My heart is reluctant at gratitude. Due to my tendency to be critical and pessimistic, I wrongly focus on the negative in most cases and get sinful tunnel vision. This morning was no different. After taking two hours to go to sleep last night, I managed about 5 or 6 hours of sleep before Maddie woke up crying again. Although this amount is high for most young mothers, being pregnant, I feel like I'm always exhausted and irritable, and then I get even more frustrated when my body is tired and I just lay awake, demanding myself to go to sleep. Part of my irritability is due to an utter lack of quiet time for myself--my own fault, I realize full well. So, this more I really had to "work" and "practice" thankfulness. I just went down the alphabet (as corny as it sounds) to focus my mind and get my heart into a more open and beautiful state. Here's my list; perhaps you need to form your own today.
Ice cream pie
King of kings
Regent University (my wonderful job!)