I adore birthdays and celebrating, yet this year dread threatened to detach my joy. I am naturally an optimistic person. Birthdays are reasons to refill one’s glass and toast to life, love, and God’s amazing grace. So why was I feeling glum about this birthday? I don’t know.
Taking a cue from the sign in my kitchen I decided to count my blessings.
Research proves gratitude is a powerful influence on mental health. I decided to list forty-three things for which I am grateful. At first, the list lurched and stopped, like someone learning to drive a manual transmission. Then, the blessings flowed faster than I could write.
Count Your Blessings
Here is my list:
Today I woke
Able to walk today
Being able to smile
Faith anchored in Christ
God’s amazing grace
God’s chronic presence in my chronic illness
Quiet mornings and #CoffeeWithJesus
Chris, my beloved and rock
Rachel, the compassionate “noticer”
Andrew’s strong-willed analytical mind
I’ve never missed a soccer or softball game in three years.
Living in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Our one-level home
Fiddle Tunes & Irish music
Travel memories to Ireland, Hawaii, Canada, Eh!
The sound of wooden roller coasters
The crunch of walking on leaves
Strolling on cobblestone paths
80’s music and Flip Flops
Join me in counting our blessings. Recounts are okay.
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