Gratitude Journal

You are invited! This Gratitude Journal is an online gathering place where you are invited to post five things you are grateful for on a daily or weekly basis.

Our purpose is to form a community of gratitude as a spiritual discipline in response to the command to give thanks always and for everything (Ephesians 5:20). This is intended to be a sacred space where participants can feel safe sharing from the heart.

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August 2019

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Tonight I am jotting down a few of the things that I am grateful for:

  • The quiet of the night.
  • A drive in the pouring rain that was very soothing.
  • the lawn and trees in the backyard
  • chain rosary that I get to participate in
  • increasing mindfulness practices that lets me in the NOW
  • the calm i get to experience that God is in control and i just need to be a witness\

Tess

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I am grateful this Wednesday for the following:

  • the loving kindness meditation that led me to feeling love for the plants that led me to feeling respect towards the weeds that I was plucking out of my vegetable garden
  • sun that shone on me through the window pane as if sending a blessing with a smile
  • calls I received to help out at the upcoming retreat
  • food that comes to me as God's love (due to increased awareness as a result of mindfulness practice, lectio and meditation)
  • the clarity with which I am able to express in times of conflict
  • the ability to heal by raising awareness in a family member
  • for THIS moment, the breath, the calm, the love I feel inside etc.

Tess

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grateful also for the tears

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This Wednesday grateful for:

* the amazing blue sky peeking out from the rain clouds blessing me with warmth

* having a part time job outside this summer

* receiving an important insight related to being molested as a child 

* help from God to be able to Let Go of past weekend events 

* being reminded that the molestations happened to me, but are not me

Donna 

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Grateful this Thursday morning for ...

~ dark before the dawn
~ stillness of the house at dawn
~ rain makes weeds easier to pull, which makes sweetie happy
~ a dear friend of 30+ years arriving tonight for the weekend
~ a clean house
~ it's Thursday and my work week is done
~ all is well

shine
sandra

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This Thursday grateful for:

* uplifting music

* a healthful meal 

* the ability to release tears and feel better afterwards 

* getting through the day one moment at a time 

* God's presence, particularly when fighting depression 

* essential oil called "Joy" to lift my spirits 

Donna 

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This glorious Saturday I am grateful for"

  • the poems I am able to write
  • the ability to not only forgive but to bless and feel oneness with the other
  • the ability to focus and meditate that separation from God never happened
  • vegetables in the garden
  • peaceful moments alone
  • peaceful conversations i am able to carry out
  • passing on a responsibility to another whom I had helped in the past
  • having the ability to reconnect with a neighbor
  • the ability to love myself despite being in the middle of hateful actions by others
  • clean bathroom and kitchen floor
  • homemade breakfast (, although it is a routine, i must not take it for granted)
  •  Mindfulness group and the Awakening group at WCCM online meditation chapel
  • my expanding  heart
  • the ability to look at all that as is (although it is only 10% of the time)

Tess

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I am grateful this Sunday morning for ...

~ a friend's poetry
~ a meaningful retreat yesterday
~ leftovers in the refrigerator for lunch today
~ a dear friend of 30+ years is visiting until tomorrow
~ incredible fall weather in August
~ grace
~ all is well

shine
sandra

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Grateful this Monday afternoon for ... 

~ a dear friend's visit for four days of catching up & fun activities 
~ friends you can not see for a year & pick up where you left off 
~ happy to have a full day to move at my own pace today 
~finished fall class marketing materials & draft of son's resume 
~ Saturday retreat was well received 
~ sold car, found realtor, made to-do list fir friend's 9/26 move 
~ wonderful music Thursday night with old & new friends 
~ all is well 

shine 
sandra

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Today I am grateful for

  • Grands that ask for me to visit with them
  • a daughter-in-law who took a minute to ask for my help
  • a tree that fell in the storm that opens up my yard to sun; this will cause a transformation from a shade garden to a sunnier place to grow. I will have to rethink and redesign the garden. I like this idea of a 'forced' change.
  • a son who responded to me as if he was a boy
  • discussions with a teenager
  • I made a step toward solution to a problem. I don't have a total release of tension but it is a start.
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Super grateful this Tuesday for:

* the amazing women in our meditation class; I love them all

* the connection I made with married couples this past weekend

* the ability to be vulnerable in spite of my fears

* the Blessings and wishes of my classmates/leader as we said our goodbyes 

* God's mysterious ways of getting my husband and I to stay the weekend with Retrouvaille Marriage Ministry couples and volunteers 

Peace,

Donna 

 

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Grateful this Wednesday morning for:

* the hypnotherapist who created a personalized induction for me

* a good night's sleep 

* the peace developing between my husband and I 

* the laughter I experience when watching my furbabys play with each other

* the cool morning with sun pouring in the windows

Donna 

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Grateful this Wednesday morning for:

  • posts from Donna
  • for the ability to set a goal to choose love and forgiveness upon waking
  • the ability to tune into chain rosary
  • the cat that keeps me company
  • the ticking of the clock
  • laundry done; dishes done
  • peaceful remembrance of my list of things to do
  • someone to cook for and share meals with
  • quiet time to write
  • two mails sent with blessings
  • mindfulness practice
  • morning lecctio divina

Tess

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This Friday evening grateful for:

* the cool, crisp breeze signaling summer is almost over

* the gentle swaying of the weeping willow that looks like it's dancing

* hearing children laughing as they play

* the quiet, unspoken love between my husband of 15 years and I 

* the connection with our marriage counselor who is filled with peace, love for others

Donna 

 

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Tuesday gratitude for 

  • posts of gratitude from Donna
  • retreat I attended this past weekend
  • the ability to remove laziness and work hard to do a thorough cleaning in and around the house
  • the ability to appreciate and welcome each moment this  morning ready to be surprised
  • the cat that shows me how to be alert for all noise, all movements from sitting in one place as if it is practicing open eyed meditation
  • the calm of the woods in the backyard
  • excitement i feel towards today's morning meditation.
  • love and hope that is filled in my heart right now.

Tess

 

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