Father's Day surprise II
By Lavern and Ronda Nissley
(This post is a follow up to Father's Day surprise from last week about a life-altering experience that almost took Ronda's life. If you aren't familiar with this back story, you'll want to read it first.)
Robert Emmons, a leading researcher on gratitude, had this to say about it in a 2010 Greater Good Magazine post : "Gratitude is a social emotion. I see it as a relationship-strengthening emotion because it requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people." He also provided 4 reasons on why gratitude is good.
We'd like to share those 4 reasons as well as our own 7 points of gratitude surrounding a major challenge in our own marriage journey.
Here are the 4 reasons from Robert Emmons on why gratitude is good:
6/25/2019 02:44:33 pm
Thanks so much, Dave & Claudia! Good to hear from you!
6/25/2019 02:26:09 pm
This is such an encouraging and hope-filled read. Plus, it's good to hear Ronda is on an upward trend. Thanks for sharing!
6/25/2019 02:45:30 pm
Thanks, Jewel, for the positive feedback and celebrating healing with us.
6/25/2019 02:43:52 pm
Thank you for sharing your challenges, hearts, insights & joys with us! Community as God designed it is a beautiful gift -- we're all richer for & because of each other! Thanking God for continued healing & grace to carry you through!
6/25/2019 02:46:57 pm
You and Wally are great examples of sharing your hearts in positive ways. We are strengthened and encouraged by your "grace talk"!
Lisa M Garvin
6/25/2019 03:27:19 pm
Love this post. SO much to be grateful for instead of woe is me! It is truly amazing how a grateful heart changed your perspective. Praising God for His continued faithfulness to you and what He is doing in the midst of pain and suffering.
6/25/2019 08:09:43 pm
Your encouragement means a lot, Lisa! Glad forbfriends like you.
6/25/2019 06:39:07 pm
Reading your reflections is a great memory for me. Every time Kent and I have been through traumas such as my back surgery when I was diagnosed with a tumor, laporoscopy and others, The support of prayers, the reliance on each other, the outpouring of love from friends and family made us aware of our mortality and how totally dependent we are upon others—doctors, nurses, and most of all God. Something about that strengthened our relationship. Weird to say but I’m glad you got to experience that.
6/25/2019 08:12:57 pm
Touching reflections, Martha. Amazing how God’s economy of growth through suffering works!
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Lavern & Ronda Nissley are co-directors of Encompass. Married since 1978, both enjoy coffee, riding their tandem bicycle and working together to build strong relationships.