Rediscovering the ACTS prayer

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Raise your hand if, somewhere along the way, you learned the ACTS prayer? If you aren’t familiar with it, this acronym stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication. (because who doesn’t call prayer requests, “supplication?” As in, “I’m supplicating for you.” I’m going to start saying this). Whether intended or not, (and I’m sure it wasn’t), the first three felt to …

What I’m Thankful For Today

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On this day of Thanksgiving, I thought I’d start out with a list of what I’m thankful for. As I reflect, I’m overwhelmed by my gifts. Really, I’m #blessed beyond measure. Why I’m Thankful See, I woke up this morning in my own bed. There was a roof over my head without a single leak in it. Our AC works …

Panning for Gold: What to Do When Gratitude Is Hard

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This is the month of the year when we are reminded to be thankful. Pinterest is cluttered with suggestions for ways to count our blessings. At work, someone has a thankfulness tree, and a sign inviting others to write on a leaf and add to it. Among the turkey and pilgrim decorations are plates and napkins and signs bearing the word, “Thanks.” …

Thankful

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As I stand in my kitchen this morning, preparing for Thanksgiving, I can’t help realizing that our time overseas has given me a new and deeper appreciation for certain things I didn’t have before. I made a creme de menthe pie yesterday. Long story short, I had to make it twice. All it required to remake it was a quick …

A Year of Disney

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Yesterday, our Disney annual passes ran out. No more Disney for us. The first time we went, last September, I took the kids to Magic Kingdom, just the three of us. I was the “best mom ever” for taking them. It looked like we were going to have a year long vacation full of happy, loving, family times. But did …