When we are experiencing peace and contentment we hardly realize that we've got it. The minute discomfort knocks on our door we are sulking in self-pity and dissatisfaction, so much, that we are living in complete disregard of the blessings that surround us every day. This year has been extremely blessed but like any other human wrestling greed, I wanted more. This year hadn't been comfortable or content, to recollection to say the least. I saw my friends and family graduate from college with bachelor's and master's degrees. I saw them getting married, buying homes and starting businesses. I was envious of it all, I reflected on my life so heavily with regret. I was supposed to have graduated from college. I was supposed to be married. I wanted to live in a house and I wanted to be the owner of my own businesses. What had I been doing all of these years?! What could have possibly blinded me from every presage around, that screamed for me to turn back and to get on the right track? I was so angry with myself, I was angry and I was ungrateful.
...where here, have I given thanks for the things I do HAVE or the things that I have ACCOMPLISHED?
You see, being ungrateful is a testament that we can't take care of what we have already. Focusing so much on the things that we don't have, only takes our attention away from admiring the HAVES; Gratitude unlocks blessings.
As I'm sitting here writing this I am thinking about all that God has blessed me with this year. I am not a college graduate YET, but he has provided an incomprehensible amount of resources and support that will allow me to do so. I was delivered from a pernicious marriage, and God is preparing me for a God fearing husband. I don't own a house but I have a home, my daughter and I have never gone without. In fact, we have more than I could ever imagine. I am not the CEO of a well-established incorporation BUT I have Church Girl Diaries, a ministry that will break barriers WORLDWIDE! MY CUP RUNNETH OVER! All glory goes to Christ Jesus, for creating me in such purpose. Because I've learned to praise God through the storm and thank him for the things I already have he's given me MORE. I am overwhelmed with peacefulness, cheer and gratitude. I am so blessed to know and serve a God who is merciful, who saw me through my selfishness and ungratefulness. I am even more grateful that a seed was planted in my life that revealed to me where my walk was inadequate. I hope to have planted a seed in your life today, by reminding you of what our Lord tells us in his word:
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”