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Grateful Friday

woman praying giving thanks
Thank you, John Hain and Pixabay for allowing me to use this picture.

“Grateful Friday” by Joan Y. Edwards

Yee Haw! Today is Friday. I am very thankful that there is a Friday. Fridays end the work week. Days off of Saturday and Sunday usually follow for many people.  Even if you have to work on the weekends, it’s a great idea to be thankful for Fridays. Friday has many names I am sure. We name it Accountability Friday, End of Work Week. We say, “Thank God It’s Friday (TGIF).
Naming things, people, and experiences you are grateful  for gives you wonderful chances of receiving more of them in your life.
It gives me comfort to know if someone cheated me out of something that was mine, God will replenish it double. I hope that gives you comfort, too. I think it includes if you made an innocent mistake, God will help you straighten it out. God is merciful to you and me.
Deuteronomy 30:3 Almighty God, Your God, will restore everything you lost; he’ll have compassion on you; he’ll come back and pick up the pieces from all the places where you were scattered.
Zechariah 9:12 Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.

What does the Bible say about being thankful to God?

1. Psalm 136. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.”
2. Philippians 4-6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
3. Psalm 9:1. “I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart.”
4. Ezra 3:11. With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord:
I found a few interesting Friday Hashtags (topics noted with number sign to let people in social media know what the post is about).
Nikki shares Friday Hashtags, even more reasons to be grateful.
Louise Myers lists more hashtag nicknames for Friday:
So what I’m telling you now is that Friday is a good day and you have many reasons to celebrate it. I am very thankful for you. You make me smile. So name ten things you are thankful for right now. Go ahead. Do it.

I hope you’ll leave a comment. I love hearing from you. If there’s a topic you’d like for me to write an article about, please let me know.

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Joan Y. Edwards, Author
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“Gratitude Rocks:”
“I Am So Happy and Grateful Now That Money Comes to Me in Incredible Quantities from Multiple Sources on a Continuing Basis:”
“Sadness Met Me at the Edge of Life and Death:”
“Ten Things to Do When There Is No Power:”
Louise Myers. “Hashtags for Days of the Week:”https://louisem.com/88751/hashtags-for-days-of-the-week
Nikkiblogs.com. “110 Best Days of the Week Hashtags (2021 Instagram Guide):” https://nikkiblogs.com/days-of-the-week-hashtags/
This is the end of week 3 -15 days -for Accountability Corner. Almost a habit. 

“Accountability Corner”
 “Accountability Corner – Step 2 – Project Ideas” https://joanyedwards.com/accountability-corner-step-2-project-ideas/
“Accountability Corner – Step 3 – Your Weekly Project Plan;”

Do You Need an Ego with a New Inner Critic and Encourager?

Thanks to Fariz-Hermawan and Pexels for letting me use this image to help remind us to be kind to ourselves.

“Do You Need an Ego with a  New Inner Critic and Encourager?” by Joan Y. Edwards

Clearly something must be done. My inner critic has gone bonkers. It is never happy with me. I am going on strike! Off with her head! Begone!

I think this might be a case of grief…but grief gets blamed for a lot of things. So let’s look at something different. Perhaps a time in your life where you need for your inner critic to help you revitalize yourself and choose new goals because the old ones, like a shoe with holes in the soles, don’t fit you any more. They don’t meet your needs.

When you play a video game, you get a new life….sometimes they give you one in the next 15 minutes, others 24 hours. Transforming yourself can be tricky. Like a new toy, you need a prototype, right?

Get a pretty box. You can find a few here on Amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/s?k=pretty+boxes+for+keepsakes

Or perhaps you’d like to use a metal tin. Here are a few I found on Amazon.com: https://smile.amazon.com/s?k=pretty+tins+for+keepsakes&crid=9GG5TD8QI0WU&sprefix=pretty+tins+for+keepsakes%2Caps%2C77&ref=nb_sb_noss

You need to be kind to yourself! Only put in this box ideas that are kind and loving to you and for you!

Be Kind to Yourself
Be Kind to Yourself.

What shall we put in this box?

Kind notes.

Affirmations: I am statements:
Which “I am” statements do you need to put in this box? The opposite of whatever this “out of control” inner critic keeps hollering at you. Here are a few that I need. Perhaps they will help you.
My inner critic keeps hollering: You should do this. You shouldn’t do that. What’s wrong with you? Why did you do that? What were you thinking?

Good things – Affirmations to say.

I make good decisions.
I am smart.
I am caring.
I am creative. I am useful.

I have all the money I need.
I may not have the ability to heal others but my prayers to God will help them in ways I do not know or understand.

This song may help: Katy Nichole: “In Jesus Name (God of possibilities) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R84PqRdZ7_Y

Goals: Your wish list

I wish I was:
I wish I had:
I wish I could:
I wish I would:

Watching this movie might help. It is funny and inspiring: “Last Holiday (2006) with Queen Latifah who plays a character named Georgia. She makes a book of possibilities. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0408985/” (I watched it on Prime Video.)

Special note:

Knowing what your fears are can help you let go of them. That is being kind. Fear list.
Realize that your most scary fear has a better chance of escaping you if you think you will handle it okay. That you will survive.

Put the phrases you wish others would say to you in your treasure box. These are things that God says to you. As long as God is happy with you, you don’t have to worry about anyone else.

Put encouraging words in your Treasure Box.

I can do this. I can do this. I can understand this. I will find what I am looking for.
Whenever your inner critic hollers at you, take a sticky note or a piece of notebook paper and write the opposite down. Put it in your treasure box. Things I treasure about me. When someone gives you a compliment. Write it on a sticky note or a piece of notebook paper and put it in your Treasure Box.

Each time your inner critic yells at you, pull out the kind little notes and read them all aloud. Add a note of one thing you are thankful for.

I hope this helps change your focus and that you realize that you are a gift of God. He made you to make a difference in other people’s lives. They may not have shared this with you. I am here to tell you that you have made a difference. Trust me. You have. I love listening to people’s stories. I can tell they made a difference. I know you made a difference, too. If you are an unsung hero, take this time to sing a song for you. “My Story; Your Glory” is a song by Matthew West that we could all sing.  In this video he shows receiving people’s stories from them. I don’t have books for your stories and the stories of others that I have seen or heard. But they are in my mind and my heart.
I want you to imagine a picture of God, your creator (your vision of him) being with you right now. Sitting at your table with you…sitting in the easy chair across from you in the living room, or sitting in a porch swing with you. He is there to tell you that he thinks you are a wonderful person and that you are doing all things he wants you to do. When he wants you to do something else, he will let you know and you will know it without a doubt. Love yourself. I am sending my love and hugs to you. If you think no one hears your story, and you want someone to listen. You can tell me. You can write it down and God will read it. Ask God and he will send someone to listen.
Be kind to yourself. Do something fun to celebrate you every day. Celebrate the little things. They help create the bigger things.
  1. Joan Y. Edwards. “Focus Your Time and Reward Your Accomplishments, Especially the Small Ones:” https://joanyedwards.com/focus-your-time-and-reward-your-accomplishments-especially-the-small-ones/
  2. Joan Y. Edwards. “God’s Daily Delivery Service:” https://joanyedwards.com/gods-daily-delivery-service/
  3. Joan Y. Edwards. “You Are Special, One of a Kind:” https://joanyedwards.com/you-are-special-one-of-a-kind/
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 Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards, Author
Copyright © 2009-2022 Joan Y. Edwards

Flip Flap Floodle Firebird Book Award Winner Will this little duck’s song save him from Mr. Fox?
Joan’s Elder Care Guide Practical ways to help you and your elder survive.