and I started feeling sorry for myself for living in a place where winter is nearly 6 months...
and I started feeling jealous of all those Southerners who get to enjoy the snow for a day and then are back to mild winters....that's my kinda snow!
These feelings of discontentment made me feel homesick for my hometown and my family....
and all the familiar feelings flooded me and brought me down....
just when I thought I was doing much better accepting where I live.
And, I reminded myself that the Christian walk is always two steps forward, one step back. I gave myself some grace.
And I tried to have gratitude. But only because He asks us to, and I want to obey Him.
(and most things in me scream: "I don't want to be thankful for this situation!!")
"Enter His gates with Thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name...for the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations..." ~Psalm 100:4-5
"...for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances...." Phil. 4:11
But this....this is why we have gratitude and learn to be content:
"I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.." John 15:11
gratitude image from here