Lately, I’ve been struck by the realization of how ungrateful my wayward heart has been. Seeing the glass half empty, or even worse, seeing no glass at all! Not taking thought of or appreciating what’s been given to me by my loving Heavenly Father, instead dwelling, and fuming about what I lack.

Some ladies from church blessed me and my daughters with piles of clothes that were much needed since I can’t shop outside the home easily anymore.

I wasn’t grateful. Instead, I was overwhelmed by so many clothes I didn’t have room for. I was exhausted digging around in six trashbags full of clothes, sorting and trying them on. I had been trapped in an ungrateful mindset and it was displeasing to God!!

I realised I was acting like a spoiled child that wouldn’t be content or happy unless it received what it wanted, when it wanted it.

It struck me; God sent those clothes, it was through those dear ladies but really an extension of His giving hand and I wasn’t thankful. I found myself rationalizing that since I’m unwell, I can complain about being overwhelmed by those clothes and put on that nasty old victim mentality; No one understands, no one gets it, blah blah blah. It’s so easy when you feel poorly for so long to become trapped in wrong thinking.

Yet, our Faithful God opened my eyes to see all the blessings around me: a warm house, four lovely children, a hard working husband, loads of pets, food on the table, and yes, tons of clothes.

I am grateful.

I’m grateful for all the blessings God gives but even more for Him waking me up to see just how thankless I’ve been. I’m grateful for Him and for giving me salvation through Jesus which is the greatest gift ever!

Being thankful is worship. Having a thankful heart is an act of praising God.

Psalm 50:14 “Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High”

God delights in His children when we are grateful for the big and little things. The sunshine, the sound of the winds, the smiles of loved ones, cans of tuna for lunch, and any delight we take in daily. Tokens of His love, and showers of His grace.

Today, I’m seeing the glass completely full because I know I have the only thing I really need and that is Jesus.

What are you grateful for today? I’d love to hear from you!

Much love,

Viv πŸ’š

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45 thoughts on “A Grateful Heart

  1. This is such a beautiful, heart felt and inspiring post. I am grateful for you and your writing, dear Vivian. Thank you for leading the way today – in lifting our hearts with gratitude for the blessings of light and love that envelop us today! Prayers for a beautiful blessed day for you! πŸ’•

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    1. Hi Krishna!! I prayed before publishing that this would inspire others to feel gratitude today! Praise God dear friend!! I’m so thankful for you dear lady as well!! Much love being sent to you and big hugs too!πŸ€—β€πŸ’•

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  2. I’m grateful for a husband who offers gratitude in our prayers and to me. I’m grateful for the sunshine today, especially after days of harsh winter. I’m grateful for the care God and my husband take of me. I’m grateful for good family.
    Thank you for this important reminder.

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    1. Kathy, that is such a blessing! To receive verbal thanks from our spouse makes all the difference and really boosts our energy as we serve. I’m thankful for your comment, yes, family is a cherished gift. πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ’•

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  3. Hey sister! It’s hard at times dealing with chronic illness or pain–you and I both know this. I get way too focused on Celiac sometimes. I really messed up on my 7 year anniversary of diagnosis post last month and sinned in my anger. I wish I would have not done that now. I wasted a big opportunity to talk about what God has taught me over the last 7 years. The Lord convicted me and helped me get my focus back on Him after that. Praising Him and thanking Him always helps us rise above our circumstances for sure! Praise God He always lifts us up again and praise God He is so loving and compassionate! God bless you sister! I pray the Lord heals all your pain!

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    1. Hi Ryan, I can relate to that in several ways. First, I also have to eat gluten free due to intolerance, which leaves me feeling like I’m living in a food prison….and the expense of gf substitutes is hard on the budget. Second, the chronic in chronic pain or illness seems to wear on our souls after YEARS of struggle, with no end in sight. It’s easy to get upset and angry, which I think is part of our bodies in pain which struggle constantly has this effect on our emotions. It’s very easy to beat ourselves up for this but God understands our frailty because He gets it better than anyone. Truly, He does. He is so loving and compassionate in convicting us when we mess up but I do think our pain does really effect us emotionally, chemically, etc. And that our need for His strength to overcome is so intense.

      Awww, God bless you too brother Ryan!πŸ˜„ Many prayers for you, your precious wife, and children. ❀

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    1. Dear one, it’s such a wonderful privilege to run to our heavenly Father for healing our pain as He receives us to Himself with open arms.πŸ€— I think we all struggle in this area too sometimes but by His grace He enlightens our eyes to see ourselves. Awww, I know that feeling. Big hugs. ❀

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  4. What a wonderful post! It’s great to realize where we’ve gone wrong and know what direction we should be on. That’s all He wants, for us to wake up and realize that we need Him. You’ve done it so well.
    Many hugs to you! πŸ˜ŠπŸ™πŸ½

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    1. Thank you Ana! It sure is a gift to have our eyes opened, and I’m very thankful God is faithful to lead me into paths of right thinking. Many hugs back my precious friend! πŸ€—β€πŸ™

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  5. Practicing gratitude really has a way of changing your perspective πŸ’› great post and I also read your reason for blogging! God is amazing isn’t He? I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts and hearing your story! Keep writing and inspiring people !!
    http://www.jessierenea.com

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  6. Great thoughts & insights into gratefulness. So good to hear people sharing the love & light that God is pouring into hearts in the midst of the darkness surrounding us. Listening to Emily’s Story now.

    And thank you Vivian for taking time to drop by my blog! Blessings.

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    1. You’re very welcome David! Sorry for the delay. I’m sick and 3 of my 4 kids as well, so I’m a bit scattered on here. I’m thankful you are taking the time to listen to Emily’s story……it is amazing! Thank you so very much for your comments and for taking the time to listen.

      Cindy is a very dear lady to me and I’m grateful for her blog that keeps me focusing on God. Many blessings upon you!

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