fostering a grateful spirit

"If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams, and you will always look lovely." -Roald Dahl

thorny {day 192}

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“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or we can rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” -Abraham Lincoln

I had never heard this quote before today, but I kind of love it (and it has even more meaning after a Valentine’s day spent at a florist arranging roses like there’s no tomorrow). I sort of think it describes my goal with this gratefulness project. This world is far short of what our souls and hearts were created for (communion with God), but I think we definitely miss something- growth, learning opportunities , even brokeness -when we focus on the thorns instead of the roses. I think we miss something when we only look at the roses and pretend the thorns aren’t there. All of those things shape us, teach us to be more compassionate, to be more dependent on others and on The Lord, and remind us that we were created for perfect union with Him. This life, it’s a thorn bush.

but in His infinite love and wisdom, God decided to put roses on this thorn bush- love, moments of kindness and beauty, babies, laughter, families. even with all the thorns, we get glimpses of the beauty our hearts long for, and for that, I will continue to be grateful.

Today felt pretty prickly for me. The past two weeks have been rough. I’ve had a lot of bad fibro days, I’ve been tired and frustrated, and had some family stuff going on. Today the pain was worse than it has been in a long time, and I feel discouraged, frustrated and angry. but even still, I will find the roses because there are always things to be grateful for. today these are mine: a husband who takes good care of me when I feel crappy, good gluten free pizza, when my sweet hubs calls me his bestie, and best of all today, early morning cuddles in the biscuit with moj and the hubs. family snuggles are the very best.

was today more rosy or thorny for you? why?


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