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This is the stuff

So there is this catchy new song out by Francesca Battistelli called "This is the Stuff" that has become the soundtrack for my life right now. Whether I'm at home or in the car, I turn it up really loud and sing along at the top of my lungs......I LOVE IT!!

The song is about getting caught up in all of the little things that wear us down each day, like losing your keys (hello!) or phone (yes... that's me), or getting a speeding ticket because your running behind (I understand that one!).

But the part I love most about this song is the chorus. It goes like this.

This is the stuff that drives me crazy
This is the stuff that's getting to me lately
But in the middle of my little mess, I forget how BIG I'm blessed
This is the stuff that gets under my skin
But I've got to trust
you know exactly what Your doing
It may not be what I would choose
But this is the stuff You use.

There are so many days that I allow myself to get overwhelmed with all of that little stuff, things like laundry, dishes, bills, etc. and in the midst of the piles, I forget to see the blessings.

Today, I am going to start being a little more thankful for all those things that God chooses to use to bring me closer to Him. And so here is my prayer this morning.

Dear God,

Thank-you God for the piles of laundry in my house. Those piles are reminders of the fact that my family has nice clothes to wear each day of the week.

Thank-you God for the stack of dishes that adorn my kitchen sink. Those dishes represent the fact that my children went to bed last night with tummy's that were full and satisfied. I am thankful that there is food in our refrigerator and in our pantry and that I don't have to worry about where we might find our next meal.

Thank-you God for the bills that have to be paid by the end of the month. Those statements are are the reality that we have good jobs and the ability to pay those bills each month. I thank-you for the Gas bill that allows our home to be kept warm, the Dish Network bill that provides ESPN for my husband and the Disney channel for my kids. I thank-you for the water bill that allows us to have clean drinking water and bubble baths.

I don't know if I've ever spoken this next prayer, but I would like to thank-you God for the gift of my body. Most days when I look in the mirror, I am so unthankful for what I see. The struggle with my weight, my self-image, and self esteem challenges me daily. I am never satisfied. However, today I want to start changing that. As I look in the mirror I thank-you God for the extraordinary gift of the amazing body that you've given me. And although this figure will never grace the cover of a magazine, my body has done some pretty incredible things. This body has born 5 children in 6 years. My body is healthy, and strong and capable of giving countless hugs and support to others. This day, I am in awe of how God made us women and I know that I need to work hard to be thankful for what I see.

This prayer could go on and on, but I'd like to invite you to join me in it. What is the "stuff" in your life that weighs you down, but in all actuality is a huge blessing. Please share in the comments below!!!

Here is a link to the song. I dare you to turn it up real loud and dance around!!

I hope you have a beautifully blessed Friday!!
1 comment on "This is the stuff"
  1. As I read this post in your blog, Lorissa, tears welled in my eyes. What a beautiful reminder of the abundance so many of us take for granted. I am thankful that you write what is in your heart and allow the Spirit to work through you to touch me.
    It’s funny because I have been in a more aware state this past week of so much for which I am grateful, so when I was vacuuming this morning, even before I read your post, I did not get mad at or yell at the vacuum once. Vacuuming is my least favorite chore, and I usually get very frustrated because the vacuum falls over whenever I am using the attachments or moving the plug. It picks up dirt well, but it isn’t a very user friendly vacuum. Today I am thankful for the vacuuming as it means I have a home, shelter for my family, that I am able to clean.
    I too am thankful for the dishes which mean we ate our fill, laundry which means we have more than adequate clothing and bills. I am even thankful for the messes for it means I have a family. I am particularly grateful for the clean water I have access to every day because I know that so many in the world die from lack of access to clean drinking water. Our sweet Marah probably would have died if she had been in Ethiopia much longer. Her little body was fighting, but she just could not gain weight or thrive due to giardia, a parasite that comes from unclean water, and which we can easily treat here in the US.
    I am also thankful for the food we have in our refrigerator and our pantry. Although I regret to admit that I sometimes complain that I don’t feel like eating anything we have, I am so thankful for the many different kinds of food at my fingertips, and I am aware that many people could care less for food choices, and would give anything for a bowl of rice.
    I am thankful for the gift of health, for the strength of my body, and the amazing way my body works. I too have struggled much in my life to love and accept my body. I recognize more and more that this body is simply an edifice that houses the spirit, and I am thankful for all this body allows me to experience every day. I am also thankful for a husband who cherishes my body as it is, for this too helps me to feel beautiful and to love my body.
    I am thankful for the grass that needs to be mowed and the weeds that need to be pulled for it means that we have a lovely yard for Marah to play in and explore and for us to enjoy nature.
    I am thankful for the gift of moments of quiet each day. Moments in which I hear the wind rustling the trees, and I see the sunlight dancing through the leaves, and I am aware of the beauty and majesty of creation. It is these moments that help me keep perspective each day.
    I am filled with gratefulness.