When my three sons were small, exhaustion followed me to bed every night. And when morning came, the race started all over again.
And adding to my chaos, stress would chase me mercilessly. It did because I focused on the chores to be done and on the responsibilities as a Mom and wife.
But when my Pastor challenged us to embrace an attitude of gratitude, the stress disappeared.
I chose to take moments to stop my day and give thanks for whatever came to mind. When my sons began to quarrel, I thanked God because they were healthy. When I wiped the kitchen countertop for the umpteenth time, I thanked God we had food to prepare on it.
When dishes piled up, I thanked God I had hands and energy to get them done.
And before closing my eyes at night, a few moments of gratitude for all the good in my life filled my thoughts.
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
God’s blessings come in health, opportunities, provision and the fullness of life. But we empty that fullness when, in the busyness , we neglect quiet moments before Him.
Janet Perez Eckles is an international speaker and author of four books. Her best-selling release, Simply Salsa: Dancing Without Fear at God’s Fiesta invites you to experience the simplicity of finding joy even in the midst of a hectic world.