― Maya Angelou, Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer
Well said. Every time I have a complaint, my friend Joanie, tells me to write a gratitude list. Of course this is the last thing I want to do. But, I do as I'm told and it always changes my mind.
Some of the things I am grateful for are; A roof over my head, a beautiful place to live, legs that carry me, arms to hug with, eyes to see and ears to hear. There are so many things I am so grateful for.
When raising my children, I found that it was hard to bless them when they were ungrateful for what they already had. I'm still this way today. There is nothing like a whiner and complainer to shut me down. On the other hand, when approached with a grateful heart, I am inspired to pour out what blessing I am able.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." Today I am able to thank God for all the things He has taken me through. In fact, the most disturbing and scary things, I am most grateful for. These are the events in my life where the biggest growth occurred.
Everybody goes through trials and tribulations in the valleys of their lives. It's in the climbing up out of the valley, you become strong. Unless of course you succumb to the darkness and decide it is where you want to stay, wallowing in despair. I would challenge you to stand up to the darkness and be open to following the light.
I would not be the person I am today if I had given up in times of trial and tribulation. Today I am more, who I was born to be, than the day of my birth. So, embrace the troubles that come your way. Face them, challenge them, learn from them, be thankful for them and see the Lord lead you out. It is then, you will see God move for you, make a way where there seems to be no way.
It is breath taking when this happens. Awe inspiring when it is a way of life. What are you grateful for today? "If the only prayer you ever say in your life is thank you, it is enough. Meister Eckhart"
Fantasizing the freedom to be grateful in all things.