Category Archives: Gratitude

Cure for a Cruddy Day

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I woke up the other day feeling cruddy. It was a rainy, dreary day, my husband had a test at the hospital (which turned out to be fine), and I was awake during the night; yuk. Depression is not something … Continue reading

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Lessons From Little-Known Women of the Bible: Anna

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It’s almost Thanksgiving, a day when we will simply give thanks around a table overflowing with turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries, and other goodies.  No gifts.  No hype.  No countdown, unless you’re the one hosting a large crowd for the day, and even that is a joy. … Continue reading

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Celebrating the “Unbounded Exercise of Reason and Freedom of Opinion”

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Having just celebrated the 4th of July and enjoying a beautiful weekend complete with fireworks, cookouts, and relaxation, (too much relaxation to write this post a few days earlier) I thought I’d take a moment to ponder what we celebrate every year. For one … Continue reading

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Cheer up!

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What cheers you up?  A beautiful day, a good night’s sleep, an evening spent with people you love, or a restful vacation? These are wonderful gifts, and they never fail to cheer me up. “Cheer up” isn’t the first expression that comes to mind … Continue reading

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Life Beyond a Stroke

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I was living life fully loaded: teaching opportunities were suddenly plentiful, spending time with family and friends was a joy, and getting ready for anther year of CBS was just around the corner.  I had lots of ideas and plans and life … Continue reading

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Stand in Awe of God’s Yes

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In the three weeks between Memorial Day and June 8th we celebrated a college graduation, an important medical school milestone, the birth of a baby, and a wedding. The busy days surrounding this convergence of major life events featured a vehicle clogged driveway, re-inhabited bedrooms, and a large and lively crowd … Continue reading

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Under a Canopy on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is our opportunity to remember, honor and thank those who have given their lives in the service of this country.   Culturally, it has also become a nice long early summer weekend to be enjoyed while lining streets for small … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Weekend: A Snapshot of Competition for our Souls

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Observing the back-to-back events of Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday makes my head spin.  In a dizzying instant, we flip the switch from giving thanks for what we have to the scramble to get some more. What does that say about our culture?  What does it say about … Continue reading

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Why are you Thankful?

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As children most of us learned to say “please” and “thank you.”  (Apparently it doesn’t come naturally.)  To dust off a rather quaint phrase, it’s good manners. Why? To be thankful is to be “conscious of benefit received.”  Genuine gratitude springs from … Continue reading

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Dumping or Delivering or Both?

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What kind of vehicle best describes your communication with God? Yesterday my journal was like a dump truck hauling a pile of petitions to heaven.  Of course, journals are a fine place to write prayers, questions, random thoughts and observations, but that entry was particularly…dumpy. Some days my prayers … Continue reading

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