Monday Morning Gratitude

It is a gray and rainy Monday morning in Massachusetts.  For many, getting up on Monday mornings is difficult enough without the added dreary view from the bedroom window.

But we must lift our heads off those soft pillows and start our day, rain or shine.  The day’s events do not alter simply because of the presence of rain, and neither can we.  So, we drag ourselves to the coffee machine (or tea pot, energy drink, yogurt…) and we begin our day.

For me personally, the start of this day was made even more difficult by the fact that my sweet Daisy snuck onto our bed last night and curled herself up into a tight ball against my stomach.  She rarely does this anymore, as I discuss on Day 18 in From God, through Daisy, but last week the weather was sunny, with temperatures in the 90’s, so we visited Daisy’s groomer for her to receive her much needed summer cut.   She must have been cold and needing mamma to serve as a replacement for her missing body of curls.

The only problem is that mamma doesn’t sleep so well with a 40 pound boulder at her abdomen.  Actually, a boulder would stay still, so that might not be too bad.  At least then one could adjust and fall asleep.  Daisy, however, is more like a merry-go-round.  She turns and turns for at least five rotations until finding the perfect spot to settle into only to repeat the process again and again – throughout the entire night.

Mind you, this is IN MY SLEEPING SPOT.  She is on my side of the bed nudging me further to the edge with each merry-go-round rotation! I know many of you are saying, “Crazy woman, kick her off.” And usually we do. But last night I was so tired I didn’t have the energy to even do that.  Been there? When you’re so tired you can’t even respond to what’s going on? It was easier to deal with Daisy’s dizzying wanders than to get myself out of bed and return her to her “throne.”

Plus, I did feel badly that she was so cold. So, I dozed in and out all night, making this gray morning the perfect back drop to how I was feeling as I arose to welcome a new day.

As I sat with Daisy for our morning “Bible Time” and prayed for daily strength, I was reminded to take my Vitamin G.  Ever hear of Vitamin G? It is the most important vitamin we can take and I first learned this term from Ben Azadi, a leading teacher in the Keto world, YouTube presenter, and founder of KetoKamp.  I have learned so much from him over the last two years and his teaching on Vitamin G lines up with one of my favorite Bible verses, First Thessalonians 5:16-18, which states, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Vitamin G stands for gratitude.  Our daily dose of joy and thanksgiving.  It was the reminder my groggy self needed as I looked out at this cold, rainy, dismal day.  God gave me this day. He makes it rain.  And I do praise Him for it.  These beautiful spring flowers and trees wouldn’t be in full bloom if we didn’t have rain.  Every farmer and gardener rejoices at the sight of rain! Everything is perspective.  I stood at my window and took my Vitamin G and my perspective began to change as I began my mental journaling of all that I am grateful for.

And yes, it included the rain drops which “…come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,…” (Isaiah 55:10).  A reminder that there is always something to be grateful for when we let truth direct our thoughts.  May God bless your rain and shine 🙂


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