Tuesday, May 17, 2011

gratitude

 xxx
if the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is "thank you," that would suffice. 
-Meister Eckhart

changes were thrown at me yesterday. a little academic mixup turned threw my world on its axis and spun me around 180 degrees. and i was lost. i spent hours on the computer trying to salvage something. trying to piece together the broken fragments that spilled out from the screen and burned my eyes. i went to bed defeated and broken.

but then something remarkable happened.

the sun rose again. the morning came. His mercies were renewed. 

and i sat on the white glider in the wee hours, homemade afghan wrapped around my nightgown, hands wrapped around a coffee mug. and i breathed in the air. the kind of freshness that only 6 a.m. can bring. 

and i was thankful. for these challenges, stepping stones, and boulders. because i can handle them. not alone of course, but through the help of the One who led me down this course in the first place. before a heartache can reach me, before stresses and blunders can poke their way through, they have to go through His hands. and there are none other i'd rather be in. especially when my own are shaking.

17 comments:

Kristina said...

This post is so moving and refreshing. This is so true and I love the line: "they have to go through His hands. and there are none other i'd rather be in. especially when my own are shaking."

Perfection in word form.

ChinkyGirLMeL said...

awwww beautiful post. Life is so unpredictable, but I know whatever comes along, whatever sadness, changes, and happiness, I want HIM to be part of it and I trust HIM with my life. =)

A Serenade for Solitude said...

So very true and beautifully said! Six am solitude...it sounds so perfect.

DaisyGirl said...

I agree with Kristina--that is a great statement. One we all need to think about and remember. But I also hope whatever happened does turn out alright!

Thisisme. said...

Beautiful post again today and you are so right about putting our trust in Him. In quietness and trust is our strength.... I love the idea of you sat outside at 6 a.m. with the home made afghan wrapped around you. I know I've said this before, but you are so wise for someone so young!!!

Tiffany said...

Love this post. This line is just perfect! "the sun rose again. the morning came. His mercies were renewed." Thanks for the reminder!

~Tiffany

chambanachik said...

Those last couple sentences really stuck to me today. Thank you.

M. said...

oh girl. losing something via technology is one of my most frustrating things I can think of.

i've had similar thoughts as I near the end of this semester. These times are good, because He is doing good to us in them!

xoxo

Amber Blue Bird said...

beautiful post once again. Sometimes it takes a good nights sleep and a new morning to renew your hope

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

lovely

Bibi - Simple Summit said...

"before a heartache can reach me, before stresses and blunders can poke their way through, they have to go through His hands." So true! To be able to rely on God is a wonderful thing, He has so much in store for us.

Hope you have a blessed day!

Ana* said...

beautifully said

heart like mine said...

that last paragraph is remarkable and spoke straight to my heart.

i cannot thank you enough for what you write because it is always an encouragement to my heart.

i hope everything worked out for you with whatever happened. have a lovely evening, courtney.

Shalyn said...

You inspire me everyday, Courtney. I want to be more like you and trust more in Him when I face a crisis- you are so strong!

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

I've been trying to start and end each day with gratitude and prayers. I can't begin to say how much it has done for me. Thank you for being a constant source of good in my world.

Kimia Kline said...

gratitude in the face of trials...there's a life long lesson worth learning.

Amanda said...

What a great attitude to something that got you down. New day brings new blessings...and you see that (and write that so well!)

I think you write beautiful posts.

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