i think i may have found the secret to being content.
ready for it?

staying thankful.

okay, okay so maybe that's quite obvious, but it doesn't always seem so, especially when we're struggling to find contentment, no?

but i think the reason, at least with my experience, for struggling with finding contentment, is because we keep striving for something more.

more house, more trendy wardrobe, more vacations, more followers (yes i said it), more tidyness, etc, etc. the list could go on.
and all the while we are wishing for more, we completely become blind to the many blessings we already have.

because you know, waking up IS a blessing, seeing your kiddo(s) and spouse wake up and being able to see a smile on their face IS a blessing.
the cup of hot coffee we pour ourselves, the home we live in as small as it may be, the shoes we wear, the food we eat, i could go on, everything IS a blessing.

just because we receive it everyday and we've become accustomed to receiving them or expectant of them, doesn't make them NOT a blessing.
because you know what?

we don't have to receive them. we haven't really done anything or given anything deserving of any of it.
but we do because of mercy that renews each morning.
and THAT in itself is the greatest blessing.

that makes me so extremely happy inside. we are blessed beyond measure friends.

there are ten thousand reasons for our heart to find gratitude towards the Lord, as matt redman sings.
and when we feel yucky or discontent, or that we have nothing good in our lives, i encourage you to sing this at the top of your lungs, mentally or physically listing everything we have been given, knowing none of it is deserved.

i promise, it will change your attitude dramatically. because sometimes we HAVE to remind our soul that there are indeed ten thousand reasons to remain thankful. there are ten thousand ways and forever more in which He shows His goodness.


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