Dress (similar): H&M, Jacket: Adidas, Purse (similar): Target, Shoes: Adidas
Where is 2017 going? It blows my mind that we’re thissss close to the halfway point of the year. Personally, 2017 has been one of my favorite years so I’m loving it. So if you’re new to She’s Taylored, we begin each month with a new theme. Each theme is meant to challenge us to dig deeper and allow ourselves to grow and be encouraged. So far we’ve looked to scripture and some amazing personal stories about Identity, Joy, and Hope. This month we’re going to study:
Maybe you’re thinking,”Ehh I don’t know how you could actually study that for a month” or “That’s basically joy.” Those were some of my initial thoughts, too. It wasn’t until after I studied it for a day or so that I began to see that having gratitude is a state of being, an attitude. We shouldn’t simply have moments of gratitude – we should live out our days with gratitude.
“Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Ephesians 5: 18b – 20
Gratitude is similar to joy, yes. We’re instructed to have joy in all circumstances, but I think before we can count things as joy, we must first stop and see why we should be grateful. We’ve discussed it before, but joy isn’t a constant thing and neither is happiness. In certain seasons and situations, it’s just not possible to have joy every single day. I think with practice and with a lot of help from the Holy Spirit you can get pretty close – just like with gratitude. It takes discipline and divine help.
I think at any given time, most people would consider themselves grateful. For their family, their jobs, for their homes and provisions.
Something I’ve had to ask myself, though, is, “Am I intentionally grateful everyday?” Does my gratitude affect the way I talk to people and view relationships? Does it affect the way I handle conflict? The main one for me – does it affect the way I do things I don’t want to do?
Ah. Yikes. That one got me.
I’m especially thoughtful of the idea of gratitude since Mother’s Day is rolling around. How can we not feel grateful thinking about our mom’s or some motherly influence in our lives? My dad’s birthday is actually on Mother’s Day this year, too, so I’m feeling especially grateful for them. We can learn so much from our parents and I’m grateful that they taught my sister and me about gratitude at an early age. My mother was NOT going to raise brats – even though I tried really hard to be one at times!
Gratitude seems simple, but I’m challenging myself to take it more seriously this month. I’m eager to learn more about what the bible says about it and how to apply it as a discipline.
Will you join me?
This month is going to be amazing, I can feel it!
Happy Monday + Let’s do this May!
– Caitlin –