When we are thankful for it ALL, we are able to see it ALL, and not just what we choose to focus on, which is usually non-life giving. Unmet expectations, frustrations, disappointments… all these things cloud our vision and take up space for grace.
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Choosing an attitude of gratitude doesn’t mean you overlook things or don’t work on a better you— it means looking beyond that and being thankful for what you currently have and working out of that place when faced with daily situations that make us feel out of control.
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It may look like:
My husband did XYZ again. I’m so frustrated, but God, I am grateful that you show me your love for him and that you’ve gifted him to me. Although the road ahead may be difficult, I trust you.
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My kids are screaming and acting out again. I’m so disappointed. Is this my lack of parenting? (Doubt) Is it something I did wrong? (Shame) God, I am grateful for these hearts and please help me tend to them how you would. Help me remove the doubt and shame clouding my vision and help me to not act out of those places.
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Our lack of gratitude causes shattered hearts.
Our lack of gratitude causes chaos in our home.
Our lack of gratitude causes unthankfulness.
Our lack of gratitude causes us to distance ourselves from God and in turn, the chaos continues.
Our lack of gratitude says the cross wasn’t enough.
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Choosing an attitude of gratitude is how we keep choosing joy, even in the difficult times. It’s how we continue to invite God into the picture and I don’t know about you, but with Him out of the picture in our home— there are not enough crazy emojis in the world. But we must first slow down to see and understand that our attitude shifts the atmosphere in our home. It brings life or it tears down— and we get to choose the dynamics and the good news is that He will help us each step of the way.