The first few days of the year, I wrote about my word of the year: Gratitude.
I’ve been working to remember to share one gratitude every day on my personal twitter and facebook accounts. I don’t quite get to it every day, but I’m making a pretty good go of it.
We’re already 3 weeks into the new year and I’m sort of having trouble not recycling the same reasons for gratitude over and over. It’s not that those things (like our little family and our imperfectly blissful existence) isn’t a fantastic reason to be grateful all the time. But I’m feeling that, in order to truly live a thankful lifestyle, I need to make it a habit to look for the less obvious things in my day that I am less inclined to appreciate.
So every week, on Monday I think (because we could all use some cheering up on Mondays. Yeah?), I’ll be sharing my gratitude posts from throughout the week. I will likely also take a few moments to share something I’m learning about gratitude or something that someone else has said that has really propelled my pursuit of living a life of thanksgiving.
Here is my gratitude for the past week:
1/15 ~ I have some folks around me who believe in me, my abilities, and my creativity; and they see value in what I have to offer. I am definitely feeling that support today.
1/16 ~ Today was just a good day. God knows. Thank You!
1/17 ~ What started as our attempt to save cash (it saves a LOT of cash, FYI) & crunch the budget, has turned into a way we feel spoiled; store-bought bread is now just gross. Thankful for Michael’s yummy bread!!
1/18 ~ Saturday morning lounging in Mommy’s bed together. These two light up my life! Happy sigh!
1/20 ~ On Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I’m thankful for a dream.
This first week, I am sharing a recent blog post from an incredible writer. About 30 minutes after my gratitude post was published, I received a text from one of my best friends with this link. I am now in love with this writer.
In this post, you will read a beautifully written exposition of the scriptural purpose of gratitude. What this writer did was put into academic and scriptural context what my heart and mind are feeling about this word, “gratitude”. God is doing a good thing in me!
Here’s a little excerpt; just a little part that made me respond aloud, “YES! THAT’S IT!”
Thanksgiving–giving; thanks in everything — is what prepares the way for salvation’s whole restoration. Our salvation in Christ is real, yet the completeness of that salvation is not fully realized in a life until the life realizes the need to fully give thanks. In everything?
I would never experience the fullness of my salvation until I expressed the fullness of my thanks everyday, and eucharisteo is elemental to living the saved life.
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Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. ~ Melody Beattie