Reflecting on all that God has given me lately, I felt overwhelmed.
“Elizabeth. Can’t I give you good things? “
“Yes, God. But why do You give so much?”
“Because I love you. “
“Because of Christ. “
193. A safe place to sleep at night. So many around the world do not have this luxury.
Gratitude helps you live longer, happier and more fully. Start your gratitude blog today (five things a day for which you are thankful — this practice will change your life).
In medicine, as in life, it is difficult to elicit gratitude from people if you are giving them what they don’t want without addressing their perceived needs.
i-have-learned-the-secret asked: Why are you so easy to love?
I am not easy to love. Ease of love is determined by its origin, not its object. God loves because it is in His nature to do so. When we walk in step with the Spirit, His nature in us makes love in action the logical outcome of gratitude.
There are no good times that come from our own hands. Only a good God, by whose hand we are given every good thing. Then our hands, when we stop using them to control, are free to praise.
It is hard to cultivate gratitude in people by giving them what they don’t want, while ignoring their needs.
Have I given you too little?
What struck me most was not the realization that I had much more than I deserved, but that I had been given much more than I was willing to accept. Certainly, I have been blessed in all ways: material, emotional, educational, relational and spiritual. But how many riches, intended for my heart, have remained unclaimed? How many hours of uninterrupted audience with Heaven have I forfeited? How many hearts could I have held, yet dismissed? How many moments of beauty, peace and calm have been overlooked by my preoccupied heart, and how many incomparable riches have I traded for distractions that perish with use?
Perhaps I have less than I have been given.
Which brings me to a strange reality in God’s economy, something He has shown me time and again:
We are the limiting factor in the equation of our potential. We will never have more than we accept.
I am so grateful for the good things God has done and continues to do in my life. For the first time, I feel perpetually at a loss for words.
Peace… is turning everything over to His hands.
So grant us peace, Jesus, grant us peace
Move our hearts to hear a single beat
Between alibis and enemies tonight
Or maybe not, not today
Peace might be another world away
And if that’s the case
We’ll give thanks to You
For lessons learned and how to trust in You
That we are blessed beyond what we could ever dream
In abundance or in need
And if You never grant us peace
But Jesus, would You please…