The Gratitude Box
I found a surprise upon coming home after work one day. In my mailbox was a special present from my best friend. It was a gratitude box; a small decorative box that held little pieces of festive paper with handwritten notes. I spent the next hour reminiscing and enjoying the memories we had created together.
In the box were messages like this...
“Juli, thank you for making me laugh so much, you have wonderful [sitcom] stories and a great sense of humor!”
“Thank you for sharing exciting new insights from the Lord!”
“Thank you for pumping gas in my car for me”
“Thank you Juli for being a Proverbs 27:17 friend who encourages “Sharpens” - I am so grateful for the truth you have spoken to & over me!”
Some memories were serious, some fun, some sentimental, but all came from a grateful heart and described the essence of the friendship we have together.
This was one of the best and most precious presents I have ever received. I love it because it came from a grateful heart. The sentiments inside were real, and honest. They overflowed out of a precious relationship. This gift meant more to me than any gift one could buy.
Each time I grab my gratitude box and settle in to rediscover the treasures inside I rejoice in our friendship and thank the Lord for someone like Megan, who truly is a friend and sister in Christ. The Lord sent her to bless and encourage me. She is truly a gift from Him and I am so grateful for the blessing she is in my life!
“A friend loves at all times” ( Proverbs 17:17a ).