Love Our Lord – Expecting Miracles and Showing Gratitude

Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

Matthew 7:7

It is Christmas day, the birthday of my Savior and this is my gift to Him.

To me, this is the most important LOL, but it is also one of the most challenging.  There are so many different religions and even so many variations of similar religions.   The point of this LOL is not to try to change anyone’s beliefs, but rather, to appreciate your faith and the power it has.  While I may be writing this from my point of view, it can be applied regardless of your beliefs.

When you were a child, everything was a new experience and even the smallest thing would bring you so much excitement.  You were a sponge, picking up information.   You have very few worries and you were full of amazement.  As you got older, things began to change and you lost your child-like innocence.

Can you remember a time when you were a child and someone did something for you or gave you a gift and you were so excited that you felt like you were going to just explode?  Maybe it was someone making you a favorite meal; maybe it was receiving a favorite toy; or maybe it was something as simple as a hug from a loved one.  You should feel that same excitement and gratitude today for all the miracles that happen in your life…and everything is a miracle.

Some people think miracles are always positive, but that is not true.  Sometimes things happen that may be considered a challenge, but they are really a part of a path to get you to where you need to be.  I can give you an example from my own life.  I was divorced for 13years, even though I really wanted to have someone in my life.  I met many wonderful people who were just not the right one for me.  Then I was relocated and I left my children behind, one of the hardest things that I have ever done.  I was angry at times and didn’t understand.  Ultimately, I met my husband, who could not be a better match for me.   I still have a great relationship with my children, but this change gave them a chance to grow and be independent.  Was all of this hard?  Yes.  Did I shed tears?  A bucket full.  Am I grateful for every part of it?  Absolutely.

What is your miracle today?

  • Did you wake up this morning with air in your lungs?
  • Did you have a sip of water or a bite of food?
  • Did you have a roof over your head?
  • Do you have someone that cares about you?
  • Did you see something beautiful?

These are all miracles because not everyone has them.  And why would someone give you more gifts if you did not appreciate the ones that you already have?

Anyone who knows me, will tell you that I have no patience.  I am talking ZERO.  And I admit that I have what I call my “I-want-it-now” button.  I do not have the patience to wait for anything.  But there in lies my gift…every time I want something, I seem to have to wait.  But that is teaching me the strength of patience.

When you look at your challenges, try to see them as a part of a bigger picture and be thankful for them.  Is this a step to something bigger?  Is there a lesson or a skill you need to learn?  What do you have that you can be thankful for right now?

This has been an unusual Christmas for me this year.  My husband and I decided not to exchange gifts this year and it has become the best gift of my life.  I can honestly say that I have found more joy in giving to other people and it became more about the gift of relationships that anything that you can wrap and put a bow on.  If we had made a different decision this year, an opportunity for a dream would not have been possible.   I am so thankful for everything in my life, but especially all of my family, friends and those who have taken to time to read my words.  I wouldn’t be who I am without every single one of you.

Expect miracles, see everything as a miracle, and fall down on your knees in gratitude for every single one.