A few years ago my friend Jill gave me the Prayer Pot you see in this picture. The idea here is pretty simple - use the little heart-shaped pieces of paper to write down who/what you're praying for. As you can see, I've always written down people. Even people who didn't exist, except for in my prayers and my dreams. That's really been resonating with me lately because this month is pretty significant. It's the ten year anniversary of Michael and I deciding to start having kids. Back when we had big plans and thought we were in control of our lives. Ha! God is hilarious. ;) I spent a large part of the past decade praying, begging and pleading for children. At times I was so obsessed with what I didn't have, I became practically blind to what was already in my life.
This is my new creation - my Gratitude Box. I've seen this in various forms over the years but never made one because I didn't think I really needed it. Every day I try to make a mental note of all the people and things for which I'm grateful. That's good enough, right?
Here's the thing - if you're going to spend time and effort listing all of the things you think you want and/or need it probably makes sense to spend time and effort listing all of the things you ALREADY HAVE. They don't have to be "big" things. I've written down "7 hours of sleep" and "fun outing to Fuddruckers with my boys". Of course there's also a long list of people.
I plan on adding to my pot and my box regularly, and also dumping them out periodically to remind myself that some of my prayers have been answered and I have a lot of reasons to be grateful.
Originally published by Erin Kiernan via facebook January 6, 2017