GRATITUDEThis is the first chance I have had to post since Monday. It has been a ROUGH week. I won't bore you with the details but it all started with Caedmon breaking his leg on Monday and quickly went down hill from there. I don't know which has been more frustrating...the events that have transpired this week, or the way I have responded to them. Sharp reminders all around me, reminding me that I can do nothing, NOTHING right without the grace of my sweet Savior.
On nights like this, when I have nothing kind to say, I turn to my gratitude journal. I started this journal a few years ago when I was having a week just like this one. Sitting and writing down a few things that I am thankful for never fails to change my perspective. A few things that come to mind tonight...
-My children (though infinitely frustrating), love me, even when I yell
-My hubby, who is brave enough to lovingly set me straight, even when I am shooting him "THE LOOK"
-The friends who have lifted me up and encouraged me this week...Mom, Charlotte, Leigh Anne, Stacy, Michelle, Amanda, Louise, Pastor Barnes...to name just a few
-That every week is not like this one
-The smell of Christmas...cinnamon sticks on the stove, the Christmas tree, fresh baked bread
-The laundry, piled up in my laundry room. We have clothes to wear.
-The sink full of dirty dishes. We have food to eat.
-The silence around me. My children are sleeping.
-The chaos of a messy house. We have more material possessions than 80% of the world. We have a cozy little house that I love. We have abundance.
I am reminded of a part of a hymn I love: "Jesus, Cast a Look on me. Give me sweet simplicity. Make me poor, and keep me low. Seeking only Thee to know."
I have felt both poor and low this week...in time, in rest, in spirit. And I have prayed. And prayed. Prayed for patience, for kindness, for love. I have asked for peace, for energy, for perspective.
Things will get better. And I will pray less. I will forget how much I need Him. I hate that I forget! So lastly, on my list tonight,
-I am grateful for this week, full of frustrations and disappointments, that points me to the cross, and reminds me, once again, of my constant need for a Savior.