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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: A Thanksgiving Prayer

In Others’ Words: A Thanksgiving Prayer

  Thanksgiving Day is the day after tomorrow. I paused for a moment after I wrote that sentence … caught my breath and thought, Is that correct? Thanksgiving is that close?  Yes, it is. I spent Monday grocery shopping, prepping for Wednesday, when family comes over and helps with the day-before cooking. That’s a newer family tradition that makes Thanksgiving Day much more relaxed.... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Do the Math

In Others’ Words: Do the Math

Sometimes in the midst of all the busyness, we just have to stop and do the math. To be honest, I’m tripping up over a couple of things I haven’t gotten done … yet. Or still. I’m trying … but things just aren’t coming together like I see them in my head. It’s frustrating. At the end of the day, it’s easy to see those things sitting there. Undone. Aga... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Think Big or Think Small

In Others’ Words: Think Big or Think Small

    It’s Monday … the beginning of a new week. Are you planning on thinking at all this week? Looking ahead at my week, there’s going to be a whole lof of thinking going on. And I love the challenge put forth in “The Donald’s” quote: I might as well Think Big. Want to join me? At first read, Thinking Big conjures up the idea of Dreaming Big, Risking Bi... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Prayer at Its Best

In Others’ Words: Prayer at Its Best

I always get to Friday and pause … look back to Monday’s post … and consider all that has transpired between the hopes of that “then” and the realities of today’s “now.” Monday included moments of celebration — really? I finaled in a writing contest? — and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday included cold splashes of reality that brought me to k... Read More »

In Others’ Words: In Everything …

Two words stand out to me in Psalm 9:1 — the word whole and the word recount. As I thought through Psalm 9:1, I wondered: Do I ever give half-hearted thanks to God? Or do I ever forget to thank him altogether? And then there’s that idea of recounting … when I took a closer look at what the Hebrew word caphar means it encompasses the idea of counting things (think math) and declar... Read More »

A Grateful Attitude

“Gratitude … goes beyond the “mine” and “thine” and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift. In the past I always thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have i... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Compliments

“I can live for two months on a good compliment.” ~Mark Twain, American author & humorist Ah, compliments! For someone to take the time to say something encouraging. Something positive about you. To start a sentence with the words, “I like you because _____________” and then they fill in the blank with a reason. And you hug those words to yourself. Too often I shrug off... Read More »