I caught myself saying it out loud. “What a perfect day.”
It’s wasn’t anything overly flashy or orchestrated. In fact in had been the complete opposite! But if I’m honest, that’s exactly the way I like it… These days, that is.
Years ago, I craved the monumental moments; the scheduled and fussed over moments. But in the last few years, God has changed this heart so dramatically, I hardly have words to describe it.
“What did you love about today?” He asked me. And like breath of habit, I began to count the ways…
A slow morning over French press coffee and cinnamon buns. One so slow that I savoured every last drop and remember precisely where we were sitting and how we were playing together and giggling as a family.
Nap time afforded us a moment to connect and remember that before her, we were each others first. Then together as a family, we ventured to the pool for another “first” watching our daughter splash through the pool like an old pro. Watching her delight and squeal brought me more joy and pride than I could contain. And watching him play with her… Well that was simply icing on my mommy heart cake!
Then there was the stroll to the grocery story and our chalk art on the walk; Our family dinner on the patio and an evening walk to see the ducks swim at sunset.
Bedtime cuddles and smooches and prayers for a tired baby; my heart could nearly burst…
So many ordinary moments that make up extraordinary treasures.
As I scrubbed the dishes, I found myself pouring out thanks to my Father in Heaven. Over and over I kept repeating it out loud: “Thank you, Father. Thank you…” As if the more times I said it, the more he’d understood how utterly dumbfounded I am by his overwhelming gifts to me.
So simple and yet all together profound.
Because truth is, words fail to express the gratitude I house in my heart for the ways my Lord has blessed me. For the gifts themselves, down to the ways he’s opened the eyes of my heart to see them and receive them in thanks.
Our home, this little town, my family and my friends: this life- my reality- is more than I ever dreamed of! And a decade ago, I would have wished it away for something else- for something “more.”
I almost missed my life. I was too busy chasing the next thing and distracted by my pursuit of becoming. I had never yet arrived, nothing was ever good enough and there was always more to be done. That is until I learnt the art of counting: counting gifts.
In the counting of everyday ordinary moments that I was grateful for, a shift occurred in my eyesight… and eventually in my heart. The day’s turned from exhaustive and laboured, into a treasure hunt for all the good and beautiful. Over and over again, I witnessed an outpouring of Gods love for me personally.
They were always there, I just hadn’t seen them. It wasn’t until I started looking that I truly began to see.
It isn’t what you look at that matters. It’s what you see.
We make statements that “we are blessed,” and “God is good,” but how often do we truly stop and thank God directly?
How often do we truly acknowledge and soak in how lavishly and endlessly we are provided for and how he delivers on his promises to us.
And how often do we give thanks in every moment- the hard moments- not just the good and easy ones?
Join The Gratitude Challenge, a movement aimed at making gratitude and joy a lifestyle. Because it’s in this lifestyle that we see God’s true character, discover he cares for us personally and come to know that he is good. In experiencing His love, we are transformed!
“People don’t care what you know until they know how much you care.”
Give God the opportunity to show you! You never know what you’ll discover; maybe a life and love beyond belief.
I double dog dare you: take your life and relationship with Jesus to the next level with the Seeking Grace “Gratitude Challenge Worksheet.” Or if you prefer, grab a journal and start counting!
Need more encouragement? Grab a copy of 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp. This book helped transform my heart of and gave me a new life.