Life Thoughtful Thursday

Gratitude Check

January 26, 2017

 

 

Hi friends!

This post is going to be a little different from the others. Even though I love sharing music, home decor ideas, and my favorite things, I also want to share other things that I’m experiencing as well.

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what it looks like to be thankful for the things I have. I have to admit that I haven’t always been the best at this, and I’ll go ahead and admit that I’m still not great at it.

I want to keep up with the trends–the nicest newest things out there. I want to have a Pinterest-worthy home and cook picture-worthy meals every night. I want to have the perfect relationships where there are no arguments, no frustrations. This is something that I find myself coming back to often, always trying to do more, buy more, be more. Not only is this an exhausting way to live, but it also completely robs me of finding joy in the things that I do have.

Lately, I’ve needed a gratitude check.

I’ve been reading the study from She Reads Truth on Psalms of Gratitude and it has been such a great reminder of how to live my life with gratitude and thankfulness.

Psalm 100:4 “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!”

I don’t know about you, but for me that simple truth of what it looks like to have gratitude, to bless the name of the Lord in everything I do and with everything I have…that’s something that is too often missing in my life.

In an effort to work on saving money towards things we really need, my husband has been challenging me to work on my spending by reminding me to ask myself these questions before I buy something: “Do I need this? Do I have something similar to this?” These might be really simple and obvious questions to ask, but at the same time it has been a great check for me to lessen my need for stuff.

 Stuff doesn’t make me happy. Stuff doesn’t add significant value to my life. Stuff doesn’t keep me from being lonely or keep life from being hard. But, my relationships with people? That’s what I have to truly be grateful for above and beyond anything else.

I have been blessed with everything I need and so much more.

How often am I praising the Lord and thanking Him for the life I’ve been given? Thanking Him for his provisions in my life?

There are times when life is hard and it’s easy to get lost in what we don’t have, but I want to challenge you (and me) to stop and think of 5 things you have to be grateful for. I’ll go first.

  1. My relationship with Jesus and his love for me despite myself.
  2. My husband who loves me…despite myself.
  3. My family who has always loved and supported me.
  4. A cozy house to live in, in a place that I love.
  5. A job that enables me to pour into young girls and tell them their worth.

What about you? What are 5 things that you can be grateful for today?

1 Comment

  • Reply Mary Lu January 26, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    A lovely and poignant post! We all need these gratitude checks often! I know I do…thank you for reminding me!

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