So, friends, how is your grateful heart coming? Are you noticing those gifted moments? The ones that often slip by because we are busy looking at the ones that cause us frustration?
Like the smile on the face of your little one when you told him, “I love you”?
Did you happen to take into your heart the kind offer to help you out to your car at the grocery store? Or how about the friend that wanted to meet you for lunch just because she likes spending time with you?
Did you remember to thank Jesus for the morning light before you allowed your feet to hit the floor?
I hope that, as you have journeyed through first posts of the #GratefulHeart Series from Marva and me, you have made some steps toward cultivating a grateful heart. Maybe it’s just baby steps. But, friends, baby steps are GOOD! They are momentous and they change the direction of life, so give yourself great big credit!
Comparison and a Grateful Heart
This weekend I had the opportunity to attend a writer’s retreat hosted by dear friend and author, Kathe Wunnenberg. (You’ll get to meet her here in a few weeks!) It was a small intimate group of women with a passion to share the hope of Jesus through the written word.
In this group of women, competition was not a factor. Did we give voice to our concerns and our struggles within the world of writing and ministry? Most definitely!
But it didn’t give way to comparison, judgement, or pride.
What did happen instead was encouragement, prayer, and a knowledge that there is another Christian sister cheering for us and praying for God’s power and blessing to fully flourish within us.
But, sadly, that isn’t always the case. Right? How many of us have been ready to wave the flag of surrender and set down our passion because of the words or actions of another?
Way too many.
Whether it has been in our families, school, work, or the church, comparison has been the fuel behind a hurtful situation at least once in our lives.
So, today, friends, I want us to focus on gratitude in a different way. In a way that exposes the truth about comparison and gratitude. The truth that says,
“There is no room for comparison in a heart filled with gratitude.”[bctt tweet=”There is no room for comparison in a heart filled with gratitude! #GratefulHeart series #hope #thankful @spreadtheshine” username=”lori_schumaker”]
If I am fully grateful for who I am, what I do, and what I have, I will have no need to compare myself to someone else’s life or blessing. If I am fully grateful, I will be able to lift others up, cheer them on, and encourage them. I will have no desire to be an obstacle, I will choose to be the conduit of God’s life-giving hope.[bctt tweet=”Embrace gratitude and be a hope-giver #GratefulHeart series #hope @spreadtheshine” username=”lori_schumaker”]
Let’s continue to cultivate a grateful heart and pray this prayer together.
This week there were so many uh-mAhz-ing posts that inspire and challenge us to new levels of gratitude! I couldn’t just choose one! I had to choose two!
Nicki Schroeder reminds us how important it is to be grateful for all the blessings in our lives. The little and the big! Then she challenges us to intentionally give thanks.
She says, “Every day for the month of November I’ll be posting something I’m thankful for on Instagram and Facebook. Please come and join me! Health experts say that focusing on the positive things in life can help us have a more optimistic perspective when life gets hard. What a better way to stay positive than focus on all the wonderful blessings the Lord has given us this month! Take time to write them down too, that way you’ll have a list to refer to when life drags you down.”
After you read Nicki’s post and jump on board for the challenge, you can stop by Alisa’s page at Flourishing Today for a free Thanksgiving Journal! This journal gives your family a beautiful writing space where together you can practice the act of thanksgiving.
Alisa says, “The purpose of the journal is to lead us into the heart of gratitude that we desperately seek. It’s aimed at preparing our hearts to praise His name and draw us into that inner court. I’d love for you to join us on this journey. You see, I don’t just want my immediate family to experience God in this way, I want my extended family, you beautiful ladies, to draw into Him as well. I’ve had moments in those inner courts, and I long to experience them more often. There’s nothing that soothes my soul and slows down the rushing like a private praise session with the King.”
And please don’t forget to show these ladies some comment and share love! We want to encourage them and give them hope, too!
Find All the #GratefulHeart Posts Here!
? Series introductions from Marva and me.
? Post #1: Gratitude – 3 Doors that a Grateful Heart will Open
? Practical Advice: 10 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude in Your Home
? Scriptural Resource: 10 Memorable Bible Verses for the Grateful Heart
? Scripture, prayer, encouragement, and your free gift: Thanks in all Circumstances: Are You Sure, God?As writers, your words of hope are multiplying in the hearts of many. No matter what, the hope of God is alive. And your words point to it and remind others to never give up. Thank you ?
And, just so you know …
I’m so glad you’re here. ?
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Note: You can now link 2 posts that resonate with HOPE each week. However, as much as it grieves my heart, I won’t be able to stop by each and every post anymore. I found that after the link-up began growing (a definite praise, of course!) it was too difficult to keep up and still be Mama! So, friends, I am praying you will have grace for me and know my heart is with you and I will stop by to visit as many of you as I possibly can because I absolutely LOVE doing it! And I absolutely love you all!
What I ask of you:
1. Share up to 2 URLs (to a blog post, not the actual blog) that resonates with the topic of HOPE. Anything that gives us hope for tomorrow. Hope for victory. The little things and the big. Anything that inspires us to lean into Jesus and let Him carry us through.
2. Important: If you don’t have a blog post or podcast that resonates with HOPE, join in other ways as you pray and encourage others with a comment or a prayer.
3. Please leave a comment on the link just before each of your links. Would you love on them well? Encourage them in their efforts to share the hope of Jesus. If you have time, stop by more than one sweet writer’s little corner of the blog world!
4. Of course, I would love it if you would follow me via my blog and/or social media channels! Signing up to join the Searching for Moments Community gets you access to the Library of Hope along with post updates and freebies!
5. If this gives you hope, would you consider sharing it with others to give them hope, too?
6. Please either grab the #MomentsofHope button found here or link back to me to encourage new linkers.[inlinkz_linkup id=677624 mode=1]