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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: Honoring Christmas

In Others’ Words: Honoring Christmas

A common theme among Christmas quotes is the idea that the spirit of Christmas shouldn’t be confined to a single day. Of course, different people mean different things when they talk about the spirit of Christmas. Love. Joy. Goodwill. Kindness. Giving … and receiving.  Truly, all of these attitudes are part of Christmas. And yes, it would be wonderful if we didn’t pack them away ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Once Upon a Childhood

In Others’ Words: Once Upon a Childhood

There are books everywhere in my house.  When e-readers came on the scene, my husband encouraged me to get one. His hope? That the multiple To Be Read (TBR) piles would disappear into virtual oblivion. Um, no. That did not happen. My Kindle is loaded and ready to go on trips with me … and the TBR piles continue to thrive throughout the rooms of my home. And now … well, now I have two p... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Seeing the Small Joys

In Others’ Words: Seeing the Small Joys

I can spend my days so focused on the one big thing that I hope will ensure me happiness …  fame … or accolades … or some sort of self-satisfaction that creates an “I’m enough” feeling — however fleeting … Or I can gather the small joys that make up the every days of my life. Laughter shared with friends Hugs given so freely by my still-can’t-g... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Funny Good Fun

In Others’ Words: Funny Good Fun

Sometimes the Friday blog post seems to call out for a Dr. Seuss quote. That was true last night as I pondered today’s post … and the “good fun” quote seemed perfect. Maybe it’s rainy where you are today. Or maybe’s it’s sunny … or snowy … here in Colorado the weather is so unpredictable we can have rain, sun, and snow all in the course of one ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Choose

By Max Lucado, best-selling author & preacher “I Choose Love… No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves. I Choose Joy… I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I wil... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Joy

“Joy is the best makeup.” ~Anne Lamott, novelist & nonfiction writer Sometimes I don’t want to look in the mirror. Well, really, sometimes I look too closely in the mirror and I get all uptight about this wrinkle and that wrinkle and that one there! and there! and there! Sheesh. I’m surprised I don’t go running through the house with a hammer and break all the mir... 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 »