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Jen is the Senior Product Manager leading the (in)courage product team. Mom to Bella, she's a lit major who loves all things related to words and loves to express her creative flair in many different ways. She lives in a funky, second story loft downtown, travels a lot, and loves...

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  1. In this season of Thanks and Giving, it is the time to pause and reflect on all the “little” things we are blessed with each day.

    • yes Virginia, it is the little things. the things we sometimes take for granted. they really are the most special:) I pray you are blessed today!

  2. I keep a gratitude journal at my desk at work and jot things down in it almost every day. There is so much to be grateful for even in the midst or not-so-great health. I am grateful for my husband, my children, my job, to see, to hear, to have both arms and both legs, to walk and talk and take care of myself and others, to have both parents living even at 43 and both my sisters also. I’m thankful for the sun shining on me and warmth on cold days. I’m thankful I can breathe on my own and I’m not in a hospital. I’m thankful that no matter what I do, God loves and forgives me more than I can ever imagine. I’m thankful for my church family, my friends, these stories that I read every day on here, the innocence of children, the beautiful color-changing of the leaves, my daughter’s concert tonight, the liquidation sale at Blockbuster, the cheaper price of gas…I could go on and on but I might bore you…this barely scratches the surface. I sincerely hope that you all write down something you are grateful for ESPECIALLY when you don’t feel like it, it is when it truly matters and it will lift your spirits..go on…do it.

    Diane

    • thank you for sharing Diane. yes, we must always remember to “count our blessings, name them one by one”…bc it is a very long list!

  3. Thank you for addressing Thankfulness/Grateful.
    I have several medical ailments, “I could get by with moaning,
    and groaning, smile” And everyone would say, “yes, you deserve
    to moan!” But I do not want to live like that. I am in a wheelchair
    right now/rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia and cancer (however, this type of cancer is very slow growing, since 2007).
    So I choose Joy, and being grateful. I write notes. I send cards (yes Dayspring) smile… and they are thinking of you, birthday cards,
    and all kinds of card. I love sending snail cards. It seems to me this is beginning to become a lost art. It is very personal, handwritten note. I contemplate and yes often pray I want to write something, not your general words of I care… but being grateful for that person. When you gave me the hug at church the other day, I needed that thanks. Or your solo was beautiful, and all day I sang that verse, “Consider the lilies” and just now I have sent a card to a dear friend going through chemo. I had breast cancer and radiation. I know some of what she is feeling. Give Thanks with a Grateful heart so true. Each of you inspire me, and it is just like we are sitting visiting/with a cup of tea, smile. Thank you for sharing always from your heart. I need a reminder yes, and your books and others I need to remind me, yes, Lord, I hear you…. smile. martha

    • Martha
      you’re smiling, but I’m guessing you keep everyone around you smiling! it is comments like your that inspire us! thank you for encouraging US with your sweet spirit by sharing a little tiny bit of your story. be blessed today knowing you are blessing others!