Grateful Heart Monday

Welcome to today’s Grateful Heart Monday, a time of writing that’s always reserved for expressing some gratitude, which for today is for having a lot more energy and stamina this summer that’s allowed me to do many more activities that I haven’t done in years.

In the past few weeks alone, I attended the Ohio State Fair for the first time and also went to Cedar Point twice (once to the amusement park and once to the water park). Between the three I’ve walked some 40,000 steps and over 15 miles, which for me is a huge, and I mean huge, achievement, as it’s something unheard of in my life over the past bunch of years. Add in my trip to Poughkeepsie where I walked the large grounds of two historic sites and a day I spent in New York City where I traversed much of Manhattan on foot, I’ve actually done more physical activity than any of the previous seven years of my life. It’s not just with places I’ve gone to either because I’ve also been able to do an incredible amount of outdoor yard work this summer as well.

While I may still be dealing with plenty of health limitations, by the grace of God, none of them have stopped me dead in my tracks this summer, as they have in so many prior summers. I’m not exactly sure why this is, but the reality is I’ve been far more physically active ever since the weather began warming up this year.

In light of that, instead of focusing in on any of those physical things that I’ve wished I could do and haven’t been able to yet, I’m simply going to thank God today for the fact that I know my health is improving on every level, because this summer has absolutely, positively been chock full of things I haven’t done for a very long time.

So, for all the gardening and landscaping I’ve done, games of mini-golf I’ve played, rides I’ve ridden, miles I’ve walked, places I’ve travelled to, and the plenty of other things I’ve gotten to try this summer that I haven’t in a long time, I’m grateful to You God, as I can see how much You truly have been answering my prayers and healing me all along.

Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson