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I am grateful for the words spoken through books, such as Sacred Marriage, which I've been slowly reading, carefully reading, savoring...that slap me in the face and tell me in no uncertain terms to offer an olive branch, to say I'm sorry please forgive me, even when I don't want to be humble but to humble myself anyways, to explain my wrong doing, and I am grateful for the forgiveness extended for the forgiveness received even when I don't deserve it.

We blow it way to many times. One would think that with time, harsh words, discontentment, unnecessary heartache would become few and far between - with time. But, we love so good that we sometimes fight so bad. And with time, thankfully, asking for forgiveness comes quicker. 

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I am grateful for John's servant heart. He leads worship for Kindergarten through 5th grade at Compassion Christian Church each Sunday morning at the 11 o'clock service. According to the Children's Pastor he does an awesome job of engaging the kids and he thinks John is having a positive impact on the elementary-aged boys who are seeing this 'big' boy getting up on stage and unashamedly worshiping and praising God with his whole heart.

As a mum, I loved receiving that affirmation about one of my kids. I am so grateful.

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For the past three out of four years (2013) (2014) (2015) and now in (2017) I have been, and I am, documenting each week something I am grateful to God for, something I am thankful for. It's not difficult because it is usually an extensive list to choose from. Sometimes, what is difficult is capturing it on film. 

Originally, I would have just been thankful that Jarrod was off work so he was able to drive Jeff to Ft Stewart for his follow up appointment after his surgery. It meant I didn't have to take a day off, using vacation pay, to do this. Sure, I would have, but I'm thankful I didn't have to take that day.

But then, after the appointment they drove my way and picked up Zaxby's for lunch for themselves and brought me a salad, too. It wasn't planned, nor expected. But, I'm seriously thankful for the lunch. I think the salad was all the more delicious because of the gift from my guys.

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My stash of books is growing rapidly, although I haven't hit that purchase button on Amazon in a while now. But, my cart is beyond full. I am averaging two books a week and loving every minute of that time. I am so thankful for the books I've already read, many I might read again someday or at least refer to. Especially those non-fiction books I've written in, dog-earred, and underlined to remind me something important was said.

I am thankful for the books on my shelves still to read. For the hours and hours of derived pleasure, for exploring other realms, foreign places, intriguing characters, stellar creativity by genius authors, exciting story lines, and compelling series'. I thank God who has gifted them all with the talents to take us to other places and times.

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Between One Thousand Gifts, and my 10000 Blessings project, and now my 52 Gratitudes, I am coming around, breaking the bonds of discontentment, turning my frowns upside down, changing a wayward heart. After this past year, which was, how shall I put it?


I knew the new year needed a drastic turning, changing, breaking, moving away from what was tearing me apart towards what could mend my fracturing heart and life.

Without a doubt, recording my gratitudes, has been part of that healing process. Each weeks gratefulness offers a stone. At the end of the year the entire album will become stones of remembrance. "Susan, remember that year you were grateful. That year I got you through." says the Lord. "You remember Me blessing you. You acknowledged My hand on your life."

"Yes, Lord, I remember."

"That's where you need to be, again."

Oh, yes, this album is definitely for me! Each one I pull off my shelf full of memories I remember.

And, this week as I embark on a new journey digging mines within the pages of the Word of God, searching for, what? Whatever He hopes to show me. Believing Him without a doubt that...

He is who He says He is.

He can do what He says He can do.

I am who God says I am.

I can do all things through Christ.

His Word is alive and active in me.

Yeah, believing that.

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One of my 100's list (1000 days 100 list) is finish decorating our bedroom. I am grateful for any opportunity to do just that. I recently acquired this beautiful indigo and white lamp and a large professional photo of my amazing servant-hearted husband doing what he does best - serving. As a Roman Calvary for the Journey (Compassion Christian Church's huge Christmas production).

The lamp has been in my bedroom Pinterest board for quite sometime now and I finally made it happen as a belated Christmas present - to myself!

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I am so grateful for any time I get to swim, especially in a heated indoor pool. I would love it to be opened more often (during times I'm not working) but I choose to be grateful for the hours I am afforded in the pool. This first time swimming in 2017, after so long away, I only swam 800 yards - but I'll take it! 

It took me about 200 yards before I found my breathing rhythm, until I did I wanted to quit. But, I didn't and plowed through the water, albeit slowly. I am so grateful to God for this opportunity to swim.

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It is hard to express this blessing. This feeling. This gratefulness. When I step outside on to the opened air, and grated floor of the 6th floor of the control tower at the Savannah-Hilton Head International airport at sunrise, I so very often pause, am taken aback, blown-away by the sky as the sun breaks over the horizon and the resulting display. Just for me!

How is it that I feel this amazing love of God just because I beheld a gorgeous - glorious - sky! Is it because God has given me His Spirit and His Spirit knows me so well. He knows me by name. He knows what makes my heart swell with gratitude. Oh God, You are so good to me.

Along with this gratitude is my prayer that my job will continue beyond the expected closing date. Far beyond, Lord.