DAYS 27 & 28
I was able to catch the sun yesterday before it went to bed. As I turned to drive home, I saw the moon in all it's glory shining bright! I thought about the many days in my life that have passed and nights that have come, and wondered how many of those days were truly filled with gratitude?
I've been alive 21,847 days and I dare to say that not all of them, probably only a small fraction of them were filled with gratitude as the day ended. I let the worries of the day and the cares of the world rule my life for far too many days/weeks/months/ years. I'd like to think I've turned a corner and now most of my days I find myself filled with gratitude, but I am human and slip all to easily into my own world of carrying the cares that were never meant for my shoulders. A breathe prayer I say often which helps me remember to cast my cares and be grateful for what Is before me, within me, around me and behind me, is: Jesus, I choose to trust YOU!
Are you carrying the weight of things you need to be let go of or lay down? We may not know the outcome, but there is one we can trust regardless, who will lift the load we too often carry. Give this breathe prayer a try, "Jesus, I Choose to trust YOU!"
Today, I'm grateful for:
The way the birds sing their own songs
The ripples in the water when I skip rocks
The memory of catching crawdads on camping trips with my girls
The anticipation of camping next summer, somewhere spectacular
Angles on top of Christmas trees
Pot holders - thick ones
Filtered water in the fridge door.
Fresh greens made into wreaths
Special ornaments from moms and grandmas
Live nativity scenes
Record player (turn tables)
old albums and 45s - I am still fascinated at how the sound comes from the the tiny needle spinning around the record.
Frontline workers - they sacrifice much for the sake of many
The families of frontline workers - they sacrifice much so others can receive the help and assistance they need.
Benches along the river
The gathering place in Tulsa - such an extraordinary outdoor space
Cilantro - one can never put too much cilantro in a dish
Paper Christmas chains
Turkeys made with children's hand prints
School pictures - They really are the best conversation pieces
Applesauce as it used to replace eggs or oils in recipes
Non stick pans
Crocheted Kitchen dish scrubbies
Today I'm grateful for:
That I still have a few minutes to complete my gratitude blog before yet another day passes
Opportunities to be stretched out of my comfort zone
Christmas traditions passed down through the years
Today, as tomorrow is never promised
The book 20,000 Days and Counting by Robert D Smith - It's a book that makes you think about life
Online learning opportunities
My Food for Life students - they've been a great group
Journals - pretty or fun ones
Stores that play Christmas music
Grace that changes everything
The magic and innocence of childhood - Tooth fairy, Elf on a shelf, Santa
Board Games - Aggravation, Parcheesi, monopoly and so many more
My parents buying us gifts we could make things with, like Creepy Crawlers - anyone remember making rubber insects? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6TzCIMVNWI
Sears and Roebuck Catalogs and the joy they brought
Tinsel - do they still make it?
Christmas tree lights that dance to the music
Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, It's a classic
Small Business and the courage it takes to start up and keep going
Essential workers that don't get holidays off and work early and late hours to serve others
Those who work in the Penal system - Takes great courage and compassion
Empower Campus and all the people who benefit from the ministries housed within
Anxiety - It helps me to appreciate Peace in a greater way
My smoothie cup
Fridge magnets - they hold art work from my grands