Last Sunday one of the deacons challenged the congregation to think of a load that Jesus had lifted from our life. I mentally froze because I couldn’t think of a recent burden that had been lifted. All the things that went through my mind were negative. It’s not that He hasn’t lifted a burden; His footprints have been right beside mine. It’s just that I was overlooking them. I realized in that moment that I had lost my attitude of gratitude.
I’m just gonna “say” it. I’m openly admitting that things have been rough lately – in many areas of my life. I’m not going into details in this post, that’s not the point of it.
None of what has happened is an excuse for me to be ungrateful, and – as I’m sure you know – my attitude colors my everyday life. I realized the problem, and I decided to work on it.
How long was the Lord trying to get my attention about this? I don’t know, but I did realize that I was carrying around the bag from the YouTube Mom Meetup that says, “Start each day with a grateful heart.” Who knows how many other things had passed through my ears and eyes before I got the hint? No, I’m not stubborn at all, why do you ask? #sarcasm
As I was saving something on Pinterest I saw a list titled “52 weeks of gratitude challenge.” As much as a gratitude journal appeals to me, blogging through this challenge is even more appealing. So now you are reading the first entry and answer to the question in prompt #1 “Why start this challenge?”
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. Psalm 28:7
I don’t know if I can do 52 weeks or what they will look like. My life has changed so much in the past year that I will not take a year for granted. I do know that things will look better if my heart is grateful, and I’d love for things to look – and actually be – better.
If you want to join in feel free to use the comments to share your thoughts or a link. I’ll use the tag “gratitude” to connect the posts so you can easily find more from this series. Best wishes!