Gratitude List for February

Here’s what I’m thankful for this month:

  1. A great birthday. I felt loved and spoiled by all.
  2. One last taste of winter. I know many people are more than ready for Spring, but I’m not quite done with scarves, sweaters, and cuddling under warm blankets.
  3. Funerals. As sad as they are, I’m thankful for the closure they offer and the love and support that’s present in the room.
  4. My amazing husband who believes in me and my dreams. He’s always supportive.
  5. Nutella. Yum.
  6. Freedom to write my feelings, fears, and frustrations.
  7. Progress on my book. Although small steps, those steps get me closer to completion.
  8. Jamming with fellow musicians and sharing original songs.
  9. A washer and dryer. I’m always thankful that I don’t have to wash clothes by hand.
  10. Laughter. I’m often too melodramatic and forget how healing laughter can be.

What are you thankful for this month?

Gratitude List

Here’s what I’m thankful for this month.

  1. A chance to sing again. I’ve so loved the chance to sing with a choir again.
  2. Cold nights that leave you no choice but to cuddle up at home.
  3. Fun coworkers.
  4. My hubby creating a home studio for us to record some original songs.
  5. Playing through some of my original songs when I felt down and feeling lifted up by them.
  6. Four or five part harmony.
  7. Pumpkin spice coffee (and tea) in the off season.
  8. Chances to connect with hundreds of people online.
  9. Friends that will give honest and helpful feedback about my writing.
  10. Not getting sick in spite of colds and the flu running rampant around me. (I’m knocking on wood right now.)

What are you thankful for this month?

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Reflecting on the last month, here’s what I’m thankful for.

1. Live Christmas trees. I love coming home and smelling fresh pine.

2. Christmas music. Traditional Christmas carols never get old to me.

3. Spending a day at the coast with my wonderful hubby, celebrating five years ago when he asked me to marry him.

4. A week off of work right when I felt like I was going to snap. God seems to give me a break right when I need it.

5. My first electric guitar from my husband and a chance to expand my musicianship. (If you’d like to read the full, awesome story behind my Christmas gift, click here.)

Isn't it pretty?

6. Rest and creative time with my husband. I love that he enjoys being creative as much as I do.

7. Jon Acuff’s 5 Club. He continues to encourage and push me (and many others) toward passions, dreams and goals. I have a feeling 2013 is going to be a productive year.

8. Comforting passages of Scripture. As I read through the Christmas passages of the Bible, the familiar words made my heart smile.

9. Time with family. Laughter, food and copious amounts of crinkled wrapping paper make for a fun day.

10. Watching my nephews play Christmas carols on piano during a Christmas Eve service. They rocked it. (The big dramatic bow that my younger nephew took was awesome too.)

What are you thankful for this month?

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Here’s what I’m thankful for this month.

  1. Thanksgiving. The idea of a day full of rest, thankfulness and food is just brilliant.
  2. Pumpkin spice coffee.
  3. The smell of a Christmas tree when I walk in my house.
  4. My husband’s constant hysterical jokes. That man can always make me laugh.
  5. Buy one get one deals at Publix. This last week included flowers. I’m cheap and I like pretty flowers, so it was a win-win.
  6. Nice weather. Although I’d love to have it actually feel like winter when I’m picking out a Christmas tree, I can’t complain too much about temperatures in the 70s.
  7. Long walks that help me clear my head.
  8. My guitar. Though I haven’t picked it up much lately, I feel blessed that I can create music.
  9. Meals that create leftovers and make meal planning much easier for the week.
  10. Time with my nephew. While Mom ran errands, he and I hung out at the park near my house. We decided the swirly slide isn’t all that exciting. Click the link to see his barely contained enthusiasm. IMG_0283

Gratitude List #5

On the first Monday of each month, I post a gratitude list. It helps keep me from that “Oh, woe is me” mentality.

1. Crunchy leaves. I love taking walks and hearing the sound of crunchy leaves underfoot. It’s a sure sign that fall is among us.

2. Long walks in a park. It offers me quiet and space for the introspection I desperately need.

3. Amazing friends who are cheering me on. After being blessed with the opportunity to guest post for Jon Acuff, one of my newest and most wonderful friends bought me a card. On the front it said, “You Did It!” She was just as excited as I was for the opportunity, and wanted to cheer me on in the pursuit of my dreams and passions. It meant a lot.

4. My front porch. It’s become one of my favorite spots in my house. I love watching the birds and squirrels in the yard.

