grateful heart monday

Reminders in the Gray. (A Grateful Heart)

February 23, 2015

So who’s sick of me blogging about the weather?? 😉 (I literally just laughed after typing that because even I’M sick of blogging and talking about the weather.) The truth is though, it’s about this time of year when the gray and the cold (but mostly the gray) start to get to me. When I begin to feel uninspired, I get into my head, I start to doubt what I’m doing… oh yeah. The struggle to get out of my head is real (ugly). It’s about this time of year when I spend five hours writing and rewriting a blog post, and by the “end” of it, I’m not even sure of what I was trying to say anymore. So then I start another post, spend another hour on it, only to click “save as draft” once again because I’m still not sure the point of it. 

I know this can happen to us writers at any time in the year, but it tends to happen to me more in the winter months. The problem with worrying about feeling uninspired, searching desperately for something to be inspired by, is that it clouds the beauty of the present moment. When I’m ‘in my head’ I am blind to His reminder that even in my seasons of gray, He is still who He was in the seasons of warmth and light.
I had eight blogging topics I’d started and ‘saved as draft’ for today’s post. EIGHT. I won’t tell you the total number of hours I spent on those eight drafts, and I can’t tell you the exact reason why none of them felt right to share today, other than I wasn’t able to fully grasp what each ‘last sentence’ should be in each of those eight posts. I read through scripture after scripture, asking God for some direction… something to inspire me to write clear words – words that my heart would understand right in the moment. And it wasn’t until I read this verse in Psalms that I understood what He’d been trying to tell me the entire weekend.

The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. 
The LORD protects the simple hearted; when I was in great need, He saved me. 
Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.  
Psalm 116:5-7
So many reminders in those verses. A reminder that it’s not about me. It’s not about this blog. It’s not about whether or not I feel inspired. It’s not about finishing a perfect post and it’s not about wishing for a season to hurry up and end already. It’s always been and will always be about Him; His goodness and His grace. It’s a reminder to be at rest once more, because if I take anything away from today – it’s that He has been good to me. He, King Jesus, has been good to me. And if that’s not reason enough to begin and end a thought with giving thanks, I don’t know what is. 
Today, I am grateful that He is gracious and righteous, that He is full of compassion. I am grateful that in the times I am flighty and unsure and completely all over the place, He is still Christ Jesus and will always remain. I am grateful that He protects the simple hearted, that He saved and continues to save me. That He saves me from my circling thoughts and leads me to still waters where I may rest once more – because His goodness is enough

What are you grateful for? 

Link up below and join the rest of us in starting each day this week with a grateful heart. Not enough time to write a Grateful Heart post today? No worries! This linkup will be open until Friday! 

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3. Carry on and be grateful! XO!
Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey

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  • Amen to this!! I love when I get these reminders about how good HE is!! 😉

  • So much heart in this post. I love it. I love when God leads us to write something completely different than what we planned. I can't count how many times this has happened. In a time when all around is gross and lacking in beauty, I'm glad you can find the beauty in God. Have a great Monday Emily!!

  • Love this so much! I'm right there with you with the winter block. We won't talk about the many drafts I went through before I hit publish today. ha! We are again somewhat on the same brain wave again.. lol. I love when that happens. 🙂 thanks for sharing this!

  • Liz

    Thank you for posting this!! I have 4-5 drafts, and I worked on three of them yesterday….felt the same. exact. way. This post today is actually from a week ago, but it still holds true, so I redid part of it. The more I pray for His guidance, the easier it is. If I fall out of feeling "right", I try to pray harder each day. Beautiful!! xo

  • I have so many drafts too! So funny – I didn't know this was as common as it apparently is! I love that Bible verse so much, and now have Chris Tomlin's 'Your Grace is Enough' stuck in my head (love it!). Thank you for sharing. I love this Grateful Heart linkup!! xo

  • Yesss to this! To all of this. Em, I love your heart for the Lord. I love that you can see His beauty and mercies in each thing. I absolutely LOVE that He is who He is, and loves us for who we are 🙂

  • Gloomy weather is hard to deal with when it lasts for so long. It's also hard for a photographer to get out and take any photos!! That being said, Winter is still my favorite because I Love the cold. I know, I'm crazy. 😉

  • Part of my struggle in keeping up my blog is that I just can't seem to find the right words. You are totally right though, His goodness is enough. Through Him, WE are enough. Have a beautiful day love!

  • Sydney Nguyen

    Such an amazing post! He does the most incredible things for us, even when we don't notice it. Thanks for sharing this!! 🙂


  • Beautiful words Emily! What a great verse for the Lord to put on your heart. I constantly struggle with what to post lately and that is such a great reminder that it's for Him anyway, not me.

  • I can totally relate to feeling uninspired and not feeling like my post is the right one to share at that particular moment. I have loads of half baked drafts too.

    I'm feeling particularly uninspired just at the moment, however….I'll be in Europe for a week starting tomorrow. Pretty sure there's going to be LOADS of inspiration happenin'!

    I'm planning to do my first podcast on the blog during my day in Paris. Maybe talk to you guys while I'm having lunch or walking around the city. I'd love to hear what you think. I've never done a podcast before!


  • THIS is exactly why I love you! You're honest enough to admit that you had a thousand (yes, I'm Melissa and I exaggerate!) other posts started but you didn't! LOOVVEE you!

  • .."His reminder that even in my seasons of gray, He is still who He was in the seasons of warmth and light." So so good, Emily. Thank you for this reminder!

  • Oh yea, we enter the doldrums for sure 🙁 I can take the cold and snow but give me some blue skies every now and then goodness!

  • it so hard sometimes to rest, but so worth it when we do rest in him and remember how good God is everyday regardless if we feel inspired or not. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

  • Seriously… this is so so true. I am right there with you. I feel blah. Somedays I don't even want to attempt to write. He is so good though isn't he. I needed this reminder…thank you my friend.

  • Such a great reminder….look at how He just worked through you to share His love and grace!

  • Thank you, Kenji 🙂 I hope you're having a great week xo

  • It's funny how the longer we sit and think about what the right words are, the more confusing it gets. I've been working on just sitting down at the computer and typing, typing, typing my thoughts. The more I do it, the easier it feels to work through this block. Sounds like we're not alone, Meg! 🙂

  • It takes a lot of the pressure off, doesn't it? Thanks, Kelli 🙂

  • I think Europe will give you just the boost you need, V!! 🙂 And I vote for the podcast!!!

  • 🙂 You are so good to me, Melissa! XO!!

  • I'm so glad you could connect to this post, Bijee! Spring is coming! 🙂

  • I've had to remind myself of it more than once this week, but each time I do the happier my heart feels. He is so good in that way 🙂 xoxo

  • It's crazy how even a little sunshine can make such a difference in our moods, isn't it? Hoping your week is light and bright, Kels!

  • It IS so hard to rest! It's like we've programmed ourselves to feel guilty about taking time – which is so not the way it's supposed to be.

  • The blah is what just absolutely kills me and yet the thing I need to get 'ok' with feeling sometimes. I think we've grown accustomed to feeling UP and go go go every single day that we feel off when we try to rest. (We = ME) I'm a work in progress 😉

  • He is so good!! He even brought some sunshine through the windows today… only about 5 minutes of it but I knew immediately this was Jesus giving me yet another boost 😉

  • I'm remembering to do that too 🙂

  • Seriously I think that's what I've been missing is the exercise – and I only have myself to blame for the lack of it. Such a great reminder, thank you!