Sending Encouragement to a Workmate – Gratitude Project

All days are better because of my workmates! (photo credit to http://wishesmessages.com.)

All days are better because of my workmates! (photo credit to http://wishesmessages.com.)

Some people are consistent sowers of good deeds. It’s as if they can’t help themselves.  I’d say this description is applicable to one of my work mates. (Actually all the people I work with could fit this description.)

 Letter 10: Letter to a workmate. This gal jumps in when someone needs help. She is always willing and ready to pray. She is frank but friendly and so you get honest, helpful, advice that doesn’t tear you down.

I told my workmate the following . . .  
I appreciate the way you share your resources, time, affection, wisdom, and enthusiasm.
I am grateful because I am enriched, blessed, and now phone-rich because of your generosity.
The way you give of yourself flows out from a heart that is loving and godly.
Thanks so much.
 

This November and December I will write at least 36 letters to different people expressing my gratitude. And I want to pray for them on that day as well. Go here for the original post and list of recipients.

Your Turn . . .

  • Do you have a workmate that you appreciate?
  • If yes, when was the last time you told him/her that?
  • What are some things you appreciate about that person? Now go tell him/her!

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Sending Encouragement to my Godson – Gratitude Project

Letter 9 - Letting my godson know how special he is to me.

Letter 9 – Letting my godson know how special he is to me.

Do you have a pen pal? I do, my godson. He is now at an age where he writes, sends artwork, and sometimes he even sends me change. I do the same. Although his artwork is cuter.

Letter 9: Letter to my godson –  Today I sent a Thanksgiving card (yes, a little early) to this precious kiddo. In the letter I wrote 5 reasons I am happy and thankful for Thanksgiving. I wrote a similar list in 2012. Have you ever written such a list?  This year I included the following . . .

  1.  It is a day that reminds me to be grateful.
  2. There is food I usually only eat this time of year: turkey, fresh sweet potatoes mashed with butter, and pumpkin pie.
  3. It is an opportunity to spend time with the whole family.
  4. I love it when we celebrate at the ocean (seems to be a new trend).
  5. I love my job, but I also love a vacation day

 But the most special part of this letter I sent to my god child is another list I wrote: “Why I am happy and thankful for Lennon.” I listed seven things. They touched on physical attributes, actions, spiritual nature, intellectual aspects, and healthy habits. I put it on a squarish 4.5 inches by 4.5 inches (approximately) piece of goldenrod yellow paper. His mom is a memory keeper and I could see her putting this in the dear boy’s scrap-book.

Thinking about and writing this list made me smile. I hope it does the same for him. And I am hoping it helps him to continue maturing into a fun-loving, health-seeking, godly boy.

This November and December (2014) I will write at least 36 letters to different people expressing my gratitude. And I want to pray for them on that day as well. Go here for the original post and list of recipients.

Your Turn . . . 

  1. If you are a godparent, write a letter to “your” child.
  2. Write a daily gratitude during November with him/her.
  3. Write your own list of “5 reasons I am happy and thankful for Thanksgiving.”
  4. Write a list of “Why I am happy and thankful for ___________.”

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Sending Encouragement to a Church Attendee – Gratitude Project

Sending a note of appreciation to someone can make a big difference to their day and outlook.

Sending a note of appreciation to someone can make a big difference to their day and outlook.

This November and December I will write at least 36 letters to different people expressing my gratitude. And I want to pray for them on that day as well. Go here for the original post and list of recipients.

Letter 8: Letter to a Church attendee – Today I actually sent a postcard. It was pretty and had a sweet truth about the Lord’s love. I sent it to someone I don’t know well. And yet I see her every week and I am impacted by her.

First I prayed for her. Then I mentioned on the postcard some of the things I prayed. These things included: health, guidance, friendship, and financial provision.

I ended by telling her 3 things I really appreciated. (1) Her faithful church attendance. (2) Her continuing interest in others. This dear lady takes this interest and uses it to pray for the folks in our church. (3) Her smile. You know how you feel all sunny inside when some people smile at you? This lady’s smile does that to me!

Your Turn . . . 

  • When was the last time you received an appreciation card? How did it make you feel?
  • Send a card or postcard to someone in your church, synagogue or service club you appreciate.

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Sending Encouragement to a Younger Person – Gratitude Project

Write a letter to someone younger. Tell them why you are grateful for zand proud of them.

Write a letter to someone younger. Tell why you are grateful for and proud of them.

This November and December I will write at least 36 letters to different people expressing my gratitude. And I want to pray for them on that day as well. Go here for the original post and list of recipients.

Letter Seven: Younger Person. Youth today are navigating a tougher world than the one I grew up in. Not only are illegal substances more easily accessible, Biblical values are no longer the encouraged norm. Sexualization and advertising play a more harmful role (than during my growing up years) in the upbringing of girls (mainly) because of the acceptability of porn and unhealthy push for ultra-thin body types.

So I wrote today’s letter to someone younger than me. She is a gal that I’m proud to know. I am grateful that she is pushing to follow God’s will. Instead of blindly accepting the cultural bashing and bias she’s been subjected to, she is fighting back by . . .

