“Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into Joy, and change the ordinary into Blessings.” – William Arthur Ward
Gratitude lives in an awareness of the Blessings around us and is demonstrated by Thankfulness to God and the people who contribute to those Blessings.
It can be easy for us to set expectations on God, the people around us, or ourselves, and when our expectations aren’t met, then we become frustrated with whoever didn’t deliver, which can blind us to all the Blessings that surround us. Instead of focusing on the good we have before us, we allow that which we don’t have or can’t seem to get accomplished to steal our attention (mind), kill our Joy (heart), and do harm to those around us (hands, feet, and mouth).
My Girls, I Hope and Pray that you will limit your expectations on God, because He has proved His Love for you in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8), and that is sufficient for you. Furthermore, you should limit your expectations on people or yourself to doing what is right, loving Mercy, and walking humbly with God (Micah 6:8) because that’s all that God expects. And when you or those around you fall short of those three things, you should be Compassionate, Gracious, and Forgiving (Psalm 103:8), because that is how God is with us. In understanding and living in these, you should find Joy and Gratitude throughout your days.
Challenge Question: What can you be grateful for TODAY?