Thanks To God For Each Day Of My Life
10 of the Best Ways to Thank God – Counting My Blessings
You and I know God wants us to thank and praise Him but I sometimes wonder if I’m thanking Him the ways He wants.
I start my prayers with thank you and praise Him for who He is and what He does but are words enough.
Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High. Psalm 50:14
Honestly, words don’t feel much of a sacrifice. I can say “thank you” so easily and then just as easily go back to living in ways that don’t seem very thankful.
What does thankful living look ? Thankfulness that is sacrificial? Thankfulness that is God’s will and pleases Him.
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:20How are you with the “all circumstances” part? Not so good? Yeah, me too.
I wonder (you know I do that a lot) . . . maybe there are ways to thank God that go beyond simply speaking words. Ways to live with gratitude even when I don’t feel thankful for my circumstances.
If you add together the verses with the word “obey” and those reminding us to “listen” it’s close to a thousand. Faith leads to obedience as we thank God for the amazing gift of life in Jesus.
Everything you do or say should be done to obey Jesus your Lord. And in all you do, give thanks to God the Father through Jesus. Colossians 3:17
Remember worship is…
Taking your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. (Romans 12:1)
We were made to worship – to thank and praise God, the One who loves us and gives us all we need for today and for always.
Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping Him with holy fear and awe. Hebrews 12:28
Thank Him with music
Make music. Sing praise. Music gives our thanks and praise emotion. So, make that “joyful noise” at home, in the car, at church . . . anywhere. Turn up the tunes and give thanks.
And each morning and evening they stood before the Lord to sing songs of thanks and praise to Him. 1 Chronicles 23:30
Pray to Him
You pray and begin your prayers with words of thanks and praise. But let’s go beyond “thank you for all You do for me.” Let’s be specific. Naming God’s past provision and help not only thanks Him it can help prevent worry and fear.
Do not worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks. Philippians 4:6
Love and Care for Others
This is stewardship. Using what God has given us to bless others. God’s love is unfailing. His care is personal. You and I have all we need to love and care for the people around us.
Each of you has received a gift to use to serve others. Be good servants of God’s various gifts of grace. Anyone who speaks should speak words from God. Anyone who serves should serve with the strength God gives so that in everything God will be praised through Jesus Christ. Power and glory belong to him forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:10–11
Surrender Everything to Him
It’s hard to offer everything, isn’t it? It needs an eternal perspective and I so easily get caught up in what’s right in front of my face. Trusting God and surrendering everything to Him . . . that’s thanksgiving with faith.
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Romans 12:1
Tell People about Who He Is and What He Does
Tell your story. You’re a changed life, tell people about it. Tell them about forgiveness and freedom from fear . . . about love, hope, and joy. Thank God by telling others about His awesome blessings.
I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done. Psalm 9:1
Trust His Will
Trust is reliance and confident expectation. Thank God for past blessings by trusting Him with your future. Follow where He leads. He has a plan and that plan includes you. Trust His love and follow where He leads.
The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. Psalm 28:7
Joy is contentment and satisfaction. Finding joy in God says that He is enough, that you and I are content and satisfied in Him.
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Philippians 4:4,6
Make Everything You Do and Say an Offering of Thankfulness
God loves you. His goodness and mercy cover you. Pay attention. Count your blessings. Live with gratitude. Make your life an offering of thanks in response to all God has done for you.
May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to His people, who live in the light. For He has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins. Colossians 1:11–14
Oh, how I wish I didn’t get so caught up in myself. Maybe you wish that too.
I want my life to show that my is heart full of thanks.
I want to join David and say…
I trust God’s love forever and ever. God, I will thank You forever for what You have done. With those who worship you, I will trust You because You are good. Psalm 52:8–9
And with God’s help I will.
Will you pray with me?
Father, Thank you for your countless blessings. Because of Jesus, Your grace and mercy cover me every day. Your love surrounds me. May my life be an offering of thanks for who You are and all You do. I love you, Lord. I trust You. Help me obey and follow wherever You lead. In Jesus name. O pray. Amen.
