Practicing Gratefulness

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. When you buy a new house, there is a constant battle that goes on in your mind with all of your new wants, and striving to be content with what you have. It’s a natural thing to want to furnish a home and set it up as cozy and comfortable as possible. And there’s nothing wrong with that as long as you don’t start to idolize those desires. It’s been a fun process of deciding what’s most important to buy first and what things can wait.

Matt and I decided living room furniture was next on the list because we currently have one couch in our living room (that we dearly love) but that doesn’t leave a lot of room for guests to sit if we have them over. We’ve joked about having a BYOCC (Bring Your Own Camping Chair) policy if people want to sit anywhere but the floor or squished on the couch when they come over. So needless to say, we were so excited about saving up our money and buying new living room furniture.

Well……..we can dream right? Turns out our cars were feeling a little under the weather and needed to be taken care of. Unfortunately, they are rather needy cars and don’t settle for minor fixes. They require a lot of attention when they decide to stop working properly, leaving us with a major hole in our emergency fund. All that goes to say, the money that we thought was going to go towards new furniture has now been invested into our cars, so the BYOCC policy will have to remain in effect for a little while longer while we re-save.

SO, tonight I made a little chalkboard sign to remind us to be grateful. Because so often we can look at these circumstances and get really bummed out. So we needed a visual reminder to look on every day that we have been incredibly blessed.

To name a few things:

  • First and foremost, we have Jesus. The author and finisher of our faith who provides for our every single need.
  • Each other. God has blessed us with a wonderful marriage and a 2-year wedding anniversary coming around the corner.
  • Our family. We have the most incredible support system on both sides.
  • Our friends. God has given us lifelong friends that sharpen, encourage, and challenge us. As well as just making life fun.
  • Our church. We have an amazing church that preaches the Word and really lives like the Body of Christ.
  • A brand new house with a one year warranty on everything.
  • A vacation coming up that we’ve saved for for 6 months and is already completely paid for. Hallelujah.
  • The cars that we do have, no matter how problematic they may be, are both paid in full.
  • Food. We’re never without food or access to food.
  • Our health.
  • Our jobs and the fact that Matt’s on summer vacation!

AND about a billion more things. We are blessed. So when it comes down to it, gratitude really does turn what we have into enough. It changes our perspective and encourages us to use what God’s given us to be a blessing to others.

So tell me, what are you thankful for? How do you practically practice gratitude? I’d love to hear some of your ideas!

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2 thoughts on “Practicing Gratefulness

  1. Crimson, I just found your blog and I think that you are so inspiring. I loved reading your entry about Gratitude. When we bought our home, 15 years ago, we too were without living room furniture for a couple of years. It turned out to be the best blessing! Because we didn’t have any furniture, we were able to have BIG gatherings. We had 32 people come for brunch when my 13 year old daughter was baptized and even more people over for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. (Someone was getting rid of some fold up 8 and 10 foot tables that were easily placed in the living room). And then there were the soccer team sleepovers, slumber parties, creative memory get-togethers, and my kids always had a space to do cartwheels and spread out to play board games. My husband and I just celebrated our 30th! Blessings to you!

    • Wow, Mary, thank you so much for that encouragement! It’s so true that when we have less, we tend to recognize God’s blessings easier, because there are less things to distract us! I know this will be a lifelong lesson I’ll continue to learn. That’s such a sweet way to look back on those years with gratitude in the midst of what seemed to be lacking! I know your kids will cherish the memories they made there more than any couch they could have sat on! Happy Anniversary to you and your husband! Thank you for stopping by my blog, you’ve definitely been an encouragement to me! God Bless 🙂

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