Ten Things I’m Thankful For


It was the beloved English writer G.K. Chesterton who once observed that the critical thing is whether or not we take the turns of life for granted or with gratitude.

So, in that spirit, I’d like to share with you ten things I’m thankful for this year.

I would love to read your list, too.

1. I’m thankful for the GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST … that He died for me – and you (!) and that He represents a power so awesome that its force cannot and will not be stopped on earth.

2. I’m thankful for the gift of LIFE … the good and the bad, the sickness and the health, the happy times and the tough seasons. Every moment is a miracle.

3. I’m thankful for JEAN … that the Lord blessed me with a wife of such noble character, dignity and devotion that it leaves me humbled and speechless. I cannot imagine my life without her.thankful4.png

4. I’m thankful for TRENT and TROY … our boys are bright lights, curious about everything and wonderful company to be with; how fun to watch them grow up and grow closer to God!

5. I’m thankful for my BROTHERS and SISTERS … you can choose your friends, but not your siblings. We share a history and a heart for one another. Life took us in different directions but we remain close.

6. I’m thankful for living in a country with FREEDOM … partisanship aside, I’ve been all around the world and encountered oppression. Though things aren’t perfect here, I’m grateful to live “here” and not “there.”

7. I’m thankful for the spirit of ANTICIPATION … I love looking forward to holidays, camping trips and special times with the family. It adds sweetness to life.

8. I’m thankful for LAUGHTER … can you imagine going through life without humor? Sadly, some people do!

9. I’m thankful for the emotion of PASSION … it gets me out of bed in the morning, to know that the Lord loves me as though I was the only person on earth and that He has called us to serve as His hands and feet this side of heaven. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to serve on the team here at Focus and advance His priorities with your help.

10. I’m thankful for the command to be a Christian of GOOD CHEER … “In this world ye shall have tribulations, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Life may not always go according to our ideal, but Jesus has His hand on the wheel. There is no need to be cranky and grumble our way through it all.

That’s my list, though there are so many more items. How about yours?

From the Dalys and the entire team here at Focus on the Family, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;his love endures forever” (1 Chronicles 16:34).

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sambrea More than 1 year ago

Wow Brien,I don't know why I did not see your post before brother!  But, I just want to say that I am SO GLAD you did NOT take your life.  That popped right out at me.  I just lost my precious mom last year...it hit me hard.  Three months later...a friend of mine took her life...using the method you just mentioned.  Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and I thank God He showed you that...I am confident that He showed my friend..but sadly she didn't listen :-( I miss her so much and I am even more saddened as to how she missed out on what God had in store for her.  I just want to say that for those of us who love the Lord and truly trust Him with our lives..it is normal to be torn between two places.  But, we must always press on in Jesus Name.  We are to be conquerers! For no one or nothing can Thwart God's plan for our lives.  I am glad Brien that you are still here.  There are things in the world that only "YOU" can do for the kingdom of God.  I am very  proud of you for choosing courage instead of giving up! And remember, we always have the rapture to look forward to....it can happen TONIGHT.  So keep looking up brother. I look forward to meeting you then! :-)God bless you,Sambrea

jason More than 1 year ago

I am thankful for my Lord and Savior and all of the work that He has done in my life and continues to do today. I am thankful for my family: My beautiful wife of 24 years and my beautiful children who are very bright and full of inspiration. I am thankful for our home. I am thankful for freedom to worship Jesus Christ.I am thank ful for my job. I am thankful that God is using me to impact lives for His kingdom. I am thankful for God's provision for my family. I am thankful for pain in life because it keeps me focused on God and priorities in my life that tend to suffer if I get overly involved in circumstance of life. I am thankful for my church family and all of the different people and ministries that God has put into my life to use as tools to teach me.

Lorelei More than 1 year ago

Here! Here! and Amen! Well said--I could insert my family members' names in place of yours and go with that! I'm thankful for the good work of Focus on the Family, too!

