The rest of the family was at church, hearing a missionary presentation on their work in China. Brooke and I went for a long walk, and when we got back she really perked up. Watching her little legs run around the yard, seeing her big smile, watching the sun shine on her head, it was all such a Gift. I know, she was only sick for 3 days, refusing to eat anything or drink anything, even ice cream. The only way to get any nourishment in her was when Daddy forced it in, making her cry in the process.
When I was rocking her at night, I couldn't help but think of all the momma's who have sick children, not just a 3 day yucky virus, but a sick that goes on forever. I began counting my blessings that my little girl was actually quite healthy and would recover from this.
But then I thought, why does it take this to make me grateful? Yes, I often thank God for our children's health, but I also often totally take it for granted. How can gratitude be more a part of my life, instead of just after a calamity arises?
I am an avid follower of aholyexperience.com, Ann Voskamp's blog. I have her book "One Thousand Gifts" here on my shelf, waiting to be read. I absolutely love how she challenges me to think. But I still feel like a pretty ungrateful person.
I don't think we have to go through hard times to make us more grateful. I think for me it's more of an AWARENESS that everything I have is not really mine; it's a GIFT from God.
Today I am thankful for
- beautiful weather
- healthy children
- a hard working husband
- my garden
- sweet tea
- friends that challenge me
- my time with God this morning
- money to buy groceries
- the 1 1/2 inches of rain we had last Saturday!!!
- clean laundry
I got to thinking that for each of these I just mentioned, I could make another list that looks something like this.....
- the weather has been terribly hot and dry here
- Brooke has been sick for 3 DAYS!
- Leon has entirely too much to do right now and we don't get to see him nearly enough
- my garden needs tilling so I can plant fall stuff, but who knows when my husband will have time
- sweet tea rots my teeth and puts fat on my belly
- where are my good friends?
- I'm too busy to have a regular time with God
- the money barely reaches right now
- we could sure use more rain to end this drought
- I only did 18 loads of laundry last week!!!!!!!!!!
God, help me to be truly grateful for what You have given me. And if You choose to take it away, help me still be grateful. I know that you desire a heart of gratitude in me. I choose to be graeful in whatever situation I find myself in.