I was driving today and started thinking about all the things I am grateful for. What better way to start off the day than to make a list and show gratitude on Grati-Tuesday!
I am grateful for my 2nd chance in Christ. I was saved at 18 years old in my grandmothers church. Though I had heard Gods call on my life- I ignored it for years. I am grateful that he grabbed me on the collar and made me walk a straighter line. With that, I am grateful for the newness within me and the love of Christ that I never truly experienced before.
I want to show gratitude for my sweetie also. To the man that wakes up every morning with a smile on his face and a song on his lips for me. The man who makes the worlds best cup of coffee and hands it to me with a hug and a kiss and a simple “I love you”. Coffee will never taste the same if it’s not prepared by that man.
I am grateful for family. Thankful that they will stand by you and beside you when need be. Extremely grateful to still have my family still with me on this Earth. I can still call mom and dad, my sisters and niece, and hear their voices and laughter on the other line.
I am grateful for the heart of flesh within me. I had been so hardened for so many years, I now understand the difference. I cry when I see things wrong, I have empathy and compassion where there was none. I feel extremely, uncontrollably, human again – and that is a dying breed here.
I am grateful for work. Just to have a job in this downed economy would be enough, but God gave me a job that I love, where I can really make a difference and feel fulfilled.
I am grateful for friends. Not just the many acquaintances I have come to know through work, but true friends. The friends that I would trust my life with. Im thankful to the friends I get to share my walk with God with. Those friends that knew me before and after, and who understand and appreciate who I am today.
I am thankful and grateful that my priority list was assigned and designated by God. That I have marching orders and if I obey, I have the promise of Gods blessing on my life. I am so grateful to be where I am at this point in my life. I feel as though I am a rocketship on a landing pad just waiting for blastoff!
I am grateful for every breathe I take. I pray I never forget how precious the breathe of life really is.
Who am I? Who do I want to be?
It occurred to me that I have spend a good number of years trying to find my own identity. Trying to be popular in my own circles and attain a status that I thought was socially acceptable. Now I want to erase it all. It seems “popularity” many times comes with damaged goods, especially seeing the self-serving ones that already possess that title. Now I want to peel off the labels I placed on myself. Not that they were bad labels, but they weren’t branded by God. They were branded by me, and who I thought I was supposed to be. I’m working on rebranding myself. To the new person Christ has called me to be. You can’t just pack up the old merchandise and discard it as damages, nor can you wipe away the old buyers of your label. You can only hope someone else sees you on the shelf and wants to buy into your new image (and hope the previous buyers see it’s true value). It’s hard to strip a label off of something. It’s harder to strip off and re-label. I would never grab an ordinary cup of Folgers and expect you to pay Starbucks prices for it. To the outside buyer the product never changed, you just placed a different sticker on it and charged higher.
Oh the things stuck in my mind these days….