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30 Thanksgiving Quotes To Add Joy To Your Family Celebration
Last Updated on May 7, 2019
What does Thanksgiving mean to you?
Different people see Thanksgiving differently. In fact, other parts of the world do not celebrate Thanksgiving at all!
In North America, however, we all know how important Thanksgiving is. It stands for so many things, some people even look forward to it more than Christmas.
What Thanksgiving Stands For
What do people think about when they remember Thanksgiving?
Family and Friends
Who do you spend Thanksgiving with? In general, Thanksgiving is when everyone flies home and looks forward to spending time with family. It’s that day of the year when everyone gets to sit around the table and have a traditional turkey dinner.
Your aunts may comment about how fat you’ve gotten since they last saw you; or a few of your cousins may remind you when you still had poor taste – but that’s the beauty of family. It’s those little quirks and tasteless jokes that show you how much it all matters.
These are things that you’ll hate other people for, but if it’s family who says it, you accept them as part of who they are. But what about people who have no family to come home to?
If you’re part of this group, then it’s safe to assume that you’ll still end up with folks you treat as family even if you’re not bound by blood. Your friends are just the family you love. You share so many things that you don’t even notice the weird habits and funny antics others would not tolerate.
Yes, all these, you appreciate more over Thanksgiving.
How many times in a year do you get to eat yummy turkey smothered in homemade gravy? Your mom may pair that up with some pot pie. Or you just might see other family members bringing out their most favorite recipes. It’s also that ONE day that you get to forget about your strict diets.
This is exactly what a lot of people look forward to every time Thanksgiving season comes around. Some may even be guilty about wanting to eat the food more than wanting to bond with family.
Of course, one reason why it’s called “Thanksgiving” is because it’s a day for giving thanks. It’s that day of the year when folks think about all the good things they got this year and feel truly grateful.
Sure, people should be thankful every single day. But you’d have to admit that most of the time, people think about struggles, challenges, and problems instead of the good things. On Thanksgiving, the blessings come first.
In fact, some families even take turns mentioning the things they are grateful for while having dinner.
Truly, Thanksgiving is a tradition that people would not want to miss.
Things You May Not Know about Thanksgiving
Knowing that this is such a celebrated event, it’s surprising to know that a lot of people know very little about it.
Here are just a few of the things a lot of people don’t know about Thanksgiving:
1.) There are conflicted opinions on WHEN and WHERE the first Thanksgiving was really held.
For the pilgrims, they did NOT treat the three-day celebration that happened in Plymouth in 1621 as Thanksgiving.
For them, it was just an occasion of worship and prayer as they gave thanks. What they consider as Thanksgiving would be July 1623, when Gen. William Bradford declared a day of celebration and thanks as the rain has finally come, ending the drought and saving the harvest.
In 1692, however, a Virginia senator asked JFK to issue a correction when he mentioned Plymouth as the venue for the first ever Thanksgiving. He says that it actually happened in Richmond in 1619 when English settlers had a religious ceremony to celebrate their arrival.
2.) Turkey was not the main dish served when the Pilgrims had the first Thanksgiving.
There was probably a chance that turkey was also served at the first ever Thanksgiving dinner. It was, however, not the main dish.
If you really want to have an authentic Thanksgiving experience, the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags ate venison, oysters and corn. Yes, cranberry was not the featured side dish, either.
3.) Not everyone d the idea of proclaiming Thanksgiving as a national holiday.
Washington first called on all Americans to celebrate Thanksgiving as a nation in 1789. He asked everyone to gather on the last Thursday of the month of November. Some Members of the Congress objected.
They said that the official day of Thanksgiving is NOT up to the President, but is up to the individual State Governors. To stay on the safe side, Washington made a request for this day to be declared as Thanksgiving, but did not declare it as an order. Everyone went with it anyway.
