Today, I decided to be thankful and it really worked out. To be filled with so much gratitude changes you. Now is it easy? No- not at all! Lol. There is just so much to complain about. I find myself so guilty of complaining. I had a very close friend give me a daily gratitude journal for the year and I’m so thankful for her and the journal. It’s a constant reminder of where my heart and mind should be. In the beginning, I found it tiring to get to the end of the day, kids finally asleep, the kitchen is clean, and then sit down and write what I’m grateful for. In reality, all I wanted to do was go lay down and do it all over again the next day. After a few weeks, though, something changed. I found myself looking for things throughout the day to add to my journal that night. Little things became big reasons to be thankful, to be grateful.
This week, the weather has been straight up trash! Instead of focusing on that, though, I decided to find things to be thankful for. I’m so thankful my job allowed me to work from home some. I’m thankful my husband can be with our children when I can’t. I’m thankful we all remained safe, and so did all of our loved ones. Again, when you receive 10+ inches of snow, it’s easy to find reasons to complain. But I’ve found that a thankful heart looks so much better on me. I’m sure it’ll look good on you, too! So this week – TRY IT!!
Being thankful helps you live a happier and healthier life. Your heart is happy when you’re thankful. Being thankful isn’t usually first nature, but give it a try. Because the truth is, there will always be reasons to complain, battles to fight, and seasons you barely make it through. Despite it all, find a way to be thankful. As I was scrolling through some old notes on my phone, I found one that reminded just how much a thankful heart can get you through. The note said:
“9.21.19 Here I am in a hospital chair-bed with my 9-month-old who’s had one of the worst weekends of his life. I’m tired. I’m physically tired. Emotionally tired. And mentally exhausted. You know as a mother you never stop worrying. You always lean in a little closer to hear their breathing. You kiss the boo boos even if there is no blood or scratch. You go the extra mile. You advocate, you go mama-bear. It’s what we are, it’s who God made us. I’m here, exhausted; but still so thankful. My baby is here and on his way to healing. That’s a huge God thing. I’ve been told the only way to make it in a storm is to walk through it. Any shortcut can cause you more damage. So me and my mama heart have been here, in this hospital chair/bed going right through the storm with my baby. It’s my job. I often feel like I don’t have the strength, but then I look at my kids and God seems to refill my strength cup. I’m so thankful I’m a mom. I’m more thankful I’m a mom to my boys.”
Without a doubt, this was one of the hardest seasons I ever had to walk through. To see my baby so helplessly sick, all the time, was devastating for me. I believe I wrote the above message on hospital visit number 4 out of 6 that year. What. A. Year. So fast forward to now, I can say that little thankful heart paid off. Finding a way to be thankful during that storm has covered me. I said my son was on his way to healing and he has been so healthy!! I give God the glory. I’m thankful. When you’re ready to complain, just take a second and find something to be thankful for. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
Despite it all, just say thank you!