I’ve said before . . . it’s been a year. I’m choosing to focus on gratitude this month. As I’ve pondered what I want to share, the above quote stood out to me.
I have received much from the Lord this year:
When I tore my ACL, I had a great surgeon to help fix me up. And superb physical therapists to exercise me back to full mobility.
I have a wonderful husband who has taken on extra responsibilities so I could recover. Or write. Or rest.
I received the gift of a few days with my hubs, just the two of us, so we could connect and relax. Together.
I have two fun-loving, drop-me-to-me-knees-in-prayer boys who show me the beauty of forgiveness, how to love with abandon, and how to laugh.
I have received solid feedback on writing, even if it wasn’t quite what I wanted to hear.
I received an invitation to visit a friend in Tennessee. And the opportunity to rest. Breathe. Talk writing. And most importantly, talk Jesus.
I received a personalized invitation from God to go deeper with Him as I learned about my one word, Authentic. He’s teaching me how to live it out. It ain’t easy, but it’s been a humbling, intimate journey into deeper honesty with Him.
Some of the things I didn’t receive this year:
I didn’t receive a concussion when I “yard-saled” on the ski slopes in January. God protected me.
I haven’t received God’s censure when I grew impatient with Him during my recovery after surgery.
I didn’t receive easy children to raise. Instead, daily, I am offered the choice to either engage in relationship with our boys or to stick to my busy schedule. I’m choosing relationship, even when it’s messy, ugly, mean, and tear-streaked. And I love them more for their continual invitations to be present with them in each moment.
I didn’t receive children who keep to themselves. They love to engage in conversation. I love hearing their words and thoughts (well, most of the time).
I didn’t receive an offer of representation for my writing. Instead, I was given the gift of a mentor who’s helping me to become a better writer. And the gift of God working some healing in me.
I didn’t receive judgment from God when I got impatient with people or circumstances. Instead, I received His grace and reminders of His constant presence with me.
There truly is much to be thankful for from this year . . . both things I did receive, and I didn’t receive.
What about you? What did you receive that has you thankful? What didn’t you receive and how are you thankful for that?