Gratefulness

There are so many moments in our lives of frustration.  Where we focus on the bad.  Stresses with work, frustrations with loved ones, car trouble, repairs around your home…many, many things that can bump our happy.  Things that can add up to really create a source of tension in our lives.

I decided to spend a little bit of time reading back through my prayer journals this week.  And I was hit with a really tough realization.

These things that I grumble about are the very things I have spent years praying for.  And God answered.

Am I moving at a pace that is so fast & ever so demanding that I am not even stopping to realize when God is answering my prayers?  Or do I sometimes push away the very blessings God is trying to give me because it wasn’t wrapped in the bow that I wanted?  Or didn’t say the exact thing I felt like I needed to hear?  So I send the answered prayer away.  Because it didn’t fit the mold I had pictured in my head.

I wonder what it would look like if I actually slowed down to really take a look at all of these things that I spent years praying for…and thank God for hearing my cries.  To take a moment to pause before jumping onto the next thing on my to-do list that I would like for God to check off.

I know there will always be frustrations throughout our journeys.  But what if we could come to a place where we can really enjoy each season a step at a time?  To learn to be so in the moment that we are actually in tune with the path God is preparing for us.  To breathe in this journey God has blessed me with.

Imagine the beauty that will blossom from a soul that rests in gratefulness.

Your whole world just may change.

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