Warm running water. Butterfly kisses. Chubby toddler legs learning to walk. Irresistible smiles. Eyes to see my beautiful babies. Hot coffee mugs on cold fingertips. Full bellies all around. Infectious laughter filling the room. Snow laden woods painting a scene out the back window. A quiet angelic sleeping baby. A small hand to hold within mine. Cuddles in cozy blankets.
My daily list of gratitude as day turns to night. These gifts that add onto so many
others. They all fall into my cup of salvation,
the biggest gift of all. No Lord, there
isn’t an empty cup here. It is
full. It is overflowing. You give and give more.
These lists are reminders of Him, the giver of all good things. Every good and perfect gift is from Him. He offers joy in the midst of sorrow, again and again. A book that has truly transformed my thinking is Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it. She offers so much wisdom and truth in her book.
I agree wholeheartedly with Ann’s words. Every time I choose thankfulness I experience joy growing up inside me. A thankful heart is not always easy, especially in those rough, hard places in life: when the flesh fights, when there’s pain and suffering, when life gets messy, when everything around overwhelms, when I just want to stop and cry in the fetal position because the hard times don’t let up. It’s a choice I have to make: will I choose thankfulness today? When I choose complaints over thankfulness, I’m robbing myself of His gifts of joy. And friends, there are many gifts to open each day that we are missing. Don’t get me wrong,
My starting point of each day begins with a God who loves me so much, that He sent His son to die for me, so that I may have life to the fullest. He freely gives the greatest gift of all and none of us deserve it.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
I begin each day with so much to be thankful for by remembering one precious word: Jesus. Will I choose to start my day with a thankful heart? Will I choose to remember, in the midst of pain and suffering and life, that God has given Himself for me? That He loves me so much that He sacrificed Himself so that I may live? That as far as the east is from the west, that’s how far He’s taken my sins away from me?
After this gift of salvation, God gives us more. His gifts are ours to hold, but His to keep. Garrett was one of the greatest earthly gifts I’ve ever received. I did not deserve a man like him, or our blessed marriage. God chose to bless me abundantly by allowing me to spend six sweet years with him. He chose to give me this precious gift that changed my life. But Garrett was never mine to keep. It’s important that I remember,
This is something I am continually working on. I remind myself that Garrett is not mine. He is God’s. I am working on letting go. It’s hard. It’s tough. By choosing to be thankful for all of God’s gifts, instead of focusing on the gift that He took away, I experience great joy in the midst of my sorrow.