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” Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”  James 1:17 (NIV)

I am a member of an online group called Fabulously 40 & Beyond, and I recently joined a group called Gratitude Diary.   Every day, the members of the group post a list of 5 things they are grateful for that day.  I am joining in for the first time, and I am using this for my post for today.

I am extremely guilty of not taking time out each day to be thankful to God, our Heavenly Father, for the small things in my life or even for the big things.

Today’s small things I am grateful for:

  • the first day of school
  • the opportunity to work from home
  • power naps
  • AC
  • my job

It’s not a hard thing to do, being grateful, and it only takes a few moments.  Why is it such a difficult thing to remember to sit down and actually list those thoughts on a daily basis?  The answer is, we are human, and it’s not a top priority in this day and age of endless debt, marital stress, the task of raising children, or caring for family.  Exhaustion overtakes me, and pain, and a desire to escape life sometimes.  That desire is so deep that it overpowers everything else at least once a day.  I am calm, I am resolute, I am determined, but I still want to escape.

My bonus big thing that I am grateful for today:

I have 4 days left until I can “escape” to a By the Brook Retreat at Faith Baptist Church in Monroe, GA, sponsored by Rising Above Ministries.  The retreat is an opportunity for mothers raising children with special needs to gather together for a weekend of pampering, inspiration and encouragement to refresh, restore and renew.

I so need to “escape” to take a moment to breathe in deep and let it out slowly.

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Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy with a Heart

I came across a new Linky Meme while reading one of the new blogs I have subscribed to recently (Thanks GHOSTWRITERMUMMY).  This new linky is called “Reasons to be Cheerful, 1,2,3” and it is debuting today at Mummy from the Heart by Michelle.  All you have to do is list 3 things you are cheerful about this week.  You are free to follow or comment or link to all the participants in the linky.   Michelle is using the hashtag #Reasons2BCheerful if you want to tweet about it.

1.  If you haven’t read my post “A HUGE Mission Accomplished“, you should check it out.  My 7 year old used the vacuum cleaner for the fist time.  Yay!  That will help me tremendously.

2.  One of the things that I didn’t write about in my blog was that my 7 year old took a shower by herself, she rinsed and soaped without any help from me.  Thank goodness.  I’m getting too old to be a contortionist to do that for her.

3.  I’m so glad it’s Friday.  I have my Dr. Pepper, chips and dip and I’m ready to settle in for the weekend and not go anywhere or do anything, except go to church on Sunday morning.  I live in Central Georgia and it looks like we are going to have some kind of rain/sleet/ice/snow/wintry mix on Sunday evening and Monday morning.

That’s my list.  Don’t forget to check out some of the other cheerful thoughts for this Friday.

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