5. Pumpkin bread. Yum.

6. Writers Unite. This has been a great group of support in the midst of my writing endeavors. In the month of October, I was able to get much writing done on my book. The feedback I received was very encouraging and it really makes me want to get this thing done. (If you’d like more information about Writers Unite, click here.)

7. The fact that I woke up this morning. This one always sounds cheesy, but the simple gift of life is an amazing thing. I’m grateful to still be breathing.

8. My husband’s great sense of humor. This man keep me laughing even on the worst of days.

9. Cheap, stay at home dates. This past weekend my husband and I decided to have a date. We had it at home. Sitting on the front porch listening to Prairie Home Companion on the radio, we sipped drinks and just enjoyed each other’s company. It was wonderful.

10. God’s grace. With how much I get stuck inside myself, He still hasn’t given up on me. Thank You, Jesus.

What are you thankful for this month?

Gratitude list time again

Time again for a monthly gratitude list! Here’s what I’m thankful for this month.
  1. The Quitter Conference. I attended my third conference last weekend and once again, it did not disappoint. I left more motivated, encouraged and with bigger dreams filling my head. Plus, I connected with several new friends that I’ve made online. It was like a reunion rather than meeting new friends for the first time. I even met another fellow Tallahassean there. (It’s the second time that’s happened!)
  2. This blog. Wednesday marks the one year anniversary of Rebooting Worship. I’m incredibly thankful for the space to process and the clarity it’s brought to my worship struggle.
  3. Lows in the 50s. This may not seem like much for people in the north, but for us Floridians, it’s wonderful. It’s the first sign of fall and a glorious reprieve from summer.
  4. Pumpkin Spice lattes. I haven’t had one yet this year, but tis the season. It is truly heaven in a cup.
  5. Breakfast and coffee with good friends. It’s wonderful to reconnect and have time to process through stuff with them.
  6. Quiet time in the morning to write, pull my thoughts together, and prepare for the day. For an introvert like me, it’s time much needed.
  7. Pandora radio. I’ve been putting some instrumental music on in the morning to write to, and it’s really helped. I think it wakes me up a bit too. I love being able to turn it on and get a variety of great music.
  8. The way my husband always takes care of me and keeps me safe. Whether it’s driving the entire 16 hour trip to Nashville and back even though he didn’t attend the conference, or working hard to keep our little family supported, he always takes great care of me.
  9. A washer and dryer. After coming home from a weekend trip, I had twice as much laundry to do. I grumbled as I started wading through it, then I remembered having to wash an entire suitcase full of clothes by hand in Kenya. I scrubbed and scrubbed and had a huge crick in my back from bending over so long, and they still smelled funny. I’m thankful that I can throw clothes into the washer, and then walk away and blog about thankfulness.
  10. My new deer family. I haven’t seen them in awhile, but I have more than one now.
Aren't they cute?

What are you thankful for this month?

Thankfulness once again…

Time for our monthly gratitude list. Once again, I really need this, as it’s been another tough month. Time to pull myself out of my pity party and remember all I have to be grateful for.

  1. An online community of amazing people. I’ve connected with some great people online, largely through Jon Acuff‘s Quitter book and conferences. When I put a plea out for guest posts so I could take some time off to rest, several perfect strangers (I call them that only because we’ve never met face to face) came to my rescue. I am incredibly thankful for my online friends. Ya’ll are awesome.
  2. Organization. I struggle with this, but when I take the time to do it, I feel so much better. My newly organized pantry actually gets me a little more excited about cooking.
  3. FALL!!! It’s coming… The summer sun’s still scorching us here in Florida, but Fall is coming. I can’t wait! Pumpkin Spice Latte, I can taste you now…
  4. Speaking of lattes, good foam on a latte never ceases to make my day.
  5. Three day weekends. They always seem to come when you need them most. I hope everyone is having a wonderful, restful Labor Day.
  6. Sweet memories from the past. While cleaning out our garage last weekend, I ran across a small box filled with little mementos from my time on tour with the African Children’s Choir. Some were simple pieces of jewelry that my kids had made and given to me. My eyes watered just looking through them.

    I wore this thing for months when I first got it
  7. Struggles. As much as I hate them, I know God uses them to make me a better person.
  8. Energy. As I’ve been struggling with Eustachian Tube Dysfunction or whatever this ailment might be, my energy level has been puny. But I have some good days, or even some good moments in days, where I get a surge of energy. I take those days and run with them, trying to be as productive as I can be.
  9. Hot showers. Sometimes it’s all I need to turn a bad funk into a better mood.
  10. My husband. As I said before, this guy seems to make every list. I love how he sticks with me and doesn’t complain even when I am. His patience with me is awesome.

