What are you thankful for this year?
I am thankful for so many people and things, yet I don't seem that way when I open my mouth. I'm a complainer and have been for a very long time. I came across this Facebook status that I shared two years ago…
Reading the status, you see I express that I never want to be ungrateful ever again. Yet, two years later I find that I'm just as much of a complainer and I don't express gratitude as much as I had hoped to. Or so it seems. My heart and my actions aren't communicating. Or are they?
My heart is full of bitterness, unforgiveness, bad attitude and pessimism. It all stems from being hurt by others. I have my guard up expecting the worst. I don't have a quick fix for this. However, I do know that:
- I can change my heart with consistent Bible reading and prayer. Actually, God is the one that changes me, while I must be the one that wants to be changed.
- God is the only one I can ultimately trust and count on, but I can't treat others like they are my enemies. I need to reflect His character, not mine.
In short, while I have continued to be ungrateful for the past two years, I have so much to be grateful for. I have expressed that gratitude, but not nearly enough. I want it to show more often than it does. This relates to my post November, the Month of Joyful Intentions. Have you read it?
I am thankful for…
so many people and provisions God has placed in my life. Without God, my husband and three kiddos and all the other people so directly involved in my life, I wouldn't have survived the big transitions He's made in my life over the past few years. He is working BIG in my life and it's been a tough road. Yet, I am very grateful for every bit of it (okay, maybe not everything). He has taught me so much about life, love and Himself. Some of the things He's taught me, I knew or have been taught by fellow believers, but He has allowed me to experience certain lessons to allow His truths to be real and meaningful to me. You ever hear something a dozen times and then the thirteenth times it hits you like a brick wall or it's a light-bulb moment. He's been doing that with me a lot lately.