It's all too easy for us to get stuck in the humdrum that everyday life brings upon us. I tend to focus on the tasks: wake up early, care for a toddler, make breakfast, clean up, eat lunch, clean up, prepare dinner, clean up, and start all over the next day. To live the life I desire, I must instead intentionally focus on the day's gifts from God: a snuggly dog, my daughter's early morning smile, a full pantry, a loving husband, watching the wonder of discovery through a toddler's eyes, hearing Addie say "amen" after prayer time, her request for kisses, and Christ's unfailing love.
I received this message of gratitude while reading 1000 Gifts, but once I completed the book, life went on and I forgot how imperative it is to be thankful in all circumstances. Last night I began reading Prayer Warrior Mom and was convicted of the need to be grateful once more. The author states that the wife is the heart of the home and her attitude controls the "temperature" inside. Nothing is more of an indicator of our attitude than our level of gratitude. I must learn to be thankful at all times, to model this Biblical command for my daughter and to create a loving environment in my home. This starts with being thankful. Each time I begin to feel frustrated, angry, or hurt I hope to thank God, knowing that He is working purposefully in my life, for my benefit.
I'm Ashley Ashcraft,
a military wife and
stay-at-home mama, earnestly seeking the Christ-like life. I invite you to walk alongside me in my quest to raise our children and join the antics of our unpredictable military lifestyle. I pray your heart feels rejuvenated and inspired each time you visit OFH!