I have been trying to remember for months when it was, or better yet, what it was that prompted me as a child at the end of the day to review the day’s events? It became my bedtime ritual and something I have to do even to this day or I cannot fall asleep…I must take the time to review what I am gratefully for that day.
It is not something I have ever question or thought peculiar until this past summer while in Charlotte, NC at the Proverbs 31 She Speaks conference. There I found myself in a banquet room with six hundred and fifty women, seated with Helen (my conference assigned roommate who is an Aussie living in my home town of Calgary, Alberta, Canada) at a of table strangers listening to the only other Canadian in the room speak about her book. Perhaps you’ve heard of her? Her name is Ann Voskamp and her book is “one thousand gifts”. The bustle of the banquet room quickly transformed into the serenity of a flower meadow nestled in the Rocky Mountains and as Ann began to speak, I felt my shoulders relax as I exhaled and I realized not everyone shares my bedtime ritual.
Have you ever noticed that the only thing in life that you can control is your response to the situation? I continue everyday to work on being present and making conscious decisions to embrace an attitude of gratitude. I hope you will join me every Monday and Wednesday as I walk with Ann and the rest of the ‘Multitude Monday’ crew and the ‘Walk with Him Wednesday’ crew .
I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, Ephesians 1:16
A husband who knows I like my pizza reheated in the oven and not the microwave.
- Friends I consider family and family I consider friends.
- A weekend filled with children’s laughter.
- Dog and cat kisses.
- Peace in my heart.
- A car that starts and gets me to and from.
- My improving health.
Living with passion,