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Friday, February 12, 2016

Power in Praise {CELEBRATE This Week: 126}

I'm glad you are here to celebrate! Share a link to your blog post below and/or use #celebratelu to share celebrations on Twitter. Check out the details here. Celebrate This Week goes live on Friday night around 10(ish). Consider it as a weekend celebration. Whenever it fits in your life, add your link. Please leave a little comment love for the person who links before you.

I'm not sure how this post is going to end up, I just know I need to sit here and allow what's in my heart to come out my fingers.

I'm so grateful to you. You show up and you celebrate. You leave encouragement for me in the form of comments and tweets and emails. You make me feel like my words matter. You've made me realize celebration matters.

A lot.

Sometimes, when we're in a storm, it's easy for darkness to cloud our vision. Things are a little stormy in my corner of the world. Rather than being caught in the darkness, I've turned to praise.

There is power in praise.

So this week I wake up and begin a list of gratitudes. I say thank you for --
  • A deep breath
  • Electricity
  • A warm cup of sweet coffee
  • Unwritten words
  • A text from a friend
I spend all of my energy on praise. I don't let clouds taint my thoughts. I don't get caught in the darkness. I don't focus on the storm.

Instead, I claim victory over darkness and I face light. I face light through celebration. So I say thank you for --
  • A note in the mail
  • Toes that wiggle
  • A steaming casserole
When I fill my head with gratitude, there is no space for darkness. I say thank you more, thank you for --
  • Crisp blue skies
  • Warm water
  • A full gas tank
  • Morning hugs
My mind has no space for worry. My mind has no place for hopelessness. My mind has no capacity for darkness. All day long, moment by moment, I find the celebration.

There is power in praise. Thank you for teaching me this by joining me each week to celebrate.

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  1. There is such amazing power in praise and the gift of gratitude, Ruth. I totally agree with you. Despite the harshness of the cold weather here, there is warmth in my kitchen and in my heart. I found Valentine cookie cutters with a message from my mother that made me smile as I created a sweet treat for a friend who is recovering from surgery. I celebrated a week of yoga, writing, and baking.

  2. Ruth-
    Thanks for this very important reminder. Praying for you and Andy and your crew…

  3. Wishing you bright blue sunny skies ahead, Ruth!

  4. It is so true that this practice of finding celebrations and having gratitude are so helpful to keep the storms from coming in. I hope your storms clear up soon. Have a good week!

  5. I've linked in a post that shows the fresh new coveringI added to my studio's ironing table -- the lighter/brighter colors make me happy. And that, after all, was why I started making quilts in the first place. To help keep the harsh realities of the real world at bay for a while as I stitched and savored the good things in my life.

  6. I love the list of simple celebrations, reminding us all to be grateful. Thank you for celebrating in the midst of trouble - you showing up to celebrate is inspiring!

  7. Looking for and being thankful for all those celebrations helps a lot, Ruth. You are the mentor that helps us keep looking, too. Thank you!

  8. Continue to fill your heart and mind with goodness that surrounds you, even in the darkest of moments. You bring joy and awareness of life with your words and the celebration links. Sending prayers for you and all in your world.

  9. Sometimes it's the simplest celebrations that remind us in the midst of chaos there is still JOY in our lives. Love you.

  10. These every day celebrations are the most important. I love seeing them here.

  11. "Rather than being caught in the darkness, I've turned to praise." Love the simple things you celebrate to claim victory over darkness and find the celebrations - crisp blue skies, warm water, and morning hugs! Love all of these.

  12. Wishing you a Valentine's Day filled with love Ruth. Your celebrations always give me inspiration.

  13. Thank you for this space Ruth. Lately, I haven't felt like celebrating much as one thing after another bombards me at work. Your post reminded me that it's important to focus on the good things and the people who lift me up. I appreciate this space always being here. You are making a difference. :)

  14. I love that, "I don't focus on the storm."

  15. Reading your list of things to praise causes me to stop and think. There is so much pleasure in the little things. Thanks you for encouraging us to pause and appreciate the little joys of life.

  16. "I spend all of my energy on praise." Yes.


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