Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Perfectly Practical #33 - Make Gratitude Apparent

One of our family goals for this year was to make gratitude more apparent.  Instead of just internally soaking up everyday blessings that occur, we are striving to recognize and verbalize our gratitude.

For instance, I have a precious friend Operina.  She is everything that I want to be - demure, compassionate, intelligent, generous, gracious, and has a voice like an angel.  She blesses me by the way she runs her household, how she interacts with her children, her madly-in-loveness with her husband, and her absolute faith in God.  She doesn't have to do anything for me directly because the way she conducts her life positively impacts me every time I am around her.  (I really want to ask her permission to tell her amazing story - it's like being in the presence of a continual miracle.)  How can I help but be blessed by her? 

But here's the kicker:  every time I talk to her, she tells me that how much I have blessed her!  Y'all, I can assure you that what I have done for her is so minute in comparison, yet she makes her gratitude apparent.   She makes her gratitude apparent all the time and is quick to do so.  It's another endearing quality she possesses; it adds to her charm.  She is Don Giovanni-on-the-Spot with thank you notes and never lets an opportunity pass to let someone know that she appreciates them.  As a result, people are drawn to her.

One of her best features though is that she never fails to add that God is so good.  All the time.  She knows it's by His grace and mercy that she gets by and she is not ashamed or ungrateful by any means.

I want to be that way.  I want to have a grateful heart all of the time.  I want to be thankful in the small stuff - in the mundane stuff - and not just the bigger showier stuff.

That's another reason why this 30 Day Giving Challenge is so cool.  All day yesterday I was aware of all of life's little blessings.  I walked around grateful for my life and all that it entails.  I actively sought out ways to give to others in little ways. 

If you are focused on someone else's joy, your not so worried about your own; it is just an amazing byproduct of the process.

This is part of Heavenly Homemakers GratiTuesday.

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