I took a walk this morning. And that was enough to make me oh, so thankful for air conditioning! What a marvellous invention! If there’s ever a catastrophic event that wipes out all technology, my first priority will have to be moving to a place that is cooler in the summertime!
This morning I was reading in the Bible about the Battle of Jericho. It occurred to me that it’s easier to see what God is doing in my life when there’s big drama going on. “My son just moved out.” “I’m interviewing for a job in Oregon.”
I’m not sure how long it will last, but for now there’s not big drama in my life. Yet — there are many things I’m excited about. Quiet, Beautiful Things. Things that God has brought into my life and that are His special blessings to me.
Today, it’s simply getting to go play games with friends — friends I’ve only known a couple years, but whose company I enjoy tremendously. Tomorrow, it’s going to be getting to teach Scratch programming in a playful way.
And there are lots more things coming up.
And I hope I will remember to notice them.
“He makes me lie down in green pastures.” Green pastures are lovely at times, too.
And may I not forget to be thankful.
I think I need to remind myself of some of the perks of living alone!
And Saturday night I did a housecleaning — and it was so easy! And it’s just not going to get dirty very fast! And I have so much time for more interesting things! And I don’t have to clean up any disgusting Man-Mess. (Yes, a husband and kids are worth it — but there’s always a good side! Just reminding myself.) Other people’s messes are always a little harder to tolerate than your own. And I simply don’t have to deal with that for this season in my life.
So, my Sonderblessings Blog started having a consistent error message suddenly, without warning. Yahoo customer service was *not* helpful and said all I could do was take it down and start over. So all my list of blessings was lost.
However, it could have been worse? It could have been my main website or blog of book reviews. Sonderblessings is a personal blog simply to remind myself to be grateful and count my blessings.
So the first blessing on my new list is that it wasn’t worse.
And it looks like I was able to keep my theme. Though I do need to adjust the links on the side.
But gratitude is about the present, anyway, right?
So I’ll start with a thought from Cristel Nani: A good way to live in the present is to be grateful.
When you’re grateful, you’re not worrying about the future or regretting or missing the past. Gratitude is firmly rooted in the present.
So I’m thankful this moment that I can simply start being grateful again.