To make your celebration even more meaningful, here are a few Thanksgiving quotes worth pondering on:
“Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.” – E.P. Powell
“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” – Willie Nelson
“Gratitude is what you feel. Thanksgiving is what you do.” – Timothy J. Keller
“Don’t wait until the fourth Thursday in November, to sit with family and friends to give thanks. Make every day a day of Thanksgiving!” – Charmaine J. Forde
“Giving thanks fills you with light and joy so you can shine the bright star you truly are.” – Amy Leigh Mercree
“I pray for you, that all your misgivings will be melted to thanksgivings.” – Jim Elliot
“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.” – Erma Bombeck
“Forever on Thanksgiving Day the heart will find the pathway home.” – Wilbur D. Nesbit
“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” – W.T. Purkiser
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – William Arthur Ward
“Thankfulness creates gratitude which generates contentment that causes peace.” – Todd Stocker
“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” – John F. Kennedy
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey
“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” – Henry David Thoreau
“After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” – Oscar Wilde
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.” – Melody Beattie
“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t ly to be thankful for what he’s going to get.” – Frank A. Clark
“Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.” – William Shakespeare
“Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.” – John Wooden
“Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.” – Ernest Hemingway
“The struggle ends when gratitude begins.” – Neale Donald Walsh
“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” – Harry Ironside
“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.” – Henry Ward Beecher
“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” – G.K. Chesterton
“We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.” – Albert Barnes
“Thanksgiving is a very important holiday. Ours was the first country in the world to make a national holiday to give thanks.” – Linus
“But Thanksgiving is more than eating, Chuck. You heard what Linus was saying out there. Those pilgrims were thankful for what had happened to them, and we should be thankful, too.” – Marcy
“An attitude of gratitude brings great things.” – Yogi Bhajan
“I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.” – Erma Bombeck
“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” – Maya Angelou
Thanks Be to God
My dear brothers and sisters. I am very grateful for the privilege accorded me to address you on the eve of the important Thanksgiving recognition we give to this Thursday’s holiday.
I am confident that I am the most blessed of you all, as I have been privileged to be a member of the administrative staff of BYU for the past thirty years. It has brought important and special responsibilities to me and my family. In carrying them through, we have been blessed in many ways.
To be closely associated with President Ernest L. Wilkinson, President Dallin Oaks, and now President Jeffrey R. Holland has enriched our lives.
I have watched these great men work to build this university to a pinnacle of size, quality, and strength that makes possible your presence on this campus this very day. I salute them and express a deep gratitude for their excellent achievements.
Gratitude a Way of Life
I wish to share with you an awareness that thanksgiving should be in our hearts and expressed in our actions every day of the year, not just on 25 November 1982.
Stanley Dixon penned these most thoughtful words that were set to beautiful music that we are hearing this hour:
Thanks be to God for roses rare,
For skies of blue and sunshine fair.
For every gift I raise a prayer,
Thanks be to God.
Thanks be to God for lovely night,
For mystic fields with stars bedight,
For hours of dream and deep delight,
Thanks be to God.
Thanks be to God for love divine,
The hopes that ’round my heart entwine,
For all the joy that now is mine,
Thanks be to God.
[Stanley Dixon (New York: Associated Music Publishers)]
President N. Eldon Tanner has said, “Thanksgiving Day gives each and every one of us an invitation and a wonderful opportunity to pause and count our many blessings and to give thanks to God and praise him from whom all blessings flow” (“Thanksgiving 1968,” Church News, 23 November 1968, p. 9).President Marion G. Romney, in his address in the past general conference, made us deeply aware of the principle of gratitude and thanksgiving, and I quote:
The virtues of gratitude have been widely extolled and the sinfulness of ingratitude has been just as widely condemned.
It has been said that “an ungrateful man is a hog under a tree eating acorns, but never looking up to see where they come from” (Timothy Dexter, The New Dictionary of Thoughts [Garden City, NY: Standard Book, 1961], p. 308).
Jesus revealed his feeling about ingratitude when only one of ten lepers whom he had healed turned back and gave thanks. [“Gratitude and Thanksgiving,” Ensign, November 1982, p. 49]
We can read this account in Luke 17:11–18.
Elder Bruce R. McConkie has said: “True worship includes thanksgiving to God—the acknowledging and confessing with joy and gladness of the benefits and mercies which he bestows upon his children” (MD, p. 788).
I submit that the thanksgiving we should acknowledge should be an everyday occurrence directed to him who created us all.
