Penny's Passion: Thinking Out Loud Thursday - July 28, 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Thinking Out Loud Thursday - July 28, 2016

Hey, hey!  It's Thursday!  Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday with me and Vanessa from X-tremely V!

Michelle from Grammie Time suggested a theme to blog about today -- Thankful Heart.

Boy, there are so, so many things that I'm thankful for -- you know, all the standard things.  My family.  My friends.  My job.  But today I'm not thinking about the standard things that most of us are thankful for.  I'm thinking about how thankful I am to live in the United States and have the right to vote for the candidate I chose.

Now, let me state right up front that this is NOT a political post.  I'm not saying who you should vote for or what your views should be.

What I am saying is even after listening to all the rhetoric from both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, I am still wholeheartedly thankful that I live in a country where we can vote for any candidate we want.  Even if your candidate isn't on the ballot, just write it in!  Your vote will be counted.  Thankful that we are in a country where both parties can speak their minds.  People can decide for themselves who they will back.

I think sometimes when we are in the middle of an election year, people don't stop and just be thankful for the opportunity we have to vote.  Our country, even with all it's faults, is still pretty darn cool.  It's easy to take advantage of that fact.  For those of us that were born here after 1920, we didn't have to fight for the right to vote.  We didn't have to figure out how to come to America or how to become a citizen.  We didn't have to work to ratify the 19th amendment so women could vote.  We were blessed by just being born here.  So I think we forget sometimes how nice it is to have the privileges that are afforded to us.

This isn't saying that everything is perfect here.  We all know that it isn't.  But what I truly believe in my heart is if we tried to work together more, things would improve.  The fact that we have that opportunity everyday is something I'm thankful for.

So as November gets closer, and I'm throwing things at the television every time a political commercial comes on, my hope is that I will stop and remember how thankful I am to live in a country that I can actually vote my mind.

Now it's your turn.  What is something outside the standard things in life are you thankful for?  Would love to hear from you on that, or any subject your blogging about today.  Link up below and let us know.

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  1. I am so glad you specifically chose your thankful heart for this week. I agree - the right to vote is something we should never take for granted. Thankful for you Penny and your friendship here in blog world and for your blog and all it stands for.

  2. Thanks for the link-up Penny

  3. It's definitely a privilege to be able to vote, and most people just take it for granted.

  4. Today, I'm going to be thankful for my house. I know it's one of the ordinary things people list, but I really love our house. We've been here almost two years now and we've really made it our own. We've got great pictures up on the walls, the books are organized just how I like them, and I can find that weird little kitchen do-hickey that always gets shoved in the wrong drawer. It's so comfortable. I love it. So that is my thankful thing today.

  5. I'm Canadian but I've been praying for the USA. This election is critical and the political leaders have HUGE faults. I guess it comes down to platforms and what makes the most Biblical sense.

    I will continue to pray.

    Right now, I'm thankful for my family, good health, and that I can homeschool!

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.