Happy Friday! Are you so glad the weekend is almost here? We sure are! This week has been good, but different as my husband started his new job. The next year for us will be a year of changes and transition. Change is good, but it also means being adaptable and that is not always easy. I’ve always welcomed change, but it does take me a while to get used to new paths in life. As the oldest child of 6 in my family, I’ve always been one who like to plan and know what’s going on. When schedules get switched around, I don’t always love it or handle it in the best way 🙂
I have a feeling that the next several months and year will stretch us and challenge me to completely trust God. As I’ve been praying for what’s to come, I keep hearing the word ‘gratitude‘ whispered in my ear. Being truly thankful for every moment, situation, & relationship in life. After reading Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts, my perspective of giving thanks has changed. She challenges readers to approach life with a heart of gratitude, even in the darkest hours of life. To list times of thankfulness each day…from soft baby cheeks to bills being paid to food on the table.
In one chapter of her book, she talks about how we really can only experience one emotion at a a time. In a moment of frustration, we can choose to be thankful and which makes it hard to feel frustrated. We get to choose–which emotion do we want to feel? Find ways to change your attitude and heart to manifest thankfulness. That’s what I’m challenging myself to do.
Thankfulness is what builds trust. We trust in God to provide, care for, and meet our needs. When we count blessings we see how many times God has been faithful in our lives. I started doing this a few weeks ago and was amazed at all that God has done in my life. He has always provided for our needs, even in ways that were surprising.
I love this quote from Ann Voskamp- “Every time fear freezes and worry writhes, every time I surrender to stress, aren’t I advertising the unreliability of God? That I really don’t believe? But if I am grateful to the Bridge Builder for the crossing of a million strong bridges, thankful for a million faithful moments, my life speaks my beliefs and I trust Him again.”