My 30 Days of Gratitude ended last Monday! I missed out blogging some of those days, and normally I would consider that as failure. But I’ve been learning to not beat myself up for not meeting my own standards, if you know what I mean. Looking back, I can only be grateful for times when I couldn’t find time to blog, it only means that those days have been so full.
Offline, my journal has become a messy list of blessings, one-sentence prayers, reflections, Bible verses, and dried up tears. I loved reading through the past 30 days, and remembering the big and small things God blessed me and my family with.
If there’s one thing I (re)learned through this 30-day challenge, it’s that, when we’re in the spirit of gratitude, no amount of bad news can drag us down. In fact, even negative situations can become positive in the light of God’s sovereignty and goodness.
Admittedly, the past month was made of the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Some prayers were answered, some questions still left unsolved. Emails that made me smile, emails that made me tear up. People who made me feel horrible, friends who made me laugh.
And then there’s our two little girls.. my constant source of joy. Challenging as it may seem, raising two babies at once, each day is just so much better with them around.
Today I thank the Lord for being good, no matter what our circumstances are. It’s easy to fall into a state of anxiety and self-pity when things are not going the way we expect, when doors are slammed shut, or when we’re locked up in a waiting room and we have no idea what’s up next. Come to think of it, it is times like this when we can really practice gratitude—moments when nothing seems to make sense except that God is good, and He has our best interest in mind.
It has been quite a month. 30 Days of Gratitude, it’s a wrap!