AND THE WINNER IS.... Laura Johnson-Palmores!!!!! Congratulations Laura!!! I will be in touch to get your goodie basket mailed to you!
Thank you all... for participating! But... like I said... there will be more goodies to come! I have a million ideas for this time of year!!
*I am thankful for redemption and restoration. The beauty from ashes than can only be found in Christ.
*I am thankful for you.
*I am thankful for my arms and legs that work, so I can serve others as God has called.
*I am so very thankful for my health and wellness as it can be so difficult to function when your body is ill or weak.
*I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to serve others through technology and to build relationships that otherwise, I may never had the opportunity to do.
Good morning friends! These are just a FEW of the things my heart overflows with gratefulness for. It is so very easy to take even the big blessings in life... for granted. I am so very, very THANKFUL, that God has shown me how precious not just life is.... but how precious our ability to live the life we desire.
I can tell you, though I struggle with thankfulness in many areas of my life, one area I NEVER, EVER take for granted, is my health and functioning body.
Each morning, when I awake healthy and able to conquer the day with energy (for the most part) and a fully functioning body, I am incredibly grateful.
I have four beautiful children, a husband and a home to care for, among other things and I need my fully functional body, mind and spirit to accomplish all God lays before me.
Though I know even if God were to take my health, physical or otherwise, He would still have great purpose for me, there is a precious freedom that comes with a healthy body.
I know I could probably take much better care of my body, however, I do make sure I am doing things to nurture my body, my mind and my spirit every day. Here are a few things God has lead me to do..... to keep myself going.
*TIME WITH HIM.... everyday. This is number one. I need this for a renewed spirit and mind.
*Exercise at least 4 times a week. I run about 1 mile 4 times a week. That's it. I can't make time for an intense workout that takes huge chunks of time, but I can squeeze in a 20 minute run easily. Setting your goals too high, sets you up for failure. This has worked for me and it keeps my body and mind healthy!!!
*Take vitamins and make sure I eat some fruits and veggies, daily! I take Magnesium, B complex and at times, an iron supplement as I tend to struggle with low iron.
*I talk. Yes, talk. LOL I know... surprising right? But seriously, if I have something weighing on my heart.... I have learned to never keep it in to grow and fester. I call a trusted friend or family member and talk it through. I try to always make sure it will be a person that will listen and understand, but always lead me back to God's truth and commands. I may have a right to feel the way I feel, but I do not always have the right to act the way I want to act and often, I need that accountability.
* I surround myself with as much peace and tranquility as humanly possible with four children and a busy life. I listen to quiet music during the day and YES as of November 1st, Christmas tunes are a fair game at my house! I like low lighting, candles, and coziness. It calms my heart and a calm heart, creates a calm body, which in turn maintains a healthy one.
So... these are just a few of my top priorities with keeping my body, mind and spirit healthy. I am only given ONE body and God has given me purpose while I am here. I want to be able to serve and love with all the energy I can possibly have!!
I cannot tell you how thankful I am for my readers and all their encouraging comments! I pray I am able to touch your soul through God.... as you have touched mine!
Peace and Blessings
Training a Thankful Heart... Announcement of the Goodie Basket Winner.... And the ONE thing I Never Lack Thankfulness For!