There are days when I am just overflowing with gratitude. When my heart is so full with gratefulness that I just find myself thanking God for everything I have been blessed with.
Days when the kids make it to the bus stop on time, without me losing my patience and we have enough time for a really great squeeze and kisses on both cheeks.
Days when I am super productive and crossing tasks off my to-do lists at work and I’m on top of my game.
Days when I am so rocking this wife, daughter, mama thing and I actually planned ahead and prep a yummy dinner in the crock-pot for later.
Oh, how I love those days. I smile easily and raise a grateful heart in thanks to my Father, from whom all good things flow. To steal a line from one of my favorite Christian singer, Mandisa, in her Good Morning song, I feel so happy in those moments, “that if I spread my wings, I might even fly.”
And then there are days when I have to stop, breath and remind myself of all the good in my life.
Days when my patience is short, my kids ears aren’t working too well and the house is a complete disaster. You know the days I’m talking about right?
There is a reason that the title for this post has the word practicing gratitude because being grateful does not come naturally all the time to all of us. We have to work at it, remind ourselves at it. Practice it!
The Queen of talk, Oprah Winfrey said: “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
So, so true. Being grateful is such a game-changer. It can completely turn your day around, and radically shift your mindset.
When gratitude fills your heart it casts light on any darkness that might resides there, it lightens any weight that are holding you down and it brings peace to soothe your troubled mind.
We all go through challenging times but when I am in those moments, I find that reciting out loud all the things that I am grateful for can really take me out of whatever funk I am in.
Just saying “Thank you Father for…..” and listing each and every thing that comes to mind, changes the focus from whatever negative event might be in my life and shines the spotlight instead on what matters most.
I believe that gratitude and drudgery is often two sides of the same coin. We cannot always control what happen to us, but we can control how we react to our circumstances.
Some people focus on all the things that go wrong in their lives. They examine it, dwell on it, becomes friends with it, take it to bed with them and sooner or later, they have become so accustom to it that they cannot separate themselves from it.
They dwell on their body size and how they’ll never be at their ideal weight.
They focus on their stressful job that doesn’t bring them any joy and leave little room for their family.
They becomes friends with the negative voice in their head that says they’ll never break out of the financial hole they’ve dug themselves in.
They take the failures and disappointments to bed with them and wake up with it the next day. Repeating the cycle of another awful day.
Sometimes we are so focused on the cup being empty that we miss the fact that we actually have a cup in our hands.
I know there will always be someone who is doing better than me, who has more than me, is prettier than me, wears better clothes and just has herself and her life together. Mad love to her!
But I also know that I am blessed more than I deserve. I have a Father who loves me more than I know, and I am a royal member of His Kingdom.
My Father has BIG plans for me and you, plans for an abundant life and “plans to prosper me…. to bring me joy and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.
If there is nothing else in life to be thankful for, let us all be thankful for that.
One of my favorite Psalms from the Bible is Psalm 23. “The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall ever want…..He refreshes my soul…..Only goodness and kindness shall follow me all the days of my life.”
There is no greater way to express one’s gratitude than to recognize God’s immense goodness and love for us and give thanks for all that He has done and continue to do for you and me.No matter what you are going through; whether things in your world are great or things are upside down and chaotic, there is always, always something to be thankful for. Click To Tweet
No matter what you are going through; whether things in your world are great or things are upside down and chaotic, there is always, always something to be thankful for.
My challenge for you this week is to grab a notebook and every night before going to bed write down one thing that you are thankful for.
Even if you’ve had the crummiest day, I guarantee it you can find one thing to give thanks for. Maybe its your health, your husband, your children, a friend at work, your job, your house, your comfy pjs – anything you can think of. Your very breath is a blessing and worthy of gratitude.
I love waking up and spending a few minutes while laying in bed and thinking about all the things I am grateful for. It not only brings a smile to my face, it fills me with such joy and optimism for the day ahead that it sets the tone for how I react to life’s challenges.
If there is anything I would like you to take away from reading this, is that you are capable of so much more than you know. You are a child of God my friend.
Try doing these 2 things starting today.
- Before going to bed, grab a notebook and write down at least one thing that you are grateful for. Take a minute to really think about what that one thing is and feel your heart swell with love and joy as you think about it.
- Tomorrow morning when you wake up, grab that notebooks again before getting out of bed and write down another thing that you are grateful for as you start your day.
Just doing these 2 simple, yet powerful exercises can transform your day, awaken your spirit and bring a peace to your soul.
I absolutely believe that if done regularly, this can transform your life. You will start to notice things in your life that you may have taken for granted.
I am so excited for you and all the wonders you will discover as you grow in faith and notice and appreciate all the blessings in your life. You will find that as a child of God you are indeed, wealthy, highly favored and greatly blessed.
May His peace, love and overwhelming joy fill your heart always.
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