Take a moment

Today is the end of Write 31 Days. Objectively I have not met my goal of writing each day. And that’s okay. I learned a few things about myself and some other important things were accomplished this month so that’s a great month in my book!

It takes a moment to be grateful. A moment to stop, hit the pause button and change my thought, my reaction, my words from negative to positive, from critical to helpful, from grating to grateful. If anything, I’ve learned to take a moment and frame my response. We all know that words cannot be taken back once they are said.

The moment helps me to remember that I am not in control, God is and I need to call on the Holy Spirit, not only in difficult times but in good times as well. The Spirit will help me do the right thing. And so often what that means is to have gratitude for my life; for all the parts of my life. Not only the parts that are fun and easy and enjoyable but the parts that are sad and make me cry and question, the parts that hurt and confuse.

All of life is meant for a purpose and after working on being grateful for all of it, I believe it more strongly now, that gratitude is necessary.

Here is the picture from my journal of what I am grateful for this October!

Self-worth

Do you spend lots of time thinking about how you are living your life? If you are doing it right? I do, probably more than is good for me, I spend way too much time in the deep end of the pool. Then I read something that makes me think I need to stop worrying so much. Today I read this” Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows” (Luke 12:7) and I think, I am worth much more than I realize. Even if I go and sit in the shallow end of the pool and rest, it’s okay. And that goes for you too. Our value is not based on what we do but on who we are. And we are God’s children, made in his image and likeness. He’s counted all the hairs on our head. He probably even knows how many came out today when we brushed our hair!
The point is not our hair, the point is that our gratitude to God for all that he has given us will help us to not be afraid. It will help us live with great joy knowing that we are worth more not only than many sparrows but more than all God has created. We are the pinnacle of his creation. How can we not give thanks to him?
Ponder & Pray: Do I realize how much God loves me and has given me? Do I value myself outside of my completed to-do list? Can I rest in the shallow end and know God still loves me? Pray for the grace to see yourself as God does and be grateful for the person you are.

9 days worth

Good intentions, best-laid plans, life happens but all is not lost. I am here, still working on the Gratitude Habitude!

This will be a condensed list in hopes to get back on track.

  1. Time Away! I enjoy traveling, especially to far off places that involve passports and plane rides. This past weekend involved travel, in a car, just a few hours away. The plan: visit a few breweries, take a few long walks, and sleep. We did all that. Very relaxing. My new favorite beer, Dragon Point IPA,  is now about 90 miles away at Intracoastal Brewing Company! If you live near Melbourne, FL go there and enjoy yourself (responsibly).
  2. Gratitude List: does keeping a list seem wrong? Does it make being grateful a chore? Or does it help you recall that your life is more balanced than it seems when the car a/c breaks down, you need to go grocery shopping with all 3 kids under 5 and your boss needs that report NOW? My answer, it helps me remember that my life is never as awful as I think it is and that there is always something, many things, to be grateful for in my life every day.
  3. Flowers: my gratitude list is a vase of flowers in which I’ve been writing what/who I am grateful for in the petals and then coloring. I’ll show you this at the end of the month. Don’t get too excited, drawing is way down on my list of talents.
  4. Scripture: Each day begins with me reading scripture. I read the daily readings and think about how they apply to me. Each day I am reminded of something that I need to hear. Sometimes it’s a word which builds me up, other times it may be a gentle rebuke to stop a certain behavior or a thought I share with others. Whatever it is, I begin my day knowing God is present and I can call for help when I need it.
  5.  Coffee: Don’t judge, I drink decaf. And sometimes I drink flavored coffee. Tonight it’s Hazelnut.
  6. Quote: from Zig Ziglar “Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”
  7. Showing Gratitude: do we show others we appreciate them, not only when they do something nice for us or help us, do we take time to be present when they need us? Do we reach out to those we love and let them know? Are we kind to strangers? Do we show respect to all? I think a grateful person is caring and respectful of all the people we come into contact with all day long.
  8.  How about a song?