Thursday, February 20, 2014

Naming them... one by one.

This week I have been a little bit grumbly inside my own head.  I don't really have any excuses that are actually valid given the fact that I live in the most blessed country and have a very blessed life.... Oh sure, I could blame a lot of things like income taxes (ugh!) or having to buy all new tires, or recent gray weather, or relationship hurts, or child-raising issues, or dozens of other things if I spent the time actually putting thought behind this list.. but the truth is, I was brought up short because my focus had been off.  I'd been focusing on myself and things and circumstances I didn't like (myself in the center of my universe) rather than pouring all that energy into being thankful... and look where it got me.  Grumbly for the better part of a whole week! 

I watched God answer three specific prayers this week- big ones for my heart anyway and how quickly I just shoved those aside for grumbly complaints.  I spent a few hours with my book club just relating to like-minded women that I love so very much, I got to hang out with a friend all morning, run to the grocery store and supply our freezer and pantry with healthy foods because my husband is currently employed, and as a bonus, the sun was shining through my windows.  What on earth did I REALLY have to grumble about for goodness sake?

I don't know about you, but sometimes I need a refocus of my heart.  I have to literally walk around my house and find all the things to be thankful for.  It's amazing how that lifts my heart and whatever burdens I've put on myself.  Because, there is always something to be thankful for... in any circumstance or moment! 
I am thankful for a man who works hard. I am thankful for his paychecks.  I am thankful for the opportunity to buy healthy foods for my family.  I am thankful for the way God provides. 
I am thankful for after school tea times with my daughter and this precious season in life that we get 45 minutes all to ourselves together, before the boys get home. 
I am thankful for a mother who taught me to cook and be economical in my household management.
 I am thankful for instant memories, and a phone to capture them on Instagram, and the sweet encouragement of YOU readers who do life with me both here on this blog and via social media.
 I am thankful for a son who is learning to take responsibility for things and do his own laundry... even if it's still sitting on the chair today.
I am thankful for a man who gives me funny gifts for Valentine's day, and goes out to lunch with me since we can't figure out babysitting and such.  I am thankful that he adores me and that I've got him wrapped around my finger.  (Just being honest.) I am thankful he is MY man.

  I am thankful for the moment I had yesterday, as I realized I get to honor and bring glory to GOD with my shop- not  only with my thanksgiving over orders and helping my family make ends meet, but also by allowing me to put my story into my artwork as He leads me and teaches me, and that the outflow of that is encouragement for you who want to put it into your homes.  I am humbled and blown away by this and I have tears in my eyes right not just thinking about it and thanking HIM for it... 

All it takes is a bit of blessing counting and suddenly my heart isn't so grumbly... it puts in mind an old hymn we sang in church when I was a little girl.  I love the words;

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.
When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings. Wealth can never buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.
So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be disheartened, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.


Tonya said...

let the bloggers say amen. amen.

Lana M. said...

Amen amen! I have much to be thankful for. And I love that song. We still sing it.:-)

Stacy P. said...

😘 to you, Sasha. What a precious post--and a timely one for me.

Julie H. Schaal said...

Loved this! Truly encouraged!!

The Every Day Extraordinary said...


paige said...

i love this
i love your heart sasha girl

Lorraine and Jessica said...

So true!! I've been working on managing my thoughts and emotions here lately and its amazing what a focus shift can do!!

We serve an awesome God and a loving Father!!

adrienne said...

I hear ya! I've had sick kids home puking every 1/2 hour for 4 days! And we have five feet of snow and then it rained for 24 hours. Now we're back to snow. Chicago. Oh my. I am having trouble with my attitude too. I think to myself, "isn't it enough that your kids will be better in a few days and not terminally ill? that you have a house full of food and a husband who always comes through the door at 6 pm and that..." Yes, the list goes on of things to be thankful for. Today they are all off at school and I'm trying to figure out what to do with myself! My husband and I were supposed to go downtown for the night for our anniversary today, but Grandma "sure doesn't want any part of that flu" (ha!), so we are staying home and going to dinner here. Still something to celebrate :) Hope you have a good Friday and great weekend and you get some sun! It always helps :)

Denise said...

Amen! Why is it that we tend to only think of gratitude during the Thanksgiving season? What a difference we can all make by making this conscious effort. Thank you so much for the reminder. Blessings to you and your family!

Mindy Whipple said...

Adding my Amen! Our former Pastor used to lead that hymn on occasion, changing the words to: Count your blessings, name them ton, by ton...We have so much to be grateful for!

Jeannie S said...

Well said, thank you for sharing. Blessings!

Liz said...

Great post Sasha! May we each develop a heart of gratitude for all JESUS has done, is doing, and will do! He is worthy!!!
Love you sister! :o)

Gypsy Heart said...

So true! In the most horrific times in our lives, God is always there and helps us through it. Counting our blessings daily is so important. Like you said, "there's always something to be grateful for". :) Just being alive one more day is HUGE!!


Kristie said...

Now I'm teary eyed now. Thanks so much for this post, I to was a little grumbly this week. I really needed to hear this encouragement to count my blessings and know that HE is over all. Thanks you perspective. Blessings!
Kristie from Kansas City.

Farmgirl Paints said...

Oh friend that is the best way to get out of that funk. I know for a fact that every time I think of you my heart knows thankfulness. You bless me...and a whole lot of others. :-)

Jackie at Roots and Wings said...

It always recalibrates us when we choose to shift from focusing on our circumstances to focusing on His work in our lives, doesn't it?
Thank you for sharing this! xoxo

raegates said...

Thank you for being REAL.

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