It’s easy to entertain thoughts of “why me?” when we feel as though life has slapped us around lately. Our natural human tendency is to settle into a pity party.
Sometimes we do more than just settle there; we go all out with decorating and sending out invitations! Can you just imagine what your invitation would say?
Please join me in my “whoa is me”, “my life is not what I dreamed it to be” party.
It looks totally silly written out in black and white, but we all have gone there at times. I know I have.
I shared recently that I am choosing gratitude. No really, I am CHOOSING gratitude.
- · When I am weary of being the only adult in this home, I choose to thank God for the blessing of my children. (They are phenomenal human beings and I enjoy them immensely!)
- · When I am feeling like there are not enough hours in the day to accomplish my work (both my “real job” that pays our bills and my volunteer ministry work), I choose to praise God that I have a flexible career where I can care for my children in our home and adequately provide for us; I praise Him for the widow ministry He has orchestrated my participation in.
- · When I look around my house and see stuff scattered and in a bit of disarray (I’m an OCD girl by nature), I slow down and choose to thank God for each item that needs to be returned to its rightful place. Honestly, I am learning that not everything has to be in its place at all times. (This is HUGE, people. I am a work-in-progress!)
I want to be intentional with my gratitude. I have learned at far too young of an age that life can be shorter than we expect or dream. I don’t want to waste my time on pity parties when I have real celebrations to experience.
Let’s all purpose this next week to slow down a bit, take our focus off of our own woes, and intentionally look for our blessings, because,
“we often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”
I don’t want to take anything for granted in this short life.
I want to live well and love fiercely.
I want to be sold out for Jesus!
I think this starts with a grateful heart.