Brian R More than 1 year ago

top 5 for me :

salvation that gives me life eternalhealth to serve Christfamily that loves and supports and receives loveHis will for my callfreedoms of my Canada

Laura More than 1 year ago

Rene!  So well said.  Thank you! for your passionate heart for the unborn and for the mothers who carry them.  Your wordshave brought conviction to my heart and stirred my conscience to consider if I've been engaged in this battle for the unbornthrough intercession and compassion and giving of my time.  Have I considered again what my part might be?  Thanks justfor sharing what you are most thankful for.  Thanks for walking in the love of God and being the church!

Grace More than 1 year ago

1.  I'm thankful for Jesus' presence in my life, that I can talk to him when ever I want.2.  I'm thankful for our family, a loving husband, 4 wonderful children and their spouses and the nineteen grandchildren that God has blessed us with.3.  I'm thankful for Christian friends who love me, pray for me, and help keep me on the straight and narrow.4.  I'm thankful for the chances to be of service to my Lord and savior.5.  I'm thankful for the beautiful name he has graced me with6.  I'm thankful for the beautiful world we live in, the trees, the rivers, the mountains, the stars and everything.7.  I'm thankful for books to read about our world.8.  I'm thankful that I live in a land where it is easy to believe in Christ without being persecuted.9.  I'm thankful that I can pray for all those who are being persecuted.10.  And I'm most thankful that he found me when I was lost in sin and brought me home and surrounded me with love.

Lisa N More than 1 year ago

Jim, your "Thank yous" made me break out in tears of joy. They cover essentially all that I am thankful for including that God, regardless of our sinful nature, has saved us and through His Holy Spirit given us a thankful spirit.

sambrea More than 1 year ago

Julie,May the Lord continue to bless you and your family Julie :-)  I look forward to meeting you and your precious children someday on the otherside of the rainbow :-) ( Our children already know each other :-)  God is good!God bless you sister,Happy Thanksgiving Indeed!!!

Laura More than 1 year ago

This year I sent Thank you cards to some special people to celebrate Thanksgiving day.To thank them not for what they've done for me, but for who they are.  One friend is a great pray-er andan encourager.  Another friend just listened  and prayed for me after my Dad and then my Mom died. Another sister in law is always patient and gracious with her family and another has shown such couragein the face of cancer.  There are so many sisters and brothers in the faith who encourage me by the waythey walk with the Lord.  I think this is a great time to let them know how much they mean to me!!

julie More than 1 year ago

SombreaI am Thankful for the Great Loving God our Father we serve. Your list blessed me as did others.I resonate with many of the same life refining trials you've had.We Adopted two daughters as babies, after the Lord in Lov, allowed three babies to pass Earth and go straight to Heaven, three in six years.Thanking the Lord for the Valleys in them I was being refined,He still refines me today I am Thankful God gives us a place to share what the Lord has done for usHAPPY THANKSGIVING.

Ray More than 1 year ago

AMEN to all - I would add THANKS that God is still on His throne - watching all that goes on."If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?"  Trust in Him, just as we have always been able to do.

Rene H. More than 1 year ago

I am thankful for my volunteer position at a pro-life pregnancy center.  I am thankful for ultrasound.  I am thankful for the Author of Life.  I am thankful for the beautiful words from David in Psalm 139.  I am thankful for courageous physicians and nurses willing to educate their patients about the truth.  I am thankful for the power of love and forgiveness.  I am thankful for the sound of an unborn baby's heartbeat.  I am thankful for sacrificial supporters of pro-life ministries.  I am thankful for politicians using their power and influence to defend the weak.  I am thankful for an unwed mother named Mary carryinging her baby to term so that I can know Him. 

