My month of thankfulness! More things I’m grateful for:
8 – Thankful for all of the wonderful birthday wishes. You all really made my day special.
9 – Thankful for my students who keep me grounded, and help me stay young!
10 – Thankful for a special dinner with friends.
11 – Thankful for my massage appointment! Always wonderful to indulge in some self-care.
12 – Thankful, as always, for my church family.
More to come, because I try to practice gratitude every day!
Some more things I’m thankful for:
3 – Lunch with a good friend and a chance to catch up
4 – My weekly “phone date” with my parents
5 – My church family
6 – My dear friend Eimi on her birthday
7 – My job, students, and colleagues
What are you grateful for today? Let’s always count our blessings.
We all want to feel accepted by others, to feel as if we “belong.”
But there are many different ways of belonging.
We may be accepted into some groups because of what we believe – or profess to believe. Some groups may accept us because of how we dress, or where we live, or what sports team we cheer for. And because we want to feel accepted, we may dress or cheer or behave in ways that aren’t completely authentic to us.
This way of belonging can be unsatisfying, as it is ultimately rather shallow.
True belonging provides a sense of comfort, of security, of having a “soft place to land.” We are accepted because of who we are, raw and unfiltered. When we truly belong, we don’t fear rejection due to our little behavioral quirks or life choices.
It’s so liberating to be my authentic self with those who truly accept me. I don’t feel like I have to “perform.” What a tremendous gift that is. And it’s a gift I can offer to others, too.
Let’s be real with one another today.
Many of my students are facing challenges beyond their years.
Some are raising younger siblings. Some are caregivers for parents with disabilities. Some have aged out of the foster care system, and are on their own in the world, without family support. Some are homeless. Some are dealing with chronic and debilitating illnesses.
Will you join me in praying for the young people in our lives who are facing difficult challenges such as these? And, as you are able, will you join me in directing them toward available forms of help?