  • Learning to say and mean her “NO.”
  • Figuring out how to voice her thoughts in an honest, healthy, and timely way.
  • Persevering through her pain and doubts.
  • Doing what it takes to become spiritually, emotionally, and physically healthy.
  • Reconciling her actions with her Biblical worldview.

I am hoping my card will give her some encouragement to keep on keeping on. I am hoping it helps my young friend and I to connect a little more. And I am hoping she knows she is not alone in this process. Growing up is not always easy and it is never done, even at the ripe old age of 56. :)

Your Turn . . . 

  • Do you know a younger person who could benefit by receiving a card from you?
  • Could you send such a card this week?
  • Have you ever received a card from someone older than you? Please share if it made an impact.

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Gratitude Letter Writing Project

I like to take chunks of time where I express my gratitude on my blog. I typically pick the months of July and November.  Sometimes I write a list of items according to the date. I.e. On July 5th I wrote 5 items that made me feel grateful. On July 20th, I listed 20 items, etc.  Another month I posted a daily picture and wrote a little bit about why I was grateful for what was pictured.

But this November and December I will write at least 36 letters to different people expressing my gratitude. And because I am grateful to them, I want to specifically encourage them.  I also want to pray for them on that day as well.

NOTE: I started this project in November, 2011 and didn’t finish. But I intend to finish this Gratitude Project before January 2015.

Below are my ideas. As I write a letter, I will hotlink the idea and write a short post on the who and why I am grateful. I will also say how I encouraged them. If I think of more ideas, or if you give me an idea, I will add them to the list.

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31 Days of Finishing – Day 31: Do the Scary Thing

Day 30 - Making certain phone calls is a scary thing for me. But when I do finish that call the relief is palbable and sometimes there is even a great result to making that call.

Day 30 – Making certain phone calls is a scary thing for me. But when I do finish that call the relief is palpable and sometimes there is even a great result to making that call. I always feel energized afterwards!

What “scary” things do you have on your secondary to-do list? I have several of them and they’ve been there for a l…o…n…g… time. Why? Because they are scary to even think about doing.

Sometimes I let fear make my decisions for me. And when that happens I don’t feel so good about myself. But today, I took charge of my fear. I told myself even if it is a bad outcome, I am going to tackle ‘THIS” to-do item today.

I made a phone call and then followed up with an email. HURRAY, me! I took action.

Moral of the story? The total time was less than 31 minutes. But the benefits to that call will be great. I feel proud of my action. This action reinforces the idea that I CAN do hard things. And I feel energized to tackle another hard thing today.

I did. I made two hard phone calls today! The 2nd one didn’t turn out so well. But I am proud I took care of it. The feeling of finished is much better (imho) than the feeling of dread.

And I am finished with this series. The feeling of finished is definitely awesome!

During this month of October I am joining LOTS of bloggers hosted by The Nester who will be writing every day about a topic. My topic is about finishing. I will spend 31 minutes each day on a to-do item (from the secondary list).

I will write about it and share any productivity tips I find helpful to FINISHING things.

Go here for the Landing Page with all the posts (which go live as they are written). The list is towards the bottom of the page.

Your Turn . . .

  • What scary things do you have on your list?
  • How do you feel when you don’t do the scary to-do’s? How do you feel when you do them?
  • Can you make traction on one of them today?
  • How’s your secondary to-do list coming along?

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31 Days of Finishing – Day 3O: Tackle Paper Piles

Day 30 - What do your piles of paper look like? Mine are NOT organized like the one in this photo. And today I tackled the messy mounds at my home.

Day 30 – What do your piles of paper look like? Mine are NOT organized like the ones in this photo. But today I tackled the messy mounds at my home.

Paper! Stacks of paper everywhere. Where do all these piles of paper come from? Do you deal with this too?

Ugh! It is an unending battle. These piles certainly detract from the organized look. And looking at them reminds me of something I have to do. Double ugh!!

Today, I took my 31 minutes to sort.

Moral of the story? 31 minutes is more than enough time to sort these piles of mess into something doable. I put some to-do actions on one of the lists on my phone. I LIKE the look of tidy. And I feel energized.

Sometimes I use the resulting energy (of finishing something that’s been on the list for a long time) for practical good. Today I will use it for emotional good.

I think I will use this energy to read. Yep! No more tedious or messy mounds to master for today.

During this month of October I am joining LOTS of bloggers hosted by The Nester who will be writing every day about a topic. My topic is about finishing. I will spend 31 minutes each day on a to-do item (from the secondary list).

I will write about it and share any productivity tips I find helpful to FINISHING things.

Go here for the Landing Page with all the posts (which go live as they are written). The list is towards the bottom of the page.

Your Turn . . .

  • Do you have messy mounds or are you too tidy for that?
  • What is the secret to NOT having these take over the flat surfaces in the home?
  • What is the most surprising thing you’ve found in one of your piles?
  • What did you do with your 31 minutes of finishing today?

