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Walk in Gratitude

I find myself lately being overwhelmed at times by a great and deep sense of gratitude. I will be lying in bed at night or making coffee in the morning or driving to the grocery store. The surroundings may differ, but the feeling is the same. I would not say that I am one that has a bounty of material things, this is not where true gratitude in your soul will arise. I do, however, have a wealth of blessings that money cannot buy.

Each time that this feeling has rushed over me, it has had one origination point. I have been thinking of, speaking to or about my daughter. She is now 5 years old. I see how she is loved and therefore loves, how she is creative, joyful, humorous, empathetic and full of energy. I see also where I was at 5 years old. My parents had just divorced, my mom was raising 3 children with very little help and she worked very late hours. I found myself being very motherly [which I still tend to do with my siblings]. I remember the 5, 6, 7 year old me and I can’t help but rejoice at the blessing that is my 5 year old daughter.

I have heard many times that we, as parents, are to have the goal of raising our children to far exceed what we ever did [or dream of doing]. I see much potential in my daughter and I want nothing more than to nurture this and see her grow into the astounding and beautiful creation that God spoke into existence before the world was even formed.

How can we not be grateful? When you look into the eyes of your child, your niece or nephew. How can you not be captivated by the eagerness, zeal, astonishment, curiosity and potential lying within?

Look around you. Look behind you. See that from which you have risen and rejoice! See the blessings that the Lord has bestowed on you and your family and rejoice! Allow yourself to be overwhelmed with gratitude and walk that out. You can only be better for it.

“Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.” ~Marcus Aurelius

Disipline of Thanksgiving

 

Recently, my husband and I were reminiscing about our trip to Indonesia a few years ago.  He reminded me of a “ritual” that we saw constantly while in Bali.  Each time we would visit a shop and purchase something, the shop owner would stop everything to thank god for that income.  It was a very humbling sight, as many times in the USA we forget to thank our Provider for these “small things”.  We were chatting about this because there are many disciplines that the hindu religion practice that we Christians could learn from.  It is easy to expect that God will provide, but to actually acknowledge His provision as it comes is a discipline of the heart that will forever change our outlook!  So, my challenge to you today is to take the time to thank God for His provision and His gifts to us as they come.  I would say to allow this to really become a part of you, allow your heart to be in a continual state of thanksgiving.  Be blessed.

~Crystal

I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1