This week my friend, Joyce, and I were catching up. We both shared the ups and downs of our life since our last chat. One thing I loooooove about Joyce, she always says in her sweet, wise voice, “give it to God.” We ended up discussing this idea of how difficult it can be as a human being to really let go and give our life to God. Sometimes I even find myself praying but I already have this idea of what the answer to my prayer “should” be. Hello, dear girl God is not Santa or the fast food window. I lose my grounding, and forget that I am not in control, as much as I try to think I am. Which brings me to my question. How do we keep our footings in our faith?
First of all, we are human, and we get lost only to be found again. Joyce and I each shared a few ideas we have come across to stay on track.
#1: Prayer List
Joyce shared with me that she keeps a prayer list. She also goes back and dates when the prayer was answered and how it was answered. What a great idea. She shared how often prayers are answered, and in ways one would never imagine. God answers prayers, but sometimes we don’t give enough attention to that fact.
#2: Thankful List
I heard about this somewhere a long the lines. The women I heard about wrote a list of three things she is thankful for each day. This woman was diagnosed with cancer and as she started chemo she kept looking through her thankful list. She had listed her hair a year before she was diagnosed. Giving thanks for our blessings shouldn’t just be on thanksgiving. Even on our worst days there is always something to be thankful for, even if it is just the hair on our head.
#3: Give to Others:
It can be putting quarters in the salvation army bucket, helping someone out, or asking someone how they are doing (and listening for the answer!). When you open your heart and share joy with others, you receive joy yourself. Being able to give that to another human being is worth more than anything on a shelf in a store. Plus it is the gift that keeps giving.
What makes your list of ways to stay grounded in faith?
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I love this boy! He topped my thankful list today!
In the last two days alone I have heard how he is such a hard worker, funny, and kind to those who don’t have their own voice (of course I already knew all of that, but it feels good to hear it too)! I am so proud of the little man he is becoming!