Faithful Blogging Prompt #25: Do you keep a gratitude journal?
~I don’t anymore and I think that is something I need to start doing again. To start it, I thought I would see how many things I could think of that I am grateful for. Here they are…
- My son
- Jesus Christ
- My fiance/Riley’s dad
- Both sides of our families
- My cat
- Being able to read and write
- How good Riley’s health is
- To have a place to live
- That I was able to buy my son some Christmas gifts
- To have a camera to capture the wonderful memories of my son’s childhood
- That my son is not being abused
- For the days I’m not depressed or anxious
- For the nights that I sleep well without nightmares
- For all of the times I have without a flashback of my abuse
- Every time I see Riley smile or…
- hear him laugh
- Every time I smile or…
- Writing poetry
- To be alive
- To be saved by God!
- To not be using drugs anymore
- For good doctors
- Because Riley is such a happy baby
- We were able to buy gifts for other people in our families, too
- We don’t go hungry
- God is always near me, I am never alone
- Healing is beginning to take place inside of my heart, mind and soul
- We have heat to keep us warm
- We have clothes on our backs
- The Holy Spirit
- Meeting new people and making new friends, even when the friendships don’t last
- Being a strong woman
- For the family I don’t see often
- For the wonderful memories I have of me and my grandmother before she passed away
- For the Bible
- That the Lord is my Father
- My laptop computer
- My iPod
- Applications that help me keep my thoughts organized on my iPod
- Applications for Christians on my iPod
- “Fear can keep us up all night long, but faith makes one fine pillow.” ~Philip Gulley
- “If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?” ~Confucius
- “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” ~Buddha
- “Despair says I cannot lift that weight. Happiness says I do not have to.” ~James Richardson
- “If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep.” ~Dale Carnegie
- “Put your trust in the Lord and go ahead. Worry gets you no place. ~Roy Acuft
- “A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.” ~John Lubbock
- “Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear.” ~Corrie Ten Boom
- “It is the little bits of things that fret and worry us; we can dodge an elephant, but we can’t dodge a fly.” ~Josh Billings
- “Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.” ~Buddha
- “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” ~Mark Twain
- “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” ~John Milton
- “Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency.” ~Natalie Goldberg
- “The sovereign cure for worry is prayer.” ~William James
- “Love looks forward, hate looks back, anxiety has eyes all over its head.” ~Mignon McLaughlin
- “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” ~Sydney J. Harris
- “How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
- “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt
- “Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere.” ~Glenn Turner
- “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” ~Elbert Hubbard
I had to write this morning about how amazing it is to find new poetry and poets. I have been unbelievably inspired by about five blogs I have recently found. They have also visited my blog and we seem to all have more in common than just our poetry. It is amazing how God works to bring people together in life that need to be in some way. I have been so inspired by their poetry and it has made me feel refreshed to write more poetry again. I feel so blessed to have this place to share my experiences and, as someone recently said to me “cleanse my soul.” Thank you to everyone who visits my blog. You are taking a piece of me with you every time you read something I write because it truly comes from my heart. God Bless you!
I found an application on my iPod and it is for positive affirmations. I wanted to share some of my favorites. These are good to repeat to yourself and to post around your house and in other places also, such as your car or workplace. You could even print them out and add a little picture to go with them or just write them on a sticky note. As someone who struggles with low self-esteem, I look for ways to work on it so I thought I would share something I have found so here they are:
- I am grateful for each experience in my life.
- I am worthy.
- I am beautiful, warmhearted and intelligent.
- I am confident, cheerful and enthusiastic.
- I am able to let go of my anger and speak from a place of love and kindness to those around me.
- I will face my fears courageously today.
- I accept and love me for who I am.
- I am open to miracles every day.
- I am willing to let go of the past and heal.
- I can handle whatever comes my way.
I am interested to see what you may have learned about life lately, if you feel like sharing. I know that we all learn important lessons in our lives and for me, it is usually when I make a mistake. I would like to hear from you and maybe we can learn some important life lessons from each other through this. I will also post one of my many “life lesson” stories just like I am asking you to do. Thank you in advance to anyone who participates in this with me.
~Something that I have learned lately that has proven to be very valuable to me is that guilt can be a good thing, but false guilt is our enemy. I was wondering why I always say “I’m sorry” even when I don’t do anything wrong and why it seems like I’m torn to pieces inside even though I know I am forgiven if I do make a mistake. Well, I figured out why during an intense counseling session. It goes back to my childhood abuse and the guilt that still comes from that. I am slowly learning to let go of it but I am also learning that healing can be a long process.
5 Quotes on Learning Lessons (lorensworld.com)
Thanks #13 (Lessons) (1inawesomewonder.com)
I wanted to apologize for changing my theme around so much lately. I am still not completely satisfied, I guess with the way my blog looks yet so I keep changing it around and probably will continue to until I find what I am looking for. Thanks for your patience.
I was outside as darkness was starting to turn lighter this morning. (This is due to a bad habit I still have-smoking cigarettes. I don’t smoke in the house because of my little one.) Anyways, I think this theme might just be the one. The sky outside reminded me of the theme of this blog, and my life…from Dusk to Dawn…how very poetic! 🙂
I want to start posting a Bible verse or two occasionally. It will probably not be daily because I cannot commit to a daily post with having my seven-month old son. With this Bible verse, I thought it might be interesting to have other people leave a comment on what they might either think of the verse, what the verse means to them, maybe leave another verse it reminds them of, etc. Anything would be fine. I wanted to do this because I have so much to learn at this point in my life about the Bible and I thought it would be nice to see what other people’s thoughts might be also about some of these verses. If anyone would be interested, let me know. If not, that’s okay. I’m probably just going to post some verses anyway. 🙂
Here is my first one I’ll share that I love:
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38,39 NIV
Willpower is not the key to the way of life we are seeking. Surrender is. By surrendering to powerlessness, I gain the presence of mind to stop wasting my time and energy trying to change and control that which I cannot change and control. It gives me permission to stop trying to do the impossible and focus on what is possible: being who I am, loving myself, feeling what I feel, and doing what I want to do with my life. In recovery, we learn to stop fighting lions, simply because we cannot win. We also learn that the more we are focused on controlling and changing others, the more unmanageable our life becomes. The more we focus on living our own life, the more we have a life to live, and the more manageable our life will become.