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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Gratitude

I have actually had this post prepared for several days, and intended to post last week, but lets just say life happened. I subbed every day except Wednesday, which is church night. I got busy trying to get everything caught up, and in order for my sweet husband's return home. Remember he has been gone for a month!! He is back now, and I am resting better. As you can see from the picture, this was an occasion for me to buy some fresh flowers. Nothing really feels totally normal when he is gone. This is the first time I have been without at least one of my kids while he is gone, so it was just me and the dogs.

I may be away for a couple of days this week because my sweet daughter will be here tonight or in the morning. I have not seen her for about a month and a half, and that was just briefly to pick up the dog(we met half way). I had already committed to sub on Tuesday, but we have plans to get some Christmas gifts in the works. Hopefully I will be posting some of those pictures. Now on to what I had prepared earlier.

I have been thinking and wanted to share some thoughts on "An Attitude of Gratitude". A couple of weeks ago I received a Gratitude journal from my Thanksgiving swap partner. This challenged me to really begin focusing on all that I have to be thankful for. I have begun to make a conscious effort to remember these things daily, and what I have found is that I am sensing a change in my attitude daily.
One night I was walking the dog, there was a slight breeze blowing, stars shining, and almost full moon. I suddenly found myself thinking how blessed I am to even be out walking around my neighborhood, I have good health, a loving family and an amazing and awesome God who love ME! This is a season for Thanksgiving and I am feeling truly overcome by "An Attitude of Gratitude". I encourage you to give it a try. Start that journal , focus those thoughts on how blessed you are and see what happens. Have a blessed evening. Jackie

"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart exults, and with my song I shall thank Him." Psalm 28:7

7 comments:

Christy said...

Thanks for your encouragement during my time away. I fully intend on focusing on some of those things I am SO very grateful for. Have a wonderful time with your daughter!

Christy

lipstickandlaundry said...

Love the positive post very encouraging... I am glad your hubby is home!
~Jen

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

So glad your husband is back and things can be a little normal again. I hate it when mine is gone...but he has never been gone for a month before! Glad you got through it!
Carrie

Smelling Coffee said...

Welcome Home, Jackie's Husband!

Hope you enjoy time with your daughter, and with the Lord through your new journal.

I try to write in mine a few things each day I'm grateful for - and I try not to repeat anything - unless it is about my family.

Have a wonderful week!

beverlydru said...

Hi Jackie,
I experienced the same thing last week- hubby out of town and an empty nest. Just me and the dogs. Very different. Nice to mett you!

Victoria said...

So glad your hubby is home now!!! Enjoy your time with your daughter. I know you miss her!

The Enchilada pie recipe sounds yummy!

salpetitt said...

Hi Jackie~ I've been too busy lately to read blogs, so I'm finally catching up today! I wanted to tell you that I tried your recipe for Crab Stew. It was really good! Loved it! Glad you are not alone anymore! Sherri