9 In Faith

Gratitude

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“Gratitude for the seemingly insignificant—a seed—this plants the giant miracle.” ― Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

Gratitude.  It’s more than just being thankful.  It’s a state of being, a posture of one’s heart.  It has to be cultivated, like a seed freshly planted in the ground.  It must be watered with the Word of God and carefully tended to.

In this season of Thanksgiving, it’s easy to be thankful for the bounty that God has given.  His abundance is not often overlooked, as it stares me straight in the face — I have a husband and children who love me.  We have a home to live in, food to eat and my friends are some of the best in the world.

But what about when I am experiencing seasons of lack, whether it be in the natural (finances, loss of loved ones) or in the spiritual — what about those times when my flesh wants to cry out, “Lord, what do I have to be thankful for” because it seems like everything that is good is slowly fading?  I admit that I’ve been in that place more often than not this year.  And my heart grieves at the thought that I could ever be ungrateful for all that He has given to me.  In my lack, my heart longs for more.  But it’s not things that I long for.  It is HIM!  He is the more.  And my lack does not change who He is.  He is good!  In His mercy, He gently leads me back to His Word, to reflect on His promises.  And there He pours out grace and expands my heart so that I can once again receive His goodness with gratitude.  As I turn my gaze towards Him, He readjusts my thinking and helps me to see things with new eyes and with a new perspective.

Gratitude.  It’s about truly being appreciative for all that God has given — the good, the bad and the ugly.  And when we cannot see, we ask Him.  “Father, help me to cultivate an attitude of gratitude.  Help me to see my life through the eyes of grace.”   In my seasons of lack, He comes with His abundance and fills me up.  My glass is always full.  In Him I have all that I need.  My cup runneth over!

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.   (James 1:17)

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Laura Rath
    November 18, 2011 at 4:48 am

    Beautifully said Barbie! Some days I have to make a conscious effort to be thankful and stop my grumbling, even when I’m having not such a great day.

    I’m loving the Write It, Girl link up! Thanks for visiting my blog!

    In Christ,
    Laura

    • Reply
      Barbie
      November 18, 2011 at 10:55 am

      You’re welcome Laura!

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    Alene Snodgrass
    November 18, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Thanks for the reminder of what TRUE gratitude and thankfulness of all about. I want to remember always that EVERY gift, day, person, word is a gift from God and be thankful in the moment. Blessings friend. I feel so welcomed here at your bloggy world.

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      Barbie
      November 18, 2011 at 10:56 am

      Thank you Alene.  I am thankful I found you in this big world of blogging!

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    homebldrs
    November 18, 2011 at 11:57 am

    “Gratitude.  It’s about truly being appreciative for all that God has given”  Amen! 

    Many blessings,
    Lisa
    A Moment with God
    http://lisaphelps.org

    • Reply
      Barbie
      November 18, 2011 at 11:25 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Lisa!

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    Shortybear 63
    November 19, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Nice post.

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    Anonymous
    November 19, 2011 at 3:25 am

    It’s about truly being appreciative for all that God has given — the good, the bad and the ugly.    I’ll have to remember this when I’m not so “grateful” for the bad and the ugly.  Conviction …

    Love you,
    Beth

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    Faith Barista | Bonnie
    November 22, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Beautifully expressed, Barbie.  We all walk by faith by simply celebrating Thanksgiving.  I know that I am  asking God for that grateful heart this week.  I caught a nasty flu and had an unpleasant call from a family member.  But, I am thankful knowing even all this is in His hands and not mine.  I love getting to know you a post at a time, Barbie. I know it’s been a tough year for you, but I thank God for your faith and continued expression of words to Him and for us.

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