Got my house and it still keep the cold out Got my chair when my body can't hold out Got my hands doing good like they sposed to Showin my heart to the folks that I'm close to Got my eyes though they don't see as far now They see more bout how things really are now I believe I have inside of me everything that I need to live a bountiful life And all the love, the love in me I'll stand as tall as the tallest tree And I'm thankful for every day that I'm given Both the easy and the hard ones I'm livin' •••••••••••••••• In case you aren't aware...these are words from the classic I'm Here from The Color Purple. Everyone now and then this song randomly pops in my head and it always seems to be the perfect moment when I need it the most. Between Fantasia, Cynthia Ervino, and Jennifer Hudson's versions I probably listened to this yesterday about 12 times! Right now in a time of such uncertainty it is so easy to complain about what is going wrong but this is when we should take the time to be the most grateful.
This song brings me tears every time because it really forces me to pause, "take a deep breath, hold my head up, and put my shoulders back and look them [barriers, struggles, people] straight in the eyes" and recognize that no matter how things look I AM STILL HERE!
So, on this #FaithFriday (or whenever you're reading) take a moment to be GRATEFUL for what you do have...you still have your home, your family...like the song says "they may not be here but they still mine". You have your hands and your heart to still do good with. Eventually the chaos of today willl end, but something is sure to replace it at some point so this is the perfect time to truly learn what gratefulness and peace really are and carry them with you - for the rest of your days 🌊
Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned, in whatever state I am in to be content - Philippians 4:11, NKJV