I have been racking my brain all week for something to write about for this week’s gratitude challenge post. I’ve been having trouble coming up with just one thing that I have been given and am grateful for. Last night when I was thinking about what I could write about, I picked up my daily devotion book, Jesus Calling and suddenly, I had an idea.
I have talked about my faith walk and the struggles I have had many times before and it was evident to people in my life who have such a strong faith and relationship with Christ. I remember a time last year where I was struggling with a lot of anxiety and sad feelings and negativity despite so many wonderful things that were happening in my life. I felt closed off and anxious inside and I was pretending to be fully engaged with everything that was going on around me. I was “going through the motions” a lot of the time and not genuinely reacting the way I would have or feeling the things I would have if I wasn’t so wrapped up in my own head.
During that time, Danny’s grandmother (my now grandmother-in-law) asked me if I had been reading the copy of Jesus Calling she had given to me about 5 months before. I answered “sort of” even though I hadn’t really looked at for at least a month at that point. She could tell I wasn’t being truthful and she explained to me that she hoped that I would continue to read it and that it would help me through whatever I was feeling. I knew she was right, but I continued to let it sit on my nightstand and collect dust.
It was only at the end of the summer when I started doing the devotions every day. I had a moment where I completely broke down and I reached for the book and read the devotion for that day. It was completely relevant to everything I was experiencing and I instantly felt uplifted. I realized how much I needed and wanted to improve on my relationship with Christ and to be a better Christian.
I am very thankful that my grandmother-in-law gave me this wonderful book. I read it each day and I have found that it really does help me in my daily life. I am also thankful for her wisdom in faith that she shares with me. She is truly a wonderful woman and I’m very happy to call her family!
I hope you enjoyed this week’s gratitude post! What are some things that you are grateful for today? I’d love to know!
Have a great weekend everyone!
Thanks for reading,