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Hmmm…The Practice of Giving Thanks

Neglecting the practice of giving thanks has darkened their minds.
~ Sarah Young, Jesus Calling

This I know is true; focusing on the negative is blinding. Following the February death of our parents, I found myself in a blue funk, a gloomy place with little interest in what normally brought pleasure. Yet today, as soft fluffy clouds float across a baby blue sky, nearly naked trees stretch their arms heavenward, and the smell of Mom’s stuffing tickles the nose, I find myself excited with anticipation for the day’s traditions and the making of memories with family and friends.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Hmmm… Dirty Dishes Tell a Story

Be thankful for dirty dishes, they have a story to tell. ~ a message on a marquee

My least favorite household chore is washing dishes. As a child, it always was and remains so today. Why, you ask. I cannot tell you. The reason escapes me. To this day, I would rather clean the bathroom than wash dirty dishes.

At each holiday dinner, the most important question to my mother (at least in my mind) is, are we using the dishwasher today? However, after reading that message, dirty dishes and their need for washing are beginning to change my perspective. Their stories of well-fed bellies instead of hunger give reminders this basic need met is what some take for granted while others crave.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Today, may we be thankful for the dirty dishes and all the blessings God sees fit to give us every day! (Philippians 4:19, Luke 12:22-32, Psalm 107:1)

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 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… Stones of Remembrance

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Wow! Yesterday felt like an archeological dig after six hours of unearthing treasures from the attic and other spaces to move out to the garage for this weekend sale. And, we are not done yet!

The fun part of this excavation is dating the “jewels” and placing them in historical context. Ahhh… the memories! Each artifact raises warmhearted recollections of its previous owner and the special place he/she held within the family.

Is this what the Israelites felt when placing memorial stones along the banks of the Jordan? (Joshua 4:20-24)