I like Saturday mornings for lots of reasons, one of which is getting to “enjoy” my kids’ cooking efforts, kind of and sometimes. Presently, we have some company staying with us & one of my kids mentioned that he makes some really killer waffles. Our friend staying with us really likes crispy waffles and voila, a plan was “cooked up.” The execution of the plan this morning was “sketchy”. Let’s just say that we almost ruined the waffle iron, the kitchen now needs some deep cleaning attention and there were some nice overtones of cinnamon and nutmeg. Thankfully our friend who is staying with us slept in and we’ve already organized a Plan B: no waffles, but crepes area nice alternative.
When life hands you lemons, being thankful can be the sugar you need to make lemonade ,)
When I woke up my son today to get ready for school, he wasn’t happy by a long shot. He was cranky & grumpy and unfortunately, by the time he got in the car, he was still in the doldrums – a very yucky way to start off on a Monday morning 😦
We all have times, seasons, days and moments when we are grumpy & here’s a potential quick fix: be thankful. Rather than looking at the grumpy stuff (back to school, bills, tired, physical pain, hardship, emotional stressors, relationship difficulties, job / school challenges . . . . ), take some moments to be thankful.
that the sun came up this morning
for the oxygen that we breath
that God’s love is vast yet personal
that God is both faithful and good
for a nice blog to give you this helpful reminder ,)
I’ve been thinking about how when God spoke to Moses about leading the Israelites out of slavery, Moses complained about what he lacked: I’m not smart enough, I don’t have favor with the Israelites, I don’t have Pharoah’s ear, etc. In reply, God told Moses to check out his hands & God did some really cool miracles: leprosy on Moses’ hand that God healed & Moses’ staff turned to a snake. While our hands may seem kind of trivial, lets never minimize what God has given us. God’s gifts are always supernatural 🙂
Even though this is a short entry, it is really powerful:
I have this habit that I do almost every morning – I thank God for all of the cool things that happened during the previous day. I love getting to do this because it’s a great way to enter God’s presence (I will enter His courts with thanksgiving in my heart). But here’s the latest challenge I’ve been sensing from God: real-time gratitude. Instead of waiting for my gratitude to expressed during my morning routines, I feel that God is challenging me to be grateful in the moment & not just the morning. So I find myself being more thankful as an attitude in my day and not just in the morning prayer time “compartment”. As as result, I feel that I’m more content, happy and buoyant. As a concluding thought, another idea is to pre-thank the answers, solutions and provisions that God has for us (ahead of time). Now that would be a total lifestyle of gratitude (past, present & future). Just a little food for thought 🙂
First of all, thank you heaps & heaps for reading my blog! Thank you for your very kind comments, thoughts and for the opportunity to connect with some deeper thoughts than a quick tweet or fb post 🙂
I’ve also been thinking about the power of saying “thank you” & being grateful, most of all with God. I’m also super pumped to post this today because we are no where near Thanksgiving – the stereotypical being thankful post. Instead, I wanted to share something that is an important part of our daily routines – gratitude. Everyday I try to take some time to thank God for very specific things – big, medium & small – from the previous day. I enjoy thanking God for all kinds of things like: nice coffee, a beautiful sunrise, some progress with Saving Moses, my kids having a good day at school, the nice chat with a friend and boatloads more! When I start being thankful, it gets hard to stop & best of all, it’s one of the best ways to enter into God’s presence – with thanksgiving in my heart 🙂
Wow!! I can’t begin to thank everyone for their kind words, support & care after my blog about my dad’s death. We’ve had such great encouragement, affirming words and love – way beyond my ability to express gratitude. Thank you again and again!! While this is a bit of a rough season, it’s also really wonderful to sense Jesus’ love through so many different people and so many different ways. Thanks loads for letting Jesus use you to bring comfort and care to our family.
May God reach into your life, open your eyes and increase your sensitivity to the immense and infinite love that God has for you. Again, thanks so much!!
I just want to take a brief moment to thank you for reading this blog. I know that you have a never ending list of choices for your reading so I’m particularly grateful that you have taken some time with me. Additionally, I especially want to thank those of you who have left comments, who’ve encouraged me & also for those who have subscribed to receiving this blog.
Thank you for going on this journey with me, for your patience & for being gentle. In our cyber world of social media & relationships over the web, thank you for not being judgmental, harsh nor condemning. Thank you for getting to connect 🙂