The Gratitude Box

3 Aug

It was a wedding present from my mom; a beautiful, wooden, handmade box. I opened it to find a letter from her explaining that this “box” was to be a “prayer box” for Erik and I. When we had a prayer, worry or concern, we were to write it down, put in the box and simply give it to God.

A few weeks ago I received some news regarding my disability and how much I would get paid while being off work. Immediately, worry flooded my heart. With twins on the way, a mortgage payment and all the other bills that come with life and owning a new home, I began to stress and wonder how we were going to make it. I went upstairs, sat on my bed and decided that instead of writing out all my “prayers,” I would start writing down all my blessings and put it in the box. I would simply thank God for what he did for me yesterday, in the midst of my fear today.

Last Sunday I went to church and opened the note sheet. Immediately, I knew that God wanted to talk to me. On top of the sheet read the words, “What Ever Happened to Gratitude?” From the beginning to the end, I sat there humbled because with every word spoken I knew that  my attitude toward the current circumstances needed to change. I needed to stop looking at the glass as being half empty but half full. I needed to see that sometimes God doesn’t get us to certain places in our lives the way we think he should, but he always gets us there. That is a huge lesson I have learned along my journey, but always take for granted. I have taken for granted the pure and simple fact that he has always provided for me and my family. Even in the toughest of times, he has sustained me and never left my side. That alone, needs to be # 1 on my “What I am thankful for”list. But unfortunately, all the things he has done for me seem to be overshadowed by my fears and worries today.

So, I have challenged myself that for the next month, everyday, I will write down what he HAS done for me instead of what I WANT him to do for me. I know that if we/I walk through life with an attitude of gratitude he will take our faith in the things unseen and multiply it because we are constantly reminded of his blessings yesterday… Today!

PHILIPPIANS 4:4-7
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. “[NIV]
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2 Responses to “The Gratitude Box”

  1. Brides by Brittany August 3, 2011 at 11:10 pm #

    You are amazing. I am grateful for the blessing of you and so thankful God brought you in my life 🙂 I will be llifting you and your precious fam in my prayers. Love you!

  2. Summer Elliott August 3, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

    And I love you! Thank you so much you too are SUCH a blessing to my life. XO

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