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Live As If Everything Is A Miracle

  • July 26, 2016
  • By Sabine
Live As If Everything Is A Miracle

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Do you know how great your life is? Do you take the time to acknowledge the little things and moments that happen around you every single day? Are you grateful for them?
You are probably wondering why I’m asking this.
Two nights ago, my daughter and I watched the movie Miracles From Heaven and it was so good. If you haven’t seen it- you have got to see it.  I got my DVD at Walmart. Make sure to have a tissue box handy.
Miracles From Heaven is a true story about a young girl (Annabel Beam) suffering from a rare digestive disorder who finds herself miraculously cured after surviving a terrible accident. While fighting for her daughter’s life, Christy Beam, loses faith and turns her back on the church. Until the accident…
Six years ago, I became a single mom. Tomorrow marks four years since the kids and I moved to Nashville. The move was scary and uncertain but I had faith and through God’s strength I was able to push through.
“Okay, God, do you have a plan?” I asked. What is you plan?
Let me tell you, miracles have been around us throughout our entire journey. By miracles I don’t mean big momentous events. I’m talking about the everyday miracles we sometimes don’t even recognize. Like the random acts of kindness we experienced the minute we set foot in Tennessee. A smile and a connection with a stranger at the store. The neighbor who helped us carry a heavy couch. My daughter’s music that brought tears to my eyes. All miracles.
Miracles are all around us. We just need to open our eyes and hearts and learn to live our lives as if everything were a miracle.  We need to be aware of how much we’ve been given.
As a homeowner, one of the chores that’s on my to-do-list every week is mowing the lawn. 0.5 acres of land, to be exact. I don’t mind the chore in the spring or fall (it’s a great work out)  but in the summer heat, the chore  leaves you drenched, hot, itchy and exhausted. This summer has been especially brutal, with temperatures and humidity levels reaching into the 100s. The other day,  I dreaded mowing the lawn so much but it needed to get done. Half an hour into I was miserable and felt sorry for myself. I was even a little angry.
“Why do I have to deal with this every single week when the other ladies on my street don’t?”   Why me? Why do I need to have so much on my plate? Sometimes, I allow negative thoughts to take over my mind. When this happens I have to remind myself how lucky  I am to have two healthy legs and arms to do yard work week after week. My good health, my beating heart …. truly a MIRACLE.
So many people are bound to wheelchairs and hospital beds. They are in pain or they no longer feel or have their limbs. Instead of complaining about yard work I should be grateful for my strong body. This train of thought gets me out of my misery instantly and I no longer feel sorry for myself.  I’ve learned that when I’m grateful,  my focus shifts  from what I  lack in life to the abundance that is already present.
Gratitude is my reminder of how “rich” and fortunate my kids and I are. No, we don’t have much money – in fact, we are on a very tight budget. We do not live beyond our means. We don’t drive fancy cars or wear designer clothes;  but I cannot tell you how much we count our blessings. We have each other. We have love and faith.

Whenever I can I remind my kids that increasing ones gratitude is one of the most important goals of life. Gratitude makes us happier.

  Live as if everything is a miracle.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to seek out more, as that’s also part of life. But… doing so already being really grateful and joyful for what we have now is the way to go.
What’s great about being grateful for the little things in life is that even on the worst days there is always something we can be thankful for, and usually there is more than one thing. Gratitude helps us focus on the good in our lives even when things aren’t going great.  If you think about it, there are always blessings and burdens in life, no matter what the situation is.

Each day when the sun rises, we are given a choice about how we are going to live that day. Will I allow myself to be grateful for what I have and make the most of it, or will I dwell in negativity, and allow it to pull me into the belief that whatever I might want to happen just can’t, or won’t?

This movie is an excellent reminder to stop and acknowledge the miracles that happen all around us daily. Miracles From Heaven is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital. When you buy the Miracles from Heaven DVD, $1 of your purchase will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network.

Who is going to watch #MiraclesFromHeaven?

By Sabine, July 26, 2016
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  • Shasta
    July 27, 2016

    I completely understand where you are coming from as I have gone through something similar. I am now remarried but I thought many of the same things and I too had to get my mind in check and be thankful for the many things in my life that were indeed blessings. I’m so happy to read your story. I’m sure you’ll still have your struggles but just keep reminding yourself of all you have because you are blessed! I’m glad you liked the movie! #client

    • sabines
      July 27, 2016

      Shasta, thank you for reading my story. We are truly blessed and I’m so grateful for everything. When you go through hard times you appreciate everything so much more. You notice the little things all around you. I’m happy to hear you’re doing well. 🙂

  • Paul
    July 27, 2016

    Sabine: Congratulations on your 4th anniversary. I’m sure you’ll have many, many more to celebrate. You have a beautiful family and you have had some amazing accomplishments with your house.
    From the book – Gems of Wisdom by Douglas James Cottrell, “There is no other in the world who can do what you do. If someone else does it, it will be done their way, not yours. What if your way is the way to perfection? No one else will know that way, will they”?

    • sabines
      July 27, 2016

      Paul, thank you so much for the kind words. It’s been a long day for me and I truly appreciate this quote. So true… 🙂 Thank you for reading my little blog.

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