Margaret More than 1 year ago

I'm thankful for God the Creator, Jesus my Savior, and the Holy Spirit my comforter....for Roy, my husband of 31 years--the way he cares for me and makes me laugh....for my 4 kids (whom Focus on the Family have helped us raise into active, loving Christians....for my 1st grandson and the joy he brings....for my mother who went to sleep in March and awoke in heaven.  She was my best friend and role model....for my health and the ability to still run and play at 63....for music and the joy it has given me all through life....for the privilege of being a citizen of the United States....

Julie More than 1 year ago

Thankful for Gods Grace, my children, family, friends.Thankful for Gods unfailing love through lifes difficult times.

Eileen N More than 1 year ago

Thanks for sharing your list of gratitude, your ministry and staff. I am thankful for God, the creator.  Each day I am awestruck at the beauty of His works, attention to detail, and creativity. I am thankful for Jesus Christ, the Redeemer and my relationship with Him.  I am thankful for for the gift of grace, the Holy Spirit,and being in fellowship with all people - believers and non-believers from all walks of life.  I am thankful for family and friends.  I am thankful for the gift of prayer as it comforts and soothes my being. I am just thankful... my list is keeps growing.

sambrea More than 1 year ago

1.  I am thankful that the Lord  kept pursuing me when I was living in sin....He saved me from myself.2.  I am thankful for the Lord's precious Word...I need it everyday!3.  I am thankful for my loving husband and how he too loves the Lord with all his heart, soul, mind and strength.4.  I am thankful for our three precious girls the Lord has blessed us with...even while they are teens :-)5.  I am thankful Jesus took the sting out of death.6.  I thank God for the mountains..but I thank Him more for the valleys...for it was in the valley that I began to really know the great I Am!7.  I thank God for His genuine unconditional love.8.  I am thankful for the six months I had my precious son....that precious boy's short life changed mine forever. I am grateful to the Lord we will see him again.9.  I am thankful we serve a God who does all things well.10.  I am thankful I have the chance to show the Lord how grateful I am for all that He has done. By His grace I will spend the rest of  my life honoring Him and live according to His will not mine...and I pray that when I breathe my last breath, that I will have done everything He wanted me to.

Anne More than 1 year ago

Very cogent words and much appreciated!  Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us and continuing a ministry so important to families across the country.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Jim B More than 1 year ago

I am thankful that Jim Daily was given to Focus by my Lord & Savior, Jesus, and that he is giving his heart to the Savior's service.  Thanks, JimJim

Chuck More than 1 year ago

I am so thankful for my daily Bread of Life, Jesus, and being able to walk and talk with Him in the garden here on earth and one day beyond the river.  He is so good, so very good.  I pray to finish strong and proclaim him boldly in the great assembly..

Doug More than 1 year ago

I am thankful for:The love and faithfulness of God Almighty, demonstrated through Jesus Christ.The freedoms we have to hear and share this great love.My life, health, family, church, job, home, education, God's Word, friends, & other people I have been influenced by.Paved roads, hot and cold running water, electricity, food, clothing, community, the internet, not having to live in fear.The ability to have served my country for over 10 years, visiting many foreign nations who do not understand or have most of the things we are listing today.The opportunity and privelege to help carry the gospel to others all around the world.To praise God publicly and proclaim the name of Jesus above all names.To have the eternal hope that will carry me through any time where I do not have much of these or anything left to be thankful for.

Heidi G More than 1 year ago

Amen to all of the items on Jim's list. I am so thankful for the joy, peace, love and contentment that is available to us as a child of God.  I am thankful for Christ's blood that cleanses me of all of my sin.  I am so thankful for God's beautiful, magestic creation.  I am so thankful that in everything the Lord said "give thanks" and He provides the way to do that.  I am so thankful the Lord knows just what I need and when I need it even when I am saying "no".  I am thankful I can call my Heavenly Father, Daddy and He calls me His child.

Don More than 1 year ago

I'm thankful for you Jim and Focus On The Family MinistryFor our church where we hear the true word of God each SundayFor a host of Christian friends who encourage each otherFor the opportunity of serving God each day and witnessing to ohers about His loveFor my wife who has cared for me after suffering a heart attackFor our daughter who has raised two sons, one in the MarinesGod bless you.  Amen.

