Hmmm… Growth without Disruptive Moments?

I heard it said, the times when plants grow the most is not necessarily during the warm gentle rains or beautiful summer days; in fact, when the fierce winds blow and the raging storms come is when plants grow the most. While pondering this statement, the patch of Black-eyed Susans in my front yard catches my eye. Just a few weeks ago, these perennial beauties of the Rudbeckia family suffered a deluge of six inches in two hours. Yet, they stand tall with their vibrant sunny faces and leafy green arms raised to the sky displaying their strength and perseverance. Hmmm… can we have growth in our lives without the disruptive moments? (Hebrews 12:10-13)

Hmmm… Gratitude – Not Just a Challenge but an Attitude Day 5

Gratitude as defined by Merriam-Webster: the state of being grateful; thankfulness

Is it day 5 already? That was not a chore at all, this challenge to focus on what we are thankful for in our lives.  However, the decision to keep the positives the focal point is a daily choice in attitude, that is where the difficulty lies.

I’m curious to know how many continued in this mind set after the five days.

Hmmm… Gratitude – Not Just a Challenge but an Attitude Day 4

Gratitude as defined by Merriam-Webster: the state of being grateful; thankfulness

  1. Friend is a word with a different meaning since the introduction of social media. The number of friends one has is not important but the quality of the relationship. If someone knows and tells you the truth about yourself yet remains supportive by loving you, that is a friend. Thank you my friends (you know who you are) for being truly a friend.
  2. I do not know how people manage in this life without the support and love of family. I cannot fathom my life without mine.
  3. Do we fully take advantage of one of our greatest resources, our elderly, who possess much wise advice? We can gain much knowledge from these mature sages if we take the time to ask and listen. I am thankful my parents continue to be a source I can tap into.

Hmmm… Gratitude – Not Just a Challenge but an Attitude Day 3

Gratitude as defined by Merriam-Webster: the state of being grateful; thankfulness

  1. I may not have “everything” I want but do have all I need. Living with excess has a tendency to pull our focus from what is truly important.
  2. The contented purring of feline companions is a reminder that simplicity in life can be priceless.
  3. I thought the warm splash of color in the flowerbed was washed away by the sudden deluge a few weeks ago. Yet, there they are standing tall, Black-eyed Susans with their faces raised to the sky.

Hmmm… Gratitude – Not Just a Challenge but an Attitude Day 2

Gratitude as defined by Merriam-Webster: the state of being grateful; thankfulness

  1. My little patch of a veggie garden continues to produce despite being waterlogged a couple of weeks ago from flash flooding. The cucumbers finished their cycle but the yellow and zucchini squash still bear fruit and there are plenty of roma tomatoes for making homemade sauce. Yum!
  2. Not sure why but thinking a lot about my brothers today who taught me “ladies don’t play poker” and the importance of developing a thick skin, but not too thick that you become insensitive.
  3. How did I become the mother of two terrific kids and the loves of their lives who shower me with such love, support and encouragement?

Hmmm… Gratitude – Not Just a Challenge but an Attitude Day 1

Gratitude as defined by Merriam-Webster: the state of being grateful; thankfulness

  1. Thank you to the youngest of my God Monkeys for nominating me to take this challenge. We need to focus more on the positives in our lives. Why do we find that to be so difficult?
  2. Feeling grateful for my friendship with the Person of Jesus who is always present and loves me even when at times I can be a twisted mess .
  3. Appreciating the beautiful sunny warm day with its lack of humidity, that plays havoc on the fibromyalgia-type symptoms.

Hmmm… Gratitude – Not Just a Challenge but an Attitude

Are you connected on Facebook? If so, chances are one or more of your “friends”, maybe even yourself, took The Gratitude Challenge. When I read the post by one of my God Monkeys challenging me, my first thought was, “good grief, this is going to be a chore” because it sounds like the many posts I stay away from, those that have the look and feel of a chain letter. However, it didn’t take me long to realize that response was not an attitude of gratitude. Unlike the chain letter with its manipulative get-rich-quick scheme and threats to the recipient, this challenge is an encouragement to look at the brighter side of life and express our thanks.

So, for the next 5 days, I will attempt to post about the things I am grateful for, even in those situations that don’t show to be so encouraging. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)