For your consideration…

While each day’s message, HOPEfully has benefit for all of us. I often feel like they are targeted to some more than others. Unless I get a call that says, “Oh, that was for me.” I never know what or who the message resonated strongly with.

Today’s message, resonates strongly with me. I feel it is a big reminder for me to be still, breathe and be grateful.

I often say and perhaps you feel the same way, “My plate if full.” There are those times that you just feel like you can not take on one more thing. It is easy in those times to feel poor me. Then, if you are like me, you are disappointed in yourself. Ahhh, that ego judgment just starts butting in an nagging you in your moments of weakness.

So how do we turn this around? We turn to gratitude. Examples; husbands back in the hospital…be grateful that he has health care and great doctors and that I had the good sense to recognize that was what was needed. And I have a daughter to sit with me until I am calm again. Cars broke…grateful that I have a great car and in over 15 years I probably had to take a car in for repair only twice. Oh, and I have Bruce’s truck to use in the meantime. Bed mattress destroyed….I have the ways and means to get it replaced in a day and a friend willing to wait at the house while it is delivered. Refrigerator freezer acting up…it is over 21 years old and repairable. It is a great machine. Washed husband’s wallet in the washing machine…it dries in no time and he doesn’t need it right now anyway. Oh, and he didn’t even care. He just shrugged it off.

Gratitude shines a light and focus on what we do have and lets perceived lack pale in comparison. It is easy to practice gratitude when everything is going well. We are reminded today that when things are not going so well, it is our fix, our cure, our step towards the light.

That is the HOPE. And so it is.

Bit by bit, piece by piece, HOPE by HOPE action steps anyone can take…

-Affirm…“I am loved.”

-Meditate/pray…ask…”What is my next step for my highest good and the highest good of all?”

-Drink lots of water.

-Get outdoors and take in at least 10 deep breaths.

-Practice gratitude.

What made me smile yesterday…

-Sunshine…spring is close…I can feel it.

-Friend, Kathy, offering help and great advice.

-My daughter Shannon is wonderful and funny.

-Did I ever say that my dryer, magically repaired itself after several months of “squealing?” Love it.

Love, Blessings and Gratitude,

Rev. Chris


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