A Work In Progress

A Work In Progress

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Gratitude For God's Gifts of Love to Me - Week 1

My Year of Thanks!

March 20th - March 26, 2015

March 20th
  1. My Godson & Nephew Gregory
  2. Spring/New Beginnings
  3. Laughter
March 21st
  1. Sunshine
  2. My working legs
  3. My Determined Mom who is a Fighter
March 22nd
  1. Healthy, comfort food Mac & Cheese
  2. God's Amazing Grace for Me
  3. Strength to lose and maintain weight even thru depression
March 23rd
  1. Incredible Health Insurance
  2. My Wonderful Husband
  3. Eucalyptus Spearmint Scented Stress Relief Candle (very relaxing)
March 24th
  1. A warm place to live
  2. Music that touches my heart and soul
  3. The opportunity to work overtime
March 25th
  1. My positive and encouraging Friend Holly - We've been Friends for 7 Years!
  2. A relaxing evening in the apartment, all by myself (breaking out in song here)
  3. My pretty recliner which helps me relax
March 26th
  1. Hot showers in the Morning
  2. Coffee!  Nuff said!
  3. The peaceful sound of birds chirping when I walk out of the apartment in the Morning

Thursday, March 19, 2015

My Year of Thankfulness Starts Tomorrow!

The Small Group That I Facilitate every other Wednesday Evening started a Study by Ann Voskamp last Evening.  It is a Study based on her book "One Thousand Gifts - A Dare To LIVE FULLY Right Where you Are."  She encourages us to make a "Gift List" to count the ways Jesus Loves Us.  Tonight I decided that I am going to write down 3 things each day that I am Thankful for.  What better time to start this than when I am in the middle of a depressive episode!  "There is hope and transformative power in counting our blessings and naming the good gifts of God--because we encounter the power of God Himself in our lives.  If you want to discover the rhythms of grace, joy, and true thankfulness, count the gifts God has given and the ones He is giving you at this very moment."
I love the quote below!  Wow!  I never thought of it this way before, but it makes perfect sense.  If I'm afraid, then I'm really fearing that He doesn't love me.  His love never ends, it's just my thought patterns change.

I can't think of a more perfect day than the first day of Spring (March 20th, 2015), to start my Year of Thankfulness.  I will write down 3 things each day (yes that will come to 1,095 things I'm Thankful for when March 19th, 2016 arrives, but can we ever be TOO Thankful?), that I am Thankful for.  Once a week I will write a blog (at the end of the week) discussing the 21 things I am Thankful for that week.

I am SO Excited to start this Journey and to Study this Book with my Small Group Friends.

I may have depression, but I won't let depression have me!

"God is Good and I am Always Loved" ~ Ann Voskamp