That’s a tough one to remember to focus on. Not because we’re not grateful. But because everything around us tell us to want more. Every time we turn on the television, we’re reminded of something that we want that we don’t have.
Every time we flip through a magazine, we see clothes that we want that are more beautiful than the clothes in our own closets. Or we see a beautiful woman with a body that we’d die to have.
We watch movies with beautiful homes or log in to our Twitter or Facebook accounts to see photos of a friend’s new home and it all comes rushing back. The wanting.
I’ve been reading along with #SheReadsTruth and the community of bloggers and readers that are doing the “Living the Surrendered Life” daily devotional. (I’m still reading Jesus Calling daily, but this is great, too!)
I love logging on to Twitter and Instagram to see the other women that are participating and what they’re learning each day.
Today’s devotion focused on prayer (timely, right?) and praise. Yesterday’s devotion was all about gratitude. Three very important themes for me right now.
When I think really hard, am I truly grateful for our house? I spend so much time wishing it was different and fit our worldly needs better, but I’m not spending much time just thanking God for our shelter and the good fortune that we have for being born in the United States. Am I thankful for the memories here? Coming home here after our wedding and after the birth of our children?
Do I realize how very much we have to be grateful for? Do I show the Lord all the gratitude I feel?
Do I really recognize how often I should be praising Him for my healthy children? And because my husband has a job? Do I praise him for the opportunity that I have to be at home with our kids?
Even though they try my patience, do I stop and show gratitude for the precious boys that are mine? Just because they’re mine and that God trusted me with them? And they’re wonderful and adorable and so, so precious to me. They lose a little of their innocence every single day and that makes my responsibility even bigger. To be thankful and to show an example of gratitude.
It’s so easy to focus on all that we don’t have. Everything about our culture has trained us to do that.
And back to last week’s post… I need to be in constant dialogue with the Lord just rejoicing in every single thing He has given me. And not just material possessions or my family. His beautiful creation that I so often take for granted. If I’m thinking of Him all throughout the day and constantly talking with Him, then He’s constantly with me. In my thoughts and in my words. In my interaction with friends and strangers.
Today, I am making a list of 10 people or things that I’m thankful for. I’m going to try to journal this exercise every day.
2. Hudson and Hayes
3. Our parents
4. Our home
5. Todd’s job
7. Wonderful friendships
8. Religious freedom
9. Our family’s health
10. Our church family
What are you thankful for today? Will you be reading along with #SheReadsTruth?