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.

It’s a Good Day to Have a Good Day
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Tracie


Tracie grew up with three sisters and a brother in a farmhouse surrounded by cornfields and relatives. She draws on that early foundation to write about her Christian faith, creative activities, and family life.


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5 thoughts on “It’s a Good Day to Have a Good Day

    1. 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).

  1. Tracie, a joy to meet you. I have had a very quiet day which is a huge Phew!!! after finishing the A-Z Challenge. I often overcomplicate things and my Letters to dead Poems became bigger than Ben Hur. So, I am thankful for nothingness today…a day on the charger. Well, not a whole day as I have to fire up Mum’s Taxi shortly.
    Anyway, seeing that beautiful photo of golden Chester was great. I have two dogs. Bilbo is a 10 year old Border Collie and Lady is a 3 year old Border Collie x Cavalier. Just found her sleeping in my son’s bed while he’s at school. She’s quite the Lady, as long as there isn’t something dead and stinky to roll in.
    I am so sorry to hear that you have 3 friends with cancer. So much can be done and yet many still fall through the cracks. My SIL had breast cancer last year and it was a fairly small lump and yet she had two surgeries, chemo, radiation. They brought out the artillery. She has the all clear which is great.
    The Cancer Council where I live put out some really useful kits for helping the families etc. IN the back there was a check list where people could tick whether they wanted a visit, food, phone call etc. This made so much sense to me as some people want to be left alone and others want friends around. Don’t want to be alone. I thought such a checklist would be great for Churches instead of trying to second guess.
    I have significant medical issues myself but a close school friend developed Motor Neurone Disease and there’s very limited treatment. She has now had it for 4 years and exceeded her “use-by-date”. She has a now 10 year old daughter so every extra year is precious.
    Take care and give that gorgeous dog a hug on my behalf.
    Bless you!
    xx Rowena

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