Day 320: Looking at Old Pictures

While doing some cleaning today I found a cd of pictures from a trip I took a few years ago that I’d been wondering what happened to. I can’t tell you how happy I was to find it! It’s been so much fun looking through them and remembering! I love looking through old pictures, especially ones when I was really little! It’s so much fun to remember things and people who I might’ve forgotten about or haven’t seen in a long time. Or see how people have changed over the years. It really brings back memories, and often reminds me to pray for people. Maybe I should do it more often.

Day 320: Thank you Lord for looking through old pictures, it’s so much fun and brings back so many memories!

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Day 274: Silence

I have very sensitive hearing, I can often hear some sounds that other people can’t and some noises (especially loud ones) are louder to me. As a result I really appreciate silence, because complete silence is rare for me, most of the time there’s some background noise, even if no one else can hear it. (Lights buzzing, insects, etc.) I can’t fall asleep if there’s too much noise going on, and depending on what I’m doing I may need silence to concentrate. Our world today is so noisy that we don’t take the time to stop and be silent. But it’s something we need to do, to cut out everything else and just listen for the things we can’t hear when we’re making noise, to what’s going on around us, and for the voice of God.

Day 274: Thank you Lord for silence, it’s something we tend to forget about, but it’s important to take time to stop, be silent and listen.

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Day 269: When Other People Say “Thank You”

I was thinking today about the phrase “thank you” and how I feel when someone says it to me. Many times I don’t think twice about it like when I say “bless you” after someone sneezes, and they say “thank you”, it just comes out automatically. Most of the time when someone says “thank you” I respond with “you’re welcome”, “no, thank you” or even “mmhm,” a lot of times that too is an automatic response that I don’t really think about.

Of course there are a lot of occasions when how you respond when someone says “thank you” isn’t a big deal, but what about the times when it is a big deal? When you’ve done something big, special, or important for someone else and they respond by saying “thank you.” When that happens I try to be really nice and genuine with my response especially when their “thank you” has touched me. It feels good to be genuinely appreciated and makes me want to do more; albeit sometimes for selfish reasons but when someone is glad you helped them it should spur you to do more and better things to help people.

Day 269: Thank you Lord for the times when other people say “thank you” it’s so wonderful to feel appreciated.

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Day 264: World Gratitude Day

Did you know today, September 21st is World Gratitude Day? I didn’t, I’d never even heard of it until I saw something online yesterday about it. Apparently it was created in 1965 as a sort of worldwide Thanksgiving Day, especially to show gratitude for people in your life and I think it’s pretty awesome!

Here in the US of course we have our own Thanksgiving Day where we’re supposed to give thanks to God for the things in our life. But I think too often we get caught up with the parades, football games, and the big dinners that go on and while we say “Thank You” it’s in passing. How awesome is it that there’s a day set aside just to show gratitude for the people in our lives? And it’s celebrated all over the world! So let me encourage you take some time today or in the next couple days to write a note to some of the people in your life to thank them for the impact they’ve had on your life.

Day 264: Thank you Lord for World Gratitude Day, so people all over the world can be reminded to be grateful!

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Day 242: Disappointments

Yesterday and today I’ve experienced a number of disappointments, where things haven’t worked out like I’d hoped. Nothing too major but having so many over such a short period of time is a bit overwhelming and I almost broke into tears at work today. I hate it when I’m disappointed and something doesn’t work out the way I hoped, but we can’t have everything the way we want and when I go through something like this I try to remember that. Often what happens instead is better than what we wanted, but we can’t always see it at the time.

Day 242: Thank you Lord for disappointments, while they’re never easy they remind us to not always expect things the way WE want them.

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Day 226: Being Alive

I almost died when I was born, and because of that I never try to take the face that I am alive for granted. I know it’s only by the grace of God any of us are here today, and it’s only by his grace that I even took my first breath. Some of my favorite worship songs include lines about life and death, like “In Christ Alone”: “From Life’s First Cry, to Final Breath, Jesus commands my destiny.” I’m so grateful God has given me life and allowed me to live this long, so in gratitude I try to live for his glory.

Day 226: Thank you Lord for allowing me to live so I can give you glory here on earth.

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Day 205: Blessings

Today I read something that really made me think and I’m going to post it here:
“If you own just one Bible, you are abundantly blessed one-third of the world does not have access to even one.

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than a million who will not survive the week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of five million people around the world.

If you attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest or torture of death, you are more blessed that almost three billion people in the world.

If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet and spare change in a dish someplace, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful, you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.

If you can hold someone’s hand, hug them or even touch them on the shoulder, you are blessed because you can offer God’s healing touch.

If you prayed yesterday and today, you are in the minority because you believe in God’s willingness to hear and answer prayer.

If you believe in Jesus as the Son of God, you are part of a very small minority in the world.

If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read anything at all.

You are blessed.” – Author Unknown

I can truly say all of these things are true for me at this exact moment, though some of them haven’t always been true. I am so blessed to be able to do all of these things but so often I take them for granted, or I complain about stuff. This really puts things in perspective, in reality I don’t have any reason to complain when so many people around the world don’t have as many blessings as I do! I need to remember to take these blessings that God has given me and share them with those who don’t have them.

Day 205: Thank you Lord for the blessings you’ve given me. May I never take them for granted and use them to bless those around me!

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