Shining behind everything this life can put us through is a fierce and undying gratitude because we know God has already given us much more than we deserve.
Sometimes the circumstances of life just tend to deflate you. Today, sitting in prayer I felt emptied out, emotionally and spiritually flat. I stuttered, I stammered, I stopped. The creative energy flow valve was shut off somehow. Caretaking does that. Sometimes taking care of someone else, can literally take the life right out of you.
But this is what is amazing about living the God centered life. Gratitude simply won't die. We know what we have been saved from.....everything that this life can throw at you can't make a dent in that.....not for very long anyway. Sometimes that surprises me. The unexpected hope that flowers despite everything blooms in the form of Gratitude.....
Seeking inspiration this morning, I opened the Word which never fails. I read
"As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
My tears have been my food day and night,
while people say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
These things I remember as I pour out my soul:
The words, I remember stood out. Gratitude is all about remembering......We have a living gratitude for all that God has done for us that wells up within us even in the worst of circumstances.
By this I don't mean that we walk around with a fake smile all day, a false front that everyone sees through anyway. No, I mean that even if we are so mad we can spit nails one minute, there is something, rather Someone, that keeps us from going over the edge. Someone that holds us back from total despair. Someone that keeps us thankful at the end of the day, and hopeful at the start.
Satan was working on me this morning. At prayer, and then when I sat down to the computer and didn't see the pictures I had loaded. I shut everything down, slammed the laptop shut all the while......gratitude still intact, gratitude still intact....NOT. Then Elaine reminded me that she had set up two accounts, one for her and one for me. My little fit was wasted. They were there all the time! I sheepishly sat down to blog
Gratitude once again, intact.
Holding out and holding up.
My soul is downcast within me;
therefore I will remember you........Psalm 42:6
Continued good health, beautiful Arizona weather, blooming cactus, the gift of laughter through everything, encouragement from the Word, a best friend who appreciates everything I do, good food, enough money to pay bills, new computers that work, the blessing of good neighbors.....#688-698
picture taken in my Mom's backyard