Someone once saw a photo of Brenna and commented in an online forum “If that’s blessed, I don’t want to be.”
As a mother who feels such pride and such gratitude for my daughter, that remark really struck me, and I’ve often thought about what it means to feel blessed.
Why do some people feel blessed and others don’t? Why do some people see pieces of their lives or experiences as blessings and others are in a state of self-pity?
And I think it really all points to a mindset of thanksgiving.
“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” -Melody Beattie
I’m really beginning to learn, especially over the last three years, how to be thankful – how to express thanks and how to live in gratitude.
I’m learning that by being grateful – when things are going my way AND when things are not going as I had planned – my life feels full regardless. My heart feels full. I feel blessed.
Practicing being thankful in all situations leads to a heart of gratitude…which builds a life of abundance and contentment.
On the surface, it can be easy to feel discouraged, unhappy, discontent. But there is always, always, something to be thankful for. Psalm 106 says “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.” And I have seen time and time again just how good, how great, God is.
Not just because things are going my way. I have been fortunate in this life beyond measure, so privileged I can’t comprehend it, but things haven’t always gone my way.
But I try to say THANK YOU day after day, many times a day… and the impact on my heart is astounding.
Blessings are not always obvious. Many times, actually, they are disguised as hardship, covered in frustration and sadness and stress. And the positive can only be seen much, much later, when you look back in time and realize how much better your life is because of a certain person or a certain experience.
But with heart of constant gratitude, our eyes can be open to the good in all situations, all the time.
Feeling blessed becomes a way of life with a heart of thanksgiving.