the definition of giving thanks.

I see beauty take flight.
The wall yields from the pressure of the consistent tapping of the gate. Some see scars. I see beauty take flight.

There are days when giving thanks comes easily. The list is long of things I am thankful for – my family, sweet friends, our home, the opportunity to minister to the discarded, the freedom to live in this country and worship God without fear and to know that I am the Lord’s and no one can snatch me from His hand. I’m thankful for Diet Dr Pepper and hours spent baking treats in the kitchen, long car rides on back-country roads, and taking random pictures on my iPhone. I’m thankful for the tender beauty that comes in hugging my grandson tightly or the pride that wells up when I see my son care for his wife or teach a group of students. I’m thankful to have a husband who loves me so well and so completely when I can be a complete and total bitch (I did just write that – there’s no need in trying to find a prettier word when that one just says it all).

But I’m continuing to learn the beauty in giving thanks when sunburn accompanies sunshine, when steps forward include potholes, when a flower’s sweetness is thwarted by the sting of a bee. Yes, I’m continuing to learn the depth of the word “give.” It means offer, donate, share. But it also means yield, bend, surrender.  There is a depth of thanks that can only be discovered when the giving is sacrificial, when the act of offering itself leaves me feeling naked and vulnerable. It’s in those moments when the giving becomes sacred – transformational.

Today, let me be transformed. I pray the same for you.

Be thankful, whatever the circumstances may be. If you follow this advice you will be working out the will of God expressed to you in Jesus Christ. ~1 Thessalonians 5:18

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About Ronne Rock

Ronne Rock’s heart finds its strongest beat where beauty and pain collide – because hope always finds us in the shattered places. There’s more than 30 years of marketing and communications experience in her bones, and she finds great joy in sharing leadership wisdom as a regular contributor to Orange Leaders and QARA. But more often than not these days, she's with the vulnerable in difficult places around the world, gathering stories that change stories. Find Ronne's words in "For You, Love" the prayer journal that invites you to respond, and in Everbloom, a collection of stories from the Redbud Writers Guild. She is currently writing, "Building Eden: Principles of a Grace-Filled Leadership that Restores and Redeems." 

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2 thoughts on “the definition of giving thanks.”

  1. I see the beauty take flight too. Before reading your post I kept trying to figure out how a bird made the impression on the wall. We have a perfect, subtle outline of a dove in flight on our family room window. Unfortunately the bird died. I can’t bring myself to remove it. It reminds me of many things…to live each day fully as life can change so quickly, to see the beauty in its graceful form, to trust that God has us in his embrace in all things…so many lessons. I’m glad to have found your blog.

    1. I’m so thankful for a God big enough to not be bound by words on pages – He always writes in the margins…in the outline of a dove, in the fragrance of grass, in the misfit mercies of others on the journey. Now that you’ve arrived, perhaps there’s hope for my back yard!

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