Gratitude Challenge: Perceiving the Blessing

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If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get.     ~Frank A. Clark

Consider This:

While we may not have control over our environment, we do have control over our perception of our environment. Have  you ever noticed that some people living in poverty can smile and laugh and seem to find joy anywhere and over the most simple things?  While others who have so much - high incomes, large homes, three vehicles- seem to grumble and whine over the most mundane things? It would seem to me that the person living in poverty could certainly find something to grumble about: hungry belly, cold drafts, unpaid bills.  And while there are some that do, others are able to look around and  see beauty.  They still smile.  They  praise God.   What is the difference?  That's right- gratitude.   It's all about their perception.  It's about the difference between those that are truly grateful in their hearts and choose to see joy, rather than those of us who focus on the negative and choose to see strife.

It's about looking at the simple things, and seeing the blessing.

What do you see here?  Just a couple pieces of fruit? Hmmm... maybe...but look closely...

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I see reds, yellows, oranges, greens and browns.  I see fruit, food, sustenance.

I see creations of God.

I see nutrients- vitamins- enzymes- a way to nourish the  body God has given me.

I see a snack for a laughing child, a hungry man or an animal.

 

What do you see here?  A couple of weeds?

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I see yellow- the color of the sun.

I see water nourishing a plant God created.

I see a bouquet of love offered to a mother from a son.

It's all in our perception.  It's how we look at things.  I am truly grateful for the apple, banana and clementine.  Grateful for the creation of such sweet foods.  Grateful I can use them as nourishment for myself and my family. Grateful to God for his goodness.  I am grateful for the dandelion...rooted firmly in the ground reminding me that I too am rooted as a child made in His image and strong to stand my ground.  Grateful that it symbolizes my marriage- for we are rooted together, Ted and I,and can whether the storms. Grateful for the bouquet brought to me from a child, full of love, naïve to those who would call such beauty a weed.

It's all in our perception.  We can pass these things by unnoticed, or even scoff at the 'weed', the seeds, the simplicity.  Or we can look deep and perceive beauty. What do you perceive?

Gratitude Sharing:

  1. Sunrise

  2. God ALWAYS hears my prayers

  3. Colors - beautiful reminders of His covenant

  4. Periwinkle - such small but abundant beauty in early spring

  5. Spring breeze through the window

 

What is on Your Gratitude List This Week?

Have you started your gratitude journal? If you have missed previous posts about the challenge, start here!
Have you started your gratitude journal? If you have missed previous posts about the challenge, start here!
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4 thoughts on “Gratitude Challenge: Perceiving the Blessing

  1. Janice Biscoe

    Really enjoyed this and loved the picture of the dandylion. I always said that weeds are really flowers that just didn't get their names yet!

    1. orthodoxmom3

      Thank you! I've always had an special affinity for them myself since college... I took a walk with a certain someone that stole my heart and had a different perception of that plant that everyone else sees as a weed. I like his perception much better!

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