Why gratitude?

I asked my Composition II students to write a brief essay explaining their motives for expressing gratitude and offering at least one example of a moment when gratitude was expressed to them or when they chose to express gratitude to someone else. This essay was written by my student Jessica Whitmire, who is always smiling. Students like... Continue Reading →

Chasing rabbits

I must be brief this morning. My toddler is still quietly sleeping in her crib, curled up in a little pink ball. Last night, she resisted her normal 7:30 p.m. bedtime and wanted to watch an extra episode of Curious George, her current favorite cartoon. After that, she pitter-pattered around the house, dragging her "Good... Continue Reading →

Here’s your sign

*Today's post is written by my friend and regular contributor, Debra Dickey. Thanks for sharing your insights with us, Debra!* I agree with Moses.  “God, if You are not coming with me, don’t make me go!”  …but if have to, then please, please, please give me a sign!!   [Moses actually says, “If Your Presence will... Continue Reading →

Being the dish

Giving back, paying it forward, passing it on. . .  these are concepts I live by—partly because other people have done these kind of good deeds for me and to me. A friend and mentor of mine once gave me her family’s tax refund to help pay for a mission trip overseas. Their donation funded... Continue Reading →

Day 30: Dear Erin

*It's the last day of the Dear Gratitude project! My friend and soul sister, Amie Seaton, is today's guest writer.* Dear Erin, I just got in from spending time with you today. I have so much fun with you these days. We didn’t even do much, just unloaded all your clothes into your new apartment.... Continue Reading →

Day 28: Happy Thanksgiving!

*I'm thankful today for my pastor, Paul Seay, who wrote Day 28's post for the Dear Gratitude project.* “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”—Philippians 4:6 NRSV Dear Readers, I don’t know why I am a reluctant blog writer, but... Continue Reading →

Day 3: Dear Zhongguo

*Today is Day 3 of my "Dear Gratitude" project. I'm not a guest, but I'm serving as today's writer :). Enjoy.* Dear Zhongguo, I met my husband a few years ago at a birthday party which I’d halfheartedly decided to attend. My husband walked into the restaurant casually, the sun streaming in around his silhouette,... Continue Reading →

Day 1: Dear Ajay and Ari

*Today is the first post in the "Dear Gratitude" project for November 2013. Each day in November, a different writer will share a letter to someone or something he is thankful for. Today's contributor is my friend and spiritual hero, Betty Gail Jones, AKA Nanna. Thank you for sharing, Betty Gail!* Dear Ajay and Ari,... Continue Reading →

Sweet gum balls

*Thanks to my friend Debra Dickey for writing today's post!* Yes, sweet gum balls.  Have you ever given them much thought?  Probably not!  I hadn’t either until my most recent inspiration, again, during my walks with my dog, Maddie. On these walks, I step through them, past them, over them, around them, and on them,... Continue Reading →

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