Random gratefuls and not-so-gratefuls.

I am grateful for the question, “How are you doing?” that prompts more than a “Fine” answer. I am grateful for people who show love by asking, “What has been going on in your life these days?” and then they fully listen. Most times, you won’t know if you don’t ask…

I am grateful for the end of the week. I am brain tired.

I am grateful for intricate patterns in flowers.

It used to be that the children were expected to put the kids in the car and drive to see grandparents, because it was expected, and because holidays were not holidays unless the grandchildren were with grandma or grandpa, but in the age of busy, it seems that has changed, and grandparents must be the ones to load up and go visit the children. As I age and see my Bingo friends so lonely for their families and any sign of love from their children, grandchildren, and great grands, I am beginning to relate. For that, I am not very grateful.

I am grateful for money in the bank. Temporarily, but at least it’s there.

I am grateful for good ketchup. Especially from a squirt bottle that then decorates curly fries in a basket from a greasy diner.

I cannot tell if these women are so busy they forget, or if they are mad at the world and do this on purpose, or if they have another odd reason for not pressing down on the handle, but I am not very grateful today for women who leave their business in the toilet to marinate and bless those who enter the room.

I am grateful for really good quotes that are worth copying and pasting at a later date so that someday I will read them again and think, “Wow, that’s really great insight.”

If a man does not make new acquaintances, as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man should keep his friendships in constant repair. – Samuel Johnson

I am grateful for anticipation of rain.

I am not very grateful today for emotional pain. It just pretty much sucks…the happiness out of me.

I am grateful for naps and wish I could take a long one every day.

I am grateful for time spent with my CASA girl. I so look forward to seeing her…

I am grateful for three little boys and a s’more’s night on the patio. If grandchildren are not available, find substitutes.

I am grateful for the simple beauty of shiny metallic gum wrappers.

I am grateful for a surprise lunch with Sam, and for his presence this morning, and even though it wasn’t so necessary, it was nice to feel loved and cared for.

I am not very grateful for dilation via eye drops. Once was enough to make me not ever want to return.

But I am grateful that God loves me, even when I complain and have cloudy days.

Trust Me in every detail of your life. Nothing is random in My kingdom. Everything that happens fits into a pattern for good, to those who love Me. Instead of trying to analyze the intricacies of the pattern, focus your energy on trusting Me and thanking Me at all times. Nothing is wasted when you walk close to Me. Even your mistakes and sins can be recycled into something good, through My transforming grace.

While you were still living in darkness, I began to shine the Light of My Presence into your sin-stained life. Finally, I lifted you up out of the mire into My marvelous Light. Having sacrificed My very Life for you, I can be trusted in every facet of your life.

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