T.G.I.F. – Gratitude Friday

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My Top Three for the Week:

3.)  An exhilarating run on an exceptionally warm October evening, followed by a hot shower, a bowl of popcorn, a glass of A&W, and watching an episode of Castle. The ingredients for a perfect evening. 🙂

2.)  Finally, after several years, finding strength to truly forgive myself for a mistake, allowing the healing process to begin.

1.)  Time spent with my beautiful granddaughter and the joy, innocence, and heart-melting moments she brings to my life.

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Carpe diem, friends. Truly seize and live this day.

What tops your gratitude list this week?

T.G.I.F. – Gratitude Friday

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The Week’s Top Three:

3.)  Completing the first draft of my book Shear Madness, which I began in Camp Nano this past July, and beginning to loosely plan the second in the series, Brush with Death, for NaNoWriMo next month.

2.)  That first sweet, juicy, crunchy bite of a Honeycrisp apple on a fall day. Mmmmmm…they are the best! 🙂

1.)  My son calling so happy to tell me that they just closed on their first house, asking if we wanted to come and see it that evening, and my baby granddaughter getting so excited when she saw papa and grandma pull in the driveway of her new home. Melted my heart then and there. 🙂

What tops your list this week?

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

T.G.I.F. – Gratitude Friday

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The week’s top three:

3.)  When I click on the Publish button to publish a blog post and that beautiful pop-up appears that says “No writing errors were found.” Simple joy! 🙂

2.)  The beauty of color – purple ink on white paper, the brilliant pinks, reds and oranges of a sunrise, the bright blue of a clear sky, the purity of the white clouds dotting that blue sky.

1.)  That feeling of immense freedom that comes from releasing every care, every burden to Him, knowing He will work all for good. His will, not mine, be done.

What tops your list for the week?

“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.”  — Harry A. Ironside

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T.G.I.F. – Gratitude Friday

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The top of my gratitude list for this past week:

3.)  The smell and feel of the cool fall air and the fresh beauty of an autumn thunderstorm.

2.)  Triple chocolate chunk and pumpkin spice ice cream – not together. 🙂 Yum!

1.)  One-on-one time with my adult sons. Priceless!

What tops your list?

“One of the main reasons that we lose our enthusiasm in life is because we become ungrateful..we let what was once a miracle become common to us. We get so accustomed to his goodness it becomes a routine.” -Joel Osteen

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T.G.I.F. – Gratitude Friday

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My Top Three This Week:

3.)  Publishing a blog post and seeing the pop-up box that says no errors have been found! 🙂

2.)  My novel, The Inheritance, completed and available on Amazon, and that sweet feeling of thankfulness as I held that first copy in my hands.

1.)  An early morning walk with my dog, Roxie, a cup of coffee, the fresh coolness of morning on my face, a light breeze tousling my hair, inhaling the scent of pure freshness. Ahhhhh…..summer. 🙂

What are you grateful for this week?

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Thankful Thursday – My Passions

I feel so blessed that my passions in life can also honor God.

While I’m well aware that I’m not even close to perfect and I clearly make mistakes, my passion to be the best wife, mother, and grandmother I can possibly be inspires me to get my hope, strength, and guidance from God.  It gives me the opportunity to lead my family to Him, and encourages me to act as His child so as not to lead them astray.

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My passion for writing gives me an opportunity to do what I love while honoring Him.  And if making a difference in the life of even one person is the result of my writing, besides the joy it fills me with, it is time well spent.

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I wear a necklace every day that has a small cross and a small starfish.  I have two of these, actually, one is silver, the other gold.  The cross as a reminder that I belong to God and of the journey I walk with Him.  The starfish to remind me that making a difference to just one, as in the story of the man and the starfish on the beach, (you can read the story here http://www.ordinarypeoplechangetheworld.com/articles/the-starfish-story.aspx ), is what I am called to do.

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My passion for photography gives me the opportunity to honor God by enjoying His unending gift of nature’s beauty, as well as preserving memories of family moments, and sharing that gift with those I reach with my snapshots.

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What an incredible blessing to have passions that fill me with such amazing joy and allow me to honor my Father through that joy.  I am so thankful.

All is Grace.