How many of the moments in this life of mine, do I fill with gratitude? Or is it more grrrr….attitude? It’s easy to wear blinders to all the good and instead focus on all the irritating, ugly, and frustrating things of the day. You know what I
mean. The empty toilet paper roll, the dirty towels that need washed, the crumbs all over the counter, left over from a child’s midnight snack, rushed schedules, and running out of toothpaste, short words, short fuses and sensory overload. That is where the gratitude takes a nosedive straight into “grrr…..attitude”. Attitude. Ugh.
I know when the Lord talks to me about my attitude. It goes something like this:
“Dawn, I know your thoughts. You can’t hide them from Me.”
“I can try.”
“How’s that working?”
“Not very well.”
“But, it is all really getting on my last nerve. I want to scream. I feel like a hamster on the wheel, Lord!
“I understand. I’m always here.”
“You know, you complain a lot and that doesn’t make Me happy.”
“I know, and I’m sorry about that. Really, I am. I just can’t seem to help myself.”
“I’ve blessed you in so many ways, you need to open your eyes to all that I AM. Really, see.”
No, I’ve never heard the Lord talk to me in an audible voice. But, He is here, in the midst. In the midst of the laundry, and the crumbs. He is here in the flurry of schedules and the hum of daily grind. He moves in the snow covered fields and His majesty is in the star filled night. I hear Him on the wind and see Him as He molds my family members lives. He gives such good things, and it is my responsibility to slow down and see Him. Abide in Him. Know Him more.
Today I am thankful for:
* words of wisdom
* books whose words change me
* the Bible, God’s letter to me
* a real love story
* safety in travel
* beautiful scenes from nature
* time together
* a to do list that is getting done…slowly but surely
* anticipation of a trip to Costa Rica
* excitement over classes I will be able to take on autism
* having a husband to snuggle with on cold winter nights
* kids that are growing up, tugging at a mother’s heart
* God who knows all, and sees all…and loves me still
Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. John 15:4 NIV
- I Can’t Let Go (xmelissalittle.wordpress.com)
- Adopt an Attitude of Gratitude (hiscoxusa.com)
Thanks for the reminder to be thankful in all things. I really like your list too!
This is wonderful. Can I have your permission to repost this and include a link back to your blog?
Steven, thank you, and of course!