What are you thankful for this month?

Time to be thankful!

It’s the first Monday of the month, which means it’s time for another gratitude list. It’s been a really rough month for me. I’ve spent the last week pretty much wallowing in self pity. The last thing I want to do is be thankful. Which means it’s a perfect time to be. Or at least try.

Here’s what I’m thankful for this month:

1. My comfy couch. I haven’t been feeling great this past week, and every time I’m sick, I’m reminded of how much I love my couch. It’s big, soft, cozy, and makes me feel better.

2. Medical treatments. I had a tube put in my ear last week in an effort to help the Eustachian tube dysfunction that’s been plaguing me for some time. Unfortunately, the tube hasn’t helped yet. In fact, it’s made me feel worse. I’ve been moping around all week and dwelling on how bad I feel. But really, I’m blessed that I have the opportunity to even have these medical treatments. There are so many people around the world that can’t afford basic medicine, and here I can have a doctor plug a tube in my ear in less than five minutes.

3. My husband. I think this man makes every one of my gratitude lists. This month I’m thankful for how he takes care of me. Even though my tube procedure was a simple one that I could have driven myself to, he drove me to and from the doctor’s office (mainly cause he knows I’m a major wuss) and has taken such good care of me since.

4. Coffee with friends. I love meeting friends for coffee and just catching up on life.

5. God taking care of me. Ever have those situations in life where you don’t really like the outcome, but you can see God’s hand in the midst of it all? Yup, been one of those months.

6. Books. I’m finally reading the Harry Potter series and I love reading a really good book and getting totally swept away in the story.

7. My co-workers. My job tends to stress me out, but I’m reminded daily of the awesome people I work with. They make the work place fun, and on those really bad days: bearable.

8. Air conditioning. As summer heat kicks into high gear, I am incredibly thankful for the luxury that we just can’t live without anymore.

9. The Olympics! If you’re going to pick a week to be sick, do it during the Olympics! As I’ve been crashed on my comfy couch I’ve caught up on fun stuff like gymnastics, water polo, beach volleyball, and synchronized swimming. All sorts of sports that I never knew I wanted to watch…

10. My crock pot. I love throwing stuff in and having dinner ready when I get home. It’s been especially great this week, with my energy level so low.

What are you thankful for this month?

But I don’t WANNA be thankful!

I get lost inside myself WAAAAY too much. As a result, I whine and complain about all the things I’m not happy about. I get consumed by self pity and the end result is one big, ugly mess.

I have friends with teenagers. Sometimes those teenagers get whiny. When they get real whiny, the parents will tell them, “I think it’s time to write a gratitude list.”

My husband once told me that same line. I wanted to punch him. I wasn’t done with my pity party yet. I refrained from my desired action and upon further contemplation, realized he was exactly right (as usual).

When I write a gratitude list, I make a list of ten items. No less. Rather than just picking a couple things, ten makes me think hard and dig deep into all the good in my life.

Part of worship is thankfulness. Bringing to God all the wonderful things He has done for us and thanking Him for it. I want to offer my gratitude here at rebooting worship, and allow you to offer yours. On the first Monday of each month, I will post my gratitude list. Lord knows I desperately need that reminder of all the good in my life.

So here’s my first one. I am thankful for:

1. People who are genuinely interested in how I’m doing. Someone unexpected went out of their way last week to come say hi and see how I was doing. It wasn’t just a “hit and run” conversation.

2. Rain. I love rain, and we got lots of it last week. (Thanks Tropical Storm Debby.) I also love how an afternoon rain shower dramatically cools down the hot, summer days that I really don’t like.

3. Being safe and dry. As much as I love rain, I love being snuggled up in my pjs watching it from my window. I was thankful to not have to venture out in the rain too much, and to not have any problems with flooding.

4. My amazing husband. I shared recently how we just celebrated four years of marriage. I am blessed with a man who makes me laugh all the time. We have a lot of fun.

5. A church service filled with people that I am beginning to connect with. I’ve been guarded and jaded for awhile. I’m slowly coming out of my shell.

6. Lots of friends, online and in real life. I am blessed with some great people and I love the new friends I’ve connected with via blogging.

7. Coffee. It’s one of the best parts of my morning routine.

8. Bubble baths.

9. My nephews. I have a ten and six year old nephew, and last weekend I invited them to sleep over at my house. We had a blast, and a game of tag showed me how desperately out of shape I am.

10. Music. I am finding that music music still speaks to me. Lately my soul has found a lot of peace in a J.S. Bach Pandora station.

What’s on your gratitude list today?