Gratitude Day 115 – Slow Me Down

Mon., Sept. 10, 2018

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Slow me down, Lord.

Ease the pounding of my heart.

Help me relish the quiet of my mind.

Challenge me to slow my hurried pace

And learn a different understanding of time.

When the day is confusing,

May I find calm in You.

As my nerves and muscles tense,

Bring soothing noises into my life.

May I find minute vacations throughout the day:

Challenge me to linger on a phone call,

Appreciate a spot of nature and

Breathe in some meaningful words from a book.

When I feel that I need to be the hare

When what I need are some tortoise moments,

Remind me that life is not a race.

Increasing speed will not gain me any more minutes.

Help me see the strong branches of a solid tree

And remind myself that this tree grew slowly and well

Dear Lord – slow me down.

Inspire me to send deep roots into the most important

Things in my day.

Only then, then I discover my life’s most important values

Thank you for the journey of this day.


Blessings –


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Gratitude Day 67 – Mission Trip

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Mon., June 18, 2018

Ephesians 6:7-8 – Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.

We have arrived in the Washington D.C. area

After two days of travel from Wisconsin, our group of almost 100 youth and adults is bunkered down at a church for the week. We’ll spend our days serving people by helping repair their homes and properties. Evenings will be times of worship and hanging out. Great friendships. New experiences. Lots of laughs. Opportunities to be God’s hands and feet. Hopefully lives that will be forever changed.

Hubby Rick and I are chaperones on this trip. We’re excited that our two oldest grandsons, as well as a couple girls, are part of our smaller group. Already, we see the kids discovering new friends. It warms our hearts to observe this.

My posting maybe a little less frequent this week. We’ll see how the week goes. Hanging out with the kids and other adults will be a priority. Yet, I expect to see many gratitude spottings this week. More than I’ll be able to record.

For this, I am grateful.

Thank you for this group of youth and adults who are willing to serve You and those around us this week. I pray for all who will be participating in a mission trip this summer. May we truly experience profound ways to serve You, Almighty God, and your kingdom. Amen.

Blessings –


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