Gratitude

I am back to 100% after having some health problems off and on for a few weeks. The problem I was having resolved the Friday before Palm Sunday. However, I was so exhausted it took me nearly another week before I regained my energy. It probably would have been quicker if I didn’t push things by going to church the first day I started to recover. Either way I survived.

Thank you all for your prayers and concern. I really appreciate it.

Being sick can sometimes be an eye opening experience. You can learn about yourself and others. For instance, I was reminded that people actually do care. Even though my mind always knows this fact it seems to get buried when I spend most of the week in the house.

I had recently joined a second recovery group online. The guys in the group and I have only known each other for maybe 2 months. Even though we had only known each other for a short while one of the guys noticed I hadn’t been online for a few days and checked on me. When he didn’t hear back (I hadn’t checked my messages), he posted in the Facebook group we met in to see if anyone else knew how to get in touch with me. Even the guy who does a recovery podcast we all listen to tried to contact me.

I didn’t see any of these messages until a few days after the fact. I was feeling pretty miserable and isolated so when I saw them I was in tears knowing so many cared. I was grateful. I wish I could say that I’m as quick to check in on others. I am by no means selfish, but I’m not the best at staying in touch. This made me realize just how important it is to do so. It may be what someone needs to get through the day or week.

The Apostle Paul commanded the church in Philippi to:

“Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too” (Philippians 2:3b-4 NIV).

And Hebrews 6:10 (NLT) says:

“For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do.”

When we care about and for others God sees it as if we are doing it for him. It shows love to Him when we look out for others. I am very blessed to have friends around me who really get this and put it into practice. I strive to be more like them.

I learned about myself that I need to be more grateful, especially in the little things. So often I take things for granted and I know I’m not alone in this. It is so easy to be so comfortable in our daily routine of life that we don’t notice the world around us or realize how good we have things.

After feeling well again, I was grateful to have a wheelchair to get into again, people with disabilities in third world countries don’t have that luxury. I was grateful to be able to get out of the house, I have friends who hardly have the energy to do that. I was grateful to have the ability to live with my family, too many disabled people have no choice but to live in a nursing home. I was grateful to have nurses to help me otherwise I would not have as much freedom or such a full life. Who else would clean up someone several times in a day without a word of compliant. Some people wouldn’t do that for a family member.

We are commanded throughout the Psalms to give thanks.

We praise you, God, we praise you, for your Name is near; a people tell of your wonderful deeds. – Psalm 75:1

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. – Psalm 107:1

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever. – Psalm 136:1-3

And in the New Testament:

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:6-7

Being thankful is good for our health. We feel peace when we are thankful. I know when I have moments of truly deep gratitude I sure am more relaxed and at peace.

I am truly grateful for all that God has done in my life but I need to be intentional about seeing the reasons to be grateful, especially in the hard times.

I am grateful to you for taking the time to read my blog. Thank you.

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3 thoughts on “Gratitude

  1. I think you hit the nail on the head. Being disabled, it must be frustrating not being able to DO something. But you have learned to BE. BE grateful. BE thankful. BE loving. BE sober. God looks at your heart. Because there is nothing any of us can DO to gain God’s favor. It’s not what we do, as much as who we are, that matters.

    It is a blessing to me to call you a friend.

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