Nov 22, 2011

15 Questions About Gratitude

Thanks for grace as I shamelessly steal other wonderful bloggers' post ideas; I have a lot going on in my head and heart and my brain is often a jumbled mess incapable of worthy, original posts! This idea is from Ashley LeMieux with TheShineProject. She's a gorgeous girl with a giving heart.

Here are my answers to 15 questions that prompt gratitude, an exercise I needed to do. Not because I am ungrateful, but because when Satan pins me down it's difficult to put into practice the seeing of (unless I pray the Lord lifts the scales from my eyes) the goodness that abounds.

1. Who do I appreciate?
The person I most appreciate right now is my husband, Shawn. He is the glue in our family as I currently process and heal through some difficult things. He's also giving me grace and space as I pray through some upcoming decisions.

2. How am I fortunate? What a question! I am most fortunate because at an early age I learned what it meant to be cleansed by the blood of Christ. Additionally, I'm fortunate to live in a quaint home with running water, to have an intact marriage, to have healthy, thriving children, and to have an incredible network of supportive friends.

3. What material possessions am I thankful for? our vehicles, the dishwasher, running water, phone, hot rollers

4. What abilities do I have that I'm grateful for? I am thankful for my ability to jabber to strangers, be very accepting of others, and to be an encourager

5. What about my surroundings (home/neighborhood/city/etc.) am I thankful for? I'm thankful we live in a safe neighborhood in a warm, brick home. I'm thankful we live in a city that (after years of searching) has just the church Body our family has needed. And I'm thankful to live in a country where we are not penalized for gathering in worship.

6. What experiences have I had that I am grateful for? Hands down my experiences as a mother have taught me how to deny self, or how to at least try.

My marriage to Shawn has taught me how not only give love, but to receive love. And my friendships have taught me HOW to be happy.

7. What happened today/yesterday/this week/this month/this year that I am grateful for?

Today: I am grateful for hugs/support from a forever friend

Yesterday: I am grateful Shawn gave me the opportunity to go to the gym

This week: I am grateful for the upcoming holiday

This month: I am grateful to have made some Etsy sales; thank you all

This year: I am thankful the Lord has stood by my side, unfaltering

8. What opportunities do I have that I am thankful for? The opportunity to have a voice on the internet, the opportunity to see my children's milestones, the opportunity to create, the opportunity to love the Lord and others.

9. What have others in my life done that I am thankful for? This is the one that makes me want to cry. I am extroverted by nature and am thus fueled by healthy interactions with people. Lately I have had friends encourage, pray, provide scripture, call, text, give gifts, give their time, watch my kids, and support me in general as I process life.

10. What have others done that I am benefiting from in my life (even if I don't know who those people are)? All the people who have prayed for me. The angels in heaven who rejoiced over me when I was born.

11. What relationships am I thankful for? every single one, the good, the bad, the closer, the drifting.

12. What am I taking for granted that, if I stop to think about it, I am grateful for? The ability to hop in the car and go where we need/want to go (like for cookie dough stuff).

13. What is there about the challenges/difficulties I have experienced (or am currently experiencing) that I can be thankful for? (e.g., What have I learned? How have I grown?) The overarching thing to be thankful for is that even though my heart and self have struggled all over the place the past few months, my foundation in Christ is formidable against Satan's darts.

14. What is different today than it was a year ago that I'm thankful for? That I am figuring out some things about my personal version of happiness and that it's okay to have a different version from other women.

15. What insights have I gained that I am grateful for? That it's okay to have itty bitty fences of protection up; the stories & secrets of the human heart--your heart--are meant for a certain precious few to behold.

Text-heavy posts can be tedious for readers but I pray you've enjoyed this and have been encouraged!


Shelley said...

you are adorable !!! i love this post...transparent and sweet !

Kelly said...

that's a ton to be thankful for. i love your outlook on life. you are truly blessed and a blessing.

Jess said...

i love this idea... a very good way to think things through and really recognize your blessings!

Shane Prather said...

Your kiddos are adorable and that cookie dough looks yummy! :)

Kaitlin Mattingly said...

your photos are so cute...i love that knitted headband you are wearing.
such a great post.

xoxo katlin

The Cantelmo Family said...

You are so beautiful! I may have to steal this idea from you and Ashley! BTW, my kids are wearing your bows like crazy, they keep stealing them from me! LOL

Lindsay said...

Such a fun post :) You are adorable!

katygirl said...

ok i cracked up that you said you are thankful for hot rollers. ;) i love this post and i'm thankful for you.

Briana@SweetCGrace said...

Love it! What a great post! I love reading posts from Christian women!

Rachael said...

I so enjoy reading your posts!

Gpa Alan said...

Yumm...cookie dough!!! Love and miss you all.