September 17, 2014

Words on Gratitude // Community Brew

I'm so excited to be co-hosting the Community Brew Linkup this month.  In case you haven't heard of Commuity Brew, it is a linkup hosted by Madison and Rachel that is created for bloggers to be open, honest, and vulnerable, and to build community with others.

community brew link up

And it is Wednesday, so of course I am hosting Wednesday's Words with Jenni.  So be sure to link up any encouraging post you have written that shares how God is working!
Seasons with the Strattons

This week the Community Brew topic is gratitude, which just so happens to be something that God has really had on my heart lately.  I started reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp and to say it has rocked my world would be an understatement.  It has really opened my eyes to just how much I have to be thankful for, and that it is not just the big gifts from God but the small everyday blessings that I have lacked gratitude for.

I think it comes down to it is so easy to show gratitude to the Lord for huge blessings or answered prayers, but what about the small joys He blesses us with everyday? When I catch myself noticing those small blessings is when I know that my heart is in a good place.  I am communicating with God consistently and thanking Him for being so good to my imperfect self.  It is when I get antsy and want big prayers answered that I catch myself in a rut.  The rut of wanting to know why God is making me be patient.  This is when I start ignoring the small blessings and wondering why the big blessing hasn't come.  

I think the thought from One Thousand Gifts that hit me so hard was this:

"Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted." 
John 6:11

"Jesus embraces His not enough... He gives thanks... And there is more than enough." -Ann Voskamp

So many times in my life I catch myself thinking there is not enough.  Not enough clothes in my closet. Not enough decorations in my house.  Not enough gadgets in my kitchen.  When really, I have so much more than enough.  

It is when I am at the point of being grateful for the every day details that I have peace and realize that I have been blessed with more than enough.  My need for more stuff goes away, and that just makes my heart full of joy.

I'm learning that gratitude is a huge part of my relationship with the Lord.  It is a part of the relationship that I so often forget, but believe is one of the most important.  Just like your friend or husband needs to hear that you are grateful for them, our heavenly Father needs to hear from us that we are thankful.

How to you keep yourself from slipping into the rut of an ungrateful heart? What does showing gratitude to the Lord look like for you?

Be sure to link up your post to the Community Brew linkup as well as heading over to Jenni's blog to add your post to our Wednesday's Words linkup as well!

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