Saturday, May 12, 2012

My Cure-All

On our website we sell a product called All Better Butter.   We use it ALL of the time.  Diaper rash, bee sting, itchy skin, sun burn, chainsaw wound (seriously!), it all gets the All Better Butter around here.  And the stuff works!!!  It is our skin's "cure-all".

I  have a personal cure-all.  I know I've talked about it many times before here, and rest assured I will many times more because when I applied this powerful principle to my life, things changed. 

My cure-all is called.............  Thankfulness.

My friend who just became a new mom wrote on facebook recently something along the lines of,  "How to I be an adoring wife, a loving mother, a thrifty spender, a immaculate housekeeper and everything else ALL at the same time???".  My reply?  You guessed it!  Thankfulness.

Obviously, we can not do "it all" all of the time.  In fact, it is vitally important to remember that really we can't do anything without the Lord.  Think about it.  If I can do nothing to ensure that my heart keeps beating, what makes me think that I could ever be in control of the "having it all together" in my life?

So the answer to my friend's question really is, you can't "do it all".  But the best tip I can give in making sure you are doing your best in life is,  Be Thankful.

When I am thankful for my amazing husband and all that he does every day, not only to provide for me and keep me safe, but also to show me love and to live in a way that allows me to trust him completely, it motivates me to honor him in the way I speak to him and about him, to dress and care for myself in a way that pleases him and to look for new and fun ways to show him how blessed I am to be his wife.  Thankfulness makes me a better wife.

When I'm thankful for my beautiful children, for their priceless smiles, their sticky kisses, the unmeasurable joy they bring to our home, it motivates me to take the time for the extra snuggles, the words of encouragement, the patience during the hard times, the effort to really solve their problems and not just pacify them.  Thankfulness makes me a better mommy.

When I am thankful for the home I live in, the ample space we have, all the things that make our lives so comfortable, it motivates me to take better care of our possessions and to keep my home in a way that is honoring to the Lord, my family and to everyone who comes to my home.  Thankfulness makes me a better keeper of my home.

Thankfulness helps me to make better meals, to shop smarter, to encourage others, to work harder in my garden, to smile more, to exercise regularly and so much more without any of it feeling like a burden.  It makes me excited about life and all that it brings with it. 

Thankfulness is my cure-all for life.  And I am always in need of it.  Try some today and see how it can motivate you to serve the Lord, not from duty but from praise!


Amanda said...

Beautiful post Grace!

Anonymous said...

Oh Grace, your words are always so uplifting and help motivate me to "evaluate" my attitude. I've been thinking on this topic a lot lately. I've also been reading the book "One Thousand Gifts" by Ann Voskamp. She speaks on the same topic. Thankfulness changes is the lens I hope to view all of my life through. ~Theresa A.