Quotable Mondays: Be Thankful for All Things

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Today’s quote is from Maya Angelou. She said:

Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”

I set out to find a quote that would stand as a “second witness” to the thought I shared a couple of weeks go on Being Thankful for Our Problems. I love the quote I found. I think she puts the two things together. I think when we try to focus only on the good things in life, we block out a huge portion of life. We aren’t able to be present for it. How often to we bury our heads in the sand like an ostrich to protect our hearts from pain? Be present. And at the same time, be thankful. All things are life, and be thankful for it. 

On the same page I found the nice picture above, I found a great quote from Thessalonians. 

1 Thessalonians 5:18: In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

It doesn’t say, be sure to give thanks for the good things. It says to give things in every thing.

No matter if you are facing the bitter or the sweet (and we pretty much face both every day, right?),  say thank you. Grow from both facets of life. 

So remember to be thankful. In all things.  


Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at Babywise.life, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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  1. Christina Mitchell
    November 18, 2014 / 1:43 AM

    Thank you for posting this today. I am going to look for ways to be thankful in what is a very challenging time at work. I should be thankful that I have a job I love and an called to.

    • Valerie Plowman
      November 26, 2014 / 12:49 AM

      You are so welcome!

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