I’m not really a fan of resolutions. Mostly because I can never stick to them and I have an extremely unhealthy relationship with lists, but the idea of picking a word for the year is something I can get behind.
I can handle a word.
It’s one word to focus on. Meditate on. Study.
This word has been on my heart for quite some time now. Before the anticipation of a new year was ever even a thought, it was finding it’s way to me.
Do ever feel like God speaks to your heart in themes? Everywhere you turn there’s another whisper. Another message. Another sign.
Gratitude has been God’s repeated reminder to me. I’ve admittedly tried to ignore it, but when the time came to pick a word for the new year it only seemed fitting that I would allow the inevitable.
I didn’t pick the word because it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling thinking about my list of praises. I picked it because…
I am an ungrateful person.
Even when everything is wonderful and blessed and life is good I still find myself wrestling with the devil that is Discontentment.
I spend most days focused on the negative. Focused on myself. Focused on the list of worries that nags for my attention when my list of praises should be a mile long.
God’s faithfulness is evident in every nook and cranny of my day, but I’m too busy to notice.
Last week I was stuck.
Marriage felt hard.
Parenting was draining.
School? Please. I wanted to quit.
No matter how much laundry I washed, there was always more and every day felt like the day before and nothing felt praiseworthy at all.
It’s in moments like this that I want to learn how to be grateful. When everything in my flesh wants to scream with frustration I want my spirit to fill with praise!
I want to learn how to be still and give thanks at all times and embrace these moments of life that are so darn irritating!
Because it’s these irritating moments that grow us. The ones that get under our skin, make us crazy, and convince us we’re losing our ever lovin’ minds. Those are the moments I want to learn how to be thankful for. That’s where I want to find my gratitude!
Where gratitude is nowhere to be found.
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