I paid a visit to one of our church seniors who has not been able to participate in worship as she once did. Yet while she feels physically weak in some ways, her spirit remains as strong as ever, for when I asked, "How are you?" she said, "I'm so grateful that I hardly know … Continue reading Thanksgiving Sunday Gratitude Journal
In July of this year, I decided to cut back on writing in this space from weekly to every second week. By doing so, I hoped to make more writing room for my new book project and to ease what sometimes felt like a relentless pace of blogging. Today I'm making an exception with this … Continue reading The Gratitude Gift That Keeps on Giving
Praise the Lord! I thank the Lord with all my heart. . . . Psalm 111 is one of my favourite psalms of thanksgiving, from these exuberant opening words of thanks, through the great works of God that form the centerpiece of the psalm, to the closing affirmation: God's praise lasts forever! Here are five reasons to be … Continue reading 5 Reasons to be Inspired by Psalm 111
Last year I started a gratitude journal, so every evening I would reflect on five things that made me grateful and write them down. I tried to be specific and not repeat myself from one evening to the next, and I came to love the practice as a way of reviewing my day and giving … Continue reading How to Inspire a Rather Large Amount of Gratitude
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits-- (Psalm 103:1-2, New Revised Standard Version) Over and over again, Psalm 103 says, "Bless the Lord--Bless the Lord--Bless the Lord--Bless the Lord--Bless the Lord--Bless the Lord!" It's … Continue reading Three Wonderful Ways You Can Bless the Lord
When my first book proposal was turned down, I submitted it to another publisher, and another, and another, until eight publishers later, my manuscript finally found a home. That's when I decided to re-read my manuscript, and felt immediately dismayed. You see, every time my proposal got returned, I simply wrote a new cover letter, … Continue reading Can a Gratitude Journal Make You More Hopeful?
Last week I didn't make my daily Lenten walk to the mailbox for the very good reason that my husband and I were away for our first-ever trip to Hawaii! I'm sure we looked like just another couple of tourists in Hawaiian shirts and leis (and no, we did not get matching outfits!), but for … Continue reading Why I’m Glad I Skipped the Second Week of Lent
Give Thanks Video, lyrics by Henry Smith when he was a recent seminary grad struggling with a degenerative eye condition that would later leave him legally blind, recorded by Don Moen.