Letting Your Light Shine



Have you ever been somewhere, either at a party or restaurant or a store, and saw someone walk in and be completely blown away because something about them drew you in? I have, and I think what draws me in with people like this is that they let their light shine so the world sees it, not just those they love.

I was recently standing at a counter in a store when a woman walked in.  Even though three people had walked in before her, when she came in, all eyes were on her.  “Hello!” she said brightly. There was a shift in the energy and it felt like she was a ball of sunshine warming the air. There was a younger woman and older woman behind me, and based on their similar features I assumed they were mother and daughter. I overheard the mother say to her daughter, ‘She looks like you when you’re in love’ and then I heard the daughter reply, ‘She looks like everyone when they’re in love.’ They giggled and I smiled to myself, knowing what they meant.

This was a woman whose vibration was high and she was sharing her light with the world.  Not just with a beloved someone, or with family and friends, but the world.

Part of creating the world we dream of involves feeling gratitude each day and letting our light shine for all the world to see.

The mother and daughter in line behind me weren’t off track, because when you’re able to do that, it’s like being in love with the world.

Give thanks – feel gratitude – let your light shine for the world to see – fall in love with everyone – attract the life you dream of.


Deborah Perdue, RScP

Author of “Grace of Gratitude Journals”

and “Grace of Gratitude Reflections”

and “Path of Gratitude Coloring Book”

all of these and much more at www.graceofgratitude.com

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Oh Great Spirit, thank you for the many blessings in my life.

Thank you for my friends and family,

And the wonderful animals that have become part of the clan.

Thank you for the work you grace me with.

Thank you for the beautiful surroundings of nature I experience each day.

Thank you for the lights in my world, lifting me up, motivating me, inspiring me to be more.

I ask that you bless us all.

Shower us with an abundance of your blessings.

Protect and heal us physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.

Bless us with hearts that are filled with hope, faith, joy, compassion, kindness, and gratitude.

And spirits of generosity.

Minds that are filled with creative ideas and positive thoughts.

Bless us with job security, new jobs, opportunities for promotion, and a steady flow of work and income.

Bless us with financial prosperity and independence.

Good friends,

And a loving partner in a healthy, mutually satisfying, life-long relationship.

Give us all that we need,

For the highest and greatest good,

And we will accept your many blessings

With gratitude and love.



Deborah Perdue, RScP


Author of “Grace of Gratitude Journals”

and “Grace of Gratitude Reflections”

and “Path of Gratitude Coloring Book”

all of these and much more at www.graceofgratitude.com

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I recently received an email from someone saying she’s finding it difficult to live in gratitude in a challenging world. She’s stressed out and depressed by the news and the state of our country, and she wanted to know how I’m able to switch gears from being exposed to all the bad news and then going back to my place of gratitude.

I am not a news junkie and my advice to those who are is to either find a way to shut it down through meditation or a walk outside as soon as you get your daily dose of news before it impacts you, or if you find it difficult to do that, to stop making news part of your regular routine. You are the co-creator of your world. If you focus on the negatives, then you’ll pull in negatives. If you’re stressed out and worried, how effective can you be in living a life of gratitude?

It’s not that I’m not interested in what’s going on, but I can be a hand-wringer and knowing this, I can only take on my world – my little circle of people I encounter in work, community and family. I’m in a very happy place most of the time, and when I falter, I’m much better about recognizing it and making a correction to stay the course on the path of gratitude. If I were to read the news each day, it would put me in a bad place.

I pray for the world each day. I pray for our country. I pray for Mother Nature. I am committed to spreading the word about gratitude, teaching people to connect with their Angels and Spirit Guides, and teaching other spiritual courses. I’m devoted to putting light into the world. I believe if enough of us live our lives in this way it will change the world for the good. I pay no attention to the news, most of which is not trustworthy anyway, because it prevents me from doing the work I was meant to do.

