fostering a grateful spirit

"If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams, and you will always look lovely." -Roald Dahl

hopeful {day 164}

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grateful for tea with this sweet friend this morning, and grateful for the huge, brave changes she’s making in her life. God is working.

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very grateful for the Martin Luther King, Jr. and for the impossible dreams that he bravely dreamed, shared and made possible. grateful that his words still challenge and inspire. one of my favorites today: “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden for anyone to bear.” MLK was a man with a heart like God’s. Jesus, let me love more like you.

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also grateful that we live in a country that has peaceful changes in leadership, that was founded on the belief that all are created equal, that allows us to have and speak opinions on our leaders, religion, and whatever other topics we have opinions on. so many around the world have fought and even died for the right to worship and to speak freely, and I was blessed to be born in a country that protects those rights so that I can exercise them freely.
These words made me feel hopeful: “We recall that what binds us together is not the colors if our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What makes us exceptional-what makes us American-is our allegiance to an idea articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.'”
“Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable, and protect its people from life’s worst hazards and misfortune.”
“We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American; she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.”
“We do not believe that in this country freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few. We recognize that no matter how responsible we live our lives, any one of us at any time may face a job loss, or a sudden illness, or a home swept away in a sudden storm. The commitments we make to each other…they do not make us a nation of takers, they free us to take the risks that make this country great…We must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice– not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes: tolerance and opportunity, human dignity and justice.”
“We will show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully–not because we are naive about the dangers we face, but because engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear.”

hopeful and grateful.

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