Gratitude …

looks like a floor strewn with legos, scraps of paper and markers across the table, and shoes scattered by the front door.

sounds like a chorus of “mine” and “me too” and “please” and “I love you” and “why” and “pick up your socks.” 

smells like a freshly brewed pot of coffee, a maple scented candle burning, bread baking, and leftovers overflowing in the fridge. 

feels like the first groggy, sleepy-eyed hug of the morning, tiny fingers wrapped in hands, bodies pressed together for storytime, and the splashes of water from a bath.  

tastes like the hundredth handful of goldfish, steaming hot chocolate and marshmallows, juice boxes shared with friends, and air fried corn dogs and fries (again). 

Gratitude wraps its arms around you, holds tight, and says, “Look and see, this life, this day, is brimming with holy gifts.” 

Kimberly Knowle-Zeller is a mother, writer, and pastor living in Central Missouri with her family. She’s the coauthor of The Beauty of Motherhood: Grace-Filled Devotions for the Early Years (March 2023). You can read more at her website: If you’d like to read more from Kim, you can sign up for her monthly newsletter, Walk and Talk here. As a gift to her readers and subscribers who sign up, she has a free downloadable resource: Walk and Talk with God: Reflection, Scripture references, and a how-to for your own contemplative walk.

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