One of the points Pastor Jonathan made was that we can fight the sin of coveting by being grateful. I had already started doing something to help remind me and us to be grateful, but his sermon was a very good reminder to keep it up and to find more ways to cultivate a grateful heart.
So, here is one of my tools for practicing a grateful heart: I write lists on our bathroom mirror. We have always had dry erase markets in our bathroom and we often write love notes to each other on the mirror - or to do lists, things to remember etc. So lately I have been playing the " Glad Game" (from the old Pollyanna movie with Halley Mills) I try and think of something new every time I look at the mirror that I am glad and grateful for. Sometimes, when the day feels like it is impossibly hard it is amazing how taking the time and discipline to write down what I am grateful for will change my mood and outlook on life.
Here are some of my current glads:
* above ALL the love of the Creator of the Universe ... if this was the only thing on my list I would still never have a reason to be anything but grateful.
* My husband is almost done (238 days!) with school!
* we have a cozy place to live
* the understanding of friends and family during this time when we are not as available as we would choose for social things.
* days with less pain
* what a beautiful Summer it's been (still is!)
* all the veggies we have gotten from our garden
* two cars that run
* all of our fun and cute nieces and nephews
* dairy free ice cream!
* good books (currently reading: Born in Our Hearts: stories of adoption by Filie Casey and Marisa Catalina Casey.
.... the list could go on and on - because when I think about it I have SO much to be grateful for and so much that makes me glad.
What are you grateful for in your life? Be intentional about being grateful and maybe buy some dry erase markers and start a glad game on your mirror. :)