Most folks have heard the term “gratitude list”. Usually when things are a total mess in ones life, someone will suggest making that list. That’s how I learned about it anyway.
It was many years ago, and I really didn’t have much hope, to say the least. I got a notebook, and tried to list the things I was grateful for. It was hard at first, since I really didn’t have anything at the time. I was freshly single, with 3 kids, no job, no savings and I was in a new state, without any family or friends. I didn’t even have my salvation. I found that notebook recently and this is a few of the things I wrote:
My daughter’s eyes. My son’s eyes. My children’s giggles. My mom & brother. Birds. Fall. My friend Lees’ laugh. The Bible. White clouds against a blue sky.
That was it for my first list. The short list did grow and eventually I had a whole book of lists from that season in my life. There were a few more seasons that came, where I had to go back and just read those lists to remind me what my blessings were.
Today my list is miles and miles long. I am Job before Satan messed with him… well, maybe not as wealthy.
The top of my list is my salvation. I know that no matter what happens in this life, I will be with my God for eternity. I didn’t deserve it, and I am always in awe that it’s mine. Second, is my husband. He’s the bomb. Really. My kids are always on my list, even when they are driving me nuts and my mom and family are permanent happy sighs as well. My friends are like whipped cream and chocolate syrup on my ice-cream. Some days, when I am noticing, I will thank God for a green light or even a red one. There’s that perfect cup of coffee and humming birds hanging out by the window. A song, a word, a prayer, a hug or a smile. Laughing to tears and making someone’s day are some all time favorites. There’s lots of food on my list and books, my health and even my occasional sanity. Recently, I added a puppy to our house… she is close to the top of my list, even when she wants to play at 4 in the morning…
So, do you have a list? What is your silver lining in this messy world we live in? If you have never made a list, I suggest that you do. It will open your eyes and your heart to all that you are blessed with, and it will be there for you in those times that you might forget.