I am blessed. Sometimes I feel like I say that without letting the truth sink into my heart. God has been speaking to my heart about this for a few days. I know that I have so much to be grateful for and yet sometimes I just don’t think about the things that God has done. I choose to focus so often on the negative things, the things that I want to see move forward. I like to set goals and I like to dream about the next step and so often it seems that in all my goal setting and dreaming sometimes I forget to see how good things are right here. That this season of like even with sleepless nights from 1 year molars, and learning to balance work, church, marriage and mommyhood in a sea of baby dolls on the floor and seminary textbooks is good. And then, I realize that gratitude changes everything. That the problem isn’t with my circumstances, but with my focus. Sometimes the thing I need to add to my “To do” list is to “Be grateful”.
It seems so simple, and yet so often I fail in this area. I forget to get up happy even though it was a long night, or forget to tell my husband just how proud of him I am for everything that he does. When I stop and think about how blessed I am I am amazed and I think that if you do the same no matter how hard a situation you are going through you will realize that you are too. I am sure I am not the only one that forgets to do this. But, I hope that this can be a reminder to focus on others and choose gratitude and let gratitude change you.
Thank you to my friend Lara for this reminder.