Grateful Heart

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Hiya! 🙂

To be honest, I always feel very uncomfortable about apologising for the same thing repeatedly. When I’m in a situation that calls for apologies that closely follow each other, the temptation is very strong to pretend like nothing happened and just carry on with the programme. My mind plays with thoughts like, “surely no one wants to hear an apology for the same thing time and time again, right?” and “I apologised the last time, they should know that I’m just as sorry this time around.” That said, I’ll do the right thing and apologise for being absent without leave. Life was happening really fast, people, I’m sorry, I’m back. And I hope my next post won’t begin with an apology. 🙂

So, how have you been? I really would love to know. Leave a comment and let me know, will you?

Amaka nominated me for a gratitude challenge. If you haven’t checked out her blog, you really should. She has a beautiful, creative mind, and her blog is a joy to read.

She says that I’m to write five things I’m grateful for, display a picture of gratitude – a picture of something simple that makes me smile in a day and then nominate 5 other people for the challenge. I’m really fascinated by the idea of a picture of gratitude. In Amaka’s words “It is not an opportunity to show off how rich you are. Let it be something that is simple (and inexpensive) yet a blessing.” Interesting, innit? 🙂

Gratitude is a big part of my life. I think this has a lot to do with the way I was brought up. I come from a background where nothing is taken for granted. Where people say thank you on the spot and still say “e se ana*” later on. Come to think of it, my first post was on gratitude. I’ve seen that when it comes to expressing gratitude to God, we need to be intentional about it, lest we get comfortable and slack off. A few years ago my uncle suggested that we should start keeping “gratitude books”. The idea was to write entries of things we were grateful to God for each single day, and so keep track of God’s goodness. I did start but I fell off the wagon a few months down the line. Its something I’ll definitely start doing again. Anybody want to join me?

Ok, so here are the five things I’m currently especially grateful for:

God

Honestly people, God literally blows my mind. His faithfulness, His love, His mercy, the sheer amount of power He possesses!! Ah!  I can’t keep calm when I think about Him. I am simply unable to can. Watching His grace play out in my life and seeing the way He always works things out for my good,  I can’t but be in awe. I don’t fully understand Him or the way He works but He is the only thing that makes sense to me.

My family

They are my strongest human support system. Ever ready to guide me and give me godly counsel. And every single issue of mine, they carry on their head. I never cease to be amazed at how ready they are to sacrifice to ensure my comfort. I’m so heart grateful to God for them.

Amaka and Frances

These two ladies have been a huge source of inspiration and encouragement to me in the past few months. I’ve never met either of them but they relate to me like we’ve known each other for a span. Their passion and love for God just shines through their work. They really bless my heart, these two.

You

Yes, YOU. I’m so grateful for each person who takes time to read the posts here, leave a comment, and give me some form of feedback. Guys, you have no idea how much warmth you bring to my heart.

Good health & safety

These are two blessings that I believe go hand in hand. I do not take them for granted, especially in light of the many heartbreaking and frightful reports one hears daily.

Here’s my picture of gratitude:

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Two of my friends gave me this a few months ago. I brighten up a bit every time I see it. You see, I love my name, guys. My full name is OreofeOluwa. It means “grace of the Lord”. It definitely makes me smile on a daily basis, especially as I see how God’s grace constantly plays out in my life.

I nominate the following bloggers for the challenge:

Frances of Imperfectly Perfect Lives

Uju of Life’s Treasury

D’dream of The Dream

Temitope of Life God and Love

Dr N of Dr N’s Musings

 

So that’s that! Please leave a comment and share what you’re grateful for.

*Yoruba for – Thank you for yesterday/earlier

16 thoughts on “Grateful Heart

  1. Amakamedia says:

    Awwww . . . Thank you for being grateful of me, sweetie. You know, it takes a beautiful heart to know a beautiful heart. You are also an inspiration. I’m glad our paths have crossed through this journey.

