originally posted on my other website Becoming Rooted
You know those times when your insides feel full because you’re just consumed with joy? There are some moments that are so wrapped with beauty and grace that you feel like dancing or laughing out loud. These moments can be dancing in your car to your new favorite song, giggling with friends, eating a great meal that you created, or traveling to somewhere new for the first time. You feel light, free of expectation and fear. Whole.
I like to think of those as God moments. As times when Jesus smiles down on us and sprinkles blessings. We all have these experiences, but how often do we remember to give thanks?
I’ve been feeling really convicted about trying to focus on the positive aspects of my life instead of letting negativity cloud my thoughts. It’s really easy for me to complain instead of live with gratefulness. Yikes, even writing that sentence makes me cringe.
So this week, when I decided to meet up with old friends for dinner and dessert, I tried to savor the moment. We laughed until we cried, telling stories and musing about the future. And the moment helped my heart feel whole and complete, even though I didn’t even know it had been fragmented. And I gave thanks. I told Jesus how grateful I was for the time spent with meaningful community. For the beauty of conversation seeped with meaning.
And you know what? It made a difference. Having a grateful attitude made the night seem even more special. It made me realize the Lord had blessed me immensely. My spirit needed that reminder.
Next time you experience one of those meaningful moments, say a prayer of thanks afterwards. Remember that the Lord wants to bless you, but He also wants you to recognize his blessings.
“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise-the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” Hebrews 13:15