It seems appropriate to share with you the statement the First Presidency gave to the Church this past Saturday in the Church News:
As the season of Thanksgiving approaches, it brings with it the reminder that this cherished holiday had its birth in religious faith and still finds its best expression in prayers of gratitude and repentance.
For this Thanksgiving and the joyful Christmas season to follow, our counsel to all men and women everywhere is, remember the scripture injunction, “Thou shalt thank the Lord thy God in all things.” (D&C 59:7.
Ingratitude is one of the woeful failings of our society. The failure to acknowledge the sovereignty and the beneficence of God, the refusal to bend our will to His, are at the very root of the major problems in our society.
Prayer, family prayer in the homes of people in all lands, is one of the simple medicines that would check the dread disease that robs men and women of honesty, character and integrity.
In generations past, individual and family prayers, in the homes of people throughout the world were as much a part of the day’s activity as was eating.
As the practice of prayer has diminished, moral decay has increased.
The inclination to be holy, to be thankful, is increased as family members kneel together and thank the Lord for life and peace and all that they may become under His guidance.
In remembering together before the Lord the poor, the needy, the oppressed, there is developed, unconsciously but realistically, a love for others above self, a respect for others, a desire to serve the needs of others.
One cannot ask God to help a neighbor in distress without being motivated to do something toward helping that neighbor.
What miracles would be evident if, beginning now, beginning this Thanksgiving season, we all would lay aside our own selfishness and lose ourselves in the service of others.Our prayers of Thanksgiving, this season and daily all through the year, will bring comfort to our hearts, knit us together in love, and open to us the treasures of wisdom, knowledge, gratitude and forgiveness.
[“Express thanks in prayers and service, say Church leaders,” Church News, 20 November 1982, p. 3]
Expression of Gratitude Important
In positive reflection I turn to doctrinal references which place special responsibilities on us all to express our gratitude to our Creator. “Thou shalt thank the Lord thy God in all things.
” This important commandment, found in section 59, verse 7, of the Doctrine and Covenants, is as binding upon us as any other law of God.
We are commanded to do “all things with prayer and thanksgiving,” and “Ye must give thanks unto God in the Spirit for whatsoever blessing ye are blessed with” (D&C 46:7, 32).
Now, Thanksgiving Day 1982 is soon upon us. What will we do with it? This year will it merely be a day of feasting, watching TV, or seeking pleasure?
When the day was first instituted, it was regarded as a religious observance completely in line with the commandments I just stated. The Pilgrims, it will be remembered, were grateful for their very lives; and whom did they thank? Almighty God.
They knew the source of their blessings. They knew they had been preserved by a divine hand.
Most of you in this assembly have been blessed with pioneer ancestors who would testify that they were preserved to arrive in these valleys because of divine intervention in their behalf.
So now, what about ourselves? Are we willing to recognize that our daily blessings are provided by other efforts than our own? The arrogance of much of mankind today merely states, “I’ve done it myself.”I submit that our blessings flow from many, many others and through divine approbation. As an example, one of the most important things on earth, essential to our welfare, is plain, ordinary water.
Did we make it? Did we pipe it into our homes? Did we make the pipe? Did we sterilize it so that it would be bacteria free? And, who provided the streams from which water comes? Who caused the rains to fall, the earth to be fertile? Who first gave us seeds to plant? Who placed cows and sheep and birds and trees on the earth?
Are we not dependent upon him and his creations? No one can measure the gratitude we owe to the Almighty as the Great Provider. No one can measure the appreciation we owe to our fellowmen, those who plant and harvest, and those who provide services on every hand.
In this complex world there is a network of interdependency among us all. So many others are involved in providing for us the things which we ourselves could not provide, it is folly to ignore them.
We ride in cars and planes, but did we make them? We use oil and gasoline, but from where did they come? We eat bread and drink milk for our health, but did we produce them?
When Paul wrote to Timothy about the latter days, he gave as one of the signs of the times the fact that people would become “unthankful, unholy” (2 Timothy 3:2).
This is an interesting combination of words—that one with ungrateful attitudes can be unholy, their roots being in the same evil source. Ingratitude, of course, is unholy from every standpoint. It is evil in itself.