    Keep shining the light. Love you. *hugs*

  2. D'dream says:

    There is always something to be grateful everyday. I had start keeping a gratitude and prayer books some years back, but you understand how some of us are good starters but bad finishers =) .
    I think i will join you back on that note. Thsnks for reminding me

    Really?! Wow! Being nominated? I am so thankful of you for nominating me. I was still rejoicing that my blog got a new follower yesterday and that same day i am being nominated for something special. Thanks so much

    • The graced misfit says:

      Lol, we will be good starters and good finishers in Jesus’ name! 🙂
      So have you re-started?
      You’re welcome! Here’s to more followers and nominations. 🙂 🙂
      Thank you for stopping by.

  3. Jade says:

    God is awesome! The Yorubas say,” Eni ba mo nuro a mo ope da.” If only we are thoughtful we will find a lot to be thankful for. Every challenge is raw material for a miracle. As one relates his issues to God, he gets to experience His reality. It is blissful at the mountaintop but it is real toil to get there.

    • The graced misfit says:

      Yay!! I’m so happy to have you back on the blog with your spot on comments!

      God is indeed awesome and that proverb is the truth!

      May God bless you plenty. xxx

  4. Naturalgirlonabudget says:

    I found your blog at the right time and that’s one thing I’m grateful for. I’m grateful for how God constantly corrects me even though it’s not always pleasant but whom He loves He chastises so it’s fine. I have the best friends in the World and I’m grateful for them too. I love your name.. It’s beautiful.

    Naturalgirlonabudget.com

    • The graced misfit says:

      Welcome, Naturalgirlonabudget!! (I can’t wait to check out your blog, I’m a lover of all things natural hair. And that “on a budget part”… yasss!!)
      Your comment made me so happy, you have no idea.
      Thank you so much for dropping by and for leaving a comment.

  5. adaeze says:

    Hi, i got here from drNs blog. Gratitude! A small but big word. I’ll just summarise by saying tjat God is so kind and merciful and we obviously do not praise Him enough. I for one am learning to build a personal relationship with God and I soooo wish I’d begun earlier. Thank Him for His.mercjmmIt is well!
    You say you love your name, cool. My dear, I bask in my name 🙂
    I’ll try to be here more often.

    • The graced misfit says:

      Welcome Adaeze! What does your name mean? It does sound bask-worthy. 🙂 🙂
      “a small but big word” << very accurate. It lovely to hear of your budding personal relationship with God. I pray that it grows in leaps and bounds. Thank you for passing by, please do come more often. 🙂

  6. Temitope Ogunyinka says:

    Hi! So sorry this is coming a little late. But then again today is Thanksgiving in America so I guess I’m still on track. 🙂 I’m grateful to God that I’m alive and a part of His Kingdom, without Him I don’t know where I would have been. I’m grateful for my family and friends; they are wonderful people. I’m grateful for the gift He has given me; the ability to write stories and all sorts. I’m grateful that I can use the toilet… lol.. We have to thank Him for those little things we usually take for granted. And I want to thank God for you as well Oreofe. God bless you greatly. Love you.
    P.s don’t have a pic yet 🙂

    • The graced misfit says:

      Reading this brought the song ‘ten thousand reasons’ to mind. We have so, so much to be grateful for.
      Awwwww, you have no idea how much it means that you’re grateful for me. Mehn! I’m so excited right now. Sending lots of love your way. I have quite a lot of catching up to do on your blog.

  7. Frances Okoro says:

    Awwww…thank you so much for this Ore-ofe…
    I wish you were at the hangout, Amaka was there too, it would have just been a full house and online meeting come alive…but soonest though…

    Thanksgiving is a wonderful thing…
    I am at a Church conference, we had some issues with accomodation stuff, and yes it was worrisome but my friend kept complaining…somehow negative energies get to me.
    I stepped out of the room for a bit cuz I realize how negative stuff can easily seep into us and remove us from what should be…
    I want to be thankful..yes, things may not be perfect but can we keep the joy still?

    So yes, I accept this…on monday by God’s grace, my post should be up.

    Love and hugs dear

    • The graced misfit says:

      🙂 I like what you said about being careful not to let negative energy ‘thief’ our joy and gratitude. It’s so true.
      I only just got over the fact that I missed the hangout. Perfect time to read your post on it and catch up on the other soul food on the blog.
      xxx

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