Gratitude List (December 26, 2020) #TToT

Hello everyone and a belated merry Christmas to you all! As usual on Saturdays nowadays, I’m writing a gratitude list. I’m joining in with Ten Things of Thankful (#TToT). Enjoy!

1. I am grateful for Jesus! I’m so grateful I became a Christian this year and this time hopefully for real. I say this because I’ve been a progressive believer for many years but hardly took my faith seriously at all. I still could take it more seriously and I’m praying God will open my heart and mind to him even more.

2. I am grateful for my family. My parents sent me a Braille-typed Christmas card and my sister sent me a card too. This reminds me that, even though we don’t have the closest relationship, I still matter to them.

3. I am grateful for my husband and in-laws.

4. I am grateful for great Christmas meals. Yesterday, my husband and I made use of the fact that people can legally have two (actually three on Christmas and boxing day) visitors and celebrated Christmas with my in-laws. We had a delicious dinner.

Also, the bakery in a nearby village sent the entire care facility a Christmas lunch of freshly-baked buns. Normally they give it to the day center in that village, where the clients help package their goods. However, that day center is closed due to COVID. Most clients from my care facility don’t work at the day center there, but some do and the bakery was so generous as to give us all the lunch.

5. I am grateful for my psychiatrist. As we wrote on Tuesday, she completely validated us. I haven’t yet needed my new PRN medication.

6. I am grateful the days are getting longer again. Ugh, how I hate the dark days!

7. I am grateful for the motivation and focus to be able to read again. I’m reading a middle grade novel, but that’s okay.

8. I am grateful for uplifting, Christian music. My husband has some on in the car and I discovered some on Spotify.

9. I am grateful for sausage rolls this morning. My husband joked that he was going to eat them all if I didn’t make it downstairs soon enough. I guess I did though.

10. I am grateful for a lie-in this morning. My husband didn’t get up at 7:30AM like usual on Sundays (maybe because it’s Saturday today), so I slept in longer than usual too.

I hope you all had a very happy Christmas. What have you been grateful for lately?

26 thoughts on “Gratitude List (December 26, 2020) #TToT

  1. Good to hear things went well this Christmas.*
    Family can be so powerful during a holiday… sleeping late is something I used to do but have lost the ability, your Grat Item #10 makes me think I should try to get the ability back.
    Have a positive week.

    *given the year we’ve all endured, ‘well’ is better than fabulous in any other year.

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  2. I am sure that over time, if you keep sticking to God the way you do now, He’ll give you the necessary grace for you to grow more serious in your faith. It’s a long process and it may take some effort on your part but He will support you through it. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Wow, respect for your parents that they can write Braille. ๐Ÿ˜€ My Mum never managed to learn it although she really tried hard at some point.
    Happy belated Christmas. ๐Ÿ™‚ I really hope the My Inner Mishmash Readership Award will be soon with you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouragement on my journey of faith!

      I donโ€™t really know whether my parents can type Braille or if they use a label writer with print letters on it as well. My Mom used to know Braille a little though and Iโ€™m really grateful for the effort regardless.

      I will let you know when I receive your Award. I was wondering too, but the package delivery services are extremely busy because of the lockdown here.

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      1. Well yeah I know the delivery services are overloaded in a lot of countries, plus like I wrote in the MIMRA post I’d had a delay in sending, so I didn’t even expect it to get to any of you before Christmas like it was originally meant to be.

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          1. Oh, no worries! ๐Ÿ™‚ I can send you a link if you’d like to have a look now, as there is a little bit about some of what’s in the award packages, unless you’d prefer a total surprise. ๐Ÿ™‚ Some people prefer the former and some the latter so I always reveal a little bit about the content but not everything.

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  3. Such a positive list, Astrid! Even if you have some setbacks, don’t give up on your faith, because it won’t ever give up on you! I think it was touching that your parents and sister reached out to you; you DO matter to them, even if they aren’t good about showing it. Hooray for yummy treats for Christmas and a chance at a nap and days getting longer!

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