Sunday, December 30, 2012

A New Year, A New Season

Another year comes to an end. Already.


I think this past year has been a year of waiting; sometimes not even knowing what I was waiting for. Sometimes waiting for a break from caring for my father-in-law, some of the time waiting for new grandbabies to be born and yes, another is due in a couple of weeks!


But here lately I’ve been feeling more thankful to God than ever, for all the wonderful blessings in my life.


On a good hair day, when you’re on time for your appointments and the perfect parking space opens up everywhere you go and people actually smile at you – it’s so easy to be thankful for your life.


But on those days when you have to hide your hair under a hat, do your best to cover a gigantic pimple, sit carefully all day because your jeans are too tight and you’ve got a case of the clumsies and everything you touch falls apart – it’s too easy to forget about all we have to be grateful for.


Why is that?


My friend Stacy Voss has the perfect reminder for me – the beautiful coffee mug (pictured above) that bears the tag line, Seize the Gratimoment! (Contact her here to get your own.)


Sometimes we need to purposefully look for gratitude in the moment. We need to focus on what we do have; we need to take our focus off the things that are bringing us down or “ruining our day” – and seize the opportunity to turn things around with our attitude by finding something to be grateful for.


This year, I promise myself to be more thankful and to discover what it means to “live in the moment”!


See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. – Isaiah 43:19 NIV


  1. Helen, I love how you say, "seize the opportunity to turn things around with our attitude by finding something to be grateful for"! Amen! I'm experiencing that more and more! Such a fabulous reminder!

  2. You know that I don't often make a comment, but I thank you for sharing yourself through writing your blogs, Helen.
    A book that I enjoyed reading this past year on the power of showing gratitude was written by a man named John Kralik. It's his letter-writing journey as told in 'A Simple Act of Gratitude: How Learning to Say Thank You Changed My Life'. I have it on my Kindle, but I am sure that you can get it at the library or a book store.

  3. I am so very grateful for each day bad and good they all are a gift. When I have a bad day I say at night thank you god I made it through this day. When it is a good day I say Lord I wish this day wasn't ending. But with each day comes trials blessings growth sometimes of joy sometimes of sorrow but in the end I am always glad there will come a tomorrow.
    Love Deb Wilden