Category Archives: Gratitude

Don’t Waste the Crust

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Encouragement for anybody who has something hard to swallow on their plate: Don't Waste the Crust

I’ve never been one of those mothers who carefully pared the crust off the PBJ’s I served my children for lunch. For well over 20 years now, I’ve been coaxing my kids to eat the crusts of their sandwiches using the following rationale: It’s wasteful to leave them. -and- That’s where most of the vitamins are. And for well over… Read more »

No Complaining Allowed

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Do Everything Without Complaining

The Bible says we should “do everything without complaining or arguing.” (Philippians 2:14) That’s not a suggestion. It’s a command. Nobody wants to be around a whiner or complainer. It is wearisome, both mentally and emotionally, to listen to the constant grumblings of a perpetually unhappy person. It grates on the nerves. Wise parents understand this fact and train their… Read more »

A Letter to My Father

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A Letter to My Father

Tomorrow marks the seventh anniversary of my father’s passing. I remember dreaming that Daddy died several years before he actually did. The dream came long before the cancer diagnosis, before his health began to deteriorate, back when he was still in the prime of life, while he was still here. But the dream shook me up. In my dream, my… Read more »

Don’t Let Anything Steal Your Joy

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Joy springs from a grateful heart. Don't let the enemy steal your joy.

Joy springs from a grateful hearts, but there are two things that will snuff out gratitude faster than blowing out a candle, and we must vigilantly guard against both. Those two things are envy and expectations. Envy causes us to see the glass as half-empty instead of half-full. It fills our hearts with jealousy and bitter resentment, so that we… Read more »

They Won’t Know It Till You Show It

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"There is no such thing as gratitude unexpressed. If it is unexpressed, it is plain, old-fashioned ingratitude." - Robert Brault

Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving, from my home to yours…. As you count your blessings today, take time to tell those living, breathing blessings in your life how much you appreciate them!

Mixed Blessings

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…. Life took yet another unexpected turn the day before Thanksgiving when our excessively thirsty Daniel tested positive for diabetes. That brings the tally to three children with Type 1, all diagnosed during major holidays. What are the odds? Daniel took the news like a real trooper, although he has since asked, “Mommy? When do I get to stop having… Read more »

Show Some Appreciation

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As soon as my husband made it to work yesterday morning, he called home to say that he’d broken his glasses and could I please bring him his back-up pair? I was still in my fuzzy bathrobe, so I quickly changed clothes, grabbed my coat and keys, and drove over to the hospital to make the delivery. Being out in… Read more »

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