I sighed out loud as I scrolled through my newsfeed. Another post of another great thing happening in another person’s life.
A new vehicle.
A fantastic vacation.
A beautiful bouquet of roses.
A super romantic date night.
A successful career.
It seemed like everybody everywhere was living this full and overflowing life, while it was sitting in my saggy couch with a chipped cup of no name coffee.
Why do they have all the good stuff?
Why do I have the leftovers?
Oh heavens. I’m almost ashamed to admit it – save for the fact that perhaps you’re thinking it too. We all get trapped there some days, don’t we? We see the apparent plenty of others and then, disheartened, we scan the scene around ourselves and, regardless of what fills the space, we see wreckage, second best, and the emptiness of the things we don’t have.
We end up discouraged, sad, discontent and perhaps even angry at the injustice of it all. To be honest, I got sick of it all. I got sick of envying the blessings and successes of others. I got tired of seeing my glass half empty. I got so fed up with the absolute ludicrous emptiness and bitterness that had gripped my heart. It was stealing my joy, my peace and my contentment.
I challenged myself to start counting the blessings of my life, unwrapping the gifts that I’ve been given and relishing in the joys both big and small. Ann Voskamp’s challenge to find 1000 gifts in the everyday ordinary of life seemed perfect and so I began to number them.
1. Gentle kicks from baby
2. Cuddles with hubby
3. A quiet morning alone
4. Memories on my Christmas tree
5. Hot coffee steaming in the cup
It was difficult at first, to shake off the weight of the wanting, even for a brief moment. I really had to stop, think, look around me and in me. And with each day my gratitude grew…
34. This prayer chair
35. People who believe in me
36. Recognizing spiritual growth in my own life
I began to feel so full, so thankful, so blessed. As I numbered them, recorded them, I found gratitude growing in me and contentment settling in fresh.
I continue to practice it each day in some way.
I don’t want to miss the good stuff of my life while I’m waiting for it to show up.
So if you’re aching from the e mpty and need a new perspective, join me in counting the gifts and watch as gratitude grows like a tulip in the spring’s warm sun.
97. Adventuring into new simple things with Rowan
98. Talking about our faith with my husband
99. Sensing peace when it should not be
My list goes on…
What is one thing you are grateful for today?
Add it to my list and let’s keep counting our blessings.
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