More and more research is proving that happiness is directly related to gratitude. If you want to increase your level of happiness, perform acts of gratitude.

Call a friend who you haven’t talked to in a while, but think about every day.

Send a card to someone in the mail, just because.

Leave little tokens & treats of appreciation on your coworkers’ desks.

Being grateful and giving thanks is not set aside for one day each year. It’s an everyday kind of thing.

And in that spirit, I want to you to know how grateful I am for you.

That you take time out of your busyness to read my words is so very humbling. I appreciate each time you visit and every encouraging comment you make. I’m so very thankful for you.

I’ve taken some time away from writing to do some soul-searching and reorganizing. I’ll return to posting regularly starting December 1st, with a series on the advent season inspired by Ann Voskamp’s new devotional, “The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas.

I’m kicking off this series with a give-away! Simply leave a comment on this post about your favorite holiday tradition and you could win a copy of Ann’s book or one of the other great gifts pictured below….

platter        redeemed wallet       the greatest gift

I’ll be giving away more great products throughout December, so be sure to keep up with me!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Five Minute Friday: Truth


Like the medicine that treats your physical ailments, truth is often unpleasant to taste and hard to swallow. But, it’s necessary for healing.

I’m one of those people who waits until the situation is undeniable and out of control before going to the doctor. By the time I’m in his office, I am in such bad shape that I can’t afford to not be there. I need his help. And needing this expert to take a look at me and put me on the path to wellness is not something that is easy for me to admit.

It’s funny how those same principles apply and play out in my emotional/spiritual wellness, as well. Truth, while we all claim to want it, is often avoided and dressed up. The irony is that it’s also often the one thing we need to reach a point of clarity and understanding – the pill you need to swallow to get better.

You can’t affect change in your life without addressing some hard truths, and I’m experiencing that very thing right now in my journey toward healthier living. Up until a few weeks ago, facing my truth about eating and craving was not a pill I was willing to take. Here are my hard truths:

  1. I need a deeper motivation for losing weight and being healthy. Hitting the right number on the scale doesn’t do it for me.
  2. Rationalizations and excuses are easy. What I need, what I MUST have, is in-your-face, brutal truth that will hold me accountable.
  3. Food is the abundance I have. I live paycheck to paycheck, there is no extra to spend on me. I put myself in a position to not have the independence  of taking myself where I need/want to go. Having a full belly and a stocked pantry makes me feel secure – however false that sense of security may be.
  4. There are things that I crave more than intimacy with God and living the life He has for me. And those are the things that keep me from all that He has for me. If I want to gain, I have to be willing to lose & let go. If I want to be filled, then I must deny myself of the things that separate me from His goodness.
  5. I can no longer compartmentalize the areas of my life. Pretending that one area has nothing to do with another is just a lie. It all has a place in this cycle that plays out over and over and over. Mental wellness affects Spiritual health, which manifests in the Physical self…. the state of the Physical body affects your Mental wellness, which alters your Spiritual health. And so on, and so on…

Facing the truth, swallowing that medicine, will ultimately lead to your healing. You can’t accurately treat an illness without a diagnosis. Those are my hard truths, the things I must face and admit if I want to see real change in my life. What are yours?



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