As a person who doesn't like to ask for help I then in return have a hard time being thankful. Before I had kids I never asked for anything, I was independent, stubborn and could figure it out myself. Then Eli and Jonah came and I was humbled. I needed my tribe. I needed help and I needed as many people and help as possible.
In my opinion thankfulness and excepting help goes hand in hand. When a fellow mom sees your struggle and offers to take your child for a few hours, when your mom wants to buy lunch, when your buddy wants to pray for you, even when someone has unsolicited advise for you, TAKE IT. That friend and or family member wants to help you, they love you!
Allowing for this level of vulnerability shows people you want to be real with them. It shows you trust them. This process of allowing myself to accept help and hear from my friends and family has taught me a deeper level of gratefulness. As I receive help from these people in my life I am overwhelmed with thankfulness everyday.
Today on the one day a year we come across thankful I am challenged to ALWAYS be thankful.
Colossians 3:15 says: "And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And ALWAYS be thankful."
To me personally I read this passage and think about my stubborn, independent self and realize I can accept others help, others words because what if its a gift from God? would I ever turn down an offer from God? would you?
I can accept these things in peace because we are working together, live life together despite our differences.
Our hearts are so full of emotions and feelings toward ourselves and each other that this rule of living in peace is what is so important to our everyday thankfulness. if we see through our differences and see the thankfulness for having different perspectives, different opinions, different lifestyles, life will be easier. wouldnt life be lame if we were all the same and had the same opinions? I'm thankful for how different we all are.
Hebrews 12:28 says: "Since we are receiving a kingdom that is unshakeable, lets us be thankful and please God by worshipping Him with holy fear and awe."
there are so many different ways we can be thankful to the Lord and for me one of them is the tribe
He has given me. The bothers and sisters in Christ that He has gifted me with is beyond words of what I can describe. The everyday thankfulness I am filled with is going to be easy to express today. but what can I do to show my thankfulness everyday?
Am I Enough?
Have you ever had the thought “this is too small, or not good enough?”
For example, have you been in a situation where someone is asking for money to raise for a charity or a family in need and all you have is like $1 maybe $5 and you decide to just not give it because its “not enough.”
Have you ever had the thought “I should text her, I should call her, we should hang out, but I don’t know she probably wouldn’t like me, she probably doesn’t want to deal with my kids, well I can’t relate to her so it probably wouldn’t be good to hang out, she has enough people to tell her she’s amazing I don’t need to.”
ALL OF THIS! I have done!
On a daily basis, I tell myself “it’s too small, it’s not enough”
My head: “the house isn’t clean enough, my kids are patient enough, I didn’t get enough bible reading done today, I didn’t donate to my friends go-fund me, nah I’m not going to text her shell think it’s weird” so on and so on it goes ALL DAY!
Friends this is so wrong. Every little bit counts. For everything.
If that friend who gave me a $5 gift card to Starbucks decided it was too small of a gift I would have never had that nice quiet moment to myself with a hot cup of coffee.
If the 200 people who decided to donate $5 to that go-fund me decided it wasn’t enough, that little girl would have been $1,000 short for her surgery.
In a time of need if my friend didn’t come over and bring me dinner and let me word vomit all over her where would I be emotionally? If she doubted herself and thought I didn’t need her would I have been able to pull through it?
If the little boy with the 5 barley loaves and 2 fish decided it wasn’t enough and kept it for himself Jesus wouldn’t have been able to perform one of the biggest miracles.
So much in our lives we belittle ourselves and think there is something bigger and better out there someone else can offer.
If we are offering nothing to God, he will have nothing to use. BUT here’s the good news friends! God can take what little we have and turn it into something great!
So, my question for us is: How much or any am I giving to God?
What’s holding us back?
I am a mommy of 2 little boys and a wife of 1 amazing husband! I love natural living and essential oils. Follow my journey here while I navigate life and make fun stuff with Oils!