Every morning for the last 6 years, I’ve read My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers… Everyday, there are 3-4 paragraphs to read that correspond to a passage of Scripture. Chambers was such an incredible man of God, and his wisdom just drips off the pages of the book. Though I’ve read it 6 times now, May 16th’s devotion really stuck out to me… And I’m still thinking about it 2 weeks later. Oswald writes about how believers must get into the habit of recognizing God’s gracious provisions, instead of dwelling on their circumstances and indulging in self-pity.
Hellooooo, conviction. It’s so easy for me to get caught in that awful cycle of self-pity… When the neighbors upstairs are acting more like elephants than humans, I find myself ungrateful for the beautiful apartment that God has provided for Aaron & I to live in. When I see pictures of my friends & family hanging out together in Florida, it’s like I completely forget about the incredible friends that God has blessed Aaron & I with here in Arkansas. When I am bombarded by other photographer’s tweets & blog posts about having back-to-back weddings booked all summer, I quickly start whining that I’m not in the same boat and totally disregard the clients that God has already provided me with after only moving 2 short months ago.
The bottom line is that I want to be a person that’s marked by an attitude of gratefulness and that practices the habit of recognizing His provisions in every area of my life.
On that note, I am so very grateful for the day of rest that He provided for Aaron & I yesterday to enjoy with our awesome new friends at Beaver Lake. :)
Happy Tuesday! :)