Keepers of The Home
Just a few weeks ago I wrote an article about teaching our children gratitude by being grateful ourselves. It is amazing to me how often I am tested and tried in these ideas so shortly after writing on them. In the weeks following, I began to struggle with my own gratitude, in a way I wasn’t entirely aware of until the Lord showed me.
You see, I am very good at being thankful for material things such as a roof over my head, heat, food, clothing, etc. The Lord showed me recently, however, my lack of gratitude for my husband and children. As I have said so many times before, the enemy loves to get us busy and distracted from the more important things in life. I thank God for His Holy Spirit that reveals these things to me so that I can live a more abundant and grateful life and not miss out on things I otherwise would have in my ignorance.
It all happened the other day when I was talking with a friend of mine. She had recently married one of our family friends who had lost his wife a few years ago. They have been together for two years now and have such a sweet relationship. The husband is head over heels in love with his wife and so thankful to God for another opportunity to love a woman. You see, he and his late wife had been in a bad season when he lost her suddenly in a car accident. He regrets deeply not loving her as well as he is now loving his current wife. The wife too is so grateful for her very loving and caring husband, as she was raised in a very abusive household.
These two people love each other out of a heart of sincere gratitude and humility. They have both known heartache and experienced deep loneliness and loss. It is because of this, that they have such a deep appreciation for the love they have found in each other. That same love is available to each of us, all it takes is a humble heart. You see, if we would begin to cherish the spouse God has given each of us and our precious children, we could love them more fully.
We do not have to wait for the tragic loss of a loved one to love them well. We can have a heart of humility and gratitude now and begin taking advantage of each day we are given with them if only we will commit to it. Every day we are given is precious and we truly do need to learn to live as though it may one our last. This will certainly be my goal for now on.
So I encourage you too, dear sister, to hold onto your gratitude and love with abandonment. In order to keep myself committed to this task, I have made a list on the chalkboard in our dining room. I plan on reading it regularly as a reminder. God help us not to take advantage of one day we have been given!