Lessons I’m learning from: practising gratitude.

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Colossians 3v23-34 ‘Work willingly at whatever you do, as you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.

This is important for me to write about as the whole of last year I was dissatisfied with my life. I was in such a slump, that I was not motivated within myself to push myself forward. I wanted to be doing so much with my life; I was putting nothing into practise to make that a reality. I was not appreciating the life I already had and especially the people who were in my life.

One lesson that I needed to learn was that life is never plain sailing. It is full of difficulties, loss and confusion. I needed to learn to adapt to the new situations I was in. Instead, I was grasping onto the past, hoping that would become my reality again. I have said it before, and I will say it again, I am incredibly thankful for grace.

I know that the Lord is good because in the last few months I have began making progress with my life. Even when life feels uncertain, I know a peace within my heart to keep moving forward. I was reading a devotional this week, it began with the quote ‘Never place a period where God has placed a comma.’ (Gracie Allen). It is an important quote and truth that we should all know for our lives. We all have plans and dreams for our lives. When they fall through, or they turn into something you never wanted it to be; it is hurtful and a lot of the time it breaks us. In relation to the quote, there is a Proverb that states ‘We make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.’ I have hope in this verse,  that sometimes the plans I make for myself are in the belief that they are the right choice for me. Some of the plans that have fallen through in my life have been a blessing. I know if I had continuously pursued those choices, I would not have the faith or the joy that I have now.

A lesson I also needed to learn was the importance of growth and seasons. My Dad has this saying, ‘Nothing is ever wasted’. The pursuits in my life at the moment and the place where I am at. I t has a purpose. Whether it be for preparation or a pit stop to refuel. Allowing the journey to be part of my life, not just the destination.

A further lesson is that of gratitude. To be thankful for the life that I do have and for the people in my life and to bless those around me. I am in a job, where there are always people from all walks of life. I do not know how long I will be in my job so I am making plans to move on. I do not want to waste the opportunities that are available there. Making the most of making people feel known and listened to. Spending most of my time serving customers, if I can use that time to bless them in one way or another then that is nice. I find when my job is repetitive and draining, to focus on something positive brings more joy to the day. I am grateful that no matter how rough a day is, I come home to a warm house where there are people who love me, who will listen to me and also support me. I am trying to focus more on being present, to not be wrapped up in my phone or in music but to listen and to interact. I have an education, amazing friends, a beautiful faith and I am passionate about reading and writing.

Truthfully, I could not be more grateful for the life that I have. It is time for me to keep moving forward and to press on to be more adventurous with life. To know that no matter how messy life gets, to hold onto those lessons I have learned in this season. To see light and hope when everything seems dark. To keep working hard, when I feel demotivated and want to give up. To hold dear to those I love and those who love me. Life does not last forever, I do not want to regret not cherishing what I have.

 

May you have a blessed week. You are loved and cherished, may you always keep on learning. Love Victoria. xx

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