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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September 2019

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Grateful this Thursday afternoon for:

* news that my husband's mother is more alert today, now that they identified the infection in her body and can treat it appropriately 

* my loving sister from northern Minnesota who I wish lived closer to me; I miss her

* a beautiful late summer day at 80 degrees in late September 

Donna 

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Thankful this Thursday evening for ...

~ taking an afternoon to rest and renew
~ our friend has lost her deer-in-the-headlights look & is settling
~ almost unpacked; pictures will be hung tomorrow
~ planning to do something fun with my sweetie on Saturday
~ a client cancelled tonight freeing up my evening
~ feeling the stress drain out of me despite much to do
~ kindness of strangers
~ all is well

shine
sandra

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Grateful this Saturday morning for:

* quiet time to talk with husband about serious problems with no argument 

* husband's mother improving daily 

* a quiet early morning to be with God 

* my own health improving 

* losing 12 pounds this week 

Donna 

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Grateful this Saturday morning for ...

~ meditation
~ time to rest as I have a nasty cold
~ feeling hopeful despite fears
~ getting RSVPs for father-in-law's 95th birthday party
~ keeping it simple
~ all is well

shine
sandra

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This Monday morning grateful for:

* God being in control because I can't 

* waking up today

* quiet time with husband 

* trust in the Lord while I push worry away

* getting a major project done

Donna 

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Grateful this Wednesday morning for:

* an apology to my husband from his father 

* peace in my home

* my body healing well 

* being able to feel God's presence 

* seeing God in others 

Donna 

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Grateful this Wednesday morning for ...

~ first day of fall teaching went well
~ participants were all engaged despite some skepticism
~ our friend is adjusting to the move (slowly)
~ found someone to help with odd jobs
~ 34 people RSVPd for father in law's 95th birthday party
~ keeping the party simple -- serving a Costco spread
~ reluctantly scheduled PT appointments through Nov
~ while demands exceed time in the day, all is well

shine
sandra

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Thankful this Thursday evening for ...

~ doing things for ourselves today
~ enjoying preparations for the big 95th birthday bash
~ feeling relaxed about what needs to get done
~ setting limits & feeling good about it
~ willingness to accept consequences of setting limits
~ time to post while icing my knee after a near-miss fall
~ luxury of hiring cleaning service to deep clean & wash windows
~ all is well

shine
sandra

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Grateful this Friday morning for:

* quiet time to meditate 

* restful sleep with cooler nights 

* support of husband as I fight depression 

* my chiropractor who keeps me moving

* the medical provider helping me towards lifting the depression 

* God giving me strength to get out of bed today 

Donna 

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Grateful this Monday morning for:

* my husband staying home from work today 

* getting some chores done together

* great staff taking care of my husband's mother in ICU

* knowing that God has control, not us

* wonderful friends from marriage ministry who love and support us

Donna 

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This Thursday afternoon grateful for:

* a peaceful heart

* good medical staff in ICU taking care of my husband's mother 

* not hearing any bad news from husband's family today 

* realization that I can stay calm through prayer in times of crisis 

* quiet time alone to meditate 

 

Donna 

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Sunday afternoon grateful for:

* news that husband's mother is leaving ICU to regular hospital room with no ventilator

* God blessing us abundantly with rosary sales at yesterday's craft show

* my faith filled Aunt taking time to visit and pray together

* a gorgeous fall day

* back/leg pain that reminds me I am alive, and can handle it because God is with me always, even in pain

Peace, 

Donna 

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Grateful this Friday evening for:

* a close relationship with my sister, Nancy

* a relationship with my sister, Janet, that's healing with the help of God's grace 

* my husband noticing I need to hear him thank me sometimes 

* my marriage ministry friends who help me stay grounded

* God helping me calm down from irritation and apologize 

Peace, 

Donna 

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This Saturday, I give thanks for ...

~ shadows from a new street light filtered through the leaves of a tree
~ an uneventful drive home - 6 hours vs. 10 hrs it took us to get there
~ sipping a glass of wine
~ watching as afternoon sky shifts to dusk
~ going to the pool for the first time in ages
~ a good workout for my knee
~ canceling remaining PT appointments (saving them for later if needed)
~ intention to workout at the pool three times a week
~ cautiously hopeful my knee will get stronger
~ hoping for restorative sleep soon (less than 5 hrs nightly this week)
~ all is well

shine
sandra

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