Feeling Thankful In Appalachia

mountains across a cow pasture

Thankful for the sunshine
Thankful for the rain
Thankful for the snowflakes
For the flowers in spring
Thankful thou will answer
When in trouble I pray
Thankful dear Lord everyday

I know I’m unworthy but
Thankful am I to know
I’m thy servant
Thou won’t pass me by

Thankful for the heartache
Thankful for the pain
Thankful for faith
Lest my prayers be in vain
Thankful for the tear drops
That appear when I weep
Thankful for the smile when I sleep

—Ira Louvin

I’ve been especially thankful lately. It’d take forever and a day for me to actually list what makes me feel grateful. I’ll just say it spans from the big things like my faith and my family to the little things like the bees that buzz about my garden and the lizards that scurry out of my way on the back deck.

Pap taught me so many things, again it would be hard to list them all, but learning to be thankful for the life I live is one Pap lesson that has served me well over the span of my days and seems to be more meaningful the older I get.

Back in April Paul shared Ira Louvin’s song “Thankful” on the Blind Pig and The Acorn YouTube channel.

Hope you enjoyed the song!


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    September 5, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    I am always thankful for the good and bad things. Bad things keep me from being spoiled. It reminds me that I cannot do things on my own and need to call on our father for help.

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    Kat Swanson
    September 5, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    I am thankful for being alive ,30 months into.a diagnosis that said the average person with my cancer lives 30 months….I’m still here! Here to appreciate the air I breathe…the beautiful mountains, the singing of the birds . So much to be thankful for in this world.

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    September 5, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    I’m so thankful for our Dear Lord Jesus. So thankful to be alive. Thankful for you and Granny too Tipper. God Bless!

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      Sue McIntyre
      September 5, 2021 at 8:33 pm

      Thankful to be able to feel the Holy Spirit in this song, and in the comments.

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    Allison B
    September 5, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    Thank You …for another wonderful BP&A post… including the insightful comments. Amen.

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    September 5, 2021 at 10:41 am

    An Attitude of Gratitude has been in my heart for a long time. Paul, Thank You SO much for your song. What a glorious voice! The Louvin Brothers were the Real Deal – what a legacy. And what a SUPER way to start off my Sunday morning here.

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    donna sue
    September 5, 2021 at 10:33 am

    I enjoyed reading all the comments here, and I agree with every one of them. I think Ron Stephens made a great statement by reminding us that God says “in everything give thanks”. I like how he emphasized the word “in”. It was a good reminder for me. Thank you, Mr. Stephens! I am so thankful for so much – the people in my life, the beauty around me, the everyday things God has blessed me with, and the passions He has given me in my heart (music, love of history, etc). Thank you, Paul, for choosing this song to sing in honor of Ira Louvin’s birthday back in April. You did a great job, as always. And thank you, Tipper for choosing it for today’s blog post. Sometimes we get so busy with life that we forget to have an attitude with gratitude. Life is way too short to walk around without joy in our hearts, and our eyes closed to the blessings and beauty we already have around us!

    Donna. : )

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    September 5, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Such a beautiful song, Paul, and you sang it so well! It’s raining this morning in SC PA but that song slows us down and jogs our mind with inspiration. I love the sunshine but I also treasure a soft falling rain. I’m thankful for being blessed to hear your beautiful voice singing this morning and read some of Tipper’s grateful list which actually reads like mine. As I am much older the one praise I say in the morning as I am getting up from bed, “Thank you Lord, I can walk, talk, see and I know who you are and who I am. So much to be thankful for every day!!

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      September 5, 2021 at 3:40 pm

      There’s just not enough of folks like your family in this world. Love you all.

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    Ron Stephens
    September 5, 2021 at 8:57 am

    Gratitude is one of the keys to a happy life. Another is having joy in “small” things (made large by appreciation). You know and practice each and are thereby (I like old things, including words!) a good example. And each are solidly grounded in scripture.

    Thankfulness for what to all appearances is a disaster is faith with muscles, a grown up faith that has had a lot of use. When the bible says, “in every thing give thanks” the word “in” bears thinking about. It is not “for”, else we would be told to be thankful for evil and its works. We are “in” this troubling pandemic year but there is still much to be thankful for. For one, I am grateful I ‘stumbled upon’ (?) BP&A and knowing you are thankful for us makes me thankful for that to.

    I know you all, my mind works in somewhat convoluted ways. It’s just me is all I know.

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    Ann Applegarth
    September 5, 2021 at 8:48 am

    One of the many tings I am thankful for is Blind Pig and the Acorn!

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    Margie G
    September 5, 2021 at 8:31 am

    I really enjoy anytime I am blessed enough to hear Paul’s wonderful singing and guitar playing! Once again, he sounded WAYYYY better than most Nashville crooners I’ve heard since 1990. Sometimes being thankful is easy but when everything goes upside down, it’s difficult ( or maybe it’s just me.) Nonetheless, I am thankful for many blessings. Lord help me be thankful every moment of every day. I am thankful for you, my friends, in NC Tarheel country! PS enlighten yourselves about THE GOLDEN RATIO- YOULL be floored why you weren’t told of this in Math class….it’s in ALL of nature including man!!!!

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    Cheryl W.
    September 5, 2021 at 8:28 am

    Our mother always said, “gratitude changes your attitude”.

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    Dennis M Morgan
    September 5, 2021 at 8:11 am

    What a beautiful song to start a Sunday Morning. I am thankful that you posted it and Paul sang it. Have a pleasant Sunday.

    Dennis Morgan

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    September 5, 2021 at 7:44 am

    That was a beautiful song Paul sang from Ira’s poem. I’m like Ira and you. I’m thankful everyday for so many things in my life, my family, friends, church, in others joy and in God’s wonderful creation on this earth. We are truly blessed by God and I’m thankful beyond words.
    Tipper, I follow your Appalachian channel on YouTube as ChrisJ. I’ve enjoyed reading your post on Blind Pig and Acorn too. I also follow your girls Channel as well. They are so talented. You and Paul have raised them right. You are all a blessing!
    Thank you for sharing!

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      September 5, 2021 at 9:31 am

      Christine-thank you! We so appreciate your support 🙂 Paul is the girls uncle-my brother and Matt is their father. I know it gets confusing 🙂 But Paul certainly has helped raise them so he deserves some credit too!

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        September 6, 2021 at 9:47 am

        Tipper, I’m so sorry, I did get confused, which is easily done now that I’m a few years past 60 …haha
        Thank you for letting me know and thank you for all that you share with us all. You and your family are a blessing.

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    Miss Cindy
    September 5, 2021 at 7:19 am

    Thank you Tipper, for the reminder…remember to be thankful. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in every day minutia and forget that my life is bigger than my grocery list. Lately I’ve been there.
    Thank you Paul for the beautiful song that lifts me right up!

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