Monday, June 23, 2014

Grateful Heart Monday

While I have nothing profound to say or a huge thing to be grateful for but I want to say today I am grateful for my life. I want to start by telling you about a book I am finishing up and you will understand by I feel grateful for my life.

Right now I am finishing up The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate. The reason I am reading this book is not only because it sounded good but I got picked to be a part of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Book for Lisa's second book The Story Keeper and I figured I better get the first book done before I started the second book. What is the Sisterhood you ask? Well let me tell you about it. It is multiple groups of five ladies each starting with the big sister who reads the book make notes in it then pass it on to the next sister in the group to do the same thing until all five of us have read it. To me this sounded like a great idea to meet other ladies, hear/see their thoughts on the book and just a lot of fun.

While I have read many books over my life I can't say that there has been one that has touched me. I am not one who usually says things like a book touched me, but there is something about this book that did just that. This book has made me stop and think about my life and how grateful I am for it. For what I have, who I am, what I don't have, what I will get and who I will become.

Even though my life has not been as bad as others I have had my good times and bad. Not only does Lisa tell a great story but delivers a strong message hidden within that story. The message is about not letting your past define you and be who you are not who others think you are. I picked up some great lines in reading this book which I will share with you at the end of this post.

Since reading this book I would like to start my own prayer box, now I may  not use a box but my concept will be the same. I want to remember parts of my life that I am grateful for, that I struggle with, that me angry, sad, or happy. Sometimes we can not say the things we want to the people we want to so why not write the to the one person who will not judge you and will listen unconditionally to your concerns and thoughts.

My life consists of a great husband who does upset and anger me at times but that is life and we move past it. I could not ask for a more loving, caring and generous man then him, two kids who sometimes frustrate me but both have good hearts and souls and will one day find what they want in life, my parents while we may not always see eye to on things they have made me who I am today, a sister who can be trying at times but I know she will always be the first one there if I need help, a brother who can always me me laugh even if he can still be the rotten little brother at 37 years old, and last but not least my four nieces and two nephews who will always put a smile on my face when I think of them and know that I am there when they need me.

So in closing be grateful for your life, it is the only one you have and it it yours to live how you want to, if it is not going the way you want, change it - you have all the power to do just that. Life is a gift we are all given - cherish it each and every day.

Here are some quotes I took from the book The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate:
Some of the hardest things you go through will teach you the most.
Don't let other people tell you who to be.
You gotta do what you gotta do to take care of you.
Prayers are answered in ways we don't choose.
The river of grace bubbles up in unexpected places.

I strongly encourage you to pick up the The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate and see what you get out of it. It is a great book that I am glad I took the time to read.

Be sure to stop by Ember Grey (click here) to read some other great posts about being grateful.


  1. The book sounds really inspirational + lovely! Glad it helped you set this week off on the right foot :) {came by from the Grateful Heart link-up}

  2. Thank you, Angela -- thank you for being part of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Books and for your thoughts about The Prayer Box. The ultimate hope of any story is that we connect it to our lives.


  3. I'm so curious now!! This book sounds very inspiring - I've jotted it down on my "To Read" list and am looking forward to reading it. Thanks for introducing all of us to it, and as always- thank you for linking up today, Angela! I hope you have a blessed week!

  4. This sounds like a really interesting book, thanks! =)

  5. I, too, found "The Prayer Box" to be enjoyable and inspiring. You should also read the prequel novella "The Seaglass Sisters". I'm anxious to get the next novella "The Tidewater Sisters", which fits in between "The Prayer Box" and "The Story Keeper."