Gratitude is something that I have always struggles with. I’ve always felt like I was self made. That I handled all situations on my own, that I made my own way. I was so prideful that I could not even praise my creator for the amazing things he was doing in my life. I felt it was my hard work, my dedication, my all-star level hustling powers that I had all these comforts and the ability to splurge on things I wanted to do.
It wasn’t until last year that I found my thinking was extremely flawed & learned how to thank God for the little things, even seemingly minuscule blessing. I found that a blessing is a blessing is a blessing.
I have been using a gratitude journal for about several months now and I have had a lot of success and a deeper connection with Jesus from speaking to him daily in my journal and just thanking him for everything. All of it. I have challenged myself to find the blessing in every situation. Even the bad stuff. There is something to learn, so I thank Him for the opportunity to learn whatever it is that I must learn.
10 Things I Am Grateful For Today
My life, health, and strength. In this age of extreme violence many did not make it to where I am today. Thank You. I live in Indianapolis, In and yesterday I turned on the news only to regret I did. Thank you for keeping me and my loved ones safe
10 Things I’m grateful for Today
The love of family and friends. Even though we may bicker, fight, and in some instances all out brawl (not proud of that) We are all we have. Thank you for wisdom and discernment to identify the true enemy behind these spats.
Thank you for my voice, for my ability to use this medium to empower and inspire others. I am completely humbled by this experience and your faith in me. Little me. No college degree, no experience in ministry, just a servant of the Lord doing the work you have placed on my heart to do, and trusting you every step of the way.
Today I had a birthday cake cupcake from a local bakery. I know what you’re thinking… She’s thankful for cupcakes?!! Not exactly, I am thankful for the ability to enjoy the small pleasures. I am grateful for the financial ability to buy a single cupcake. I’m from the hood ya’ll. Heck there was a time I couldn’t afford a cup of ice at the gas station. So thanks for the cupcake.
My oldest son and I appear to be back on speaking terms. We had a huge spat last summer. We are both exceedingly stubborn. We have renewed our relationship over a fandom we both share – the world of Anime. Love it can’t get enough of it. So thank you for Ian and Anime, specifically Attack On Titan… because it rocks!
My relationship with my fiancee. Through thick or thin she’s my rock. I know I can count on here when all the chips are down, when the world turns it’s back, she will never leave me out to dry. She picks me up when I am down, cheers me up when I am blue, and loves me more deeply than any other person ever has. Thank you for sending her to me, for sending me to her.
The strength to come clean about my past. I have traumas that go very deep and opened up to the love of my life about one of them last night. That was hard to talk about. Thanks for giving me the courage to open up.
Lord, thank your the flowers and all the other growing things. I believe they are an annual reminder to us that you can renew our spirits over and over, and that you craft only things of beauty, that even when we are shriveled and dying you can restore us to our true, beautiful selves.
Maturity. When I look back over my Facebook History – you know that thing that shows you what you post on this day like years ago, Anyway, when I look at mine I see real growth from the immature, hella combative and really really angry young woman I used to be & the woman who embodies “Bless & Release” I see before me today.
For the health of my fiancee. She had lumbar surgery in April and boy has it been a rocky rocky road. While we are not out of the woods yet, it seems she is now on the mend. I just can not express to you how thankful I am for this! She is such a gift! More valuable than rubies and I was really worried for a long time. OK, so I still am and I hate to see her in pain but I just thank God anyway for where we are today.
So that’s it – 10 things I am thankful for today! I try to keep my sights on what I do have instead of what I wish I had. It’s easy to lose sight of the little things. We live in such a commercial society, that it’s so easy to get lost in the flashing lights of what the media thinks is a blissful life. Bliss is found in the heart. It’s a thing you feel not something you can buy. Now I am not saying that there is anything wrong with ambition. A little hustle and drive never hurt anyone, what I am saying is that we should always aspire for greater but we need to learn to be grateful for the little things we have today, because there is someone out there with a whole lot less. I know, I was one of them.