“Everyone who is alive can find something to be grateful for if they look for it.
If you are among the few that can’t find anything,
start with the fact that you are ALIVE and continue from there.
Counting ones blessings is a barometer of mental health.”
― Gudjon Bergmann from:
The Seven Human Needs: A practical guide to finding harmony and balance in everyday life
Blessings...As I wrote this word, the song, "Count your Blessings", from White Christmas came to mind. Maybe it is because I'm writing this late at night when I'm normally in bed, or maybe it's because I just watched White Christmas last week. Yes, I like to watch Christmas movies during the year, they are uplifting and full of hope. But I digress.
Last week I encouraged you to share WHO you are thankful. This week I hope to keep the positivity going as we flood the comments with how you have been blessed this week. Personally, each day I wake up is a blessing because God's granted me another day to share hope and joy with others. I'm blessed to have a job that offers me the opportunity to use my creativity and invest in the next generations. Each day there are things I am able to see God working in and through to bless me, even when things aren't going great, God is there and so are His Blessings.
If you struggle to come up with a blessing to share, close your eyes and quiet your mind. What is the first thing that comes to mind? How has this impacted you in a positive way? How does this situation, activity, event, person, or happening show you that you are blessed? The more you focus on the blessings, the easier it becomes to see them. May you be blessed as you count your blessings.
I'd ask you to list how God blessed you today in the comments but we'd run out of room,
Blog Tour Dates
March 15th @ WOW! Women on Writing
Join us at the WOW blog, The Muffin, to celebrate the launch of Chitra Ramaswami's book But First, Rumi. You can read an interview with the author, find out more information about this touching memoir, and win a copy for yourself!
March 16th @ Hook of a Book
Join Erin as she shares a guest post by the author about Omani street cats.
March 20th @ Boots Shoes and Fashion
Visit Linda's blog to read her interview with author, Chitra Ramaswami about her book But First, Rumi.
March 20th @ Pages and Paws
Visit Kristine's blog today to read her review of But First, Rumi by Chitra Ramaswami.
March 21st @ Shoe's Seeds & Stories
Visit Linda's blog today to read her review and spotlight for But First, Rumi by Chitra Ramaswami.
March 25th @ Keeping it Real
Join Lisa as she shares a guest post by the author about how to get past writer's block.
March 26th @ Author Anthony Avina
Visit Anthony's blog as he shares a guest post about cats and mental health and reviews But First, Rumi by Chita Ramaswami.
March 28th @ The Faerie Review
Visit Lily's blog where she interviews author Chitra Ramaswami.
March 29th @ Beverley A. Baird's Blog
Join Bev as she shares her thoughts about But First, Rumi by Chitra Ramaswami.
March 30th @ Lisa's Reading
Visit Lisa's blog where she reviews But First, Rumi by Chitra Ramaswami.
April 1st @ Knotty Needle
Visit Judy's blog and read her review of this touching memoir for pet lovers, But First, Rumi. You can also win a copy of the book too!
April 5th @ Reviews and Interviews
Join Lisa as she interviews author Chitra Ramaswami about her book But First, Rumi.
April 5th @ Note to the World
Come by Mahnoor's blog today and read the review of But First, Rumi by Chitra Ramaswami.
April 7th @ It's Alanna Jean
Join Alanna as she shares a guest post by Chitra Ramaswami about the misconceptions about cats. https://itsalannajean.webnode.com/
April 13th @ Deborah-Zenha Adams
Join Deborah as she shares a guest post about writing process by the author of But First, Rumi. http://www.deborah-adams.com
Thank you Chitra Ramaswami for sharing with my readers! May you have a wonderful book tour!
As I wrote my blogs for the week, sunshine filled each window. The temperature was still quite chilly yet to watch the shadows dance in the sunshine uplifted my spirits so much. It always amazes me how sunshine and daylight have the ability to uplift one's spirits so much. In a couple weeks it will be warm enough to sit on the deck and read. Walks to the lake will be common, and better yet...family visits and gatherings can be socially distanced when outdoors. Life is looking up.
I pray you look outside and see the sunshine and know that God is shining brighter than any darkness the world attempts. We've got this!
Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.
But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
How does the light encourage and uplift you?
Today's share is not gluten free or good for you yet it does taste good and was fun to try. The link to the recipe I used is at the end of this blog, as well as a link to the Epicure 8" cake pans (purple ones on the left) I used.
Personally, challah bread is still my favorite to make and eat yet this was fun and think it was a good fit to accompany corned beef and cabbage. I added butter to my slice, which I don't usually do when I tried it on Sunday yet with the other flavors and seasonings of the full Irish dinner, it was perfect. I made two loaves, so doubled the recipe, so I could make one using Epicure's cake pan and another using the ones I have from when I took cake decorating classes.
Have you tried a new recipe lately?
If so, what was it? Will you share?
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