I’m so excited for another week of hanging out with y’all! The Community Brew linkup has brought me so much joy. It’s been awesome to get to hear your stories about community, marriage, and what the Lord has been doing in your hearts! This month we are talking about gratitude.
Before we get started, let me introduce you to our wonderful co-host this month! Martha Kate blogs at Seasons with the Strattons and I’m so glad to call her a blog friend!
What is gratitude? How do we express it? Who deserves it?
There are so many things that go along with gratitude but I know, for myself, it isn’t something I think about often enough. Sure I like to say thank you when someone gives me, but do I really thank people? Genuinely, from the bottom of my heart give them gratitude?
I remember my mom forcing us to send thank you notes every Christmas and for our birthdays. Honestly, I always thought it was silly. But I still remember going to my first wedding, giving a gift and never receiving a thank you note. And to be honest, it still makes me a little ticked sometimes to think about it.
Why do we feel that we deserve gratitude? In that case, I went out of my way to spend my hard earned money to buy a gift for the newlyweds. Sure, they’re getting 100 more, but I still deserved a thank you, right?
If we get that way about material possessions that truly don’t mean anything eternal, how do you expect that God feels when we don’t thank Him? When we aren’t truly grateful?
Have you ever heard the quote that goes something like this: “What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you thanked God for today?” Honestly, y’all, I wouldn’t have much. It goes beyond just saying thanks but you also have to have a grateful heart.
When you get a raise at work, do you thank God or do you remember how hard you’ve worked? When you nearly escape a potential car accident, do you say it was the fact that you were paying attention, or do you whisper thank you Lord. Our instincts in moments when the Lord deserves our gratitude are where our true heart shows up. I’ll be honest, most times I’m quick to attribute good things to my own abilities, decisions and just plain chance.
There are no coincidences in this journey we are on with the Lord. Things don’t just happen to us, y’all. Each step is orchestrated by the Lord for a greater purpose. I’m not going down a free-will vs predestination road right now, but it’s impossible to ignore the threads the Lord has placed throughout our stories.
What are some things you should be thanking the Lord for daily? A new day, a partner and helper, a home (no matter what it is like!), a job, community. His hand in every intimate detail of our lives.
I would say I’m a grateful person. I say thank you to waitresses. I say thank you to my husband for serving me. But how often do I pour out a heart of gratitude towards the Lord? It’s definitely something I should be a whole lot more intentional about.
What about you?