The theme for this week’s meeting was Courage to be Grateful and Debbie Taylor (www.LifeHarmonyCounseling.com) gave a thought-provoking presentation. We all know it is easy to be grateful when things go our way (and we remember to give thanks), but it takes courage to be grateful when we are crazy-stressed and busy and things aren’t going well. The Bible encourages us to rejoice always and give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Debbie shared some strategies to help create an attitude of gratitude, including praying and meditating on what’s going well in your life, keeping a gratitude journal, telling others you appreciate them being in your life, and accepting gratitude with grace. We can be role models for our children and husbands in this respect–and it’s never too late to start. This foundation of gratitude is essential because it gives us the ability to love and be loved, and to make sure we don’t take people for granted. The benefits are many: greater happiness, greater optimism, more empathy for others, better health, and lower stress levels. If we can make it a practice to give thanks when things are going well, we will be better equipped to give thanks even when facing challenges. Challenges are opportunities for growth, and every challenge comes into our life for a reason. Once we give it over to God, we can be strong, brave, and courageous. So for the month of November (and hopefully beyond), let us give thanks for our many blessings and try to find the gift in everything!
Along these lines, one of our MOPS moms suggested the book “One Thousand Gifts”. Looks like a good read.
Don’t forget to RSVP for the fondue night at Vanessa’s house. Also, bags were handed out for those who would like to make food donations. We will collect them at our first December meeting. Be sure to check expiration dates on your donations. Food needs to have a remaining shelf life of more than 6 months in order to be distributed by the food pantry. Lastly, please remember to bring you Secret Prayer Sister gifts, notes, prayers, etc. to our next meeting on December 14th.
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name. For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness (is) to all generations.” Psalms 100:4-5