Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!
Being grateful for the things we have should come as second nature to us, but many times we get swept away by the stresses of life that we forgot all that we have been blessed with. Believe me, I know. I'm the worlds worst.
But ya know, we can always correct that. We can always take a minute to reflect, and thank God for all He lavishes us with. We can always see good- something to be grateful for- even when life is at its worst.
So on this busy Monday, I challenge you to think of five things that you are truly grateful for. Reflect on them and what they mean to you, and thank God for them. And remember to praise the Giver of all good gifts, not the gifts themselves!
I am thankful for...
1.) Coffee. I am thoroughly enjoying my hazelnut coffee as I sit in bed typing this post. Coffee isn't necessarily important (though that's debatable), but it is still something for us to enjoy. Talk about a gift!
2.) Our New Adventure. If all goes according to plan, Taylor and I will be moving to Charlotte, NC at the beginning of August. It is going to be hard to leave our family, friends, church, and Bible study, but we feel like this is the next step for us. Though it is bitter-sweet, I am so incredibly excited about this new adventure.
3.) The Pool. As many of you know, I adore the water. I love looking at it, swimming in it, and splashing in it. Since I no longer live at the beach, I try to fill my summer with as much pool time as possible. Thankfully, there is a nearby pool that is very nice. I am very excited to frequent it!
4.) Odd-jobs. As we are saving for this very expensive thing called seminary, we are trying to earn as much money as possible. Taylor has been working long, extra hours to add to those savings. I, however, am having a terrible time finding something. But over and over again, God keeps providing small side jobs for me to do. Truth be told, I like those better anyway. I am so thankful for His continuous provision, despite my lack of a "real job".
5.) My husband. I am thankful for this wonderful man who lets me cry in his arms when I am sad, anxious, or even mad at God. He let's me cry, but he still points me back to truth and a right way a thinking. The Lord knows how much I need that, and in His gracious gift-giving, He blessed me with a husband who does those things without hesitation. Taylor is not perfect, but he is a gift from the Lord- one of the best gifts I'll ever receive.
Father God in Heaven, thank you for all of these gifts. Thank you for giving me what I need, and thank you for even giving me things like coffee that I don't need, but do enjoy. Help me to always be thankful for the gifts, but never praise them. Help me always have right perspective and praise you, the Giver, God in Heaven. Thank you for knowing what I need and giving it. I love you, God in Heaven, in Jesus' name, amen.
I am joining Emily from Ember Grey in her grateful heart link-up.