Heart of Gratitude

September 3, 2014

Over the weekend, I spent some time shopping at my favorite Resale Shop My Sister’s Closet. While paying, the cashier asked about my weekend and if I had Labor Day off. I responded, “Yes I do, and I am so grateful.” Her response surprised me, when she had an expression of surprise as she said, “Wow! That’s not a term you hear much these days!” I smiled and replied, “Well, I have much to be grateful for; I am truly blessed”.

The cashiers surprise at my verbalization of gratitude really sunk deep into my heart as I began to think more about my own life expressions of gratitude.

If I’m honest, in the past two and a half years, I’ve become so consumed with starting and growing our business, that my life hasn’t always reflected one of gratitude, so today, I’d like to pause and give thanks to God for His tremendous blessings in my life during the past two years.

1) My heart is full because God has blessed me with a husband who loves me to the fullest. {Ecclesiastes 4:9-12} Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:  If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.”

2) Two years and four months ago my dad was diagnosed with cancer. I am so grateful for the time we have shared and will continue to share together until Jesus takes him home. {2 Samuel 24:14} “I am in great distress. Let us now fall into the hand of the LORD for His mercies are great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man.”

3) Within the past two and a half years, God has expanded our business.  I couldn’t be more grateful to be fulfilling a dream of mine to be self-employed and serving along side my husband in our business. {Luke 6:38} “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

4) Oh the joy that has come from seeing another goal achieved together, as God provided the means and blessed us with a beautiful house we call home. {Joshua 24:14} “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

5) Late last year God provided the opportunity for my husband to have a vasectomy reversal, so we can expand our family.  I look forward to having a child of our own together one day… all in God’s time. {Psalm 37:4} Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

My life is truly blessed and my heart is truly grateful!

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In an effort to embrace a life of more purposeful, less distracted living, I am starting a new blogging series based on Rachel Macy Stafford’s book Hands Free Mama and am inviting you on my journey.  You may purchase the book here, or simply follow along as I blog through her Godly words of wisdom. After reading Bonnie Gray’s book Finding Spiritual Whitespace, my heart is longing for a lifestyle of balance and rest; Hands Free Mama is yet another tool God placed in my life for such a time as this.  Won’t you join me?

See you next week!

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10 Comments

  1. Mary on September 3, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    What a blessing you are to this mom. I am so grateful that you always find time in your busy schedule to chat or get together for girl-time. Thank you so much for always being so willing to help out when needed. I love you daughter of mine.

  2. Sharon O on September 3, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    wow. praying for you and your ‘possible future family’. Brave man who loves you much. take care and know you are being prayed for.

  3. Valerie Sisco at Grace with Silk on September 3, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Satin,
    I love your spirit of gratefulness! It’s hard to remember that when times are tough, but thank you for sharing what you’re grateful for — praying for your dream of having a child! 🙂

  4. Simply Beth on September 3, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    I couldn’t help but to remember our time together at that resale shop. I so want to go there again with you! 🙂 And love your heart of gratitude. I know the past few months have been hard but God is good and I love reading the ways He is blessing you and your family. Love you so much. xoxo

    • Satin P on September 3, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      Funny thing is, when i wrote this post I thought of you too!! Can’t wait for your next visit! love you!! xo

  5. Sharyn on September 3, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Hi Satin,
    Another beautiful post. Oh from myheart to yours: walked my mom through cancer till she went home in 2003. Treasure those previous memories with your dad.
    You are snd will be such a beautiful mom for this next little Pelfrey blessing. Yes and amen to that dear Lord.
    Much love from Sharyn.:)

  6. Barbie on September 3, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    God has some beautiful things up ahead for you my friend!

  7. Susan Contakes on September 3, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Dear Satin,
    thank you for your lovely post and for your example to stop and be grateful. I agree with you, I intend to be grateful but to actually stop and do it…. so thank you ! and thank you for sharing the scriptures you did that really ministered and blessed me. I pray the Lord’s contnual blessing on you and share a prayer for a simpler and quieter life! I am here from the link up with Faith Barrista. THank you!

    Bless you!
    Susan

  8. sarahgirl3 on September 6, 2014 at 7:05 AM

    Sad that people are surprised at gratitude! We all have so much to be thankful for!

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