I’ve had people ask me questions about gathering my gratitudes,
counting my thanks.
Doesn’t it feel artificial, phony, forced?
My response, yes and no.
It is, after all, totally against my fleshly nature,
the part of me that wants to mumble, grumble, and complain my way through life.
But sometimes you can fool nature,like forcing spring bulbs to grow before spring.
Put them in the right atmosphere, give them the right things, and they bloom out of season.
And this counting, it’s creating the atmosphere, feeding the mind the right things, (the lovely, true, good things),
and before you know it, totally against that old nature, you’re miraculously growing gratitude.
It’s a beautiful thing.
I continue to count my thanks
piling up gratitude day by day
in my little green journal…
one grace wrinkled-
the Hubs and I growing older
one grace smoothed-
ironing the stack of cloth napkins and going back in my memory to when Mama taught me to iron
by letting me iron Daddy’s handkerchiefs
one grace unfolded-
an encouraging card in the mail
3 gifts found in Christ-
3 things blue-
the Hub’s blue eyes
blueberries on my granola and yogurt
blue sky peeking out between the clouds on a rainy day
one grace borrowed-
the book Ruthless Trust by Brennan Manning
one grace found-
my love of writing, photography, creating
one grace inherited-
quilts from Mama and Nana
a gift before 9a.m.-
waking up in the wee hours knowing I’m supposed to pray for a specific need
a gift before noon-
winter sun making the most beautiful light in the dining room
a gift after dark-
sweet sleep in a warm house in a cozy bed
3 gifts that might have never been-
our marriage, because, by God’s grace, we didn’t quit during the tough times
our church, because, by God’s grace, we didn’t quit during the tough times
our home, a miracle of God’s provision
3 graces found in my friends-
sense of humor
a song heard-
a soft word-
a gentleman at church sharing about the Friend who sticks closer than a brother
where you saw light-
Holy Spirit revelation, insight, understanding into something in the Word