A few years ago, after reading, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, by Ann Voscamp, I, and many others, started journaling the things we were thankful for. Bloggers dedicated a day each week to share their lists. I was one. Like me, some have stopped sharing their lists and possibly writing them in private too.
Others, like Terri Groh, author and blogger, continues her list of things to be thankful. As I look at this past week and reflect on where we were five years ago and praying for where we might be five years into the future I realized I've lost touch with being thankful each day then sharing this list with others.
I think I'm still a positive person and focus on the positive yet there is always room for growth. I started to type, "I'm not sure why or how" this realization came to me" THEN I chuckled to myself when I realized I know exactly why and who is responsible...the Holy Spirit came me a nudge, tap on the shoulder, a kiss from the king, or a Godstop...or whatever you call these moments of God working in your life.
This is the first thing I'll chose to be thankful for. I used to share my list on Wednesdays as a participant of Ann VosCamps challenge but with my new Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday blog schedule...I'll dedicate Saturdays as my day of thanks. It will be a way to reflect on the previous week and move forward with more joy.
My goal is to make a written list through the week, hence, start a gratitude journal again, then share the highlights on Saturdays.
Without Further Ado...let me share my list of thanks and praise:
This might be a short list for a week but these are the ones that stand out this morning. Have a great day and remember to be thankful, each day is a blessing and tomorrow is not a guarantee.
Have a great weekend!
As I prepared for this week's T.O.P.'s Tuesday I realized I didn't have much to say. Rather than waste your time with a wordy and boring blog, I leave you with this...
Families of the missing will NEVER GIVE UP and will ALWAYS HOPE for our loved ones return.
Thank you for remembering Heidi and all the missing. Your prayers, thoughts, words of encouragement, ribbons, and hugs leave a positive impact with the families and friends of those who are the VICTIMS of the tragedy...kidnapping.
I'm pleased to report there is nothing on my schedule that requires me to leave the house today so I might spend some time writing after sleeping in, sipping coffee, reading, quiet time, and being a bum until Noon or so. The best part about this previous statement, I'll probably wake up at 6 a.m. and clean the house. Time will tell.
I hope everyone has a great weekend and takes time to make memories with your families. Let me know how it goes? Are there any Fall Festivals or Fairs in your area you'd like to share? If so, leave them in a post below so others know about them.
Have a great day! I'll catch you on Tuesday!
How are you spending your Saturday?
Then take a look within...
As I looked through my saved drafts I saw this one from November of 2014. Yup, almost four years ago. The best part is the message still applies today.
I often wonder when I start a blog but then don't "feel it" and leave it in my draft, there is a reason. After listening to the prayer requests in church and Pastor Brandin wrapping up his summer message series, I know this blog was meant for now. I hope you agree after you read.
Even when you don't think someone is watching...there is. God.
As we accept our faith and relationship with God, we should be striving to do what is right and best because it's the right thing to do not because anyone is watching and most importantly because God is watching.
Four years later I tend to think that when we are truly focused on and trusting God in a situation and decision, we aren't thinking about if God, or anyone else for that matter is watching. Instead we are striving to be the best we can be because this is the call we have on our life.
Don't you agree?I find it encouraging to find this post and its outline saved as a draft because I probably wouldn't have recognized growth in myself. If we are living our faith as a verb, we are always learning, challenging, and growing. This is something I am thankful for today. I can't say I do everything right all of the time but I will let you know I do my best most of the time and strive all the time. To be a Christian doesn't mean we are perfect, it means we are a work in progress and recognize this. To do what is right because someone is watching might be the baby steps we need at times to stay the course and then down the road, it becomes habit.
Are you doing what is right because someone is watching or out of habit?
This past week I received a couple emails from my publisher and due to a change with their publication partnerships, the cost to authors was increasing. In order to balance this increase, we, the authors, have to go in and adjust our distribution venues and prices as the cost of publication is going up considerably, according to these emails.
On Saturday I logged on and as I went to make necessary changes for where my books would and could be sold and adjusting pricing I was shocked. Some of my books were selling for less than the publication cost to my publisher. Due to this increase, I have increased the cost of my books slightly to cover the increased cost on my end. Thank you for your understanding and continued support as a reader, blog follower, podcast listener, and prayer partner.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support!
Have a great week!!
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