Grateful 43 – Habits

I am not strongly ruled by habits. I am more of a go-with-the-flow type of gal. I have TRIED to establish a morning and evening routine. And I agree that I probably would get more done if I had these habits in place. BUT — no go.

I do have one weird, consistent habit though. When I get up, the first thing I do is brush my teeth. Later I will eat breakfast and then I brush them again.

I had to think hard to come up with some (not weird) habits. Maybe because they are so easily done they are not in the forefront of my thinking.

I am grateful 4 three habits. 

ONE. Read. I read (on my kindle or a real-life book) almost every day. In 2011 I started reading just for fun: Christmas books, classics, series, novels, and kid lit. Up until then I either read books for homeschooling or for my own education (first my BA and then MA). I try to read at least one book a week. This reading helps build my concentration. And since it is like a mini-vacation, it is a stress-reliever.

TWO. Pray in bed. I am a light sleeper. And the older I get, the harder it is to stay asleep. So quite a while ago I decided that if I woke, I would pray. Sometimes I pray “forever” and sometimes it is only a brief time before I fall back asleep. This way I do not get frustrated with my middle-of-the-night wakefulness. I know I am doing something worthwhile.

THREE. Movement. I like to track my steps on my cell phone. Using this gadget inspires me to complete 10,000 steps daily (usually). For the past month I have added one 5K a week that I do all at the same time. And then once a month, I walk a “professional” 5K with my friend Mary. This weekend (9/23) three other ladies will join us at the Heart Walk downtown. These steps add movement into an otherwise sedentary job and personal lifestyle.

Your Turn . . . What habits cause you to be grateful? . . . Are you good at having evening and morning habits? . . . Any tips on how I can become more “habitual?”

I am writing a gratitude series titled Grateful 43. I will do this for 43 days. And I will write three things for which I am grateful 4 each topic. Do you see the play on the words 43 and FOR THREE?  Go here for the 43 Days of Gratitude JOURNAL Prompts

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Grateful 43 – Things about Prayer

I think of prayer as a super power I can have. Only the power does not come from me, it comes from God. And in order for me to access this superpower, I need to be in a relationship with God. Now let me tell you why I am grateful 4  3 things about prayer.

ONE. It is a way I get to know God’s will for my life. God wants to talk to me. He wants me to know the plan He has for me. And one way I get to know His will is by praying. However, in order for me to hear God, I will need to schedule time in my days to be quiet before Him. Read this post, 14 Ways to Determine God’s Will,  this post, 3 Conditions to Finding God’s Will, and this post, Seven Ways to Help Your Child Hear God’s VOICEfor other ways to hear and determine God’s will.

TWO. I receive perseverance, power and the ability to endure my trials and tribulations. We will have tribulations in this world. This word affliction/tribulation (in the Bible, Romans 12:12) has the connotation of deep, serious trouble. It can also be “an internal pressure that causes someone to feel confined, restricted without options or any way of escape.” Prayer helps me to overcome and even be victorious.

THREE. Prayer changes events and people. These changes are not just recorded in the Bible. I have seen and heard of the following happening because of prayer: conquered elements, healed diseased, and restored life (emotionally, physically and spiritually).

Your Turn . . . What is your attitude to prayer? . . . Why are you grateful for prayer?

I am writing a gratitude series titled Grateful 43. I will do this for 43 days. And I will write three things for which I am grateful 4 each topic. Do you see the play on the words 43 and FOR THREE?  Go here for the 43 Days of Gratitude JOURNAL Prompts

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Grateful 43 – Games

Today’s prompt is a light-hearted one about games. We played a lot of games while growing up. We played  games like Clue, Monopoly, Hearts, Checkers, Dominoes and ping-pong. Playing these games helped me to learn strategy, cooperation, and sportsmanship. And of course there was fun, laughter and tears.

I had to really think about this prompt to come up with an answer that applies to my current interests and abilities. So without further ado . . .

I am grateful for three games . . . 

ONE. Word Games in general – Bobble and  Upwords specifically. I don’t know where my Boggle game boards is. But my daughter makes up paper boards. When my brain is sluggish, playing a round of Boggle gets my brain into working gear. It is HARD to play just ONE game.

