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Practicing Gratitude for My Portion

Practicing Gratitude

Happy Sunday and rejoice! Holy Week is approaching. This week I’m committed to being more focused than ever on spending time with the Lord daily and finishing the devotional I started at the beginning of Lent. I originally started by reading a devotional through my Bible App but then decided to do Kia Moore’s 40 Dope Days. If you’ve never heard of Kia or the Dope Crowns ministry you should definitely check them out. I love her modern, women focused way of teaching the word so when I heard she was releasing a devotional that focused on Proverbs 31, I was excited to get started. On this day of the devotional we studied Proverbs 31:20. A verse that resonated with me so perfectly timed for things I’m going to be talking about next week. Though brief the devotional went into how the Proverbs 31 woman has a lot on her plate. She has to take care of her family, plant seeds for the future, and ALSO reach out and help those in need. And in big, bright, bold letters were the words: How many hands do you need to do all that God has set before you?

“She opens her hand to the poor, yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy [whether in body, mind, or spirit]” ~ Proverbs 31:20

On any given day, I can catch myself being exhausted or exasperated at all things that need to get done. Just last weekend, I almost had a melt down after missing an event because…all the things. Though the moment was brief and fleeting, it was there. And while I’m managing things better, there are still plenty of times where I find myself…for lack of better words…complaining that I don’t have time for this, don’t have time for that, and feeling like I can’t handle it all. But the reality is, I can. I can handle what God has put on my plate, because He would only give me the portion in which I can manage. So yes, for me, that means juggling a lot of things. And instead of being upset, I am thankful always for my portion.

So about that “managing things better”. That’s what I am talking about next week. Things I’m doing to help manage it all. But after reading this devotional I realized that there’s a step before the “first” step. Before the systems, before the plans, before the schedules. Before everything, there’s gratitude and gratefulness for your portion. I’m going to do something and I hope you’ll try it too. Anytime I think or start to complain about the things I have to do, I’m going to replace it with a prayer of gratitude. Here’s my prayer:

Lord I thank You for my portion. I am filled with gratitude for your grace and grateful for all you have called me to do. Please bless me with the strength and the wisdom to gracefully carry my portion and continue to show me the ways in which I can serve you.

I hope you’ll join me. Even if just to say a simple prayer of gratitude before starting your day :). Have a blessed Sunday!

tyshia

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