The Gratitude Initiative, Day 20

Story: I arrived at the library at 8:30 this morning, and will not be headed back home before I go to a friend’s house to watch Psych this evening. And I left Choosing Gratitude at home. So I have no idea what Scripture Ms. DeMoss intended for us to use today. While I could just pick one on my own, my perfectionism will not allow me to deviate from the track laid out for us by “the expert.” But I will update this post tomorrow, when I remember to pack Choosing Gratitude, so you can get double the Bible in one day–never a bad thing.

Update: Here be the day’s Scripture reading. Ms. DeMoss is, I believe, encouraging us to focus on being grateful for our families.

2 Timothy 1:3-5

3I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. 5I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

2 Timothy 3:14-15

14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

In the meantime, I’m going to be grateful anyway, and here goes:

1) I’m grateful for green tea with honey. So good in my throat, for my sinuses, and for my soul. I love sipping something hot and refreshing as a reward after each paragraph I write.

2) Grooveshark–it meets all but my most indie music needs for free. I’m all about free. Also, it helps me write this dang paper, already. Add that to my paper writing playlist, which includes Train, Death Cab, and Michael Jackson, and I’m almost grateful to be writing a paper today.

3) Paper. This may be stupid, but very little in this world causes me to get excited about possibilities like a sheet of brand new lined paper and a freshly sharpened pencil with just the right amount of eraser on the end. I’m grateful that right now, I have a huge stack of fresh paper and a nice mechanical pencil, which is helping the paper writing process be a little less painful.

4) Imagination. I’ve always had an overactive one. And I like that I can go anywhere and do anything with it, and not have to spend a dime. Furthermore, it’s gotten me through some pretty long lectures. And some pretty tough paper-writing processes (in case you haven’t noticed, “writing this lousy paper already” has unintentionally become my theme today. What can I say–I got up this morning, started writing, and don’t plan on quitting until Saturday).

5) 3 days until freedom, 3 days until freedom, 3 days until freedom. . .I’m so excited about finishing these classes that I’m almost shaking at the thought. FREEDOM! FREEDOM! FREEDOM! Sorry–the word makes me giddy. And lest this one come across as a repeat, since I did already say that I was grateful to have a break coming up, allow me to expand it and say that I am deeply grateful for the myriad of freedoms which I am privileged to have as an American citizen, and that I am deeply grateful and indebted to those who, through their service to said country, have enabled me to have those privileges. (I apologize for the undeniably awkward wording in that sentence. Sometimes I get really caught up in trying to sound grammatically correct, with the result that I sound dramatically foolish).

What are y’all grateful for?


2 thoughts on “The Gratitude Initiative, Day 20

  1. I am continuing to just slip in my 5 before the day is over these past few nights… I have exactly 5 minutes to actually post this TODAY! Here I go.

    1) Theatre! I love every angle of it. Being in the audience (Phantom), being behind the scenes (Aida), being on stage(Diary of Anne Frank) and listening to the tunes(Seussical the Musical).

    2) Ebay! A great way to thrift shop without boring my children to death. Also an excellent way to get rid of old unwanteds.

    3) Joel’s surprise new job he got assigned today! Instead of working 12 hour shifts in un-airconditioned warehouses, he will be escorting colonels and above, only working 9 to 5 AND he gets his own ACed car for around base! Totally an unexpected blessing from the Lord.

    4) My friend Joy. Her huge faith, joyful spirit and selfless nature inspire and humble me.

    5) God’s patience with me. Even while I drag my feet, plot excuses or pray so quickly I don’t leave room for Him to speak, He continues to chase after me, bless me and love me. This thought brings tears to my eyes and pure, total GRATEFULNESS.

    Btw, it took me 12 minutes to write that (seriously, scissors are continuing to look like viable candidates again…) so I didn’t quite make the cut today. My OCD self will have to just deal with that.

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