I’m sharing my thoughts about this in my blog for those who may have the same struggle.


Deborah Perdue, RScP

Author of “Grace of Gratitude Journals”

and “Grace of Gratitude Reflections”

and “Path of Gratitude Coloring Book”

all of these and much more at www.graceofgratitude.com

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Daily Gratitude Week of July 24


“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.”

– Marianne Williamson (also attributed to Nelson Mandela)

Some of my life I didn’t feel powerful, instead I felt powerless and dependent upon outside forces.
Later I shrank from my own power, and was timid and played small.
Today I am grateful to own and feel the power of my being!
There is nothing I can’t accomplish with determination, creativity and courage.
I know I am powerful beyond measure, with the help of my higher power,
and I am so thankful this is so.


“As the Sun shines upon my heart, so may my heart shine upon others!”

– The Upanishads

Let me remember that a shining, bright, loving heart is precious.
Let me take a break from the hustle and bustle
and shine my love light on as many as I can,
starting with my family who I sometimes take for granted,
and extending out to all I meet each day.
I am incredibly grateful to have such a loving, tender heart
and I choose to share it!


“We have no idea what tomorrow will bring, but today is overflowing with potential.”

– Allan Lokos

I am so grateful to be able to stay in the present moment — it’s not always easy, but so comforting and soothing when I do, rather than planning or plotting the future, which in reality, we cannot change anyway.

Ram Dass really had something when he coined the sixties’ term “Be Here Now” which is practically a cliche but so darn wise.

I seize the moment, rich with a multitude of possibilities, and open to the zest of life!


As long as the candle burns, there is time to make repairs.

Rabbi Salanter

Life offers endless possibilities and among those, there is the opportunity to do things differently.

When I make a mistake or err, I can always make amends to myself or someone else.

Life is a cornucopia of second chances and choices.

I am grateful for growing wiser as I age, and so grateful that my candle keeps on burning!


“How many times have I died only to be born again out of the ashes of my unbelief?

How many times has my precious God loved me through the tempests of my own doubt, fear and feelings of unworthiness?”

– Rev. Karen S. Wylie

I am so grateful for all the resurrections of my life!

With each fall from grace and subsequent ascension, I truly grow stronger.

All I have to do is listen to the still, small voice within that assures me that I am worthy beyond measure

and if it doesn’t matter in the Big Picture, there is no need to worry!

I am thankful for divine wisdom, and the remembrance of who I truly am when my mind niggles and falters.


Watercolor artwork © Tara Thelen, from the Grace of Gratitude Journals. Photography by Deborah Perdue.


Deborah Perdue, RScP

Author of “Grace of Gratitude Journals”

and “Grace of Gratitude Reflections”

and “Path of Gratitude Coloring Book”

all of these and much more at www.graceofgratitude.com

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Loving Myself Enough to Be My Own Advocate


Until recent years I was a people-pleaser. It was important for me to be liked by others, and if their acceptance meant my having to jump through hoops, well that was what I was willing to do. As I came to love myself more and more, I stopped this destructive habit in my personal life, but still found it painful to have difficult conversations in professional relationships. I just found it very hard to accept that I wasn’t pleasing everyone I was trying do a good job for. The more displeased they were, the harder I tried. I see a correlation between this dynamic and that of a child trying to win the love, acceptance, and affection of a parent.  It was only recently that I realized when it comes to loving myself enough to be my own advocate, it has to cross over into all areas of my life.

I feel so blessed, because when I struggle with something, God doesn’t say, ‘Forget it, you’ll never learn this lesson!’ Instead, I am tested again and again until I’ve mastered it. Now I know some would think a loving God would spare us the pain, but I believe we are here to grow and learn. This life is school, and death is our graduation. And God is good to allow me to take the same test over and over until I don’t even consider it a test anymore.

