The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
People are hurting. Bad things are happening to good people, and fear is running rampant. I know it’s happened to me. The fear. The questioning of how bad will it get, as I witness all the hatred, selfishness, and hopelessness of my people, my fellow Americans…the world. While I am a Christian I’m all to familiar with fear and doubt of where this world is headed.
A few weeks ago my church had our women’s meeting. We watched a video. In the video a woman talked about getting joy, peace, and having gratitude. What really stood out to me in the video is that she struggled with her faith, having peace and joy in her life because she saw her little sister die. I can’t even imagine the horror of witnessing that. Now I haven’t witnessed anyone’s death (God forbid), but death has hit a little too close to home.
I’m in a season of my life where I’m struggling to have that peace, and joy, because fear has grabbed me by the neck, and he doesn’t want let go. It does me no good to live in fear, and it’s very harmful to living a life God has called me to live. I don’t want fear to win, and if your struggling as well let’s go on this gratitude journey together. One of my favorite scriptures has really encouraged and inspired me during hard times:
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
I Thessalonians 5:16-18 NKJV
Pray without ceasing. Meaning continually be in conversation with God, through his word, prayer, in song or in music. Prayer, in meeting with God, gives us peace that surpasses all understanding.
In Everything give thanks. I’ve been through a lot. More than any 24 year old should ever have to go through. I take most things in stride, and many times I don’t see it as anything that horrible because in reality things can be a lot worse, and people have been through a lot worse. I’ve learned in these 24 years that taking a step back and witnessing your own personal testimony of the goodness of God is beneficial to yourself. I find many times when I share my testimony, my spirit is lifted. As I recall everything God has brought me through and blessed me with It really changes my perspective, and a feeling of gratitude warms my heart, as I realize that even in the dark places God is good.
My favorite personal quote that I like to share with my close friends is to appreciate the little things. The smallest pleasures, enjoy them. I have a huge appreciation for life as I find life beautiful. Every moment I am breathing and my heart is functioning I count as blessing and gift.
So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.
Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 NLT
So the women in my church have started a gratitude journal. We’re writing down 1,000 things that we’re grateful for. It can be the smallest thing. We’re starting with 20. So I challenge you to write down 20 things that your grateful for. You can write in the comments or in your own personal journal. It can be as small as I’m grateful to have shoes on my feet, or I’m grateful for Blackberry jam. Get creative and let’s start appreciating the little things. Join me and the women of my church in 1,000 things to be thankful for. I will write my 20 in a separate post.
❤ Happy Writing ❤