Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Grateful Heart

I was doing a quiet time this morning and the two verses that were given to me to read was Psalm 34:8 - "Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him." and 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 - "Rejoice always, pray continually, gives thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." The reading that came with the second verse was that of having a grateful heart and it really got me thinking.

I realised that so often we stop and think how much we have to be thankful for, which is always a good thing, but that those moments are usually born from a situation that's made us stop and be grateful. Rarely are we, or me rather, just stopping and saying Thank you, God for no reason at all. I, usually, find myself met with a situation like a death, or a tragedy which shocks my system and makes me count my blessings. But I realised today, that for me, it should be a daily occurrence where I stop and count my blessings. I no longer want to only be thankful when something bad happens.

Recently, I've also noticed a few people on Facebook participating in these 30 days of thankfulness challenges where every day for a month they list 3 things they're grateful for. For most of them, I hang my head and admit that I just scrolled passed them. Although the challenge stood out to me, I feel a little bad that I chose to ignore people's conscientious efforts to take stock of their lives and be thankful. 

So, since I am no longer satisfied with mediocrity when it comes to being grateful, I've decided that I will be starting a journal every day in which I will write down what I am grateful for. If somethings repeat themselves, as I'm sure they will, that's okay. Things like my husband and a roof over my head are not likely to stop being a blessing in my life for which I am so, so grateful.

Via Pinterest

There will be days where I forget to write, or don't have time, or whatever the case may be, but I am human so not doing it 100% right every day is bound to happen. But in saying that, I am grateful to have a God that loves me and allows me to make mistakes and turn back to Him regardless of the error I've made. I am grateful to have a God who stirs my heart and who loves me enough to keep nudging me with tiny, gentle whispers.

So, today I am grateful for:

- A loving, caring and incredibly supportive husband. 
- A roof over my head every day.
- Food in our fridge and in my tummy every day.
- Last week, our block of flats went 6 days without water and man, was that an eye-opener! Thank you Lord for running water!!
- Two cars between Duane and myself.
- Jobs for both Duane and I.
- A God who is so unconditional and loving!
- Friends who are so supportive and encouraging! It's an amazing feeling knowing that I have a group of close friends who, no matter what I go to them with, they are there for me. There for me with words of love, encouragement and support! (Here's looking at you Kim, Shante and Cam!)
- My family. They're crazy and strange and really a big bag of mixed nuts, but they're the best!
- The sweet arrival of summer. It might seem like a strange thing to be grateful for, but just like we need winter after summer, so too do we need summer after winter. To heat up the earth and to bring joy to our hearts and renew our spirits.

I won't be posting these too often, rather reserving them for my actual physical, non-digital diary, but I will do them every so often. More so to hold myself accountable for this new challenge :) 

1 comment:

  1. What a lovely idea - when you start writing it all down, you realize how much God has taken care of us. Thank you for sharing x