Thursday, May 19, 2011

Thankful thursdays

A book I am reading and some recent conversations have inspired me to pick back up my gratitude journal. The practice of calling to mind blessings I am grateful for is a good one for me.

There have been a handful of times in my life when looking over a situation it feels impossible to see a blessing or purpose in it at the time. The kind of times where you have to cling to the thought that "someday this will make sense", and knowing if it never does to cling to faith that God's plan is greater. But, typically, even during hard times small blessings can be found, and always the assurance of God's presence.

Every day there are obvious things to be thankful for, but I want to increasingly note the small, seemingly minuscule, gifts of each day. And then work to make a habit of writing a few down each day in my journal. Beginning and ending the day with my heart and mind focused on thankfulness, and what I do have vs. what I don't. I love this quote from one of my favorite bible study books: "Two women looked through prison bars. One saw mud, the other saw stars". What a difference our perspective makes!

On Thursdays I will share one from that day or a few favorites from the week. Please feel free to join me on your blog or start your own journal.

Some favorites from this week:
-A rare quiet moment to myself in the morning as Isabella slept in longer than usual.
-birds singing
-double caramel magnum bars
-Michael's job
-Isabella's smile

Have a great day!