October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month and as most of you know we have been blessed with our very own Spina Bifida Warrior Princess Hannah. You can read our story about finding out about Hannah’s diagnosis in The Butterfly which was actually my first ever blog. We of course love everything about Hannah and wouldn’t change anything about her and we are and will be forever be grateful for having her in our lives and are thankful that she continues to defy her original diagnosis.
Gratefulness is a word that has been popping into my head a lot of late. So many of us always look at our lives as a glass half empty rather than half full and never look at the bigger picture. We are never happy with what we have and crave for something else be it loosing weight, a car like so and so down the street, marriage, friendship, promotion the list can go on and on.
I once found myself moaning and complaining about the kids acting up and misbehaving in front of a couple who have had major difficulties in getting pregnant and weren’t able to have kids and I when I caught myself on I just wanted the ground to open up and swallow me I was so embarrassed and ashamed of myself. From then on I have always tried to think before I speak and be thankful for the things that I have.
A few years back I decided that I was going to try and go back to work, which I did for 15 months before I wised up and resigned. In those 15 months I discovered exactly what was right under my nose and I couldn’t see it. I had a husband, three amazing children and a home that needed my attention. I had been selfish and had put my own needs before that of my family.
My mum has a saying “separate your needs from your greeds” I don’t often like to admit when my mum is right but when you think of it it is true. We always want something else what we have is never enough.
At the weekend I set a challenge on my Facebook page for people to list something in their lives that they are grateful for and not one person commented. Why aren’t we happy with what we have?
I am thankful for the life that I have it is not perfect but I am thankful for it anyway.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 16
What are you thankful for today?