Never Forget the Most Important Ingredient to Top Off Grit and Grace… GRATITUDE!

Dear Reader:

To this day… I can’t hear the word “Grit” without picturing John Wayne in my favorite movie of his… True Grit.

Quote from the dialogue:

” You must pay for everything in this world one way or another. There is nothing free except the Grace of God and you cannot earn that…”

As I researched different sites… I discovered ones that gave ” Grit” scriptural synonyms- ” steadfastness and endurance.” Grit begins in the divine spirit and grows from there like Daniel learned with those pesky lions. He knew he was never alone in that den and grit grew larger than his fear by the ” grace of God.”

And isn’t it nice to know that ” Grace” never gives out, never is used up… in fact it multiplies… more grace for ” the humble.”

However growing grit and humbly accepting grace is not enough if there is no gratitude to complete our human “trinity” that comprises daily life. How often do we hear throughout the scriptures the word rejoice. ” Rejoice, I say, rejoice” … ” Rejoice in the Lord and give thanks.”

Doesn’t everyone appreciate a heartfelt ” Thank You” from family, friends, and strangers alike? Why should we not think God does too?

So until tomorrow…

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

Tommy and Kaitlyn participated in The Flowertown Spring Fling Saturday night -a community fundraiser beautifully decorated with flowers galore!
Tommy and Kaitlyn

And they weren’t alone… our own Ya Brookie was ” hob-nobbing” along the Battery on a beautiful spring evening herself and looking fantastic! Go Brookie!

Go Ya Ya!
My Encore Azaleas are starting to bloom!

A beautiful evening to a beautiful day!

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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