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365 Moments Of Gratitude – Thankful To Have A Story To Tell


Today at church, our pastor spoke about having a story. Each and every one of us have a story to tell. It is ours, and ours alone. The good, the bad, the beautiful and even the ugly make up who we are and the life we live. Our past, present and future comprise our story. It is this story that people will see whatever we are a witness of.

As Christians, God gives us a story. He doesn’t erase the “bad” parts and keep only the good. No! Instead, He redeems us, and allows every part of our story to share grace, hope and peace with others. The things in my life – the ups and downs, the peaceful moments and struggles alike, will be a living testimony of who Jesus is – through us.

Something I have said before, and that was mentioned today is that we are very well the only Jesus some people will ever see. As I was explaining to my husband, there are many people who do not know Jesus. They don’t attend church, and the Bible is nothing more than “just another book” in their eyes. To that person, I (as a Christian example) may very well be the only church, the only Jesus, and the only witness of who He is that they may ever know.

I want my life to be a witness of who He truly is. The life change and personal transformation I have experienced – and continue to experience every day – is something I want every living breathing human being to come to know. When people experience even a fraction of the love He has for us, life change happens.

I want to live my life in such a way that my story – my experiences in life that brought me from where I was to where I am today – speaks for itself. It is my desire that my story share the same amount of peace, grace, hope and love that was shared in such a real way with me. If anything I have been through in the course of my life (good or bad) can be used to share Him with another human being – to share grace, peace, hope and love — it will have a purpose greater than I could imagine.

I am one person, with one story – and it is with that story that I want to share gratitude and thanks to God for giving me. It’s my story. I am the only one with this story. I am thankful for my story – for all of it – for it is what has made me who I am.


365 Moments Of Gratitude: Thankful For Those Who Challenge Me


Today I am thankful for those who challenge me to become the best me I am capable of being. This is in any area – personally, mentally, physically, and professionally.

Today I was speaking with a friend who shared some thoughts and made me challenge the way I go about doing things. It made me dig deeper, search further and come up with more creative solutions.

The moral of this post today is to urge you to not ignore those who may challenge your thinking. It may just turn out to be the blessing in disguise you had no idea you needed!

Approach others and life in general with an open mind. Your life and the way you approach things might just need a makeover and/or fresh set of eyes.

365 Moments Of Gratitude: Thankful for the YMCA


Today will be the first time I’ve gone back to the YMCA since I had the tumor removed. The stitches are still there, but it seems to be healing nicely. I will be taking it easy, but need to continue my quest of healthier living and a greater level of fitness.

I am grateful for the YMCA. Our local YMCA is an amazing place, and truly a community. There are people from all walks of life, and all stages of fitness ability. I’m grateful for a place to belong, and somewhere that welcomes you as you are, and helps you on your fitness journey. It means a lot that someone is there with you every step of the way – always available to answer questions or give you direction.

Thank you YMCA for promoting an atmosphere for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The community and atmosphere that is available makes healthy life change not only a possibility, but a reality.