Welcome! I’m Catherine. For me, it's important to stretch my mind, travel far, and always have a stash of dark chocolate.

A Grateful Heart

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"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11

Last week was rough. My mood was about as pleasant as the rainy cold weather. When my Target run involved restocking my tampon supply (#truthtuesday) I was over it. Life that is. I started to annoy myself, which is the telltale sign something needs to change. I needed to remember to fight the battles of life with a grateful heart.

Life is filled with seasons of drought and plenty, which appear to interchange almost seamlessly. While reading through Galatians recently, I was struck by the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23): love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The footnote for joy was gladness, which means, "a feeling or state of well-being and contentment." Yeah, that hadn't been me at all the past few days!

At my old job one of our guiding principles was, "fake it until you make it." There is so much truth to that simple and cliché sounding phrase. Once I began giving thanks (even while I was wallowing in my own self-pity and not feeling thankful or content), my mood lifted and I began noticing blessings all around.

Here is to a fresh, more positive, week.

/ / My marriage and friendship with Jordan. He deserves a gold star for the way he cares for me particularly through this season of life.

/ / My friends and family. The silent and vocal cheerleading means so much to me.

/ / After experiencing a 19 year old friend receive her double lung transplant last year, I have a whole new respect for my body. I may not be pregnant but I'm able to accomplish any physical task that is required of me and for that I'm grateful.

/ / A loving God that provides purpose and hope for my future. While it hasn't looked like the future I had planned, it is a good future.

/ / The fact that dark chocolate doesn't have dairy. You better believe dark chocolate is being consumed on the regular.

/ / Afternoon walks around our neighborhood.

/ / Summer plans. I don't know how many more "carefree" summers we'll have alone, so I'm planning on fully embracing this one.

What are you grateful for this week?

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Grateful Heart Monday