TWO. WII Bowling.  I do not like to play video games as I am very uncoordinated. But I do like to use my TV to play WII Bowling. When we lived in Puerto Rico, I was in middle school. My brother and I were on a bowling team. We had lovely lavender team shirts with our name on the pocket.I was a decent bowler. And I am able to transfer those skills to bowl a good WII game. I think I will challenge my daughter to a game this week.

THREE. Solitaire. My mom used to play this a lot using a deck of cards. And that is how I learned but it was never something I played a lot. Then when I went to grad school I found out about online spider solitaire. I loved it.

I would play until I either won 3 games in a row or lost 3 games in a row. It was a great stress reliever. And believe it or not, if I played when I was stuck on how to write a paper, after playing for 10 minutes or so, I usually came up with an answer.

Your Turn . . . What games do you like to play? Why? 

I am writing a gratitude series titled Grateful 43. I will do this for 43 days. And I will write three things for which I am grateful 4 each topic. Do you see the play on the words 43 and FOR THREE?  Go here for the 43 Days of Gratitude JOURNAL Prompts

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Grateful 43 – Things about God

Today is Sunday, my favourite day of the week. It is my favourite day because I get to go to church. Church is about meeting up with and worshipping God. Therefore, today’s prompt will deal with God: I am grateful 4 3 things about God.

ONE. God’s Love – I can’t be loved more than I am nor can I ever be loved less. God freely loves me, has always loved me and will always love me. I can’t do anything to stop His love. Because of this, there is security in a relationship with God. I can be honest with God and be my true self with Him. And this will lead me to maturing and becoming a more godly person.

TWO. God’s Salvation – I can’t earn it and I can’t lose it. I have eternal life with God because God provided it through Christ’s death and resurrection. I did nothing to deserve it. It is a free gift. This free gift is available to all who would receive Christ as their Saviour.

THREE. God’s WORD – God gave us His words (in the Bible). We don’t need to guess how to live. We don’t need to guess how to have eternal life. We don’t need to guess who God is. His WORD is not just any old words either. These are living and powerful words that can transform our thinking if we read and apply/obey them.

Your Turn . . . Share how/why you are grateful 4 God. . . .

I am writing a gratitude series titled Grateful 43. I will do this for 43 days. And I will write three things for which I am grateful 4 each topic. Do you see the play on the words 43 and FOR THREE. Some prompts will be light-hearted: I.e. I am grateful 4 3 TV series. And some will be heavy: I.e. I am grateful for three challenges. Go here for the 43 Days of Gratitude JOURNAL Prompts

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Grateful 43 – TV Series

 I don’t watch any TV. This is  because the only thing my TV is good for is DVD’s and VHS tapes. You read that right, VHS tapes. However I have friends who have working TV’s and use them to watch series, past and current.

Todays prompt, I am grateful 4 three TV series. These are from this year (2017).

  • Call the Midwife
  • The Good Witch
  • When Calls the Heart

I watched these three shows with two different friends. I watched the first two series with Marsha. And the last one with Julie. We had dinner and conversations. So the shows were made even more meaningful because of the friendship time surrounding the TV watching.

I could watch some of these shows on my computer. But the main thing that makes these shows so special is that they are LINKED with time and food to two special ladies in my life.

Your Turn . . . What TV shows are you grateful for and why? . . .  Do you recommend any shows?

I am writing a gratitude series titled Grateful 43. I will do this for 43 days. And I will write three things for which I am grateful 4 each topic. Do you see the play on the words 43 and FOR THREE. Some prompts will be light-hearted: I.e. I am grateful 4 3 TV series. And some will be heavy: I.e. I am grateful for three challenges. Go here for the 43 Days of Gratitude JOURNAL Prompts

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Grateful 43 – Ways I’ve Been Creative

Creativity is important to me. It is how I wind down, recharge, and come up with answers to questions I’ve been pondering. And of course it is fun.

Today’s prompt — I am grateful 4 3 ways I’ve been creative in these last few months.

ONE. Cooking – I came up with a new salad recipe, assembled the ingredients for chia seed jam, and made chocolate extract – 3 different batches to be exact. I’ve also tried several  new recipes that support a (mostly) sugar-free, gluten-free menu.

TWO. Writing – I have been on a mission to write every day. I mainly do this by blogging. My favourite part of blogging is to plan what to write. I really love it. Therefore I have a lot of draft posts.

