For the past several weeks, I have been going through Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ book, Choosing Gratitude, with a small group of ladies. I’ve always thought of myself as a grateful person, until I started reading this book. I choose to see the blessings in my circumstances…but usually just in the “good” circumstances.
But what about the ugly circumstances in life. It’s a gazillion times more difficult to be grateful through the trials and troubles in life. My current “ugly” circumstance is Tyler and his weight gain troubles…How can I be grateful for the fact that he’s not growing or gaining weight!?! That just doesn’t seem like something to be grateful for. But it depends on how you look at it.
Well, I can be grateful for how quickly we got in to see the dietician. And the feeding team. And the GI doctor. I can be grateful that we now know what is going on. (The sphincter between his esophagus and stomach does not close properly. Not much can be done for it. So we keep on the high calorie formula and foods.) I am grateful that we can afford to get him medical care. And that we can afford to get him some of the special needs foods and formula. And that I can stay home with him and make sure his nutritional needs are met.
If I’m honest with myself, I’m really not all that grateful for the overall situation. While I’m grateful, I’m still frustrated and discouraged that he’s not gaining, and that he’s not drinking much still, and that he only eats tiny bits at a time.
This Thanksgiving, I choose gratitude. I choose to let go of the frustration. I choose to think positive and take every thought captive when I get discouraged. I choose to persevere and see the blessings in each day and each.
I’m not just going to share what I’m thankful for during our feast. I’m going to choose gratitude. I’m going to choose to be grateful for every situation in my life, seeing the blessings in not just the good, but in the bad and the ugly too.
Think about it for a second…what does it mean for you to choose gratitude. Go ahead, ponder it for a second.
I’ll leave you with this quote from Choosing Gratitude, before I get to the $5 Dinners PSA.
“Gratitude unleashes the freedom to live content in the moment, rather than being anxious about the future or regretting the past.”
Live in the moment. Be content. Choose gratitude. Find joy!
Will you be choosing gratitude with me this Thanksgiving?!?
And now for the PSA…
I’ll be off for the next few days…coming back with a bang on Monday. I’ll be introducing The $5 Dinner Mom’s $20 Holiday Gift Guide, perfect for every chef in your life! I’ll also have a new weekly meal plan and printable grocery list for you on Sunday afternoon.
A big announcement that you’re not going to want to miss on Monday…something about 12 Days of Christmas…and something you’re going to want to win!!!
Let’s just say I’ve been taken over by the spirit of giving this holiday season…
Happiest of Thanksgiving to each of you!
Erin and the guys