The familiar feeling of rejection washed over me like a cold wind.
Thoughts swirled out of control like leaves dancing in the wind.
"Did I say something wrong?"
"Maybe I did not reach out to connect often enough."
Then, I remembered what I learned long ago as a new bride: When thoughts swirl out of control, I can put my foot down, just the way I put my foot down on the playground while going round and round and round on the merry go round.
The swirling stops when I out my foot down.
When I put my foot down, I determine where the thoughts go and how long they linger.
What does it look like to put my foot down? I give thanks to God!
Today, I give thanks for:O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned so long ago. Isaiah 25:1
#511 my mother's eagerness to share recipes
#512 rice pudding (Mama's recipe) warm from the oven
#513 standing in the kitchen chatting with my daughter who cooks.very.well
#514 learning cooking tips from my daughter
#515 speaking with my son after his work assignment
#516 learning grilling tips from my son
#517 dreaming with my husband
#518 candles that give fragrance and light
#518 the Light that gives joy and strength
#519 grace to be and to do
#520 walking to the mailbox with the late autumn sun beaming on my face
#521 teaching a young friend to make chili, then sharing the meal together
#522 pretty purple pansies standing tall in the container
#523 thought-stopping tools
#524 warm and fragrant apple cake fresh from the oven
#525 newly organized desk
#526 sitting in the stands with my husband watching college basketball
#527 quick recovery from disappointment
#528 dinner with a dear friend
#529 visiting with two pastors who positively influenced my life over the years
#530 celebrating John's life with his family and friends
#531 growing in giving thanks
#532 generations: family by birth, family by marriage, and family made by love
#533 songs of freedom; songs of deliverance
#534 His mercy; His faithfulness
#535 His Word - fresh daily bread
#536 BSF and friends (YC, Debbie, Stephani) who shared this resource with me
#537 encouragement received and given
#538 understanding and wisdom from my husband
#539 long neighborhood walks
#540 Ann's encouragement to be thankful.always