Gratitude

[Cross posted at A Group Blog for Christian Moms – March 26, 2007]

Back in November I joined in with some really wonderful Christian women participating in a challenge to document One Thousand Gifts. At the time it was leading up to the Christmas season and the challenge was to come up with the gifts that we already had.

I worked on them faithfully for a couple of months, but then hit a dry spell. About a week or so ago I combined a couple of blogs I had into one in a new location. This new location did not support the numbering method I was using and has required me to open each post and manually number all of my entries. When I first realized that all my record-keeping was lost, the perfectionist in me was screaming! “When am I going to have the time to go back through and put those numbers in?!?” “How ridiculous to not support those ordered list tags!!!” “I’m going to have to write in and complain!”

It’s funny. Whenever I get done having my mental temper tantrums, God quietly steps in and teaches me the next lesson He’s got waiting. And I feel ashamed. (My son, who is 18 months old has temper tantrums and I know only too well how silly and useless it is to throw a fit. Nothing is accomplished. But that doesn’t stop either one of us, I’m afraid.)

But back to my lesson. This afternoon I decided I would take the time to edit just two or three posts. It was amazing. I just took a few minutes and as I was editing the formatting of the HTML, I read through the things I was thankful for in that day. Suddenly the little disagreement I’d had with my husband an hour earlier faded into appreciation as I read little reminders of how good a guy he really is. And feeling that gratitude had this strange side-effect. I was humbled. My pride climbed off it’s ladder and I was able to face my husband lovingly instead of defensively.

Psalm 50:14-15, NLT
Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High. Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.

I think it’s time for me to get started again on those One Thousand Gifts. My “Gifts” posts are here. Would you consider joining us in taking a few minutes out of your day to make deliberate note of the wonders that God has placed in your life?