I was sitting in the parking lot just putting the car into gear after a sweet shopping trip with my 3 year-old mini me (that is something to be greatful for ;). My heart was happy and full. Nothing extreme happened. It just hit me, there sitting in the parking lot, how extremely blessed I was to be home doing what I love to do. My heart was full of gratitude and there nearly choked up, I thanked God for all I do have.
Lately, it seems God is pouring into me the notion of true gratitude. I am stopping to see more of my life. Fully breathe in the scenes playing out before me. The simple things that I so often take for granted. He is helping me to see how full my life is. And when I focus on gratitude, the rest just kind of falls away from my mind.
I have always been a person to map out what's next, look down the road and plan. But my plans have not been his plans lately and I have spent a lot of time re-mapping. Maybe it took me to get to "this" place to realize the "next thing" is NOT going to satisfy me. To realize my satisfaction is eternal and understand maybe I have never reached the point of being content and satisfied.
Giving credit where credit belongs. You will never be satisfied otherwise.
-Matt Chandler (from To Live is Christ. To Die is Gain)
To ponder who He is, how vast His authority and somehow I am worthy to be called His.
Gratitude is one of the most powerful forces in the universe. - Matt Chandler
Normally for the last 8 months this day (the day that I get my time of the month), brings great frustration, fear and sadness but today remarkably by the grace and sweet love of God, I am filled with peace....
And for that I have great gratitude...
And Mary said: "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my savior."
Luke is 1:46-47
He isn't finished with me yet...Gratitude abounds.