Today's Devotional Thought
July 09, 2012 by Wendy Foreman
Thankfulness in All Circumstances
We have done several posts on Ann Voskamp's book, "One Thousand Gifts" that we are reading with our ladies at church. It is changing my whole way of thinking in life. Recently, I was faced with something very difficult and I asked myself over and over again what can I be grateful for in this situation?
My grandmother passed away June 29th. And, in the midst of her death I found myself asking what can I be grateful for?
I have several memories of my grandmother from when I was much younger. My love of shoes came from her. I can remember when I was very young going into her closet and putting on her shoes and just stomping around her house in shoes that were way too big for me. It made me feel so grown up. Today, I easily have 100 pairs of shoes.
She taught me how to wear make-up and do my nails. She was the one who took me to get my ears pierced and the one who I often times heard say, "Pray and ask the Lord Wendy, pray and ask the Lord."
The years flew by and I was married with 2 kids and a lot changed in those years and the visits were few and far between. When we got the call that Nanny would not make it, all those memories flew through my mind and I had so many different emotions. The day she died I sat on my parents patio and wrote in my journal and asked myself what am I grateful for in this.
The death of a loved one has a funny way of making you look back and relive certain times in your life and when you are reliving them, oftentimes you relive the emotions that went with them. I did that on that day and as I thought about all those memories, I thanked God that I had some good memories to dwell on. I am grateful for my grandmother because she was the mother of my father and he is a very godly man. I watch him live his life daily in a manner that honors God. He has been pushed down more than one time in his life and he has always gotten back up and brushed himself off and kept right on living for Jesus in spite of difficulty. I admire, love and respect my father more than words can say.
I want to challenge you today to stop throughout your day and find the small things that fill your heart with gratitude. Write them down somewhere, in a journal or even in your bible. We are good at finding the big things to be grateful for but when we begin to recognize even the small things, then I believe we will find our lives filled with more joy. We will be living abundantly because we are choosing to focus on and see the positive things in life rather than the negative.
Maybe I should rephrase that by saying we are choosing to see good even in the bad.
Be grateful today dear friends God is so good!!!