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And Be Thankful

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Colossians 3:12-17

We hear it said every year, I have said it and perhaps you have too, “we should be thankful all year long, not just on Thanksgiving!” So this week we are going to take a break from our normal Proverbs 31 practical applications and look at practical ways to create a habit of a thankful heart.

One year for Christmas someone gave me a calendar set. It came with a regular full sized wall calendar, a small purse sized calendar and a mini wall calendar. Now the mini wall calendar is what I used for this but you could use a regular sized wall calendar. I put the calendar by my bed and every night before I went to sleep I took a couple of minutes to think back on my day and consider what I was thankful for. I wrote a few notes in the calendar.

That year we experienced several tragedies. I found that even on those days I had a moment which I could be grateful. It was the hug from a grandfatherly figure, the call from a friend, or simply the fact that Jesus had carried me through the day.

Now you don’t have to wait until next year to start this, start it today. Use your calendar app, grab a journal and simply date it every night, or find that wall calendar that you stuck in the drawer and never hung up this year…

And be thankful!

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So Sleepy…

2500 words behind as of tonight.

My story is working on a specific timeline and tonight I realized I had skipped a week. How do you skip a week? So I am going back and trying to add a week in the middle of the story. Crazy.

But it is going well. Assuming I can catch up I should be finished in about a week. I hope I can catch up because I will be so close to finishing and I would like to at least finish. Regardless though I have already accomplished the fact that this is the most I have ever written on a story. Usually after about 2-3 pages I stop writing.

Perhaps next year I will pick up one of those unfinished stories and finish it. Or write one of the ones in my head that sound way too lame for me to ever tell anyone, much less write, but are fascinating for me to think about and ponder actually writing.

How can a story be obviously lame but fascinating to me at the same time?

Well that is all of my thoughts for the night. Goodnight.

APPlying What We Have Learned

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Meal planning just got APPed! Well maybe not JUST, but for me this is a new development. The app is called pepperplate and it is also a website. In this app you can meal plan, add recipes, create shopping lists based on those recipes, and it all its synced on your phone, tablet and computer.

I put in one recipe as a trial to see how difficult it would be and what features it had. It was quite simple to create a new recipe. I was able to upload a photo, add a description of the dish, and add notes to the dish. I really like the notes section because I can track what I make and for whom I make it. Add recipes to your menu plan or shopping list is simply done by clicking on Add To and making your choice on the drop down menu.

This app gets 31 stars from me! (As in Proverbs 31…ok a little cheesy but I really couldn’t resist).

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