Kind of a cheesy title. Sorry about that! But it struck me once again as I sit here and love on my four-legged, furry baby! I’m grateful for Kingsley Rose!
Gratitude is the one guaranteed life changer ….. or at least change how you view it!
This gal’s sole purpose is to love and be loved. She is nothing but a lover! We affectionately refer to her as our PTSD dog. For years, I was set against getting a dog. I certainly didn’t understand the super dog lovers. They were dirty, smelly animals that chewed up things and got into trouble and would probably meet an untimely end like all my childhood dogs. Nope! Not gonna do it. I didn’t get it.
When we were going through our crisis, somehow the stars aligned and my heart was softened. I remember it very clearly. The door of my heart cracked open and my Honey pounced on it like LIFE depended on it! Money was exchanged and before I knew it we were the humans to a very cute, very spunky, very fluffy, very loving, little white dog. I laugh, because God knew what we needed. And sometimes it is the smallest of things that blesses you the most. In her small little package comes more healing and laughter and peace than you might imagine of a little, fluffy dog.
It is from the unlikeliest of places that God brings the greatest of joys. Sometimes the greatest gifts come wrapped in unusual packaging. During that time, I was learning I had to get my eyes off our crisis and refocus my attention on the many things to be thankful for. I wasn’t called to be thankful FOR the pain that rocked my family. But, I was called to be thankful IN the pain.
I took the challenge to keep a running list of gratitude. Whether big or small, it went into my gratitude journal. If you start intentionally looking for the gifts you’ve been given, you will be surprised how many there really are.
Even in the seemingly starkest and most desolate circumstances you might be facing, God reveals his grace.
In the early days of my journaling of the gifts, it was hard. Some days were easier. Some days the page laid blank because I could’t find one single, solitary thing to be thankful for. As I looked back over my list and neared 1,000 reasons to be thankful, the one thing that popped up over and over was…you guessed it! Our sweet, loving, lovable four-legged friend. She soothed our souls and made us belly laugh. She knew when there were tears and she nuzzled up to check on us. And so many times, she just knew WE needed to play with her.
So, you see, it is quite comical.
When we do what seems to be the most impossible thing to do
—like being grateful in the really ugly times—
God has a way of surprising us with the greatest joy!
In order to get the biggest pay off, you have to find the gratitude in the hardest hard. It literally saved my life. It got my attention off of the loss and pain and onto the gifts God had already given in the every day.
I soon realized that the simple-magnificent was right before me.
You too might just save your life, or maybe just your mind, but nonetheless, you can’t lose if you focus on the graces you are given each day. I challenge you to start a running gratitude list for each and every day. I think you will be surprised at what you find. I dare you!
I’d love to hear your gratitude! Please share with me and we can smile together!
PS. If you need further inspiration, I highly recommend this resource. It challenged me and changed my life. http://www.aholyexperience.com/one-thousand-gifts-book/