"Gratitude turns what you have into enough."
I don't know who said it, but it's true, isn't it? I've been consciously grateful in recent weeks - even in the midst of a brown recluse spider crisis - and it's amazing what a difference it makes.
I am calmer. I feel peaceful. I am more generous.
I washed dishes last night and found myself wishing for a nicer faucet fixture. The faucet we have is one that was going to be "temporary" until a better one would be installed. Well, that was five years ago. Because we knew it was going to be temporary, we bought the cheapest fixture we could find - hey, in a few months we'll replace it, right?
I sighed. This crappy old thing.
And then I remembered.
Running water - HOT AND COLD - water comes out of this tap. Any time I want it to. I can even have it WARM.
How many millions of people in this world wish they had a cheap, aluminum fixture that produced clean water whenever they wish? No hauling buckets, no walking a mile to a pump, no limit on how much you can consume.
And I was overcome with gratitude for the simple blessing of a faucet in my kitchen.
I love that faucet. That cheap, aluminum fixture that brings me water.
This is how I want to live. Focused on the abundance, the blessing, the provision, and the gifts that fill my life. I have so much.
Clothes to wear.
Food in the pantry.
People I love.
Blue Bell Ice Cream.
Gratitude takes what I have and makes it enough. MORE than enough.
Will you take a moment and say a prayer of thanks, today? Simply stop where you are and offer gratitude for the simple abundance that is around you. And those things you're lacking? Find a way to offer thanksgiving in the midst of it. In just the right time, and in just the right way, you'll find that God is looking out for you and will provide enough for your needs. He is the God of enough - and we experience Him when we live in gratitude.
What are you grateful for today?