In 2012, my word for the year was “Grace”…my sweet Savior taught me much about the word and what it looked like in my life – praise the Lord, He’s still teaching me to this day. If I chose a word for this year, it would be “Gratitude”. He spearheaded the in depth study of this word by several blog posts on A Holy Experience – Ann Voscamp’s blog. He then proceeded to lead the ladies on our SW Mada team to read her book together, and now a few of us are doing Thankful Journals as well.
Gratitude is a word that comes up a lot in November – it’s the season of giving thanks – right? However, I’m convinced that gratitude is a way of life – it’s not just a season. Moreover, I’m also convinced that gratitude and grace go hand in hand. When we give thanks in all things (check out 1 Thessalonians 5:18) then we are bound to see evidence of His grace in our daily lives. When we are looking & watching for this Grace, we will find it is sufficient to make even the worst things in our lives something to give thanks for.
I read a blog post recently by Jennifer Rothschild that referred to gratitude as a syndrome. Something she desired to be infected with. In her blog, she wrote “Gratitude makes life’s horizon bright and big rather than dark and distant. It turns what you have into more than enough. But, grateful eyes truly do see grace and goodness, even in the most difficult and unattractive packages…The Gratitude Syndrome makes you desire what you already have rather than always needing to have what you think you desire.”
I don’t know who is reading this. I have no idea what your life looks like right now but, I encourage you during this season of giving thanks to start looking for His grace. Once you start expecting it, searching for it, and anticipating it – then this gratitude season will hopefully turn into a lifestyle of gratitude. For each and every good gift is from the Father in heaven (James 1:17).
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