. I love how you have shared your story – and His! May God continue to bless you.

  17. Becky in 'Bama says:

    Rhoda: you have been ever faithful to our Lord even in the darkest of times in your past. HE has granted you mercy and lots of GRACE. Blessings on you in all your endeavors! Thanks for a blog that is up-lifting and fun.

  18. What a heartfelt message you have given us to read. Your love of the Lord and your grace come through so lovingly in your writings. Thank you for the web link to such a wonderful song; my day has been uplifted by you and the music. Continued blessings to you and yours…

  19. Theresa Kane says:

    We are thankful for you and for sharing your family, home and life with all of us! I love the song… and your blog verse is my life verse!! Blessings to you and your family.Can’t wait to check out the other blogs… ya’ll inspire me to be more creative in my own home.
    Hugs

  20. Oh how very beautiful Rhoda! Many blessings more to come your way. I just love how your Parents were able to be there for your and your new home is just beautiful. Can’t wait to see the porch. Glad to be a part of this series with you.

  21. Rhoda, thank you for sharing you beautiful thoughts and feelings. You are blessed. Your home is so warm and cozy and reading your posts you can feel the joy it gives you. ~Jeanette

  22. Oh Dear Rhoda, what a blessing to me your post is today! You have summed up how I’m feeling. My little mother passed away about two weeks ago and now she is in heaven with my daddy and Jesus. I too, am so blessed to have had Godly parents who loved me and taught me about Jesus. We do ‘choose’ how we’re going to face each day. I know my feelings are very tender right now and I could choose to wallow in self pity and be angry and just beside myself that my little mother passed away. But instead I ‘choose’ to rejoice that she is in heaven and I have the promise as a Christian that I’ll see her again. Cherish your little parents, as I know you do, and make as many sweet memories as you can while they are on this earth. That’s what fills my heart now – the loving memories that my mother and I shared. I love that song so much and it has really ministered to me today. Bless you, sweet Rhoda.
    Shelia 😉

  23. What a precious and tender post. I love reading your heart felt thoughts. Your parents are so dear. I can see why you are the way you are. They are so sweet. Your new home is and will be a beautiful transformation of YOU. Isn’t that awesome? You are right-God is good. I love that you sing in the church choir and feel the abundant blessing from doing so.
    Thanks for being apart of this amazing Thankful at Home series. It was nice to get to know you a little better.
    Have a wonderful day!

  24. I know you must do sponsored posts for your business but these kind of posts I love! It seems when a blogger begin making a living just from blogging they sometimes lose that atmosphere of sharing their lives, their DIY projects. That’s what makes blogging seem like conversations among friends. It also gives the reader something to “take home” and an I can do it attitude (when the rest of us don’t have any “free-be’s” coming in!) I do understand the need for keeping the readership traffic up as high as possible and for earning money from sponsorship but I appreciate a balance with more personal stories. So thank you so much for sharing your faith today!

  25. Rhoda, What a beautifully written post and it’s clear that your heart and life really are filled with thanksgiving! It was a blessing reading your post.
    I am so thankful that you agreed to join this tour, and I can honestly say that this tour has blessed me in ways I didn’t even anticipate. I am a big believer in expressing our gratitude and having a thankful heart, but reading everyone’s posts each day has just filled me up! Of course, I love good projects but it’s the gratitude that has been expressed that has just been so wonderful. So, thank you, dear Rhoda, and I’m thrilled that you shared all of your blessings here today.
    Julie

  26. Rhoda you always have such a great positive attitude, even before the James McDonald study. I’ve been reading your blog for a while and, though we’ve never met, I feel like I’m visiting with a friend every time. Like a lot of people I know, you’ve been through some hard times and it’s nice to see how things have turned out. Where did you get the bird plates? They are beautiful and perfect for fall.

  27. What a blessing it is to finish up the tour today at your home! I can feel the love, compassion, warmth and gratitude you exude right through the screen, Rhoda!

    A beautiful post from a beautiful blogger. Thanks so much for sharing the many ways you sing God’s praises and the tender reminder for us to join in the song every chance we get.

  28. I know you are so grateful for the many blessings that you have in spite of all the trials and tribulations that you have gone through in the past years, you have risen to the top and you always count your blessings…Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones!!!

  29. Hi Rhoda,
    I just stopped by to say hello and was pleasantly surprised with your heartfelt post. Jane and I just love you. By the way, I sing in our church choir too. I know you enjoy some beach music. We’ve put a radio station on our blog that I think you’ll enjoy. Just click on the radio tab on the navigation bar. God bless Rhoda.