Let’s turn to appreciation, gratitude, and thanks.
So, on this special Thanksgiving 1982, what will be your list of “gratitudes”?
Three Reasons for Gratitude
I desire to share just three of my own. Hundreds of blessings are found in each of these three for which I daily thank my Father in Heaven:
1. My citizenship in this great United States of America.
2. My membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
3. My wife and family.
Now, just a brief reference to each:
1. I love my country. It has been good to me. I have been pleased to serve in the U.S. Navy Reserve for thirty-four years. While I was a guest in the home of Admiral Emmet L. Tidd, in Washington, D.C., not too long ago, he shared this experience. He had just returned to Washington, D.C.
, following an extended trip to several major powers in the world to assess their strengths for the Chief of Naval Operations.
He observed on his return that our country, with all its political, social, and economic problems, is still so far ahead of whichever country might be second, he would have no second thoughts about his love for America and his faith in this great country and where he would want to reside. I feel the same way.Some outsider has said, “Your country may not be a rose garden, but it also is not a patch of weeds.” I am blessed every day because of being a citizen in this land. Having just returned from the Mideast on university business, I can’t figure out why I was so blessed as to be assigned to be raised up and to live in this special land rather than where I have just visited, or in some other part of the world.
I am grateful for a student body expression twice each day that permits students to stand in reverence and thought each morning as the Star Spangled Banner is played, and the flag is raised, and then again lowered the same way in the late afternoon. Visitors to our campus stand in awe as this is done. Some say it is old-fashioned. If so, I will take the old-fashioned way.
Where do you stand on the appreciation of this land of liberty? President David O. McKay once stated: “We are grateful for this land of America, ‘choice above all other lands.
’ The freedom vouchsafed by the Constitution of the United States, which guarantees to every man the right to worship . . .
in accordance with the dictates of his own conscience, made possible the establishment of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” (“Thanksgiving 1968,” Church News, 23 November 1968, p. 9). I am thankful for this event.
2. I value and treasure my membership in the Church: I was privileged to be born in New Zealand while my parents were serving together on their first mission. How blessed I’ve been to have parents so wonderful that they have given me a royal heritage of membership in the Church.
They themselves have been living examples for us to follow. They are here today. I wish them to know how much I love and appreciate them. How fortunate for me to fill a mission and thereby fortify my testimony of the Church and all it means in our lives.
I will be eternally grateful for the training and leadership opportunities I have experienced through my Church assignments. What a blessing to you and to me to recognize our church’s commitment to education. We are the recipients of the privilege of this great campus.
Let’s not fall short of measuring up to expectations of our respected Church and university leaders.Yes, we are blessed through our membership in the Church. If we are faithful, these blessings have eternal application. Let’s not forget that. Is your Church membership worthy of a special thanksgiving expression?
3. I love my wife, Nonie, and my family very much. I’ve been blessed with a beautiful eternal companion, together completing forty-two years last week.
Busy with Church and school life these forty-two years, she jokes about having to marry me to get rid of me; but we have a relationship I would wish for all of you young marriage prospects. It isn’t easy living with a fellow me, but we are planning on many, many more years together.
Nonie is as beautiful inside as you see her on the outside. So, with three wonderful children, eleven grandchildren, and a few adopted ones, life is very sweet and worthwhile.
How does one best express thanks for all of this? I must thank a very compassionate Father in Heaven. Do you have a special reason this holiday season to feel as I do about my family?
Now, I recognize that my Thanksgiving expressions for country, church, and family blessings must be directed to my Father in Heaven. You have heard three of my gratitudes. What will be the gratitudes you may express to your Father in Heaven this Thanksgiving season?
Some years ago I read a simple Thanksgiving prayer:
O, heavenly Father:
We thank Thee for food and remember the hungry.
We thank Thee for health and remember the sick.
We thank Thee for friends and remember the friendless.
We thank Thee for freedom and remember the enslaved.
May these remembrances stir us to service
That Thy gifts may be used for others.