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Pie Record – 55 Pies in 52 Weeks

1. Raspberry Freeze Pie
2. Derby Pie
3. Apple Pie
4. Dark Chocolate Cream Pie
5. Strawberry Yogurt Pie
6. Toll House Pie
7. Tamale Pie
8. Turtle Pecan Pie
9. GF, DF Apple Crumble
10. Upside Down Apple Pie

Creative Endeavors – 55 in 52 Weeks

1. Planted Spring boxes.
2. Played Scrabble in Spanish.
3. Created Salt Clay Crosses.
4. Making Mother's Day gifts for the ladies in our church.
5. Copied 2 cards at a card party.
6. Wrote rough draft.
7. Cut a hardback book into a Kindle cover
8. Boiled cans of sweetened condensed milk to make dulce de leche twice.
9. & 10. Met 2 more times to make Mother's Day gifts for church ladies.
11. Hemmed pants - Hey, it involved a thread & needle.
12. Sewed a lime green felt piggy bank. Filling it with quarters. This is for Women' s Retreat 2015.
13. Made Chai ice cream & ginger cookies for India DInner Fundraiser. (Thanks, Gillian.)
14. Researched & prepped initial dragonfly project for CM at work. (Thanks Trudy for doing the rest!)
15. Built a table (with my daughter).
16. Decoupaged the table.
17. Assembled candy bar with specialized wrappers.
18. Baked Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
19. Decorated my daughter's Christmas Tree
20. Decorated a wreath
21. Made thumbprint snowman ornaments
22. Decorated my Christmas tree
23. Cooked up bottles of fudge and butterscotch sauce
24. Created a melted crayon picture
25. Baked Earl Grey Cookies
26. Created Sharpie art on my white mug
27. Made a candle in a tea cup
28. Whipped up some cream cheese mints
29. Hand sewed 6 heart shaped tea bags to hold Russian Morning #24.
30. Hand sewed 6 heart shaped tea bags to hold Masala Chai.
31. Baked Lemon Marshmallow cookies
32. Put together a mini teacup pincushion
33. Hand-tied a no-sew fleece baby blanket
34. Decoupaged eyeballs to bottom of glass
35. Glued together a teacup birdfeeder.
36. Designed a diaper bag name tag holder (for nursery at church).
37. Hand tied a no sew fleece baby blanket
38. Weaved 4 ribbon book markers
39. Made another teacup candle
40. Designed and helped assemble magnets for the Women's Annual Tea
41. Sewed 7 teabags for Earl Grey Tea
42. Chalkboard lids for cute jars

Book Record – 55 Books in 52 Weeks

1. Fearfully & Wonderfully Made by Dr. Paul Brand & Philip Yancey
2. Acts of Love: The Power of Encouragement by David Jeremiah
3. Plan B by Anne Lamott
4. The Mysterious Voyage of Captain Kidd by A.B.C. Whipple
5. The Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars
6. Mister God, This is Anna by Fynn
7. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
8. The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
9. Johannes Kepler: Giant of Faith and Science by John Tiner
10.The Quest for Character by Charles Swindoll
11. Masters of Mystery: 56 Short Stories of Mystery, Intrigue, & Suspense (by different authors)
12. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
13. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
14. Secrets of the Vine for Women: Breaking Through to Abundance by Darlene Wilkinson
15. Out of Solitude by Henri Nouwen
16. Wholly Sanctified by A.B. Simpson
17. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
18. Teaching Kids Authentic Worship: How to Keep Them Close to God for LIFE by Kathleen Chapman
19. A Shorter Life of Christ by Donald Guthrie
20. Whole Prayer: Speaking and Listening to God by Walter Wangerin Jr.
21. Carpe Mañana by Leonard Sweet
22. Sadako and the Thousand Paper cranes by Eleanor Coerr
23. Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
24. In His Steps by Chalres Sheldon
25. Chicken Soup for the Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit Written & Compiled by Jack Canfield and Mark Hansen
26. Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
In My Father's House by Corrie ten Boom with C. C. Carlson
27. Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging by Brennan Manning
28. The King in the Window by Adam Gopnik
29. In the Eye of the Storm by Max Lucado
30. Valhalla Rising by Clive Cussler
31. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
32. Unleashing Your Potential: Discovering Your God-Given Opportunities for Ministry by Frank Tillapaugh
33. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
34. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
35. The Telling by Ursella Le Guin (library)
36. The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov (library)
37. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan (library)
38. Traveling Light by Max Lucado
39. Hinds' Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard
40. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhug h
41. The Accused by Nancy Rue
42. Daniel Boone: Wilderness Scout, A story of the greatest frontiersman by Stewart Edward White
43. Seven Guides to Effective Prayer by Colin Whittaker
44. Prayer: Life's Limitless Reach by Jack R. Taylor
45. The Magnitude of Prayer by Kermit R. Olsen
46. Prayer Changes Things by Charles L. Allen
47. How to Make Prayer Exciting! by Bill & Pam Malone
48. If God Already Knows, Why Pray? by Douglas F. Kelly
49. Praying Together by Rosalind Rinker

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