Capture Your Grief, Day 26: Gratitude

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Day 26: Gratitude 

Last December I flipped my journal over and began a list in the back, a space for me to write down the things I'm grateful for. An intentional way of realizing that there is always, always, something to write down no matter how bad of a day I've had or how grim things may look or feel. This practice of mindful gratitude was eye opening for me in so many ways - a reminder that perspective really is everything and that even amidst my darkest days I could and should be humbled by everything I've been blessed with. I'm afraid that whenever we find ourselves in a season of waiting - be it for marriage, careers, families, and milestones - we begin to long for what's out of reach instead of flourishing in the place we are currently. Really, it's all too easy for us to overestimate what we could do with what we should have and to underestimate what we should do with what we do have. I am so often guilty of wanting, even yearning for things that in this season, for reasons unknown, are beyond the reach of my fingertips. And in those moments God has so beautifully shown me that I've no need to strain in order to grasp his blessings, that his timing is good, his grace is overwhelming, and his gifts are innumerable should I choose to try and count them.

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