  30. Rhoda…what a wonderful post. I loved reading your uplifting words, seeing the picture of your parents & your house inside & out. I am so very pleased to be getting to know you and I hope we keep in touch & cross paths again.
    Thank you very much for being such an asset to our tour…

  31. Love Prestonwood music! I’m a trained singer but we attend a contemporary church and I’m not singing at all now. I do miss being in the choir and leading it as well. Thanks for sharing the song!

  32. What a wonderful blog post! I always look forward to reading your blog and being inspired. I love hearing about your family too. God has a plan for you and you are living a blissful life.

  33. Candace Yergensen says:

    Love hearing your words about thankfulness, and yes, I LOVE the music too! Sometimes when I am low, I play the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and just praise. Always sets my sight on WHO is important and in control.
    Thank you Rhoda!

  34. Rhoda,
    I am always touched when you write posts about where you have been, and about your mom and dad. They remind me of my grandparents who have already passed. Love seeing their sweet faces! Thanks for sharing.

  35. deanna byrne says:

    I love your blog for many reasons, but really appreciated todays post. What a beautiful song. I am going to check out that bible study as well. I meet with two girlfriends for coffee twice a month and we do a bible study together. Looks like one we would appreciate. Thanks for being willing to share your life with us. God has truly blessed you and it encourages me to see it even from a distance! Thanks for being a positive place to visit, and for sharing your fabulous ideas with us. You have a gift of taking ‘ordinary’ homes and rooms and making them beautiful. I am so inspired when I see what you do. Thanks!

  36. I think homes reflect their owners, and your home could be nothing but beautiful, Rhoda.

  37. Rhoda, Your post was beautiful. You have a beautiful heart and are a great witness sharing your faith. The evolution of your home has been a great journey and I have admired you for a long time. You work hard and are so busy with good things. You are a wonderful example of the blogging world. I love this thankful series. Thank you.

  38. what a beautiful post. a lovely tribute to a life lived in Faith. How blessed you are to have such wonderful memories of your childhood and to have such wonderful parents. Your home looks lovely. Thank you for sharing with us. Hugs!

  39. Love this post Rhoda! Your house is beautiful, can’t wait to see the new changes 🙂

  40. hi Rhoda
    What a beautiful post today, your gratitude to God is so palpable. Loved the singing. In spite of what we are going through – God is good all the time. Thanks for being such an inspiration

  41. Cheryl Murphy says:

    First of all, I love your blog! Your story is incredibly inspiring, and I catch myself wishing I knew your parents! Your pictures of them just ooze preciousness (if that’s even a word!). Secondly, is there any way I can find out where you got those gorgeous dishes with the birds from your table on this post? They are amazing! Hope you enjoy every moment of your time with your family in the upcoming holiday season! Many blessings!

  42. Congratulations on your new house! Will be following along to see the makeover! What a beautiful setting and your interior design stunning! Can you come decorate my house?
    I love how you really took the time to stop and think about all the blessings in your life- nowadays it’s so easy to forget how lucky we are sometimes.
    Cheers!
    Christina

  43. Paula Lusk says:

    Rhoda- Your blessings and grace have shined upon us all, as you, and your family have worked to make a house into your home. You are truly an inspiration. God’s Blessings to you and your family. Paula

  44. Rhoda it has been such a pleasure getting to know you and all of the lovely gals a little bit better on this tour. Your home is so beautiful! I can’t wait to see the new covered entryway. So blessed by reading this post.
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    xo

  45. love this post, Rhoda! So excited for you to get to enjoy your lovely home. Can’t wait to see your porch and how the outside will shape up – think the outside always takes longer to get looking how you want it.

    thankful to live here in Atlanta too and get to spend time with you on our monthly outings!

  46. What a nice post! I’m so happy that you are settled in and that things are going well. Yes, we all have much to be grateful for and a safe, warm house tops the list. I lost my Mom in April and miss her so much. Going “home” to Minnesota for the first time in 13 years to spend time with my Dad and family.

    I am really looking forward to seeing your new front portico. I hope you will share the vendor. I have been looking for somebody to do this to my humble pad for some time. BTW, I used your curtain recommendation (my curtain lady retired and now works at Queen of Hearts)…made my way to Marietta and dropped the fabric off a few weeks ago. They are very reasonable and I’m excited to pick them up. Keep up the good work!

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