[Abigail Van Buren, “Dear Abby,” Deseret News, 25 November 1976, p. 4C]
Said in another way by Wilfred A. Peterson:
The art of thanksgiving is thanks living. It is gratitude in action. It is applying Albert Schweitzer’s philosophy: “In gratitude for your own good fortune you must render in return some sacrifice of your life or other life.”
It is thanking God for each new day by living it to the fullest.[“The Art of Thanksgiving,” The Art of Living (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1961), pp. 44–45]
My prayer for each of us is that during this Thanksgiving season we can all count our blessings in a way that truthfully says, “Thanks be to God,” in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Fred A. Schwendiman was the Support Services vice-president of BYU when this devotional address was given on 23 November 1982.
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31 Meaningful Things I Do Each Day That Makes My Life Better
I recently received a question from a reader about how I seem to get so much done in a day and stay confident and motivated. Want to know the truth? I don’t always wake up happy, but I learned a long time ago that my day goes much better when I try to start the day on the right foot. So I’ve established my daily things to do list that makes my life better.
For me, that also includes cultivating an attitude of gratitude. Sometimes just glancing out the window and watching the sunrise is enough to make me happy to be alive and grateful to capture the beauty of nature. Believe me, if you’re ever feeling low when you wake up just go outside and revel in nature. You’ll be amazed how it can change your mood.
What else do I do that keeps me happy and sane?
Here’s My Personal Wake Up and Make My Life Better List
1. Wake Up Early – I get up early every day without exception (of course, if I’m sick that’s a different story, but I’m hardly ever sick). For me, I love to get up early when the house is quite and start my day. It puts me in a great frame of mind, and I find I am more productive than if I chose to sleep in a bit more.
2. Make My Bed – Making your bed is a great way to start the day off right. You’ve immediately done something positive that will last all day. My room instantly looks neat and tidy.
3. Drink A Glass of Lemon Water – It is easy to get dehydrated at night, so when I get up, I drink a big glass of lemon water so that I can get myself rehydrated. I find if I just jump to coffee, I don’t feel hydrated, and the coffee doesn’t sit well in my tummy.
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4. Make Coffee – Need I say more? I have people in and my house daily caring for my mom, so I get the coffee pot going first thing so I can enjoy a cup and they can too.
5. Step Outside and Take A Deep Breath – I love the smell of the morning air. So almost without fail, I step outside on my deck and take a few deep breaths of the morning air. It gets my heart pumping and my brain awake. If it’s snowing or raining, I stand at the door and do the same thing.
6. Light A Candle – I love candles. I have a stockpile of candles, so I never run out. I have candles for every season too. I’m just finishing up my winter candles, and with the start of spring, I will be burning the florals soon.
7. Say My Prayers – Starting out the day thanking my God for all the blessings He’s bestowed upon my family and me, reinforces the tone of the day. It’s also an opportunity for me to ask him for the things I need in my life and to seek His guidance on problems that are troubling me.
8. Put Music On – Depending on my mood depends on the type of music I listen to. Lately, because my mother is nearing the end of her life, we’ve been listening to a cd from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. They are so gifted and talented, and their music is spiritually uplifting. I could just as easily put on disco on Pandora too.
9. Sit With My Mother and Hold Her Hand – I to be able to sit with my mom before the girls show up and just hold her hand. She doesn’t usually respond to me or even look at me, but I do believe she knows someone who loves her is there with her.
10. Make My To Do List – I have a notebook that I write everything down. In the morning, while sipping on my coffee, I write down all the things in my head that I need to do or that I thought of since the day before. It’s great to get it my head and onto paper where I can see it and reflect and expand on it.
11. Schedule My Time – I plan what needs to happen in blocks of time. I also give myself some extra time just in case a project or post takes longer than anticipated.
12. Delete and Delegate – I have more on my plate both professionally and personally than most and so my day is always a juggling act of what I can get done and what’s getting passed off to someone else to do. The caretakers help with household tasks, and I have folks that support me in my businesses.
13. Go To My Mail and Clean Out My Inbox – I to end the business of my day with going through the countless emails I get and either responding, deleting, delegating or filing them away. This is a critical task that I do consistently, so I don’t miss important deadlines, information or emails from readers.
