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Gratitude Journal

I have heard people talk about their gratitude journals. Me? I don’t have one. Or should I say, I didn’t have one. It is amazing what a pandemic can do to change your way of thinking. Over the course of the past months, I have been awakened to all the things I have in my life that I am grateful for. There was another awakening as well. All the things I take for granted, and all the things, I thought were important and that I can let go, because they just aren’t.

My list of “gratitudes….” 

My kids- I became a mom in my thirties. A little older than most. I love my kids with my whole heart. As they have become men, I am grateful for who they are and who they are becoming. I am grateful.

Friends– Over the past year, I have realized who my friends are. Who you can call at 2:00 in the morning, and they will be there. You can’t buy that, and they aren’t family so they don’t have to come, but they do. I am grateful. 

Colorado– I have lived in this beautiful state since I was 5 or 6 years old. My dad got transferred with work from Illinois.  This is a great place to live . The weather, the people, the beauty that I had nothing to do with. It is wonderful and I am grateful. 

Flowers– I love flowers. The beauty of them, the fragrance, the innocence of them. They do not even know how beautiful they are or how much joy they bring- I am grateful .

GGCC– my church and my church family. The love and support and friendships. As we go through these really odd times in our lives, we are still together even though we are apart.  Church family folks have called me, and my kids to simply say hello, how are you? you ok?  You can’t buy that – you can’t put a price tag on that.  We have a wonderful church family. And even though we are living distantly, we are still together. I am grateful. 

These are just a few of my “grateful “ journal entries.

I am most grateful however, for the everlasting love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is with us always and for that I am most grateful. 

Maureen Herzog