Monique More than 1 year ago

I am thankful for so many things.  I am thankful fo the hope that I have in Jesus Christ.  That hope changes everything.  I am also thankful for Jesus' precious gift of peace.  A peace I can enjoy in the midst of the turmoil and hardships. I am thankful for God's word, where I can read about His promises and learn them and cling to them.  I am thankful God hears my prayers and answers them.  I am thankful God is a loving, generous Father.  He has given me so much- a wonderful husband, three children (that the medical profession said I'd never have!).  I am thankful for each new day where I get a new chance to glorify God...

Brien More than 1 year ago

Hi...Is it JUST ME, or is it a challenge to; "be of good cheer" as a Christian? I have a loving family, food, shelter, heated water, clothes, a place to lay my head, etc, etc, etc. Yet when I watch or listen to the daily news, it sure does not help me to "be of good cheer". In fact, this World is evil beyond measure. While I'm sipping my coffee and eating a Bear Claw, people are being murdered, tortured, beaten, commiting suicide, lying, stealing, and doing even more evil and heinous things, NON STOP. Yes, this SHOWS that all humans NEED to repent of their sins, and need Jesus as their Savior and God. That being said, how are WE, God's children, supoosed to "be of good cheer" with all this horribleness going on all around us? In my life, I have mostly been a 'glass half full' kind of person. Make no mistake, I have had my own trials and tribulations and been in a place more than once where I felt a rope around my neck was the best way to deal with life on planet Earth. Yet Jesus through The Holy Spirit has guided me through those times of 'The Valley of The Shadow of Death'. Notice, not THE Valley of Death, just The Valley of The 'Shadow' of Death. Part of me is grateful that Jesus saved me from taking my own life, and the other is resentful that I could not take my own life and be with Him, and be off this 'Mankind Forsaken' planet called Earth. Yet I know that 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says 19 "Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies." Bought at a price, what price? Think about it, God Himself, coming to planet Earth, being born as a man, just like us so that we could never say; "You don't know what it's like being one of us, being a human!" Yes, yes He does. Jesus knows what it's like to be one of us, to live a perfect sinless life among us, to be rail-roaded, to be falsely accused, tortured and murdered on a Cross of Death with the specific purpose of dying as YOUR sacrificial lamb. I KNOW that when I repented and received God's Salvation through Jesus Christ, God's Only Begotten Son, that HE had saved me, that HE redeemed me, that HE was now my God, my Savior, my Everything, and that my life would never be the same. I don't care about 'Streets of Gold or Mansions in Heaven', I don't care about sitting next to Christ Jesus like the apostles argued about, I just want to be WITH Him. Everything else is window dressing, everything else is literally CRAP. For me, the only thing that brings me 'good cheer', is the very thought of being with Him, everything else pales and is of no interest to me. "Dear Father God...King Jesus...Holy Spirit, please help us Your children to seek You in Spirit and in Truth, moment by moment, and in doing so, THIS will help us to 'be of good cheer'." With Thanksgiving two days away and Christmas about a month away, I pray and Hope, in Him, that we, His children, will rest in Him, knowing that, come what may, He will NEVER leave us, nor forsake us. I look forward to meeting Jude someday, as his words help me to 'be of good cheer'...Jude's Doxology- 24 "To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen." All God's blessing to my brothers and sisters everywhere in Jesus Christ The Lord, always.

Mathew More than 1 year ago

Yes, Jim, we are thankful to God for this nation. I lived in another continent for many years while on a mission. If one is not in the grace of God, the conditions there can drive you to a feeling of apathy and and hopelessness. You have no real freedom to express your Biblical view in public as you ought due to fear of reprisals, etc. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY WE THANK GOD FOR THE ROLE-MODELS LIKE YOU, JIM. THE WORLD IS IN DIRE NEED OF PEOPLE LIKE YOU.