Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Thanks in Threes

It is easy to get caught up in the "woe is me" trap when grieving. I've noticed myself going down that slippery slope at times. This is a place when hate reigns instead of the love that heals. I've learned that despite how dark the days may seem there is still light somewhere. We still have so much to be thankful for. 

A sweet friend of mine suggested that I take the time each day to thank God for three things. Some days the items may come easier than others. Some days the items may be as simple as the roof over our heads. And some days we may grasp to find items, but they will be there.

It seems so basic, but I think this will have a profound effect on me during the healing process. I need to remember to be grateful for what I do have, and not lament over what I do not. The temptations of this world lead us to pine for more, but what about what we do have. 

I know that David and I have been immensely blessed in our marriage, our church, family, friends, etc. I could write for days on all that we have. So why do we so quickly wish for more? That is an answer found deep within each and every one of our hearts. 

We assumed that once we got past the first trimester of our pregnancy, we were "safe". We did not once consider anything could happen that would harm our sweet girl. We took for granted the blessing that was bestowed upon us.  My heart wonders how many others do the same thing? I pray that all those who are pregnant take a moment each day to thank Him for the miraculous blessing He has given them. I also pray that despite how crazy children may make parents (I've been a nanny, I can confidently say children will make you crazy) that those parents take a moment to thank Him for the blessing that they are.

This is a roundabout way of saying that instead of taking all we have for granted, I'm going to be more conscious about thanking Him for what we do have. Join me.

What three things are you thankful for?

1 comment:

  1. My heart breaks for every time I read your posts. A good friend at my last job lost his baby just a week or so before she was due and it was the saddest thing ever. But just like you, watching them lean on God to get through that terrible time was so inspiring!

    This morning I got behind a car whose license plate said THANKULORD and was a good reminder to thank Him. I thanked Him for the little mini dance party I got to have in my car on the way to work. I think today I am also thankful for inspiring people like you who share their lives through their blogs, and sunshine. Even though it is cold today seeing the sunshine is so nice.