Gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Gratitude is something I have this Thanksgiving and it’s a learned attitude despite my circumstances. Change had to happen in my mindset in order for gratitude to become my norm.
Each challenge has grown me into a more compassionate human being. This is or hasn’t been easy. One of the biggest challenges we went through in recent years was infertility. Between 2012-2014 we lost three children due to miscarriage. What an interesting word to come to know. The wave of emotions wasn’t something my husband or I was prepared to face.
The highs and lows of this journey taught us how to be grateful. With each step, I consistently heard the Lord saying to not give up, to be hopeful and grateful. I needed to learn to be grateful for being able to get pregnant, being at one of the top fertility clinics, and grateful for my faith and loving husband. In addition, the people God surrounded me with were gifts too. The people I met who have been through the infertility journey are amazing. They embraced the journey with grace and beauty. These women and their families showed me gratitude is possible despite our pain. We are called to give thanks no matter what.
Giving thanks and being grateful despite our circumstances are a part of sanctified living. “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love is everlasting.” Psalm 107:1. God wants to and does cultivate in each of us the awareness and attentiveness to the arrival of daily gifts. In this process, we come to understand the marvels of God’s integration and acceptance of our whole life story. “For in all things give thanks to God, because this is what God expects you to do in Christ Jesus” 1 Thessalonians 5:18. Let’s not be afraid to see everything bringing us to where are now and trust we will see the guiding hand of a loving God.
Hope everyone has a lovely Thanksgiving no matter where you are in the journey.