A Grateful Heart

August 14, 2013

One day last week I got my daily devotional via email per usual, it has really stuck with me.  It was a story about a woman complaining about all the troubles in her life to God.  She decided to take a different approach instead, praising God for all her blessings.  Quite frankly, I don’t really remember how it all turned out for her but her approach has remained on my mind.

I’ve been walking through the past few days with a heart of gratitude.  I’m taking a hiatus from my prayers being consumed by frantic ‘needs’ or requests, but only by praise.  It almost certainly leaves me in tears each time.  But they are happy tears.  It is so hard to believe that after everything we’ve been through, our blessings are honestly so abundant.  It can be so tempting to constantly ask God for what I want but when I consider everything that I already have, it can all seem so little.

Now, I’m sure I’ll be slipping in a “God, if you could just….”, but the last few days my heart feels so much more full when I’m not emphasizing my problems to God.  Plus, maybe He’ll appreciate my shorter request list and be more inclined to answer them 🙂 I’m certain that’s not how He works, but that’s the human in me!

Today I’m unbelievable grateful for this sweet spirit and beautiful baby girl.  She has enriched our lives incredibly in just two years.  She endures far more than I could ever imagine, but is almost always happy.  For that, I am so, so grateful.

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This is Elena. Our Light. You can see all the goodness and joy that shines from those deep blue eyes. She loves sneezes, yawns, industrial toilet flushes, automatic paper towel dispensers and The Star Spangled Banner. Music is her everything, specifically Moana, Frozen (really all Disney), Queen & Taylor Swift. Nothing makes her squeal quite like swimming, fast boat rides and her two brothers in trouble. In addition to her megawatt smile, Elena reminds us to cherish the smallest of victories, to live in the present, and to daily dwell in a posture of gratitude for every breath and every blessing.  

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I’m Emmalee, an ordinary gal born and raised in the Heartland. Wife to Chad, and Mom to Elena, Calvin & Turner, I spend most my days ridin’ dirty (literally so much trash) in my minivan carting kids to and fro. When I’m not being a Momager, I excel at self-care, cooking gourmet meals my kids won’t eat and deep-diving all the feelings. Most days, my attitude is gratitude, just taking life one step at a time.

Emmalee & Elena

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