Thoughts on Thursday: Gratitude

Where has the time gone??? This week has been flying by, and I’m doing my best to enjoy every single “busy” moment God has granted me.

Here goes my Gratitude Post of the week!

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Here’s how these posts will work:

I will list anywhere between 1 to 10 things, people, happenings, whatever it is I am grateful for on a weekly basis. On days when I feel extra grateful for something/someone special in particular, I will dedicate that post entirely to it/her/him.

February 20, 2014 Grateful Heart

1. Warmer weather (30-40 degrees is much more enjoyable than -50)

2. Internet (I’ve recently learned a lot of people don’t have access)

3. Family Video (There’s something so heartwarming about physically walking into a video store and walking around until you find that one movie you’ve been waiting to see! πŸ™‚

4. Lunch date with my Sister in Christ, Sue (It’s always so refreshing to sit and chat with her.)Β 

5. Pen Pals! (Snail Mail/Handwritten Letters)

6. A song called “Let Them See You” – JJ Weeks Band

7. God’s Provisions

8. Quiet Time with God

9. My students who fuel me and inspire me to improve regularly

10. My beloved family and friends

What are you grateful for this week/today/in general? Please do share!

Be BLESSED,

JJ πŸ™‚

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Thoughts on Thursday: Gratitude (Late!)

Thursday was a busy busy day, but I figured… better late than never, right?

I have so much to be grateful for, and it always amazes me at all the things, people, places I have to be thankful for. Please enjoy my humble “Gratitude List”!

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February 13th / 14th, 2014 Grateful Heart

1. Opportunity to mentor students

2. Hubby and my Valentine’s Day simple, yet special traditions (exchanging cards, Hubby surprising me with a stuffed animal and make chocolate covered strawberries at home)

3. Grateful to be able to say the words “I love you” to those I cherish & love

4. God’s grace

5. My very 1st Filofax planner to document my daily happenings

6. Connections made with fellow Sisters in Christ via social media

7. Seeing my former junior high teachers (& the teachers actually remembering/recognizing me)

8. CCM (Christian Contemporary Music)

9. Hugs from my students

10. Being able to snuggle up to my forever Valentine(s) – Hubby & our furbabies

Happy Valentine’s Day! ❀

What are you grateful for today/this week? Please do share!

Be BLESSED,

JJ πŸ™‚

Thoughts on Thursday: Gratitude

I’ve been doing Daily Gratitude Lists for several years now, and it is one of the most uplifting, heart-changing habits of mine. Several of my close friends have also started doing them and have shared with me how the lists have changed their lives.

Before I start my weekly Gratitude post, I would like to give all credit to Pastor Erwin McManus from Mosaic Church in California. God has spoken through Pastor Erwin every Sunday while my hubby and I were still living in California, and because of Pastor Erwin, I began my Daily Gratitude Lists. I cannot express my appreciation and gratitude enough to Pastor McManus for helping me reform my heart.

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Here’s how these posts will work:

I will list anywhere between 1 to 10 things, people, happenings, whatever it is I am grateful for on a weekly basis. On days when I feel extra grateful for something/someone special in particular, I will dedicate that post entirely to it/her/him.

February 6th, 2014 Grateful Heart

1. Sunshine on a super cold winter day

2. Christian Contemporary Music station on Pandora

3. My hardworking, dedicated hubby

4. My furbabies curled up & sound asleep

5. Room temperature water to keep me hydrated

6. My devoted Tae Kwon Do students and family members

7. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

8. God’s Grace

9. My very 1st Filofax on its way to me

10. This blog = my heart, my life God has blessed me with

What are you grateful for today? Please do share!

Be BLESSED,

JJ πŸ™‚

Wednesday Talk: Favorite Scripture

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“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

I stumbled upon this verse one day a few years back, and it has been my favorite Scripture ever since. I can honestly say it has brought me through many downs in the past few seasons of hurt, worries, and life in general. My Faith has been growing stronger throughout the years, and my heart is filled with gratitude daily.

I hope this verse gives you comfort, a positive change in heart – especially those of you who have been struggling with life’s ups and downs.

May today be a day full of gratitude and blessings!

What are some of your favorite Bible Verses? Please do share!

Be BLESSED,

JJ πŸ™‚