My Gratitudes for Wednesday:
1. I'm thankful for the nation in which I live. We enjoy great freedom and abundance in the United States. I pray this country continues to maintain its great faith in God, the foundation upon which this nation was built.
2. I love the beauty that surrounds where I live. California is a great place to live.
3. I know God's unconditional love, empowered by life-giving principles.
They are slate stones that allow me to trek across the miry bogs of life. Wow. For more about this, please read here."If thy law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction." Psalm 119: 92
4. I'm fortunate being the father of terrific young men.
5. I am grateful for the hope I have and the principles that guide my life. They are a result of the daily, for more than twenty years, working on my personal growth.
No Emotional Vampires for Me
I appreciate emotionally healthy friends. They are not emotional vampires. You know the type: they brighten a room by leaving it. They easily suck our joy and energy, if we are not on guard and don't exercise boundaries.
Instead, my friends offer love. They are an oasis within the desert of today's hectic, overburdened, technology tethered (iPods, smart phones, laptops, online addicted, twitter-fed, FaceBook oriented, email stuffed) society. Our relationships are reciprocal.
Gratitude six: My friends support me when I need it, at all times. They encourage and love me for who I am, not for who I appear to be.
“God gave us minds to think with and hearts to thank with. Instead, we use our hearts to think about the world as we would like it to have been, and we use our minds to come up with rationalizations for our ingratitude.
7. I love the dynamic, relationships I have. I had terrific discussions with several today. I'm blessed."We are a murmuring, discontented, unhappy, ungrateful people." ― Douglas Wilson
8. I appreciate the must haves and can't stands I have regarding relationships. They provide clear boundaries.
9. I enjoy being with those who stay in the solution. They look at how they can overcome their challenges. They have community of support, connection with God and strength gotten by placing healthy principles above their personality.
10. I value that I do not stay within my mind. How sad that would be.
Instead, I feel the depth of my feelings without being overwhelmed by them. I spend time with God. His gracious, patient, supportive love allows me to transcend difficult circumstances.
11. I routinely discharge the emotional and mental toxicity that built up in my childhood. I'm thankful for exercise, journaling talking with friends. for punching bags, jump ropes, cycling, screaming while watching a sports event, running, swimming, sports and other ways that allow negative feelings to be released from my soul, body and spirit.
12. I have my voice, saying what I mean, meaning what I say, but not say it meanly.
13. I look forward to being with friends and family tomorrow.
14. I love the work I do. I'm glad I can serve others.
The Healing Power of Forgiveness
I am indebted to the deep healing power of forgiveness. It frees me from the corrosive toxicity of bitterness and resentment. Forgiveness is the bolt cutter that removes the handcuffs of any resentment I have towards others.
When I forgive, I conform to God's nature."Forgiveness is not forgetting, it's letting go of the hurt." Courage to Change, p. 178
15. I'm thankful that I've been forgiven for my faults and what I've done that has caused harm towards others, myself and the God of my understanding.
How About You?
What are some areas where you are thankful? Please share. Thanks!