Wednesday, March 2, 2011

living in gratitude

"Only when we are no longer afraid
do we begin to live in every experience,
painful or joyous,
to live in gratitude for every moment,
to live abundantly."

~ Dorothy Thompson

I came to the realization that I was trying to live out other people's ideals.

It had less to do with God, and more to do with other people's perceptions of what they think God wants and what they personally think is the only way.

Self-deception. It's so natural and easy to live in denial.

The fear of man.

"God is on my side;
I will not fear:
what can man do unto me?"
(Psalm 118:6)

Emily at chatting at the sky talks about grace for the good girl here.

I was a good girl gone bad, then I was trying to be "good-er" than good, and now, well, now I'm just trying to be real and genuine. Some people have farther to travel than others.


emily wierenga said...

LOVE this. to walk fearlessly... to walk in gratitude.

Corinne Rodrigues said...

We were thinking the same thoughts, I see :)

Jimi Ann said...

Kindred spirits

Shaunie @ Up the Sunbeam said...

Other people's ideals can be a scratchy fit. I applaud you in your quest to "become real" like the Velveteen Rabbit (love that story) by being authentic. Thanks for commenting at my blog today--glad we've found each other!

Kim Beam said...

Huh? What did I just read? Where am I?

Short term memorie loss is also a side effect of Peri Menapaus.
Try to remember that.

Jimi Ann said...

Kim, I think you meant to post on the "relying on memory" post -- good try, though, you're comin along, big sis! :)