When I Realize I Have Enough for Today, I Am Grateful

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How do you feel when you believe you don’t have enough? Do you feel stressed, fearful, entitled, or ungrateful? How do you cope with these feelings?

There are seasons in my life when these feelings stick to my thoughts like gum in hair. To combat these I remind myself I have enough. Each day I recite the following: “Today I have enough (fill in the blank) and I am grateful.” My last week was filled with days of practising this type of gratitude. In writing down my Friday’s Fave Five, I see once again, I have enough and I am grateful!

1. This week I have enough money . . . to pay my utility bills, to fill my gas tank, to buy groceries, to tithe, to buy a Christmas present. (Yes, I know it’s September.)

2. This week I have energy . . . to take a walk, to read, to do house chores, to write this post, to be creative, to tick off 5 to-do’s on my master work to-do list,  to pray.

3. This week I have enough love . . .  from God, my church, my family, my work mates, close friends, my dog, myself.

4. This week I have enough wisdom . . . to see that life is often hard, to know that I (and everyone else) will make mistakes, to accept that the to-do list will never be empty,  to seek God in the bad times as well as the good times, to be quiet in my spirit and in how many words I utter.

5. This week I have enough resources . . . to accomplish what God wants me to accomplish in my personal life and in my work life.

Your Turn . . . What do you have enough of that makes you realize you, too, are grateful? Leave your comments at this post. Or participate in Susanne’s Friday’s Fave Five. Her website is here.

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  • 1. lynette  |  . at .

    Good Friday Faves Theme! We forget we do have enough in our life in most circustances.

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    • 2. susan2009  |  . at .

      I think this gratitude living is getting deep down into our bones! It is fun to do this FFF meme with you. I enjoy and appreciate your support and getting to know you better, Lynette.

  • 3. faith  |  . at .

    great list! One thing I’ve learned from my husband is that we ALWAYS have money to tithe. no matter what. because tithing comes first….our first 10% to God. We are finding that when we tithe every week, we are reaping blessings we could never imagine….and they aren’t always financial ones :) So glad to see a blogger mentioning it! have a great weekend!!

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  • 4. susan2009  |  . at .

    Yes, Faith, I do find that I have enough to tithe each time it is payday. Sometimes I ask God for extra money to tithe towards a special project. Do you know that he has given it to me more times than I can count?!

    Maybe you could post sometime what non-financial blessings you get from tithing. I am going to do the same.

    Thanks for stopping by.

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  • 5. Laura  |  . at .

    Oh, I LOVE your list today. I’m thankful I have enough opportunities to share words with others…as a teacher and a writer! And I love your faithful testimony about tithing, too.

    Have a great week!

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  • 6. Ellen  |  . at .

    Oh this is such a worthwhile exercise. Thanks for thinking of it and sharing it! I like it. I’m going to use it in my devotions tomorrow morning…

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  • 7. Barbara H.  |  . at .

    When I’ve known I haven’t had strength or energy or wisdom, what comes to mind is “always…all suffiency…all things” (II Cor.9:8). Sweet list!

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  • 8. Melanie Lopata  |  . at .

    Yes….what Ellen said. What a fantastic idea!! I really like this. Realizing we have enough…especially when life gets hectic and we get so down that we’re only seeing what we don’t have, we’re only seeing the negative. Goes along with my counting blessings! Thanks for sharing, Susan!

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  • 9. nikkipolani  |  . at .

    What a good practice, Susan. I like how it funnels your thoughts to the blessings God gives for each day.

    p.s., glad you enjoyed the bee and flower — they were from the local arboretum.

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  • 10. Gattina  |  . at .

    For the moment I am happy with my life ! Cat Arthur eats again, the sun is shining and to your question about my acqua gym I found it through my neighbor (and friend). She goes there for 3 years already. It’s real nice and does good !

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  • 11. Brenda  |  . at .

    I think that living 20 years in uderdeveloped countries kind of cured me of ever thinking I don’t have “enough”. Also the realization that I have exactly how much God wants me to have and that He meets my needs, its really not up to me. Today I can only afford a $15 haircut, maybe tomorrow I can afford a $50 one. Either way it all comes from the hand of God.

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  • I love your post. We always do have enough, don’t we? I try so hard to make sure my boys understand this. I’m so all about counting blessings. Today I had enough patience to deal with a difficult situation, so I finally took care of it and it’s past me now. Yey!

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  • 13. Jerri  |  . at .

    Susan, wonderful post! And you are so right, we do have enough of whatever we need!

    We should be the most grateful people on the planet!

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  • 14. Karyn  |  . at .

    What a great post! This is a perfect way to remind yourself that you are blessed – even though sometimes circumstances try to tell you otherwise. It is hard to realize how much you HAVE when there are stresses in your life demanding something you do not have. Good for you to combat these stresses with words of truth and faith.

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