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I am extremely guilty of not taking time out each day to be thankful to God, our Heavenly Father, for the small things in my life or even for the big things.

Today's small things I am grateful for:

  • the first day of school
  • the opportunity to work from home
  • power naps
  • AC
  • my job

It's not a hard thing to do, being grateful, and it only takes a few moments.  Why is it such a difficult thing to remember to sit down and actually list those thoughts on a daily basis?  The answer is, we are human, and it's not a top priority in this day and age of endless debt, marital stress, the task of raising children, or caring for family.  Exhaustion overtakes me, and pain, and a desire to escape life sometimes.  That desire is so deep that it overpowers everything else at least once a day.  I am calm, I am resolute, I am determined, but I still want to escape.

My bonus big thing that I am grateful for today:

I have 4 days left until I can "escape" to a By the Brook Retreat at Faith Baptist Church in Monroe, GA, sponsored by Rising Above Ministries.  The retreat is an opportunity for mothers raising children with special needs to gather together for a weekend of pampering, inspiration and encouragement to refresh, restore and renew.

I so need to "escape" to take a moment to breathe in deep and let it out slowly.

Karen, Georgia Angel
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