Staying Grateful, Simple Gratitude

3 years ago my recovery started with minutes, maybe even seconds. The minutes became hours, the hours become days, the days became weeks, the weeks became months, then the months turned into years, now I hope that the years become decades and continue for the rest of my life, I BELIEVE they will. But it’s TODAY, EACH and EVERY SINGLE DAY that I am most grateful for!!! 12/18/12 This was my thoughts as I celebrated three years into recovery, and the same thought I cling to daily. It’s fairly simply, “thankfulness”, and I do like keeping it simple. There is peace in focusing on what I have to be grateful for rather than what I don’t have or what I think I need in order be happy and fulfilled. It’s a blessing, like a free get out of the jail in your mind card. What a powerful and easy tool God has given us in the game of life. If I can count my blessings instead of my worries my stress lessens and my contentment grows.

Deep down I knew this, but for me I had to be completely broken in order to be rebuilt. It was when I hit rock bottom that I began to see clearly. I entered a recovery program at a homeless shelter with everything I owned in a backpack, sleeping on a mat in the hallways I started to understand just how much I had. When the world thought I had nothing the Lord taught me I had all that I needed, Him.

It’s way longer story, way more complicated, but as I mentioned earlier, simple things, short and sweet works best for me. I learned that gratitude is an essential tool in life, and it should be used everywhere. I also believe GRATITUDE IS AN ACTION WORD, meaning besides just praying and saying that I am thankful I must show it in my actions, and my service. I must live grateful.

Colossians 3:16 (NIV) 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms,hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

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