The other night, I was dealing with my child’s fragile emotional state. They were just too tired and couldn’t get to bed fast enough. I took a moment to ask God for a little grace, a little peace and patience. I knew if I lost it I would just make things much more difficult for all of us. It was in that moment that I was reminded of this thankful list I made last year. It really helped me put my immediate situation into perspective. I was thankful that my child had lungs that were strong enough to cry, that even though they were upset at that moment they had the coping skills to eventually calm down, that they felt safe enough to express their emotions freely and I could go on.
One way to find joy daily is focus on the things, even if they are little. In the middle of all the junk and mess being able to find the gifts can help you get through that tough moment. Consider it a practice. The more you are able to think of these gifts the greater chance you will have in that bad moment to be able to come up with something that can turn that moment around.
What are you thankful for?