Based in Frederick, Maryland, Digital Ink & Parchment is a blog by Alexandria Pallat. Her posts explore the integration of faith in every day life.

A Reminder Of Gratitude

A Reminder Of Gratitude

When we are in the midst of the frustrating, the irritating, or the downright hard, finding space to be grateful can be hard. We are so consumed with what is going on that we aren’t sure where to find gratitude. We forget to look for it. Because, really, sometimes we have to actively remind ourselves of things to be grateful for.

The Bible tells us to “be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). But how can we be grateful when it’s hard? In her book Girl, Stop Apologizing, Rachel Hollis instructs readers to simply find 3 to 5 things to be grateful for each day. Not big things, just things. Your morning cup of coffee or your alarm clock or the fact that you didn’t scream at anyone today. Whatever it is, just find something. Because when we actively look for something to be grateful for, we tend to be more grateful. It’s like the “act your way into feeling” mentality.

For me, it was a Friday where I was just so thankful it was Friday. I have two whole days plus a few hours to dedicate to what fuels me. But I was reminded this morning that I have bills due. Well, there goes a good chunk of my paycheck. And, dang it, I have to clean the interior of my car at some point. And who the heck parked their bicycle in front of my apartment door!? (Seriously, why would anyone do that?) The good energy I felt in the morning slowly started to fade as the day progressed and I was reminded of the frustrations of life.

But once I finished cleaning my car and I waited for my girl friend to come over (we went out for dessert!), Belle was making it known that she wanted my full attention. And very rarely does she not get that. As I talked to her and gave her my undivided attention, my first thought was “I am so thankful for you.” And then I started thinking about how blessed I was to have the apartment I do, a supportive family, a job to take care of the animals, a moment to sit down and not have to think…one grateful thought turned into many. While some of these are bigger things, they reminded me that even though it may be hard right now, God has been with me the entire time.

And He is with you too. Whether you have your dream job or you’re just praying to get a phone call from someone, He is there. Whether you love what you do or you’re transitioning, He is there. Whether you have your own place or you’re desiring a place to call home, He is there. Whether life is going exactly how you’d like it to or…not, He is there. He may not always show Himself in huge ways, so it’s important to look for Him in the little things. You’ll see Him in those small moments of gratitude.

Sometimes, we just need a little reminder.

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