I'm often guilty of postponing my praise; you know, "I'll give thanks when [something awesome finally comes to fruition]." I'm waiting for the dust to settle, I'm waiting to feel comfortable, naturally content, move in and find our rhythm. Or on the other hand, I don't want to be too grateful when things go my way, I mean shouldn't we not be too swayed by the things that this world can offer? But God calls us to rejoice now!
When I give my son a cupcake, I want to see him enjoy it. I want to see frosting surrounding a smile on his face. And (if I can be so bold) I'd love to hear a 'thank you.' And so does our Heavenly Father. So let's enjoy the good things He brings our way. Enjoy where you're at right now! ...In the mess, in the combined good and bad, in the place you never thought you'd be and in the place that's painfully predictable. Give Him thanks and enjoy the good things as well as the Giver of those charming treats.