{Gratitude and Light} Katie

We are now closer to the end of November than we are to the beginning!  Can you believe it?!

Have you taken the challenge I issued on November 1st?!  Have you been recording each day how you see the hand of God in your life?  It’s not too late to start!  Grab a piece of paper, a sticky note, an index card, or open your Notes app on your phone- or even voice recorder on your phone and talk it out!  Just get it down and out of your mind.  I don’t know about you, but it’s easy for me to forget.  If I can look back and reflect later at how I’ve seen God’s hand every day that week, it helps me remember He is still there!

For some of you, this may come naturally- to recognize His hand and to feel gratitude when you actually sit and think about it for a moment.  But for some, this may be a challenge.  It may seem like God is not aware of you or that your struggles are insurmountable.

Katie @thelisteningearproject provides some beautiful advice that has changed her overall outlook- so much so that it seems “magical”.

“For me gratitude has been something that I have had to learn. I’m not one to be a natural optimist, but I bought a gratitude journal a few months ago and it has made all the difference! Every morning I write down three things I’m grateful for and every night I write down three things that went well that day.

Recognizing what the Lord has blessed me with, even if it’s as simple as a good night’s rest or feeling my baby kick, has helped me see how much I’ve been given. Starting off my day this way has helped me view the world in a whole new light. Even when I experience bumps in the road, I remember those three things that I wrote down that morning and suddenly I’m filled with the magic of gratitude. It’s a game changer, I tell ya.”

-Katie, @thelisteningearproject

Is gratitude something you’ve had to learn, as well?

In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 it says:

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Gratitude may be difficult for some of us because it feels like, “Well I’m not grateful for every thing- the hard stuff is hard.  I don’t feel gratitude for it!”

I read the most beautiful article this morning entitled How I Learned to be Grateful in Every Circumstance I have linked to it so you can go read it.  It is one of the most beautiful perspectives I’ve ever heard on gratitude and I want to print it, save it forever, and read it every Thanksgiving- or better yet, every month.

As we pause to reflect each day, I know we can all see ways in which God is involved in our lives and in which He blesses us.  Recognizing his hand each day is not simply a rote task.  It has the power to change us- just as it has done for Katie.

I think about how much I desire my own kids’ happiness and it’s easy for me to see how good they really have it.  For some reason, though, there are times when they put on blinders and think the world is against them and that everything is crashing in on them.  But, if they simply stop and think for a moment- and really open their eyes to look around them- they begin to see all the good.  Even if they had to ask me what good there was, I’d be happy to tell them!  Yet sometimes I just tell them, without their asking.

I believe this is exactly how God sees us!  Even if you can’t see His hand in your life yourself, pray and ask Him to help you see it.  I’m certain He’s eager to tell you the abundant ways in which He blesses you- but you may have to ask- and then you have to listen. When we do open ourselves to make room for gratitude, I believe the magic of it will fill our hearts and in turn, forever change us for the better.

If you are looking to be filled with more light, please go check out Katie’s IG feed!  She has the most beautiful project and is capturing priceless wisdom from the elderly.  The simplicity of their advice has me really thinking about what matters most, and even more importantly it encourages me to share my own stories!

Thank you, Katie, for sharing your beautiful heart through your honesty and ideas!

What are you grateful for today?!  I’d love to hear!

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