Since June I’ve made a concentrated effort to declutter the draft posts on my blog. I did delete a few drafts, but mainly I’ve been finishing them. From June until September 15th, I’ve published 3-4 posts a week. Of course not all of them are posts that I had previously started. But I am getting back into a daily writing habit.

THREE. Planning/Crafting/Sewing for OCC – These initials stand for Operation Christmas Child. Every year I pack boxes for OCC. This year we have a group (from my church) that meets to sew/craft items for these boxes. Some things haven’t been successful, like sewn notebooks. But most things have been successful like Josephine dolls, dresses, crocheted necklaces, and cloth menstrual pads.

I’ve mainly been involved in planning. Planning is almost the BEST thing I like about any project. But I have been able to help with basic grunt work like cutting. And I made some adorable, finger pincushions.

Your Turn . . . Is creativity very important to you? If yes, how so? . . . What are some ways you’ve been creative?  . . . Is there a topic you’d like for me to explore? . . . 

I am writing a gratitude series titled Grateful 43. I will do this for 43 days. And I will write three things for which I am grateful 4 each topic. Do you see the play on the words 43 and FOR THREE. Some prompts will be light-hearted: I.e. I am grateful 4 3 TV series. And some will be heavy: I.e. I am grateful for three challenges. Go here for the 43 Days of Gratitude JOURNAL Prompts

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Friday’s Fave Five September 15th, 2017

“Whenever we are appreciative, we are filled with a sense of well-being and swept up by the feeling of joy.” ~ M.J. Ryan

I am pondering on this week’s blessings. As a result I have a sense of well-being. Join us as document our list of five blessings from the previous week.

ONE. BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION. We celebrated Samantha’s 20th birthday with a prayer, cake, dinner, laughter, talk and a game of Wits and Wages. It is FUN and heart-warming to gather as friends and family. It is heart-affirming to celebrate another blessed year of this kind, intelligent, godly, friendly, consistent woman.

TWO. PEACEMAKER SEMINAR. I had the privilege of attending this day long seminar about Biblical conflict resolution. The four principles are ones we probably know, but having them explained in this context was helpful.

One. Glorify God by maintaining a loving, merciful and forgiving attitude. ... Two. Get the Log Out of Your Own Eye by taking responsibility for our actions that contributed to the conflict. … Three. Gently Restore by going to someone we have conflict with instead of ignoring it or talking to others about it. … Four. Go and Be Reconciled by actively pursuing peace and reconciliation. … Of course there is more to the concept of being a peacemaker. This is a great book to use. … We hope to take our women through a 6 week study on this topic next year.

THREE. PEP EVENT. Once again I had the opportunity to gather with PEPers (senior 55+ ministry at my church). This time we went to live theatre and saw a jazz rendition of Taming of the Shrew. It was a fun, although humid and hot, evening. I recently watched Kiss Me, Kate (on a DVD from my city’s library); so I was well acquainted with the music.

FOUR. DECLUTTERING. This week I spent time in my office. There is still more to do, but at least I have the donation and give-away piles sorted. I read this article, “Does It Spark Joy?” Is the Wrong Decluttering Question and it gave me a different point-of-view. Here are three of my fave quotes.

One. “Rather than asking, “Does it spark joy?” let’s begin asking: Does it help me fulfill a greater purpose with my life?” … Two.“Owning less is great, but wanting less is even better. Once we overcome the pull of consumption in our lives, we are free to pursue other passions.” … Three. So when you’re holding one of your possessions in your hands, ask yourself, Does it help me fulfill my purpose? Does it help me craft a lifestyle in which I am able to build relationships and care for others, or might I be able to use my time, money, and energy in better ways?”

FIVE. NEW RECIPE. This week my daughter tried a new recipe, shrimp with zucchini and tomatoes. It is a Weight Watcher’s recipe. And it was good. Next time we will add onions, mushrooms, basil and fresh green beans. It is fun to share a kitchen with someone who likes to cook and try new things. And it is a blessing that we eat in a similar fashion (healthy and gluten-free).

Your Turn . . . Please share your blessings. … And do share a fave recipe. We are on the hunt. . . . I started my gratitude practice early this year. Join in and leave a comment about what you are grateful 4 on one of the below (Grateful 43) posts.

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