To feel real gratitude

Monday morning message


To really feel gratitude


I read somewhere that said the most blessed people are the ones who are grateful for their lives.


It said it’s not happy people that are grateful, it’s grateful people that are happy.


The other day I had to rush my daughter to the hospital with an allergic reaction to lobster. While we were sitting in the emergency room getting treatment her father calls and starts screaming at her, then she hands the phone to me and he proceeds to scream at me about how much this will cost him because I brought her to the wrong hospital. He goes on and on and on and on as somethings never change and he still like to hear himself talk and obviously could care less that his daughter couldn’t breathe and was laying here for a reason.


At that moment I gave yet another prayer that I was so grateful to be divorced from this man, oh how very grateful I was.


If you read my blog you know that I always speak about how grateful I am, you know that I was blessed with my home, this was literally a gift from God. I say that because one, a preacher spoke it to me with the exact  number I was to buy the house for. Second, I never thought I could get approved and third, it went 27,000 below market value, all of this were truly gifts from God.


I never take his gifts in my life lightly, as I know I am blessed and I know it could have been another way and believe me it was for a long time.


This alone makes me so grateful because I’ve been in that dark place, I know what rock bottom feels like, I know how it feels to hate your life so much that you no longer want to go on, that you pray for the end to come, I have not forgotten the pain and hurt I use to try to drown with alcohol while crying until I had nothing left in the bathtub night after night.


Yes, I remember all of that and because of it, I am always grateful for where I am now. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t go to sleep and wake up thanking God for all of this, during my day as I am driving, I will see a beautiful sky and will thank him.


I listen to the radio and a great song will come on and it makes me happy, I will thank him, I come home and see my girls smiling and laughing together and I thank him even more, as I remember when they use to hate each other and how many days that I prayed for them to be friends.


I thank him for my business, my money, my friends and family, our health, for it all. I thank him for giving me his grace and mercy, I am constantly thanking him because I am so grateful of where I am now.


Sometimes even still, when I looked around and realized that I actually own a home, that I did this and I am so proud of myself, I stop and remember it is all because of him. Sometimes I get taken by this feeling of gratitude, so strong that I start to cry, my daughters will asked why I am crying and I tell them how grateful I feel for all of this, so much so, that it sometimes takes my breath away.


So today my friends, even if your in a dark place right now be grateful, keep singing his praises, keep the faith and believe it will change because when it does and it will… you will be forever grateful for where you have been, what you’ve come out off and what he has done in your life. God has bigger dreams than you can ever dream for yourself…I am living proof.


“Be the change you want to see”


“And just when the caterpillar thought his life was over…he turned into a beautiful butterfly”


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