14. Respond To Readers – I get a lot, and I do mean a lot of emails from readers asking for advice or sharing a concern.
I started my blog so I could provide useful information to people who needed help getting debt, keeping their homes orderly or find themselves in a similar situation as myself as a full-time caretaker.
I take my role as a blog owner seriously, and as such, feel I must respond to people who took the time to reach out to me. If I can provide them any encouragement or point them to a resource that might solve a problem, it uplifts me greatly.
15. Call My Daughter – Nothing makes my day more than getting to spend a few minutes on the phone talking with my daughter. Sometimes we facetime, so I can see my precious grandson Lucas, but mostly we chat on the phone. I wouldn’t want to start the day any other way!
16. Write – I love to write in the morning when my mind is clear and fresh. It’s my most creative time of the day, so I make sure I get some good writing time in each day. I hardly ever take a day off. Some days I write for hours and other days I might only get in an hour total.
17. Take a Shower – It’s easy working from home to let yourself go and slack off on even the most basic of self-care. So I make it a point to take a nice long and invigorating shower each morning.
18. Dress for the Day – When I first started working from home, it was easy to want to stay in PJ’s all day. But that doesn’t help your outlook, productivity or energy level. Now, I make sure I’m dressed in something comfortable but also cute. I might slip on a piece of jewelry, a beautiful headband, or a warm sweater that I love.
19. Surround Myself With Beautiful Flowers – I have fresh flowers in the house year round. It’s a must for me.
20. Hug My Cats – My cats need love and affection too, so I make it a point to go to each one and hug them and speak to them lovingly. They lift my spirits too!
21. Do Laundry – I to keep on top of the laundry and believe in the one load a day rule. I don’t want to be drowning in the laundry on the weekend.
22. Make Another Pot of Coffee – I to make sure the girls have as much coffee as they want or need. Caretaking my mother can be exhausting, and I want them to feel at home to come downstairs, sit and sip a cup of coffee anytime they need a break.
23. Go For A Walk – Around the middle of the day I to step away from the computer and get moving. I to go for a walk or do a spinning video. Anything that gets my heart pumping and me sweating. It’s a great stress reliever too!
24. Eat Healthily – I try my best to eat healthy foods. I don’t always succeed, but when I make a conscious effort in this area of my life, I do well. I have to learn not to let the stressors of the day affect what I put in my mouth. I’m getting better all the time.
25. Drink Plenty of Water – If I don’t drink enough water, I don’t feel right. I try to drink water all day long. I don’t drink milk or juice, and I never consume soda, so getting the proper amount of water would seem easy, right?
26. Do Something For Someone Else – I think it’s so important not to get so caught up in your life that you forget there are others out there who are struggling.
I try to find someone to help each day, whether it be a reader with a problem, a friend who needs a shoulder, my daughter who needs me to watch Lucas or just a stranger I meet along the way.
It’s important to be of service to others any way we can.
27. Call My Friend Who’s In Rehab – My best friend Janet had a stroke last year. She’s had her ups and downs, and I have been her shoulder to cry on many times, but I realize how important it is to maintain our daily contact so that life can seem it used to. It helps her, and it helps me to be able to talk every day. It’s a blessing for us both.
28. Tidy Up The House Before Bed – When I come downstairs to start my day, I want the house to be tidy and ready for the beginning of a new day.The only way to accomplish this is to tidy up the house before I go to bed at night.
I clean up the kitchen, run the Swiffer vacuum, pick up and put away what’s been left out before I shut the lights off downstairs and head to bed.
29. Read – Night time is my reading time. I love to read and only wish I could keep my eyes open longer to get more reading time in each day. I to focus on books that will improve my life or get me to think about an issue in a different way. I’m not one for reading romance novels.
30. Daily Reflection or Meditation – Before bed, I reflect on the day, evaluate where I could have been a better person and vow to make the next day the best day it can be.
31. Go To Bed Early – Finally, I go to bed early and get a good nights sleep (which is often difficult since menopause). That way I’m well rested and ready for another day!
What do you do to make your life better each day?