When we were engaged, my husband and I visited a delightful little Amish store in Spring, Texas. I saw this quilt in the window and fell in love. The colors blended beautifully, and the pattern was complex yet so easy on the eye. Always generous, my sweet husband-to-be purchased the quilt on the spot.
Over the years, I’ve caught myself studying minute portions of the pattern and marveling at its maker. The stitches weave in and out of the complex pattern. The maker put in each tiny stitch with a meticulous hand and eye for detail. Every part of it is a planned piece of beauty.
Like the stiches in this quilt, gratitude should weave in and out of every piece of our lives. It isn’t a cut-and-paste application, nor is it a one-time, quick job. No, gratitude should be part of the pattern and fabric of our lives.
As a mom, I’ve tried to fill our lives with gratitude for the little things, as well as the big things. I find something that was lost, I thank God. I find a parking spot, I thank the Lord out loud. When dinner doesn’t burn, I thank God. When I pass up the ice cream store or stop in it, I thank God for his help with my self-control or his wonderful creative hand that gave us ice cream. Thanking God has become part of the fabric of our lives.
Lest you think I learned this on my own, people like my aunt sewed stitches of gratitude into my life early on. As a child, I remember her thanking God for every little thing that happened. She found a cooking pot she looked for, she thanked God. When he “parted the waters” in traffic, she thanked him. When she found something she needed on sale, she thanked God. When it was sunny or when it was rainy, she thanked God. And so she quilted gratitude into my life so much that it spilled over into my children’s lives.
I hope they continue the pattern.
Prayer: “Lord, may we continue to give You thanks, for You are the giver of all things. May You grant us the privilege to teach our children about You and all You do.”
Psalm 30:12 “To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee forever.” (KJV)
Check out the Amplified Bible version of Psalm 30:12. I love it!
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