November 21

GRATITUDE MONTH: DAY 21: “I have learned that in every circumstance that comes my way, I can choose to respond in one of two ways: I can whine, or I can worship! And I can’t worship without giving thanks. It just isn’t possible. When we choose the pathway of worship and giving thanks, especially in the midst of difficult circumstances, there is a fragrance, a radiance, that issues forth out of our lives to bless the Lord and others.”― Nancy Leigh DeMoss

I love to worship the Universal Power in every circumstance. I keep learning more and more deeply how to manifest the good in all situations. This is a long-held desire I have embraced since I can remember; to be in constant understanding and acceptance of my journey as it unfolds.

I get to practice this in some of the most unusual ways! And the experiences I continue to have are with me for a lifetime.

We can all look back and recognize those moments that stand out because of the impact they have had on our lives and our souls. Wouldn’t it be nice to be more present to them all the time? I am working on this and find it is happening more and more often as I go through my days. I often have an agenda that is not in alignment with my purpose or is not in alignment with the highest and best in my life. I get to see how Universal Power plays out in those situations.

It is with me. I cannot manufacture this. I just have to focus on being present to it and allowing it. It has been in my nature to fight things, it seems. I can honestly say that I feel like I was fighting for my life all my life. That is no longer the case. I may resist what is happening, because it does not fit my idea of what I want, but I sure have to bow down to that Power and accept it at some point.

My BB tells me I cease fighting everything and everyone…so I get that. Then I face a circumstance that puzzles me. A few days or hours or minutes later, it all comes full circle and I GET IT! Yay! I can see the hand of the Power at play in my life. Some of these lessons are dear. I have paid some very high prices to learn things I thought I already knew.

My tendency to forget myself and my true path is with me a lot. And then I remember, usually behind a price tag, and just smile. There it is! My truth…again…and again…how can I do anything other than to say Thank You to the Power for another opportunity to remember. I am a spiritual creature who has been allowed this human experience, and my greatest foe is the Ego that tells me it is in charge. Yikes! What a great gift of continuous humility and joy to remember myself…my true self. And then we get that radiance, that fragrance that Ms. DeMoss speaks of!

In an interesting conversation I had yesterday, I was given some insight that comes when I am processing one of these experiences. And I thought at that moment…Oh Yes! It was such a gift! I am so richly and abundantly blessed with Spirit. My soul is singing again today…as it does every day…of the miraculous healing and love I have found…and I have not had to fight for my life in many, many years.

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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