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


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bright spot {day 221}

Today was tough. Woke up to news of a college classmate’s passing. I did not know him especially well, but I do know that he was kind and generous and young. He was just so young. We also got bad news about Drew’s grandma tonight. A couple of weeks ago she was diagnosed with lymphoma and started chemo. After some big complications last week, they found out today that it has also spread to her brain. Today just feels so heavy. And I HATE cancer.

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So today I am grateful for these fresh flowers-a needed bright spot in a cold, snowy, dreary, heavy day. Sometimes all you need to make it though a really crappy day is the reminder that this darkness and heaviness is not all there is. Spring will come. Thank you, Jesus.


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tulips and contest winner! {day 203}

today is one of those dreary, grey, cold Chicago winter days that makes you wish you were on a beach somewhere, or that you were a bird and could fly south for the winter. it’s days like these when the winter feels endless.
so today I’m grateful for these beauties

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that remind me that spring is coming, that winter is not endless, and that sunshine and warmth are not too far away.

now, CONTEST WINNER!
A big congratulations to Erin Raske, winner of the gratitude journal!

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send me an email with your mailing address and I will get it on it’s way to you. Thanks to those who entered! it was fun to hear what you’re grateful for!

hope {160}

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today I looked outside at 415 and it was still sunny! to anyone not familiar with Chicago winters, this may be insignificant, but here in Chicago where we are beginning the worst part of winter (the part where it is literally so cold and windy your body hurts), any reminder that spring is on it’s way is so wonderful. it’s still cold and I still don’t love it, but sometimes all you need to get through the coldest, darkest days is a reminder that something better is coming, even if it takes longer than you hope.
I had an amazing discipleship group leader and friend who I met during probably the darkest, hardest seasons of my life (and also hers). she used to tell me about how she loves tulips because the bulbs get planted in the fall and bloom in the spring, and sometimes all you need is a reminder that when everything feels dark and cold and dead, that indeed there is something living, beautiful, growing, we just can’t see it yet. I pray that that picture will encourage you as it does me, every time I see a tulip.
don’t give up hope. the cold and dark aren’t endless. something beautiful is coming!