Walking in Gratitude Year Round

I love Thanksgiving! It is a beautiful reminder of all God’s blessings while enjoy time with those you are most thankful for… family. It is very wonderful that everybody celebrates family together, it is really a beautiful unifier. And God is always honored when we are truly thankful.

We walk in gratitude all the time as we stay in close relationship with God. The less distracted by everything else and the more focused we are on Christ, the more we see His work and gifts and blessings all through the day. We then have that gratitude that seems to always accompany peace and joy. And that is the true essence and evidence of a life lived closely to God. And it is beautiful!😄❤

That Gratitude Challenge Thing

I had a few people come at me with the gratitude challenge, where you come up with one thing every day to be thankful for in the month of November up to Thanksgiving. The idea is good, but if you struggle to come up with one thing a day, you are either deeply depressed and need clinical help or are doing life wrong. Here is why.

Every day we are breathing, you can be sure that God gave you another day to live, another opportunity to draw closer to Him, a new opportunity to serve others, another chance to be humble and mature, another delight of nature- God’s glory presented to you-, a new chance to laugh, love, make love, drive, travel, play, dance, wear clothes, have free will, think for yourself, read other people’s ideas, write, draw, make music, etc. If you are not grateful for so many things every day, you are either too proud, narcissistic, selfish, depressed or stubborn. It takes a lot to focus so much on yourself that you do not see many, many blessings and opportunities from God every single day. Is that harsh? I do not think so. Even people knee deep in need and want are given blessings throughout the day. And those who don’t see these don’t want to.

So, will I do the challenge? As a follower of Jesus Christ, I vow to be grateful for all of God’s blessings, not just one. I will go further and vow to be less self-important every day so I can appreciate God and others more and acknowledge more of God’s gifts and love Him even more. This builds our relationship substantially rather than insulting Him with one meger thanks for one thing when He has rained down thirty. Oh how I love Him!😄❤❤❤

Finished Reading a Book!

Thanks be to God! I actually was able to squeeze in reading an entire book!! That was alongside teaching and working and the band and family needs and wants and reading my Bible and birthdays and so on! An entire book! I am so thankful to God who has taught me to use every moment for the best and provided more usable time for me than I thought possible. Praise God!😄❤📚

So Thankful

I was thinking tonight of all the things, travel, opportunities and people God has blessed me with every day of my life. There are more than I can name or even remember. I am so very grateful. It shows me unquestionably how unfathomably good God is. There are so many blessings. Every one of them was precious and purposed into my life, even the pain. I do not wish for a different past, a different upbringing, more of anything. I am so very thankful. And it hit me that God is perfect and good and loves me so much. He orchestrated my life like a poet in love, masterfully and exquisitely. He designed my days and provided restful sleep for my nights. He painted incredible scenes when He knew I needed them and allowed just the right encouragement at critical times. How precious is our Savior! How amazing is our God!!!😄❤

Unintended Vacations

Since my husband’s surgery and for a week’s duration, I am his transportation. As such, we went to his dentist appointment today and I had an unintended vacation. Something simple became longer and I, in the luxury of a doctor’s waiting room, with free Columbian coffee in hand and a very good book, bathed in luxurious calm of an unintended vacation, with I must say greater calm than any family (the only kind I achieve) vacation since my children have been born, 14 years hence. So, thank you, Lord, for the vacation to enjoy two of my favorite things- coffee and reading- in a safe, quiet place for a couple precious hours. Perfection. God be praised!!😄❤

Gratitude Promotes Good Stewardship

So, we are all still so grateful that God answered prayer and flicked Hurricane Dorian out to sea instead of bringing it to us as they originally thought and told us. And my gratefulness to God (and our two days off due to said storm prediction God changed) cased me to want to fix up tell hallway to the bathroom kids’ rooms. This hadn’t been loved on since we moved in and I initially painted it. So, I removed the n popcorn from the ceiling and painted it white, painted the trim (door frames and baseboards) white, and am building an art project with my daughter to hang up that will brighten the space and clean it up. And now it is a bright, clean, cheerful hallway rather than a junky, creepy one. And all this was from renewed energy stemming from my gratefulness to God for not giving us another hurricane.

And I realized that gratefulness promotes good stewardship of what God blessed us with. When we are grateful for what God has given us we want to take care of those treasures and blessings. It is a beautiful thing.❤

I Don’t Cry Anymore (except when empathizing)

Now, since my Daddy died two years ago, I have not.been able to help but cry if someone is crying- real life or on tv/movies. It is just a new thing now where I can empathize with people’s heartache. That is honestly new to me since these last two years. I felt the deepest pain of my life and I now feel other people’s pain. Even if I had felt it before I never cried. I can probably count on one hand how many times I cried growing up. Just not a crier before. So it is a new thing when I see other’s heartache.

Now, for me, I do not cry, not since I came out of the sobbing wet depression a year ago. After Daddy died, I cried for a year straight about and was depressed and really selfish. I know I had a family to look after and did so mechanically but wounded my children in the process and am still rebuilding that. But selfishly, I was stuck for a year in rich grief. Grief n is normal but letting it take over my life was selfish of me, in my case.

Since I snapped out of the depression with God’s help, I have worked hard on rebuilding (God’s specialty) and have only cried since then when I have seen someone cry, but not for me, just for them and their sake and pain, to help. I get it. I understand their pain. I lived it.

I believe sometimes for other people, you can help them more.by crying with them than any amount of advice or well wishes. But as far as we go, we focus on the wrong thing personally when crying. God comforts those who mourn but also rewards those who obey. Now hear me in love… Awfully hard to serve God and others when constantly thinking of what we lost. We do better at our eternal work when we are grateful for what we have left. Re-read that and you will be glad you did. Prayer and pleasing God in obedience is the option. 😄❤