Aaron Engelsrud

Gratitude Journal - May 31, 2021 - Memorial Day

Today, I am grateful for memorial day and all the heros who paid the ultimate sacrifice for my freedom. There have been so many lives lost in the prusit of freedom and each one is valuable and important. For all of our fallen heros, I am forever grateful.

Mindfulness Journal - May 30, 2021

We are always trying to get some where other than where we are - a better job, a bigger house, more money, etc. We are very rarely happy to be where we are and this is a constant source of stress.

“The standard way of reducing stress in our culture is to put as much energy as possible into trying to arrive at a moment that matches our preferences. This ensures that we feel some level of stress until we get there (assuming we ever will) and worse, it makes the present moment into an unacceptable place to be.” David Cain

Scripture of the Day - May 30, 2021 - Psalms 68:35

You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God!

Gratitude Journal - May 30, 2021 - Long Weekends

Today, I am grateful for a log vacation weekend. While we don’t have big vacation plans, it’s still nice to know that I don’t need to get up tomorrow and get to work. Having an extra day off is super nice! For a long holiday weekend, I am grateful.

Mindfulness Journal - May 29, 2021

I find myself purposefully taking time to step back and really focus on what is going on around me, my part in it, and what it means. This helpsme stay present, make better decisions, and focus more consistently.

“Practicing a mindful moment in the middle of the day, helps to bring you back to center, reset, and move into the rest of your day with greater clarity and focus.” — Christine Agro

Scripture of the Day - May 29, 2021 - 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Throughout the Bible, God makes examples of those who seem weak yet have great faith. He continually shows that with faith, weakness is irrelevant.

‘But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.’

Gratitude Journal - May 29, 2021 - Evening Walks

Today, I am grateful for evening walks with my wife. Tonight was a beautiful evening and our walk was excellent. The combination of exercise and conversation make for a nice relaxing end to the day. For evening walks, I am grateful.

Mindfulness Journal - May 28, 2021

You need to find time to engange in your practice when you can focus and find calmness. WIthout that, things will seem off, agitated and disjointed.

“Concentration is a cornerstone of mindfulness practice. Your mindfulness will only be as robust as the capacity of your mind to be calm and stable. Without calmness, the mirror of mindfulness will have an agitated and choppy surface and will not be able to reflect things with any accuracy.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

Scripture of the Day - May 28, 2021 - Hebrews 4:12

The word of God are not just old words in a dusty book. The word of God is revlant to you today, to your life and your actions.

‘For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. ‘

Gratitude Journal - May 28, 2021 - BBQ Ribs

Today, I am grateful for delicious BBQ Ribs. When prepared correctly, there is just nothing better than tender and sweet BBQ ribs. The tender meat, coupled with a delicious sweet and spicy BBQ sauce make them a special treat for dinner. For BBQ Ribs, I am grateful.

Mindfulness Journal - May 26, 2021

Your thoughts and emotions block your vision from seeing the reality of what is in front of you. It’s like looking at everything with tinted glasses. You don’t see the real colors of life until you take the glasses off.

“Mindfulness clears the windshield of the mind so that we can see things as they really are.” — Travis Eliot

Scripture of the Day - May 26, 2021 - Joshua 1:9

Go forward with strength and conviction because God is always with you. Be strong and courageous knowing that God will protect you.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Gratitude Journal - May 26, 2021 - Eggs

Today, I am grateful for eggs. Eggs are a wonderful, protein packed, package of goodness. There are hundreds of different ways to prepare them, each one deleicious. They are great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. For eggs, I am grateful.

Mindfulness Journal - May 26, 2021

Every moment can be powerful and meaningful if you allow it to be. For this to happen, you need to be present for it and part of it. Everything becomes more meaningful when you are truly present at the moment it is happening.

“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” - Jon Kabat-Zinn

Scripture of the Day - May 26, 2021 - Ephesians 4:31-32

Bitterness and anger will not get you to where you want to be. Only forgivness and love can get you there.

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

Gratitude Journal - May 26, 2021 - My Daily Routine

Today, I am grateful for my daily routine. My days, while busy and full of activity, are broadly similar from day to day. I work, hit the gym, eat something, work, run kids around, and usually finish the day with stretching. For my daily routine, I am grateful.

Mindfulness Journal - May 25, 2021

I’ve lost my way a bit lately in my minduflness journey. I am looking forward to getting back on track.

“Every experience, no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it.” - Buddha

Scripture of the Day - May 25, 2021 - 1 Peter 4:11

Use the power God gives you every day and in all you do.

‘If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. ‘

Gratitude Journal - May 25, 2021 - Laughter

Today, I am grateful for laughter. On days when things seem the most challenging and I’m finding it hard to keep a positive attitude, some simple laughter can make things a little more manageable. Laughter brightens everyone’s day. For laughter, I am grateful.

Mindfulness Journal - May 24, 2021

Anxiety and stress often stem not from what is happening at the moment, but what you perceive could happen in the future. By focusing on the current moment, you can reduce the stress and anxiety of what may never be.

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” - Amit Ray

Scripture of the Day - May 24. 2021 - Isaiah 40:31

I will remember this passage as I workout and push myself physically. The Lord is my strength. I will RUN and not grow weary.

”‘but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Gratitude Journal - May 24, 2021 - A Clean Backpack

Today, I am grateful that my backpack is clean. While I was working today, I took a little time and sorted out my backpack. I carry this bag pretty much everywhere I go and it tends to build up a lot of junk. Having it nice, neat, and a bit lighter is excellent. For this, I am grateful.

Mindfulness Journal - May 23, 2021

Try to like who you are today.

“Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already.” - Pema Chödrön

Scripture of the Day - May 23, 2021 - Isaiah 41:10

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Gratitude Journal - May 23, 2021 - Rhubarb

Today, I am grateful for rhubarb. Rhubarb is such a wonderfully versatile plant. Rhubarb can be used as an ingredient in pies, crisps, and other wonderful recipes. For rhubarb, I am grateful.