The Gift of Being Greatful

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This is a little bookmark given to me by a good friend. It is one of my favorite gifts anyone has ever given me. It is a reminder of what God has put into place and how He is working in my life right now. A reminder to look for the fingerprints of God. They are all over my life right now. She and I have had a fun time pointing out the many “coincidences” we find out our lives.

when I remember to look for the fingerprints of God I have many things to be thankful for.

If you’ve been following my blog you know that this past year has been a year of change, of challenges, and tests.

It’s been a rough season but when I remember to look for the fingerprints of God I have many things to be thankful for.

It is easier to see thing as we look back to see how God worked things out. It is more of a challenge to see it in the moment and when you are in the middle of the hard day. I admit I am not always good at this.

This concept of looking for the good isn’t new. Paul writes about in the book of Philippians.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is pure, whatever is noble, whatever is lovely, whatever is right, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.  – Philippians 4:8

Paul says that this is the secret to being content on the hard days and on the good days  (in a time of need or in a time of plenty – Phil 4:11-12). This is a man that knew what he was talking about. He wasn’t just teaching it he was living it. When Paul wrote this letter he was in a Roman prison cell.

Even on my worst days, I am not in a prison cell. Hard days are still hard. But, I will choose to follow Paul’s example and look for the good for the “coincidences” where I am.

It is fun getting to share what I find with my friend and getting to hear her share what she finds in her life. It’s not that we are pretending that something isn’t hard we are just choosing to find in the good in the midst of it all.

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My Praryer

Father, thank you that even in the hard things you walk with me. That in the mess you are working, I am Your Masterpiece. You are in complete control and your fingerprints are all over my life, I just have to look for them. Thank you for friends who are always pointing me back to you. Who help me remember that it is no coincidence when I receive a word of encouragement at just the right moment. When you put someone in my path who is a blessing to me. Thank for you this gift that reminds me to be grateful. Thank you for being my loving Father

~Amen

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17 thoughts on “The Gift of Being Greatful

  1. Jess Moore says:

    This makes me think of a devotional I did once on “luck” and how we chalk so much in life up to luck instead of giving credit to the real creator God. Nice post that gave me a moment to reflect.

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  2. Rosemarie says:

    Hi Crystal. Thank you for this lovely reminder about where we need to keep our focus as believers. I was listening to Abide (a Christian meditation app) this past week and they suggested creating a list of the whatever is lovely (etc) to pull out whenever my thinking goes off of the lovely. The advice in this post goes in harmony with what I heard last week. Thanks!

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  3. livesimplylovewell says:

    I wrote a post on thankfulness myself this morning. Your post is such a great reminder to keep a proper perspective on life. It is so easy to take our eyes off focus and turn them inwards instead.

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