Ladies, the heartfelt dialogue that is happening daily here at Velvet Ashes, it’s just really something to behold. The way you are showing up, opening up, and encouraging each other? Truly beautiful.
Today we’re meeting here at The Grove to share our thoughts and art on the prompt “Grateful.” Let me get us rolling…
A Grateful Chorus
The list can pile long, all the things we give up to live this kind of life, from the trivial favorite foods to the cherished family gatherings. All these sacrifices, these “have-not’s,” they can sit glaringly at the forefront of the mind. Some days they shout loud and deafening in the ears.
The ache for what was, or the longing for what will be, those can completely drown the here and now, can’t they? It’s pretty miserable, grasping for what isn’t there.
If someone throws you a Bible verse and tells you, “You know, we are to give thanks in all circumstances,” you’ll probably begrudgingly take that piece of advice and shove it in your guilty box labeled “Things I should be doing, but am NOT.” And then you’ll sink a little deeper.
But friends, what if being grateful is the very thing that would actually allow you to breathe, right now, right where you are? What if focusing on the “have’s” would dislodge the “have-not’s” from their forefront position? What if a simple whispered, “Thank you” could quiet those deafening shouts, comfort those aches and longings?
(Now, I in no way mean to minimize or simplify your complex journey if emotional drowning is the daily battle that you face. If it is, see the hug and helping hand we’ve offered in the comment section here.)
I’ve just got this hunch. A hunch based on my own two years of whispering “thank yous.” There’s this connection between gratitude and joy. When my heart says, “I’m grateful,” then it therefore isn’t ungrateful. And when ungratefulness leaves its place of occupancy with in my heart, contentment quietly slips in.
Perhaps this is why Scripture doesn’t suggest gratitude, it expects gratitude, commands it. Perhaps this is why a grateful song sits on the lips of his servants, his beloved disciples, as they pen each page of Scripture, growing the movement of Christ through the fiercest of times and trials.
When I lose sight of gratitude, I’ve lost touch with the One from whom all goodness flows. But when I offer up my meager thanks, I’m found again in Him.
What if we sing our own grateful chorus together here today? What if our voices rise from all our corners of the globe?
What if together we say, “We are women living hard and crazy lives. But in this, we stand GRATEFUL, for we live and move and have our being in the One who is goodness, hope and love itself”?
Raise your words and art with me in this chorus today?
I am grateful…
For parents’ hearts so full of love, they break that we are far away.
For hard-working, generous souls that sacrifice for me to be here.
For friends to share my journey.
For my five-year-old’s new favorite word, “awkward,” and the goofiness that abounds.
For long underwear, thick and cozy warm.
For stuffed steamed buns, fresh and delicious along the roadside.
For my rocking chair, three babies rocked here.
For team, both the struggle and the bond.
For the parts of my heart forever changed by the touch of Chinese friendship.
For the art poured out of souls here.
For this community of women coming alive, linking arms, finding comradery and courage.
Here’s how you can add your voice to our grateful chorus:
- If you don’t have a blog, share with us in the comments.
- If you have a blog, write or make art based on the prompt.
- Be sure to add the Velvet Ashes link (https://velvetashes.com/the-grove-grateful) to your blog post. Feel free to use the button code from our side bar.
- Please select the permalink from your post (so not your blog’s url,www.daniellenotyetthere.blogspot.com but your post url:http://www.daniellenotyetthere.blogspot.com/2013/11/todays-day.html)
- Use the blue linky tool below to enter your link.
- It will walk you through selecting which image you want to show up in the linky.
- Then your post will show up in The Grove’s linky.
- Then go share some comment love! It’s the rule. We applaud brave hearts!
Sorry, no pictures in the link up today! Pictures will be back next week!
Word art by Amy Davis Art Design