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Lara is a daughter of the Most High, a mama of two, and a farmer’s wife. She writes about faith, adoption, kid-chasing and all things farm-y.

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  1. This hit me full force in the heart: “I realized worry and gratitude cannot coexist. I cannot thank my Savior that I have enough and in the next breath mutter that I fear for what is to come. Worry, then, must be the antithesis of gratitude.” I am a worrier by nature (or by habit, more accurately) and am working through Ann’s book (a little behind the book club.) This is another “seed” for me. Thank you!

  2. The same thing happened to me about a year and a half ago. It’s life changing! It’s seeing God’s little handfuls that he gives me everyday. They help me see Him in my life. Love your post.

  3. As I read the last few paragraphs of your post I have tears in my eyes. I have been studying Proverbs 4:23 about guarding your heart. Your post is at the heart of every mother. We’ve all been there. So overwhelmed, frustrated, scared, exhausted that we forget to be grateful. I am so blessed to have 2 healthy girls. Why do I need reminded of that?

    “What does matter is the condition of my heart when the future arrives.”

    I love that line. It speaks to me. (I have linked back to your post for later today 🙂 )

  4. Thank you for this post – it’s so easy to get caught up in the “day to day” that we forget what a great blessing it all really is.

  5. i love when these moments happen in my life, it’s as if God is whispering in my ear…i want you to slow down and be present with me right here in this moment. what’s awesome is that you have the gift of hearing God when so many people would otherwise carry on. i believe that the goal is to live in the present, but sometimes we simply just let it slip away…

  6. I felt the same way last week. I realized one night I was staying up late just so I could put off the next day to come. Then we had some time outside and there were lady bugs all over the place. Those tender moments watching my crazy boys gently hold and care for lady bugs while I taught them how to coax them onto their fingers reminded me that the sufferings of this life can be quieted with his love and perspective. I needed to let Jesus hold me and once I stopped pushing him away and trying to figure it out myself, I was able to receive his sweet surrender.

  7. Lara,
    “The worry, boredom and frustration were all mere symptoms of the disease of ungratefulness.”

    I love this sentence because there it is filled with so much truth. When I find myself feeling worried or frustrated, I need to remember it’s just a symptom of ungratefulness.

  8. Thanks so much for writing this. God has certainly been working on my heart to be more grateful and to express gratitude to Him and others. There’s no worse feeling that giving to someone who does not appreciate what you’re doing for them. So thanks for the reminder. 🙂