One of the kiddo's had put a LOT of paper into the thankful box. And each piece of paper had more than one thing listed on it. We laughed as we read some of them. Some of them touched my heart. But that night after all the kiddo's were in bed, I started thinking about that box.
While he hadn't intended to, the child that placed all those notes in the box was right on track. He had listed some of the ordinary, mundane things in life to be thankful for. Things that we usually take for granted. While I am very grateful for the blessings in my life, I don't always (I can even say rarely) say thanks for the little things in my life. The things that I take for granted (I will have clothes to wear today). The things that I expect will happen (the lights to turn on when I flip the switch). The things that I've been blessed with even though I don't deserve them (pretty much everything!).
Gratitude is really a choice. I can choose to see all things as a gift from God and be thankful for everything~even the things that I wouldn't really have chosen~ or I can complain about those things. I am sad and ashamed to say that my children haven't always seen their mamma with a grateful heart. I am purposing to change that. I want my children to see that life is a gift from God, and all things that go with it are also. I want my children to grow up with an attitude of gratitude. I want my children to fill their thankful boxes even when they are adults.
I have been reminded often lately of something that was said at our wedding by a sweet aunt....
"He does not promise all sunshine and roses, but He does promise that 'My grace is sufficient for thee'."
"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God"
1 Corinthians 10:31
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