A candle that smells like french fries. Now THAT is a scent I would buy.

My brother sent this a few days ago, and I have read and re-read it. It goes so well with my church devotions this morning which focused on Colossians 3:12-17:

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company, church, or home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past – we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are in charge of our attitudes!”

I am grateful for my brother, Dwight, who has the BEST attitude, pretty much always.

I am grateful for Valerie, my cousin, who has now started her own grateful blog. Yay, someone else who has discovered the impact of attitude on life, and to be grateful for even the smallest, seemingly insignificant things!

I am grateful for a quiet ending to the first day of the new year with snow falling outside, a warm fire inside, the sound of football on the TV, and the smell of no bake cookies on the counter.

I am grateful to have had time to iron yesterday.

I am grateful for waxed paper.

I am grateful for a “new” devotion book to read this year. Thank you, Dad.

I am grateful for huge year-end success at work resulting in three major placements in the last few days and a bonus today that will help immensely.

I am grateful for Reilly and Parker and the extra soft spot I have for their beautiful family. I am so proud of them all.

I am grateful to have received an email from Roman and for his wonderful news.

I am grateful that we made it a whole year without drinking soda or eating french fries. I miss you, Dr. Pepper and McDonalds/Burger King/Freddy’s/Braum’s fries. I should probably eliminate something else from my list for this year…

I am grateful that hymns play in my mind rather than music that does not benefit me or glorify God. Currently playing:

Bless That Wonderful Name

I am grateful for a car that started this morning in the extreme cold temperature.

I am grateful for time on the phone last night with Dad. He makes me so happy.

I am grateful for the cardinals that were outside the kitchen window yesterday.  Food is coming soon, guys, just hang on a few more days.

I am grateful for a renewed desire to get back in shape and lose some of this weight, but I’m also grateful that I’m okay with me how I am, and if I don’t lose the weight, it’s okay.

And I am grateful for these instructions that are perfect for living in 2014:

12-14 So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.

15-17 Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way. – Colossians 3:12-17, The Message

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