“Mummy, tell us our baby stories” asked my sons 17, 16, 12 and 9. What started off as a series of funny stories ended up reminding me of why I have to stay grateful and knowing for sure that God has been faithful to me.
As I told them stories of my unique pregnancies, labor, toddler days and so on, I went on a journey that started in 2001. Oh my! How far God had brought me! how much I have grown! did I really level all those mountains! so that moment didn’t last forever! are these events actually in the past! are all private thoughts that scrambled in my mind as I told my stories. I remembered one night my 3rd son (then 2 weeks old) had colic and cried through the night. At that particular moment, nothing anyone said could have convinced me that I’d make it to the next morning let alone 12 years later.
We find ourselves in these moments that overwhelm us, moments that pause time, moments that even make us question our faith and moments that try to define us negatively. *Breaking News* these moments are temporary, I know for sure that these moments don’t last forever. Don’t believe me? take a journey too! Am I right or wrong?
I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. Psalm 9:1
We need to stop fretting, stop letting moments try to drown us, calm down and hold on to our faith because of a truth joy comes in the morning. We serve a God that goes from victory to victory, a God that never fails, a God that has a sense of humour sending trials our way not to crush us but to strengthen us.
The myriad of church activities may make the God’s faithfulness seem complex but its really as simple as you read it here – God cannot fail so we cannot fail. God will always win so we will always win. Gratitude is a great way to stay afloat spiritually, when are grateful we stay focused on positivity and when are grateful and give thanks, our blessings multiply.
Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift. 2 Corinthians 9:15
For some it may be gratitude journal, for others a reminder that pops up on your phone to give thanks, or a gratitude challenge, or maybe through your prayer routine or like me telling stories and reflecting on your past. Whatever your style, I encourage you to look back and see how far you have come.
Being grateful keeps the smile on my face ….and I have been smiling for a long time and plan to keep smiling forever.