We often lose sight of the incredible blessings we have because the small hitches and drawbacks of life tend to overshadow them in the daily requirement to deal with them. (When we have a problem we must address over and over, we can’t help but keep it at the forefront of our thoughts.) That is why it is important to actively call out our blessings each day. To pull them from the back of our minds, from that area we don’t think about because it hums steadily along without much need for attention.
We have to make being grateful a verb (or verb phrase, as Katy and I learned a few weeks back 😉 ).
I am grateful that I have a family. I am so very grateful for each precious life that lives beneath this roof. I am grateful for this roof. After visiting people who live in houses with walls of black plastic and roofs of the same, I know that my home is a sanctuary and a palace to most folks in this world. I am grateful for my wonderful dogs and my sweet cats. I am grateful that my children don’t have to go to bed at night hungry. I am grateful for a blue sky that will come after this beautiful moon slips back into the horizon. I am grateful for my Mama and for the opportunity I have to know her as a person and to call her friend. I am grateful for a world that has compassionate and fierce hearts that will stand up to in justice.
I am grateful for God’s word and wisdom and I am grateful that He answers when I calls…and I’m grateful that I don’t *always* wait ten forevers until I realize I need to call on Him.
The blessings are there. It is like a door that we keep shut but if we open it, they tumble out like the stuff in my bedroom closet when I was a teenager and Mama threatened to make me stay home if my room didn’t get clean 😉
Don’t forget to open the door today!