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In Others’ Words: Being Thankful for Octobers

In Others’ Words: Being Thankful for Octobers

I know people who say that autumn is their favorite time of year. That’s not the case for me, but I do enjoy autumn and watching the trees change colors. And I especially enjoy the month of October. It’s right in between September and November — the month when we can catch our breath after running full tilt from summer into the start of school and before we get caught up in the h... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Adjusting our Emotional Tides

In Others’ Words: Adjusting our Emotional Tides

For me, it seems I always come back to gratitude.  There are certainly a lot of other emotions that demand my attention — wanting dominance in my life. And yes, I started to list them off and then deleted the list because why name all the emotional ups and downs I experience any given day? Disappointment can be one of the most unrelenting of emotions — even when it only whispers in my ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Simple Gratitude

In Others’ Words: Simple Gratitude

Joy and gratitude . . . for me, the two are intertwined. Joy is an expression of gratitude. Gratitude leads to joy. And we can never have too much joy and gratitude in our lives, can we? Of the two, we have to be more deliberate about expressing our gratitude for the people in our lives. For the special graces God bestows on us. For the opportunities we are given. For the protection we are provide... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Haves versus Wants

In Others’ Words: Haves versus Wants

If I could sum up today’s quote in two words, they would be: Be grateful.  We can spend a lot of time thinking about what we want — what we don’t have or what we think we deserve. Oftentimes what we have is never enough and setting our minds on “wants” creates a mindset of discontent. And then we get whatever it is we want … and even that doesn’t satisfy b... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Practicing Gratitude

In Others’ Words: Practicing Gratitude

It’s November, the month when our thoughts more easily turn toward thankfulness. After all, this is the month when we have an entire day devoted to giving thanks — and weeks to prepare for the celebration. And yet, isn’t it true that when we want a reason to be thankful we don’t have to chase after “extraordinary moments” of happiness? Gratitude is about paying ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Choosing One Word for 2017

In Others’ Words: Choosing One Word for 2017

Are you ready to talk about your One Word for 2017? I am!  This is my twelfth year to focus on one word. An even dozen. Wow. And once again, I have to admit that I was wondering “Where’s my One Word for 2017?” Most years I’ve known what my One Word was going to be by August or September, but the last two years October has loomed without a One Word in sight. I discovered my ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: How Gratitude Shapes the Heart

In Others’ Words: How Gratitude Shapes the Heart

I’m counting my blessings tonight. And because I just spent 4 days in Nashville at the 2016 American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Conference, those blessings have names like Rachel and Susie and Cathy and Kristy and Roxanne and Alena and Lisa  and Dee … and oh, the list goes on. My heart overflows with gratitude because I spent time with my people — other “creatives,... Read More »