Cultivating a grateful heart

This week I had the privilege of attending a womens’ seminar. I really enjoyed all the topics and the good food! One of the topics really challenged me. She began with a question (and I may not have it word for word), “What if you woke up today with what you thanked God for yesterday?” Hmmm. Pretty sure I didn’t thank Him for nearly enough! 014

It’s easy to be grateful when life is going well. Not so much when it isn’t. But if we can look beyond ourselves and our circumstances, we are a blessed people! Can we be thankful for the times when things go wrong? When we are discouraged? I know I can complain too much.

Paul says in 2 Corinthians 12:10, “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses,for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” I’m definitely gonna have to work on that 🙂

Can I be thankful for the huge, gigantic laundry pile? It means we have clothes to wear. And plenty of them!

What about that person that is driving EXTREMELY slow in front of me? At least I have a vehicle and can drive 🙂015

That cow that swats you in the face with her tail, every.single.time? She gives us milk, and that milk check is good 😉

What about that sink full of dishes? That means we had food to eat.

That dear child that knows just how to push your buttons? Maybe God is teaching you patience 🙂016

There IS a positive side to things. This list of things I thought of would seem trivial to some people. Those that are dealing with cancer, with a death, with pain every day, etc. But I believe that God blesses us when we praise Him in spite of whatever.

This is something that I need to really work on! And I’m determined to do better at having a grateful spirit!

So if you happen to hear me complaining, remind me that I should be grateful 😉018

Enjoy this chilly, fall weekend!