In keeping with this month‘s theme of gratitude, today I would love to discuss how joy is found in a grateful heart.
If you haven’t already listened to the first episode in the series on gratitude I encourage you to listen to episode three of the Joyful Morning Wellness Podcast Show. You can find the link here.
So today I wanted to discuss gratitude with you and how joy can be found there.
Over the last two years of practising gratitude each day, I can tell you that this has truly helped to transform my outlook on life.
In the first episode on gratitude, I talked about considering three new things each day to be grateful for and how this can really help to change your mindset and your perspective on your life.
That within one week you can look back and see 21 beautiful things that you have been grateful for.
Gratitude has now become a part of my every day.
Here are some more ways that I have incorporated gratitude into my day. If any of these resonate with you I encourage you to try them for yourself.
Being present in the moment has now become far more easy for me and I have found that this is helped me to become a calmer, more joyful person.
One thing that I have included in my day is saying Grace before every meal.
It doesn’t matter whether I’m sitting at home by myself or whether I’m with my husband or my family or even at a restaurant. Before each meal I pause and I say Grace and I thank God for the provision of food, for the blessing of being with loved ones and for the good things that God places in my life.
This has become such a daily practice that my family now wait for me to say Grace before we start eating. I would be more than happy for them to say it as well or instead of me but I’m happy to acknowledge God and he’s abundance before every meal.
While the words might be similar each day the intent is genuine. It is not a habit that I practice simply out of habit but because I truly want to show gratitude for the food that I eat, acknowledging that there are people in the world who don’t have access to food and nourishment in the way that I do.
I acknowledge also for the gift of health that my husband and I can work to earn money to pay for the food that we have. We both have chronic health conditions and so we recognise the mercy in being well enough to work.
There is a beautiful scripture about thanking God.
Enter His gates with Thanksgiving and his courts with praise, give thanks to him and praise His Name.
Another thing that I have started to do and I do at the end of each day is I thank God for the day that he has just given me. I thank Him for the opportunities that he has placed in my life, I thank him for the health that I have experienced and that I am able to do what he has called me to do.
I thank him for that joyous moments that I have had and for the lessons that I have learned.
I thank him for the opportunity to go to bed at the end of the day and have beautiful sleep so that I can wake up ready for what the next day brings. I thank Him for safety and that I have somewhere to sleep at night.
My husband and I live in a really lovely place in the city and I’m truly grateful for this. I recognise that we will not live in this place forever but I am grateful for the opportunity to live here now, and for the experiences that we have.
The reason that I am telling you these things is that in the past I truly took most days for granted. While I was waiting for a baby, which if you know my story has been for the last 14 years I was constantly looking at what other people had in their lives. I know that I spent a lot of time being jealous and envious of other people and this caused a lot of anxiety and pain in my life.
I look back now and I’m so grateful that God has taught me gratitude.
I remember sitting in our new house that we had just built eight years ago and asking my husband about why did I have to have endometriosis and have pain and have fertility issues. I remember him asking me why did I ask that question and why was I not considering the blessings that I already have.
All these years later we still have not had children however my outlook on my situation and my life has transformed in so many ways.
Yes I have a lot less pain than I used to have and I don’t have anxiety and depression any more but I still have endometriosis and my husband and I would still love to have children so life is not perfect,
yet I realise that in the imperfection there is so much beauty.
Gratitude has helped me to realise that each day I have the opportunity to Do what I can today with what I am given. I may not have children but I have the opportunity to encourage others. I have time to work on things that I love doing and I have a story to tell and I can encourage you to find joy and gratitude in your own life.
I realise now that had I had children 14 years ago and had never had endometriosis joyful morning wellness would not exist.
The opportunity to have this podcast and to share what I have learnt along this journey would not be here. So I want to encourage you to consider the challenges that you have been through in life, how they have strengthened your character, given you a testimony and encouraged others.
So it’s not just the beautiful things in life that we can be grateful for. I have also learned to be grateful for the difficult times because they are the ones that have helped to build character, that have been moments for growth and learning and allow God to speak through them.
And there is definitely beauty in that.
In next weeks episode I want to talk about how replacing negative thought patterns with beautiful uplifting ones and becoming aware of what we are thinking about can help in transforming our outlook And in many ways even our personality.
(You can listen to the podcast episode ‘The benefits of renewing your mind’ here.)
As a woman who once struggled to find anything in life to be grateful for, my heart and life now overflows with gratitude.
I am just like you though, I don’t have it all figured out but I am grateful to be learning along this journey in life and I’m excited to share with you what I have learned.
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Have a truly beautiful day and God bless you.
The Podcast Episode that this blog post is based on can be found here.
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