As part of my Celebrate Recovery homework, we have started a running gratitude list.  The goal is to focus on the positive while doing some hard work.  I truly enjoyed this and thought I would share some of the things that I’m thankful for.  I believe we need to all do this as a regular practice :-).  I feel like all the things that I’m thankful for make up a huge part of who I am.

  • My husband, Robert- who knows me better than I know myself and always takes care of me and our family
  • Karis- such a bright, creative, and loving young girl
  • Ethan- very passionate little guy who always has something to say
  • Levi- always our comic relief
  • My small home- it is cozy and comfortable… I love the beautiful things on the walls and furniture that has been given to us
  • Coffee with a little bit of raw sugar and half and half
  • Baking
  • Music- especially JJ Heller and Shane and Shane
  • My blog- the ability to write my thoughts so that I understand them better
  • My Bible- the ability to read God’s words and put them into practice in my life
  • My counselor- she has made a huge impact in my recovery
  • My parents and Robert’s parents- they are always there when we need them and they love unconditionally
  • My friends- I’m beyond blessed by amazing friends that have stood by my side through the good and the bad
  • My church- such a solid, biblical place to serve with amazing people
  • The ability to run and exercise- this helps my mental health more than most things
  • The outdoors/God’s creation- the birds chirping, the beautiful trees, the colorful flowers, the amazing mountains, the streams
  • The ability to be in God’s creation- running, backpacking, and rafting
  • Books and the authors that write them
  • Nutritious food and the knowledge of what is nutritious
  • Coloring books and the time spent coloring with my kids
  • My chickens
  • Plants/my garden
  • Computers
  • Cell phones
  • My kindle- the ability to take a lot of books with me everywhere
  • Essential oils- a natural way to heal
  • Medication- I wouldn’t be where I am today without it!
  • Long conversations
  • Encouragement from others- sometimes this keeps me going
  • Games and the moments of playing them with my family and Robert
  • Pretty paintings
  • Adventure- the memory of backpacking 23 miles in one day in the sleet, snow, and freezing rain with Robert
  • Natural living- the ability to buy things made naturally
  • Trader Joe’s and local co-ops
  • Photos- a visual of the beauty in my life
  • Cameras
  • My ability and desire to teach
  • My Childbirth Education training
  • Memories- especially those with my brother
  • God’s constant provision
  • TOMS shoes
  • Willow Tree figurines- beauty in simplicity
  • Organization- gives our home order in the chaos
  • Cute purses
  • All of the beautiful, little things in my life

As I write this list, I am listening to the birds chirping outside my window in the beautiful sun.

Thank you Jesus for all of these things.  I am beyond blessed.

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