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May 21, 2014

Girl Talk // The Grateful Life

a little while ago, i started writing these grateful heart posts every monday, (thanks to emily at ember grey!)  starting my week off by listing some things that i'm grateful for has been an awesome practice, and one that has taken a lot longer than the past few weeks to get the hang of.

when i was in college, i started being intentional about living with a grateful heart.  i began looking for things to thank god for throughout my day.  when i grabbed the last bagel in the cafeteria or when a class got cancelled and i got to take a drive to the beach, i muttered a quick little "thank you" to jesus.

living with a constant sense of gratitude is one of the hardest things i can think of.  in a world that loves to complain, loves to belittle, loves to make things less than what they are, it can be difficult to find joy in the little things; in a parking space, your favorite coffee creamer being on sale, a passing rain shower.

and that's the problem, i think.  our world so often drowns out the gratitude.  ann voskamp once wrote that "our fall was, has always been, and always will be, that we aren't satisfied in god and what he gives.  we hunger for something more, something other."

that so adequately describes our human nature, doesn't it?  from the beginning, when adam & eve took the fruit, they did so because they were led to believe that there was something more.  and we all must live with the weight of that decision, always managing the tension between what the world wants us to believe and what our god has for us.

but the thing, friends, is that the simple act of gratitude, of finding joy in the simplistic, in the everyday, in the seemingly ordinary, can do wonders in the way of managing that tension.  and it's not just being happy or thankful for what you find, but knowing who to thank.

so here are a few tips for you on your journey to living a more grateful life:

what things do you do to make sure you live a grateful life?

9 comments:

  1. Oh what a wonderful post! Thank you for speaking life and truth into all your readers today! I am so happy I read this, gratitude is something I know is important yet find myself neglecting time and time again!

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  2. thanks for reading! gratitude is one of those things that takes serious intentionality…it's not easy to practice, but it's so so good when you do. :)

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  3. Writing down what I'm grateful for has help me remember all the many things and people throughout my day that made a difference. It is a reminder of all that I have to be grateful for especially when I have a rough day. Thanks for sharing some tips on having a grateful heart. It is easy to get caught up in complaining, but worth it to get caught up in being grateful for what one has. I know I enjoy my day to day life more when I spend time finding at least one thing to be grateful for.

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  4. I love writing these list when I have an especially rough day…you're so right…it helps me reflect on the good and all of the things there are to be grateful for!

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  5. Such great ideas! Thanks for posting this and putting such a valuable reminder out there!

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  6. Love these ideas! Writing things down and making a daily list helps me stay focused on gratitude, but I still slip up (daily haha).

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  7. Oh goodness, me too! But I love being able to take time to reflect on things that I am grateful for!

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