Being grateful, meeting needs

Kelli from Generation Cedar wrote about gratitude no matter what, and inspired me to work on that virtue myself, and with my children.  One great way to be more grateful for what we have is to notice what others don’t have.

I’ve read enough from my friend Carrien to know she is my soul sister.  She and her husband stepped out on faith to open an orphanage in Thailand, and are working to find a way to get their kids safely to school.

After traveling to the Dominican Republic with Shaun Groves in 2008, I can vouch for his heart for needy children.  When he learned about a Compassion kid who needs heart surgery, he decided to raise money for his surgery.

Grateful for what you’ve been given in life?  Please consider partnering with either or both of my friends in the work that God has placed on their hearts.


  1. What a relevant post for me today as I woke up feeling so blessed. We’ve been involved with Compassion International for just about a year now and it has TOTALLY changed our lives. “Wants vs. Needs” takes on a whole new importance… sure, I’d love some new clothes, a new couch, a bicycle. But I don’t need them. I can go thrifting for clothes, wait another year for a couch and find one on Craigslist, borrow my tween’s bike. When you begin to love and support these children whose families may make just $10 a month, it changes how you look at things. Our washing machine and fluffy-soft beds would be total luxuries to them.
    So, I woke up this morning very grateful for all that we have. I am also wondering how we can set some more money aside to send Family Gifts to our 6 Compassion children soon.

  2. “There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart”
    Celia Thaxter (American Poet, 1836-1894)

    I picked up on your blog about being grateful, and thought you might appreciate this quote.

    I am a new author of a book titled: When I Am Grateful
    It’s a gift book that outlines the ‘stuff’ that can happen to us everyday and then reminds
    the reader how we can be grateful, even in the most challenging times.

    You can view a book video on my site which gives you a free peek.
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    Have a Grateful Day!