In journaling and listing the things for which I’m grateful, I’ve started to see, and delight in, things I hardly noticed before. According to scripture, giving thanks is the key to attaining joy and peace. I need more of both. And if I’m going to be honest, I need a lot more of it than most people know…

4. Deep shoulder rubs from my husband who needs them himself

5. Timely encouragement from a friend

6. Barefoot children running carefree on a muddy playground

7. A tender embrace from Niki that lifts my heart

8. Crisp campfire-infused breezes

9. Making pancakes on a Monday morning