Cultivating Gratefulness

Every Friday, The Gypsy Mama hosts 5 Minute Friday where bloggers write for 5 minutes straight about a subject and then post it without making any changes or edits. All who participate, link it back to her site to share encouragement and celebrate the art of communicating.

Today’s theme is appropriately, “grateful.”

sculptured gardenGO

This year I want to cultivate gratefulness in my life. I want to ignore all the “weeds” that threaten to choke out joy. Particularly, noticing the little treasures coming my way.

Every little pleasure needs to be acknowledged.

As I do so, thankfulness toward what the Lord provides will come easier.

And with thankfulness for what He has given, will come praise for Who He is.

When I cultivate gratefulness, my focus will not be on getting more or having smooth sailing but on how incredible our Creator is, how gracious, compassionate, and loving.

Circumstances don’t change that!

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Well, once again I completed this challenge, but this time it was actually more difficult than the last. I thought it through more, unwilling to let the words just come, but instead caressing them into what I thought I should say.

This exercise is definitely an important tool of growth for me. I pray you will cheer me on as I continue to join 5 Minute Friday in the weeks to come.

 “I will give You thanks with all my heart;
I will sing Your praise before the heavenly beings”
(Psalm 138:1).

As we approach the last month of the year, what are your thoughts on being grateful? Are there tools you’ve identified to help you grow in 2012?

By His grace ≈

Julie

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Find hope in your real-life struggles. We'll chase it together! I am a wife; mom of 4 (including a young adult daughter with special needs); miscarriage mom of 5; author & follower of Jesus Christ. I write, edit, speak and enjoy everything outdoors.

2 comments on “Cultivating Gratefulness
  1. Amy says:

    So true – gratitude is not one of those things that just happens. And yet, when we cultivate that mindset, we see so much beauty from God that we would miss otherwise. Thanks for sharing this, and I love the garden picture!

    • juliesunne says:

      Yes, Amy, and it does get easier to be grateful the more we purpose to be so. As the saying goes, “Practice makes perfect”–or at least closer to perfect. Blessings and peace to you!

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