Happy Memorial Day. Amongst all the sun and BBQ and parties and summertime celebrations, letâ€™s not forget what â€“ and who â€“ this holiday is really about.
Anne Pâ€™s peanut butter bar
I hope everyone has something special planned for today! The Husband is off golfing, and I have a BBQ to attend. The weather is warm and breezy â€“ perfect all around.
A few days ago, I mentioned that my friend Tonya stopped by and we discussed Christian author/â€™prayer coachâ€™ Marilynn Chadwick. Iâ€™m not religious but I found Tonyaâ€™s description of Marilynnâ€™s prayer method to be very intriguing and want to apply it to my own life and beliefs. Now, I havenâ€™t read Marilynnâ€™s book, so my understanding of the method is based purely on Tonyaâ€™s interpretation of it, but it seems like a great idea for â€˜organizingâ€™ gratitude. While Iâ€™m sure some people would argue that daily prayer or gratitude (I like the term gratitude more because it seems more secular) should be spontaneous, letâ€™s face it â€“ lots of good-intentioned habits just donâ€™t happen if you donâ€™t plan for them to happenâ€¦ well, at least for me! Thatâ€™s why I like this method.
Anyway â€“ this is how it works. You list several categories; each categories is basically a community that youâ€™re a part of, starting with your immediate family and working your way out to the world. My categories may include: immediate family/closest friends, extended family/other friends, people I know through work and charity, people and issues that are important to me on a state or national level, and people and issues that are important to me on a global level. Under each category, list all the people/issues that youâ€™d like to be grateful for â€“ doesnâ€™t have to be in order of importance. Then, number each person/issue #1 â€“ 7. You may only have two people or issues in a category. But if you have 8 or more people or issues in a category, restart numbering them with 1, 2, etc. Everyone who is a #1, you are grateful for and pray for on Mondays; everyone who is a number #2, you are grateful for on Tuesdays, continuing on through the week. Every day, you can also do a â€˜prayer on demandâ€™ for someone who needs special attention or thankfulness on that day.
Creating this intentional gratitude chart is my goal for today. I figure Memorial Day is as good as a day as any to start trying out the method. Iâ€™d really like to be more intentional in my gratitude and do it on a daily basis, so hereâ€™s to hoping Marilynnâ€™s method works for me.
What are you intentionally thankful for today? Me â€“ this gorgeous weather, our service men and woman, and a day off from work!