Filling My Grateful Heart

Having gratitude and being able to acknowledge the things or people in your life in which you are grateful for is something that helps me navigate this hectic, and sometimes distracting, life of mine. Typically I list of a few things that come to mind in which I am grateful for but today I am doing something a little different and sharing with you what is filling my heart with gratitude this week.
I will begin with my gratitude for my friends in introducing me to a new church that I’ve quickly fallen in love with. Finding and attending a new church regularly had been on my big list of things to do once we got settled after moving and here I sat at 6 months later and had yet to find a service to attend. Flash forward to Easter weekend and I caught my friend heading to church and thought to ask her about what church she goes to and before I knew it my husband and I have continued to go and I feel as though it’s one more puzzle piece that has fit in my life.
This leads me to my grateful heart. 
I’m loving the teaching from the current series: The Pursuit of Happiness because it discusses our desire to feel contentment in our lives with a focus on the book of Philippians. I feel as though this series speaks directly to what my husband and I have been experiencing in our lives as of late and in some way it’s like a major sign that this is the message we need to hear.
11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
Philippians 4:11-12
+ I am grateful because I have learned contentment through the Lord because I have finally learned how to  praise Him for the plenty in my life, but, most importantly, through the hardships I can do the very same. I sing worship to Him when I am troubled and have found this is the quickest way for me to reset my thinking and therefore my attitude. For insight, read about how I found contentment and hope after my miscarriage here.
+ I am grateful because at this moment I feel pure happiness. I feel as though I am learning how to maintain happiness rather than be in the pursuit of it. This is by far the most fulfilling feeling especially considering I’ve spent many years putting the foundation of my happiness in the hands of people or things, to which we all know never works out the way we want.
+ I am grateful to see the workings of God in my life and am in awe of His direction for me. To have that kind of clarity is simply euphoric. 
If you’re interested in checking out this series and would like to read over the discussion questions and listen to the sermons via podcast, you can do so here. We’re only into the second week so there’s still more to learn in how to find happiness and contentment 🙂
Have a lovely week and be sure to linkup with Ember Grey and Oak & Oats!
Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey

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  • What a beautiful post. It is so hard to feel established when you haven't found a church home yet, and I'm so glad you guys found what you were looking for. I also love the idea of maintaining happiness instead of being in pursuit of it. It reminds me of the idea to be content with what we already have, rather than trying to get more to be content with. Great reminder!

  • Well I definitely teared up while reading this, Kelly! Gosh, I'm so glad you shared this; it was a good reminder for me as well. A friend of mine recently shared a journal entry she wrote during a time of loss in her life… and while you'd expect the journal entry to include words of hurt, anger, frustration, and confusion towards God, instead she shared her pain with Him and continued to give Him praise. (!) It blew me away. I'm trying really hard to praise Him at ALL times, even in the pain and hurt. Thank you for sharing this! xo