Crickets and Streams

Two words that I don’t say very often: I’m sick. Nothing serious, but it’s had me in it’s grip for about 5 days now and I want my mommy!

While I was laying in bed trying to fall asleep last night, not able to breathe, achey, and just feeling plain pitiful, I conceded and turned off the TV which is usually my sure-fire tool to help me transition into dreamland. I opened all three windows to let fresh air in from the 70 degree ‘winter’ day we had.

What I discovered was the harmonious sounds of crickets and the sound of constant flow from a stream. I don’t know if that stream has always been there or if it’s because of the heavy rain we recently had. Either way it was a serene combination that ultimately brought me some zzz’s.

I awoke this morning to the melodies of God’s creatures: beautiful singing birds who were happy for the blue sky and sunshine. I don’t think the hour we humans lost as a result of daylight savings time effected them as much.

Amid my pity party of sickness, I was reminded of one of the greatest gifts of all: gratitude. I was so grateful for my home and the woods that surround it and all of God’s creatures who I tend to drown out with electronics and media. If you take a moment to breathe it in, it truly is the most remarkable of simplicities.

Love your life today, no matter what!

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I am THANKFUL for…

Yes, this is another cliché ‘what am I thankful for’ post at Thanksgiving.  BUT let me say that gratitude is never cliché.  I don’t think you can ever talk about, write about, or think about GRATITUDE too much.  Every single day is a gift from our creator.  My prayers always start with “God, thank you for the GIFT of life today”. 

I didn’t realize how very, very precious life is until I was 24 and breathing what I thought were going to be my last breaths.  Unfortunately, for some of us that’s what it takes.  Hopefully, for anyone reading this, you can just take my word for it…be grateful for every single day.   Even the miserable ones because even in the darkest days there is light and a lesson: “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all (2 Corinthians 4:17).”

Above all else, I thank God.  He is #1 on my Gratitude List and everything that comes after is merely a bi-product of his greatness.  Psalm 100:5 praises: ” For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”  Without his love, mercy, and grace I would be nothing and I would have nothing.  I could list 100 things/people/miracles that I’m thankful for, but it really just all comes back to Him.  What are you thankful for?

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. – Psalm 100:4

Resurrect the wall

This is going to be short, and not so sweet.  Every time after a heartbreak, I tell myself that I’m not letting anyone do that to me again.  However, here I am…again…and my heart hurts.

My wall is going back up.  No one is getting in there for a while.  I think my higher power just wants me to be in love with me for now.

Despite the tears, tight chest, and upset stomach, I am grateful for this day.

Can you be grateful in times of loss?