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Thank You God For This Most Amazing Morning

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i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)
how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any—lifted from the no
of all nothing—human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?
(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)
– e. e. cummings

This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.



Being Thankful for Each New Challenge

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Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessing.


This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.


Cookies Taste a Lot Like Love: #OperationGratitude

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Thousands of miles away and MREs (Meals, Ready-to-Eat) on the menu, how much would you love a homemade cookie?

I learned about this from my mom whose church regularly sends cards, letters, and care packages overseas to the armed forces. My mom and her fellow church ladies bake some of the best cookies in the world, so they gather up all kinds of goodies and treats and send them overseas where the taste of “down home” surely brings many smiles of satisfaction. Those who are less gifted in the baking department, such as me, can make a $15 donation to Operation Gratitude, which pays for a care package for one service person. Operation Gratitude has sent over a million of these kindness kits around the world!


Giving Gratitude To Those Who Serve Us

Derived from the Lower Haight Holler Blog

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I have had many friends who have served our country in the Military. Many of them have done this graceful act in the name of protecting our country, honor, and freedom in exchange for putting their lives on the front line. To these brave men and women, we thank you and we salute you for your service.

One way we can help show our gratitude to our servicemen is by donating to the Operation Gratitude. Each donation brings a care package to our servicemen and helps remind them that they are thought of at home. Please donate to show your thanks to those who protect our country and spread a little bit of kindness in the world.




“Gratitude is the state of mind of thankfulness. As it is cultivated, we experience an increase in our “sympathetic joy,” our happiness at another’s happiness. Just as in the cultivation of compassion, we may feel the pain of others, so we may begin to feel their joy as well. And it doesn’t stop there.” – Stephen Levine


This post is an excerpt from Prayers for Hard Times by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.