I had a chance to be retested recently when a client was unhappy with each attempt of mine to create something wonderful for her. I tried and tried and became frustrated by continued rejection, and then I came to a point where I realized this partnership just might not be a good fit for us. That happens, and it’s perfectly fine, so why was I personalizing it? As soon as I found this way to detach, I calmly explained I would not continue on with the project, she would only have to pay me for the work I had done so far, and I wished her well in finding the right person to bring her vision to life. I was surprised, and happy, when she told me I was the one she wanted to work with. So of course, at that point I felt I had to set some parameters for continuing on, which I did, and she accepted.

It felt liberating to find a way to nicely say, “Enough” to someone. I learned two important things. I realized that part of the reason situations like this made me so upset was because I was upset with myself – frustrated at not being skillful in handling things like this, with my inability to do so leading to my being upset with ME! The second thing I learned was that it’s really just a matter of finding the right words to say and the right way to say it, so I’m advocating for myself in an unemotional and fair manner, leaving the other person’s dignity intact. And this was easy once I asked myself how I would want to be told.

Thank God we never stop growing and learning. As I’ve stated and written many times, I am a work in progress. Neither God, nor I, are finished with me yet!


Photo by Ryan Moreno on Unsplash

Deborah Perdue, RScP


Author of “Grace of Gratitude Journals”

and “Grace of Gratitude Reflections”

and “Path of Gratitude Coloring Book”

all of these and much more at www.graceofgratitude.com

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Here are this week’s offering of thoughts of thanksgiving, by Deborah Perdue, author of Daily Gratitude Reflections and Grace of Gratitude Journal.

To sign up to receive daily inspiring thoughts of gratitude in your email box, you can go to www.graceofgratitude.com home page and click to receive them.

Enjoy! Get inspired! Email me at info@graceogratitude.com and let me know of any you particularly like, or send your own in. I would love to hear from you.


July 3

I am so grateful for FREEDOM —
not only the freedoms we do enjoy in the U.S.
but the freedoms that are ours inherently as spiritual beings having a human experience.

The ultimate freedom we have is freedom of choice
which is why no psychic can truly predict the future.

We are free to choose in every moment of our lives
and this is a God-given freedom that we sometimes squander
or don’t accept choosing victimhood instead.

But we are free!

I am so thankful for my freedom to love, to be in joy, to feel inner peace no matter what is happening around me

I am thankful for all the choices I get to make
to create a sublime life.

Happy Independence Day!


July 4

Grateful to have taken the day off and hope you did, too!


July 5

“Yet to love someone is an art.

It does not come simply or cheaply but is a lifetime’s work.”

– John O’Donahue


I am grateful for my own loving, caring, nurturing, supportive nature.

I have honed it through the years so that I am no longer co-dependent,

yet I still watch over my loved ones, and it does take experience, patience and wisdom to love deeply.

It is perhaps most difficult for me to love myself.

On the surface I do, but sometimes feeling compassion for myself comes harder.

I am thankful to have learned to love myself and others in a healthy way, in an unconditional way, in a giving no-strings-attached way.

And I know loving and being open to be loved is our most important work, and stretches over lifetimes.


July 6

“A few fly bites cannot stop a spirited horse.”

– Mark Twain


I am in gratitude for my tenacity. If things go awry, I keep on keeping on until I get a better outcome.

So much to be said for not giving up!

Truly thankful for the determination and persistence I show, time and time again.

And I enjoy that quality in others, as well.


July 7

“All is Infinite Being and all is eternally becoming.”

– Ernest Holmes


To really understand that everywhere, everything, and everyone is part of the All-in-All is so amazing and so comforting. We, as little specks in the infinitely expanding universe are not alone, we are not separate, we are intricately linked by our very being. We belong.

I am so grateful to feel the truth of what I am saying deep within me, without doubt.


Deborah Perdue, RScP


Author of “Grace of Gratitude Journals”

and “Grace of Gratitude Reflections”

and “Path of Gratitude Coloring Book”

all of these and much more at www.graceofgratitude.com

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