Gratitude Unlocks the Fullness of Life

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

Melody Beattie



One thing is for sure, is that you never know when it’s your time to go, and/or when you or people you know and love will become impaired and unable to be present. I have read so many stories and seen death so many times, to know that this life shouldn’t be taken for granted. As Fourth of July is rapidly approaching and the patriotism and gratitude for those who came before me enters my heart, my heart swells from within with gratitude. An unknown author said, “It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy.” My focus for me and my family always will be to be thankful, no matter what. Because as most people say, trials are blessings in disguise.

I am ever so thankful for just being alive and alert. To be present here on this earth and to watch my children, yes even when they fight, as this gives me a moment to teach. I am grateful for slobbery kisses from my darling baby as she smiles with her bright blue eyes. I am grateful for a warm, clean, and spacious home that we as a family can spend time in comfortably. A home where we can decorate as we wish and a house we can make a home. I am grateful for a husband who works so hard for this family to pay for our wants and our needs.

I am grateful that the same man shows his love to me through his acts of service, big or small. An example is when he spends all night planning your birthday, which I get to celebrate for a whole week-and-a-half. Just to show me I am loved. A man who listens to my fears and hurts and loves me the same. A man who celebrates my smallest successes and who thinks I am amazing even when I am at my worst. A man who makes me feel so loved and safe. A best friend who helps me to become a better person every single dang day and who excels at the same pace. When I think of the scripture “Perfect love casteth out all fear”, I know that this is the love the my sweet companion gives to me. And I know this is why I am at my best (and sometimes worst) with him. Because he gives and shows what perfect love really is.

For a son who spends most of his time making sure other people feel loved by his acts of service. A son who is wildly creative and kind to everyone he meets, always looking to do good. A son who on my worst day makes me feel like a million bucks and I wonder how did I ever get so lucky to be his mother? For a daughter who loves life and her mother and who can give the best cuddles a mother could ever want. Who just wants to be by your side all of the time helping you do whatever it is that you are doing. And who makes you smile with her sweet and sassy personality. Whenever she goes, she is admired for her beauty and her strength. For a sweet baby girl who is a curious little spitfire. Who you know will succeed far in this life because of her determination and strength. Who is possibly the happiest person on this earth. And who gave a mother hope, when she thought all hope might be lost. Hermann Hesse says it best when he says, “If I know what love is, it is because of you.” To my darlings, I love you. May all your days be wonderful and bright.

I’m grateful for early morning stillness that fills my heart with gratitude before the storms of daily life come rolling in. I am grateful to a family who forgives my weaknesses big and small. I am grateful to have chronic illness as this keeps me humble and also teaches me to be compassionate and empathetic towards others. It helps me to keep this life in perspective and to hopefully focus on the things in my life that matter to me. And it keeps me close to God.

I am grateful to live in a beautiful suburb, where most all feel blessed to live here. And I am grateful for the home which we did buy, which supports our biggest needs and desires. To have a home where I can easily clean, and be comfortable through some of my illnesses. Where I can go into an extremely beautiful backyard that we have created as a family. A space where I feel peace and comfort every day. A place where I feel gratitude to a Heavenly Father who has richly blessed us.

I’m grateful for freedom of religion. That I can make my own choices. I’m grateful to live in a country who celebrates progression and makes it easy to achieve ones dreams. I am grateful to leaders who run this country, as I know I could never be qualified to do this very intense and hard job.

I am grateful for friends and family who are always there for us, no matter what. A neighbor who quickly became my friend and who helped show me how fun this life can be with a friend by my side. Who wants to just hang out and makes me feel like a kid again. Other friends who call just to see how you are doing, who you know will always be your best friends no matter the distance and time that has gone. A mother and father who drop whatever they are doing just to help you, whenever and wherever. Family and friends who listen and care for me and my own family. Who are my biggest supporters and best friends. A sister who can make me laugh in a ridiculous manner. And who compliments me and makes me feel good about myself. A brother who can talk about life subjects in an open and honest manner, so that we can help figure out this messy life we live in. And a younger brother who calls to check in on me just to make sure I’m ok. Man, am I lucky and blessed.

A pin on Pinterest from ( quoted, “The things you take for granted someone else is praying for.” There is always something grateful to be for, no matter the situation. Psalm 44:8 “In God we have boasted continually, and we will give thanks to your name forever.” Because this is where all our marvelous blessings and gifts come from. The same God who loves us FOREVER, no matter what. Thanks be to God for his marvelous blessings for which he has richly blessed me and my family.

I believe in you. I believe you can make miracles happen. And I believe that peace (true inner peace) is the answer.