"I want..." and "I need..." often come out of my mouth.
To challenge myself in living with contentment and gratitude, I've decided every time I think or say that I want or need something I will follow it up with at least three things I have that I'm grateful for.
I want a heart rate monitor.
I'm thankful for the ability to exercise.
I have a "hobby job" that allows me to exercise in a gym for free.
I'm thankful for the great shoes I wear when I work-out.
I need to go see the chiropractor.
I'm thankful I don't struggle with chronic pain.
Thank you, God, that you carry the weight of the world, not me.
I'm so glad I have a comfy bed to sleep in that supports my back.
I want to go out to eat.
God, thank you for an abundance of food.
I'm so thankful for clean running water.
I don't have to cook alone. Chad or any of my kids will help me.
See? Easy and perspective giving.
Last night I shared my thoughts with my family. I think we will all be participating in this for awhile. Please know that I don't think it is necessarily a bad thing to want stuff. Eventually, I will purchase a heart rate monitor. This isn't only to curb my greedy appetite. Creating a deeper heart of gratitude for the extreme amount of abundance in my life is my aim.
You should try it, too. I'm already surprised at how much peace, contentment, and thankfulness it is creating in my heart.
I Thessalonians 5:16-18 Be joyful always. Pray continually. Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
|Linking up with my great friend, Alysa, this week! I sure love that lady!|
Ann Voskamp's book is on my reading list. Some women in my life who have read this book highly recommend it. She takes having a heart of gratitude to a whole new level. Have you read the book? How did it reading it change you?