Monday, August 28, 2017

You cannot see the future. It's a blessing that you cannot. You could not bear to know all the future. That is why God only reveals it to you day by day. The first step each day is to lay your will before God as an offering, ready for God to do what is best for you. Be sure that, if you trust God, what He does for you will be for the best. The second step is to be confident that God is powerful enough to do anything He wills, and that no miracle in human lives is impossible with Him. Then leave the future to God.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Gratitude Journal Prompts


In the past, I have written about the benefits of gratitude and writing a daily gratitude list.
Today I would like to share some prompts to help you formalize a gratitude list of your own.

1.List five small ways that you can share your gratitude today.
2.Write about a person in your life that you’re especially grateful for and why.
3.What skills or abilities are you thankful to have? (You communicate well, you’re a good cook, you have an uncanny ability to dominate in Fantasy Football. Hey, it’s your journal).
4.What is there about a challenge you’re experiencing right now that you can be thankful for? (This is a tough one, but you have learned something or grown from the hardship—how?)
5.How is where you are in life today different than a year ago–and what positive changes are you thankful for?
6.What activities and hobbies would you miss if you were unable to do them?
7.List five body parts that you’re grateful for and why. (Those long legs help you reach items on the top shelf … don’t forget the little things.)
8.What about the city you live in are you grateful for?
9.What are you taking for granted about your day to day that you can be thankful for? (Can’t think of any? Your alarm clock, your coffee machine, the paperboy who delivered your newspaper, your friendly neighbor who always says good morning … and that’s before you even leave the house.)
10.List 5 people in your life who are hard to get along with—and write down at least one quality for each that you are grateful for.
11.What materialistic items are you most grateful for?
12.Write about the music you’re thankful to be able to listen to and why.
13.Who has done something this week to help you or make your life easier and how can you thank them?

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Failing health

Unfortunately I spent more time than expected trying to get my health stable. In addition to not being able to continue writing my blog, I also was not able to work.
A few months back someone reached out to me to fill out a profile for an interview on a recovery website. After a long time they finally are sending my profile to the editor. I look forward to sharing it with you all when it is ready.
For today I would like to share my gratitude list for the day.

1)good coffee
2)Computer 
3)eggs     
4)my desk

5)a growing relationship with 
6)God
7)my bed
8)toast
9)windows
10)clean clothes
11) a gas stove
12)fresh fish
13)my car
14)music
15)Job
16) Electricity
17)2nd chances