A Grateful Heart


^ digital camera selfie circa 2010

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

Last week was rough. My mood was about as pleasant as the rainy cold weather. When my Target run involved restocking my tampon supply (#truthtuesday) I was over it. Life that is. I started to annoy myself, which is the telltale sign something needs to change. I needed to remember to fight the battles of life with a grateful heart.

Life is filled with seasons of drought and plenty, which appear to interchange almost seamlessly. While reading through Galatians recently, I was struck by the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23): love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The footnote for joy was gladness, which means, “a feeling or state of well-being and contentment.” Yeah, that hadn’t been me at all the past few days!

At my old job one of our guiding principles was, “fake it until you make it.” There is so much truth to that simple and cliché sounding phrase. Once I began giving thanks (even while I was wallowing in my own self-pity and not feeling thankful or content), my mood lifted and I began noticing blessings all around.

Here is to a fresh, more positive, week.

/ / My marriage and friendship with Jordan. He deserves a gold star for the way he cares for me particularly through this season of life.

/ / My friends and family. The silent and vocal cheerleading means so much to me.

/ / After experiencing a 19 year old friend receive her double lung transplant last year, I have a whole new respect for my body. I may not be pregnant but I’m able to accomplish any physical task that is required of me and for that I’m grateful.

/ / A loving God that provides purpose and hope for my future. While it hasn’t looked like the future I had planned, it is a good future.

/ / The fact that dark chocolate doesn’t have dairy. You better believe dark chocolate is being consumed on the regular.

/ / Afternoon walks around our neighborhood.

/ / Summer plans. I don’t know how many more “carefree” summers we’ll have alone, so I’m planning on fully embracing this one.

What are you grateful for this week?

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Grateful Heart Monday

11 thoughts on “A Grateful Heart”

  1. Um, YES. When I start to annoy myself- that’s the sure sign for me too that something needs to change (or that I just need to put myself to bed and call it a day) – I hear ya! “Fake it til you make it” is a phrase I tell myself pretty often too 🙂 Kind of like the push I need to just DO IT already, change my attitude or try something new that brings me out of my comfort zone, no excuses – just do it and do it with a smile on your face. Starts out totally forced on my “rough days” but then my heart softens and I start to truly feel grateful.

    (I love that picture of you two!!)

    1. Thank you! Lately I’ve enjoyed going through old photos and repurposing them 😉 Exactly….if I can’t be around myself who else would want to?! Thanks for hosting a great weekly challenge.

  2. It’s amazing how different life can look when we start looking at what we DO have rather than what we want to have, yet don’t. In the same way that you want a precious child, I want to find the perfect partner and the missing puzzle piece to my life…I see you and I think to myself, “Man, if I could only have that!”… I love how you have decided to focus on what IS, rather than what ISN’T this week…thanks for reminding me of this! I think we all need to be more aware that God IS working…to will and to do for HIS good pleasure and that all we need to do is learn to truth in Him. It’s tough…being 28 and still thinking….what the heck!!!! Hello God, have you forgotten me… But He knows our hearts…and yet, He allows us to go through this stuff…why?!! Because we learn to truth Him more and through this discomfort, we are being formed and shaped into His likeness and to exactly the people He intends us to be. I pray for you Catherine! That YOU truly understand that God loves you and has a wonderful future in mind for both you and Jordan! Love you!

    1. Oh Cody! Thank you for the encouragement. Timing can be so frustrating especially since God doesn’t really work with an “earthly” clock 😉 I really do try to live with perspective but it can certainly be a challenge.

      We’re all in this together 🙂

    1. It’s quite the shift when I start listing things out…suddenly all of the cons seem trivial in the grand scheme!

  3. Thanks for linking up, and what a great perspective. I chuckled about the Target tampon run. Been there! Each month, I wait until the last minute possible to buy tampons- just in case! But it’s so important to remind ourselves of what we can be grateful for.

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