The art of being grateful

Gratefulness requires you to step back from the  everyday madness and evaluate yourself.  Am I too selfish to be grateful in a way that’s pleasing to my Creator AND myself? Do I notice the blessings in my life or the negative things/people/circumstances that are “out to get me”? When my family and friends look at me do they see gratefulness?

I bet not.

I’m not happy with my level of gratefulness so why should my Heavenly Father and family be pleased.

I have been reading Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts. Her blog is overwhelming to my little shallow self so I knew her book would put me on my keester. It’s taking me forever to get through it because each page requires so much thought to soak it all in.

Her points are so…pointed. I think I’ve wrapped my head {and heart} around it, then my children and husband come home and put me to the test. I could do this so much easier if I didn’t have to answer to them. But I suppose that defeats it all, doesn’t it?

I am grateful for those 3 blessings. I’m so blessed to have a husband that makes me laugh hysterically, which is my lifeline. I’m blessed to spend so much time with Oldman before he turns completely teenager-y on me and bored with me. I’m blessed by a Gremlin who is a wise-ass like his mother and a lover like his father.

It’s that time of the year when I start to reflect on my blessings. This time last year, I wrote a note on Facebook where I talked about verbalizing those blessing. It’s like staking your claim to what is truly yours.

Time to start speaking up again.

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