Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
~ Melody Beattie
I am thankful for the recent shower of blessings both intangible and concrete.
I am thankful for all the little things in my life that matter to me, however silly they may seem.
I am thankful for the wood my brother in law brought us that is even now keeping the house toasty warm.
I am thankful, gloriously grateful for Mike's new truck, a 98 Ford F150 so that I can have my car back!
I am thankful for coffee. In ways I can hardly express. Coffee is a gift straight from heaven.
"The morning cup of coffee has an exhilaration about it which the cheering influence of the afternoon or evening cup of tea cannot be expected to reproduce." ~Oliver Wendell Holmes
I am thankful for my gadgets. I am a techno geek and proud of it. I adore gadgets and especially those that enhance or help me in my daily life.
I am grateful for my HTC G1 phone with which I can make calls, check email, run the prayer chain when I am away from home and Google an answer to the the questions the kids come up with just about everywhere we go. I can read a book on it even in the dark, play on Facebook and play Bejeweled Twist. I can go anywhere I don't know how to get to by turning on it's GPS, a freedom feature for me! I just used it the other night when I was face-painting to look at clip art to paint the Patriots logo! I can listen to music and make my own ring-tones. Every contact has a photo and the ones I love have their very own ring-tones so I know who is calling. This phone is a workhorse and is going strong at 4 years old already.
My Barnes and Noble Nook.
I currently have about 400 books on it which is only about 47% full and I can up the memory with up to a 16GB micro SD card. Even I would be hard pressed to fill it. I can read books, listen to music or an audiobook with or without headphones. I can check email and play on the internet, though the browser is in beta and is clunky. I can play chess or Suduko. I can shop Barnes and Noble and add more books anytime, anywhere. It is one of the best gifts I have ever been given and I am so very happy with it. Something else for which I am deeply thankful.
I am thankful for blank notebooks and journals. Crisp, white pages that beckon softly. Standing ready to be filled with thoughts, dreams, prayers and other miscellany. The annals of my life and times.
gel pens. The extraordinary pleasure of the ink gliding so smoothly across the page making even my scribbling look lovely.
I am thankful for my Life Application Study Bible. A tool I had never seen nor used it is making the whole Bible new to me with ever deeper clarity and meaning. Kudos to my Uncle Peter for insisting on it.
I am grateful for all the little things that make life easier, kitchen timers, peelers, push pins and paperclips. I am thankful for cat food cans with pop top lids and easy open packaging; for hangers and poster putty, long lighters and hair elastics. I am grateful for card tables to work puzzles on and puzzles to work.
I am filled with gratitude just thinking of all the things I have to be grateful about.
"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others." ~Cicero