It’s been awhile! I hope you had an AMAZING holiday season and that you got to eat some yummy treats without obsessing over what you ate, and focusing on memories!
I told you I was going to REALLY try to do that, for the first time, this year and I DID.
I mean, there were times when I failed and started to stress but, for the most part, I feel like I was truly able to enjoy the holidays. And, you know what?
I DIDN’T GAIN ANY WEIGHT.
Which is good and bad. Bad because I am TRYING to gain a little weight and want to gain it to truly be at a really healthy, whole place in my life. BUT also, good because, as you know, I always fear that I eat one “unhealthy” thing and I’ll gain. So, 3 weeks of doing that? I WILL GAIN 100 lbs.
At least that is what my thoughts always tell me. So, it’s nice to get reassurance that those thoughts are lies from the Devil and that I can truly trust how God designed my body and that it WORKS.
It’s amazing how He designed people to work isn’t it?
Anyway. That’s a quick update. But, today I wanted to talk about something that I am reallllly focusing on (other than totally healing my relationship with food) and that is GRATITUDE.
I know we hear SO much about being grateful/thankful this day in age – it’s almost trendy to see little photos with quotes about it on Instagram. But, I think there’s a reason for that: humans aren’t grateful.
At least, I know that I am not. I am quick to look past all the AMAZING things that I have in my life, and look at the 1 or 2 things I don’t love and get grumpy.
I get entitled. I take the fact that Mr. FFF gets up every morning and still LOVES ME for granted. I take for granted the fact that I actually HAVE DELICIOUS FOOD to eat, because I am too worried about eating it sometimes. Sometimes my pre-meal prayers are so rushed that I am truly not even thinking about how grateful I am that God provided it for me. The list goes ON.
I feel like if we TRULY TRULY thanked God for what we had and, MEANT IT, our lives would be so much more fulfilling,
Can you imagine if we thanked God for the fact that we have a body that lives and moves and works for us, instead of thinking ugly thoughts about it because it doesn’t look how WE want.
Can you imagine if we thanked God for the fact that he designed our body to look exactly how He wanted and were grateful that He thinks we are beautiful, even though social media tells us that we should care what others think more than Him?
Can you imagine if were grateful that we even have a roof over our heads, instead of wishing our house looked like XYZ person down the street.
The key is, we NEED to mean it. It can’t be like my pre-dinner prayers sometimes: rushed, forced and not really thought about. We need to cultivate a life of gratitude. Think about it. Truly thank God for what we have.
So, I started a “thankful journal.” Every night, I started writing 2-3 thoughts I had that day that were “ungrateful,” and then I have to write them out “grateful style” under. IE: God, I am so thankful that XYZ (and change the ungratefulness to gratefulness.)
Living a grateful life will require changing our mindsets, which is why I feel that re-writing my thoughts will be helpful for me. But, do whatever you think works for you!
This year, can we learn to practice a life of gratitude? The Lord has given us all so much. Let’s not take it for granted.
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34