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It’s a Good Day to Have a Good Day

Coffee on Porch Swing

If we were having coffee, we’d be sitting on my porch swing, and I’d be drinking from my buttercup mug that brightens my day.

This morning I’m thankful for little things that warm my heart.

  • A slow start to the morning, waking up without an alarm clock and seeing my husband next to me instead of finding him already at work in his home office
  • Coffee waiting for me in the carafe because I remembered to set it up on the timer last night
  • New walking shoes to wear when I take my dog, Chester, outside
  • Fun plans for the day, celebrating my sister-in-law’s birthday at the Art in Bloom exhibit
  • A clean kitchen
  • My children sleeping in their beds

What simple pleasures are bringing you joy today?

It’s important for me to take notice of these people and things and give thanks to God because there will be times when I won’t have the opportunity and wish for ordinary days.

Seismic shifts brought on by illness or death or other radical life changes are inevitable. And by cultivating a heart of gratitude and trust in the loving kindness of God, I’ll be better able to navigate my way through the dangerous journey of life.

Four people who were part of my growing-up years are battling cancer, and one of these people needs a bone marrow transplant. So far Andrew’s doctors haven’t found a match in the donor registry, so his friends are encouraging more people to become part of the National Marrow Donor Program. You can request a free swabbing kit and get more information here. (There is a $100 charge if you’re over age 44 because additional tests need to be run.)

Will you please consider offering someone else the hope of enjoying the simple pleasures of life again? Will you encourage other people you know to join the marrow donor program?

Today I’m thankful for the profound gift of life.

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4 Comments

  1. Thank you, Tracie, for the sweet and deep reminders to cultivate a grateful heart.

    • I read Habakuk today, and the final verses were my inspiration. “Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation”
      (Habakkuk 3:17-18).

  2. Your day has nice start to it. Good luck with find the match for a marrow donation.

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