Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The little things...

On a recent sleepover my ten year old grandson came running out of the bathroom,  dripping wet, a towel barely covering him.  "The paintings!", he shouted excitedly, "The paintings were in my bag!"

In August my daughter and her family went to Disneyworld in Florida.  In Epcot Center's world showcase they visited "France".  Knowing that my dream trip would be to visit France my grandson bought me a little painting of Paris and my granddaughter, his big sister, bought a similar one for herself.  However, when the whole family arrived back home the paintings were no where to be found.  My daughter searched the baggage, called the hotel where they had stayed, and contacted the airlines all to no avail.  It appeared that the paintings had somehow been lost for good.

When my girls were small, one of the ways I taught them that God cares about all of the things we care about, was to teach them to pray even about little things.  We prayed over lost items frequently.  It's so easy to get worked up and frustrated when we lose something, so I taught them to calm themselves down and ask God to help them.  My daughter and grandchildren prayed about the paintings, but after weeks had passed, they had pretty much given up.  Until that evening when my grandson found them in the one zipped section of his carry on bag that he had never opened since coming home.  (Even though he'd used the bag on a few occasions.)  He was so excited, as was his sister and his mama when he called her to tell her.  They all commented on how they had been praying that they would find them.

The other day I was dusting my shelves that are made out of old reclaimed wood.  A sliver got deeply embedded in my right forefinger.  It was painful!  I spent the next half hour trying to remove the splinter with a needle and tweezers, all with my non-dominant left hand.  (It brought back all of the childhood memories of fit throwing whenever Daddy would try to remove a splinter I had gotten.)  It hurts!  I was getting more and more frustrated the more time I was wasting trying to get that splinter out.  Finally, I stopped and and asked God to help me.  No kidding, the very next moment my tweezers finally grasped the end of that splinter and pulled the whole thing right out, slick as a whistle.

The very same day as the splinter incident, I couldn't find my favorite ink pen for journaling anywhere.  I said a quick prayer asking God to help me find it and then I turned to make my bed.  When I picked up the comforter, giving it a shake to smooth it out, the pen came flying out of the comforter, practically hitting me in the face!  I had to laugh at God's sense of humor.

Not every prayer we pray is answered so obviously and not every prayer we pray is a little one.  Some of our prayers are about life and death situations.  The point is, God cares, God is listening, God hears and answers.  Nothing is too big and nothing is too small to talk to Him about. 

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. (1 Peter 5:7 Amplified Bible)

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Antique Store Find-old wooden tote with Nikon label

I've shown you a number of wooden totes and boxes through my years of blogging.
I think the number is ten.
(I am slightly embarrassed to admit this.)
I don't know why I love them so,
but I seem to be continually drawn toward the beauty of things that people actually used in their daily life.
Mixing bowls, kitchen towels, bread boards, pitchers, bowls, and yes, wooden totes and caddies.

The dovetailed sides on this one make it quite unusual.
Since I'm a Nikon girl, the Nikon label sealed the deal.
I like to imagine what this tote was used for.

I was pleased when the vendor reduced the price when I asked, 
making it a really good deal in my opinion.
Sometimes they will and sometimes they won't, but it doesn't hurt to ask!

After a good wipe down and buffing, I added this interesting tote to the rotation of things
 I use as a dining table centerpiece or on the trunk, aka coffee table, in the living room.

 I know that not everyone sees the beauty in things like old wooden boxes and totes,
but I'm happy to say that the hubs is used to my ways now and didn't even bat an eye 
when yet another old wooden tote came to live at our house.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Keep Smiling!

(texture-Kim Klassen's sybil, hardlight, 20% opacity)

My husband bought a large bag of these fun size peanut M&Ms packages for the grandkids.
The only problem is, they are pretty much on the top of my favorite candy list.
(Snickers is another favorite.  Peanuts and chocolate are my dream team.)

(texture-Kim Klassen's just a touch 2, lighten, 20% opacity)

The good news is that each fun pack is only 90 calories,
so indulging every once in a while is okay.
I just need to make sure there are still some left for the grandkids!

(texture-Kim Klassen's rene texture, multiply mode, 100% opacity, erased off part of the cup and then focal blurred on PicMonkey)

(edited with PicMonkey's sunglow, then  Kim's 99  texture, lighten 30%opacity)

(edited with PicMonkey's dusk, 50%)

(texture-Kim's elevate texture, screen mode, 20% opacity)

My favorite photo this week is the fourth one down.
So, which one is your favorite photo and what's your favorite candy?
Do tell!

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

A thankful life is a blessed life...

It's true!
A thankful life is a blessed life!
In Deuteronomy 28, Moses is instructing the children of Israel to live in the blessing of God 
instead of under a curse.  
In verse 47 it states that one of the reasons for living under a curse is 
"you did not serve the Lord your God with joyfulness of mind and heart
 in gratitude for the abundance of all with which He had blessed you." 
(Amplified Bible)
Evidently, serving God with a joyful, grateful mind and heart is a big deal to God.
It should also be a big deal to us.

Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
 I continue to count my thanks
piling up gratitude day by day
in my little black journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)


-the hubs going to the church office a bit later than usual so he could see our youngest grandson 
when his mama dropped him off 
-the way the baby loves stroller walks so much and always falls asleep even though he just woke up from his nap

-the hubs saying, "I love dinners like this", when it was just a simple bbq chicken salad
-a speaking opportunity at an upcoming conference

-studying for Sunday's message-the faithful way God gives me the "bones" of the message, 
then bit by bit shows me the rest

-our church prayer chain, answers to prayer
-a fun evening taking the two youngest granddaughters to the movies

-early morning devotions
-a good run on this blustery morning
-the joy of time spent with long time friends

-making homemade bread and soup for the new parents

-a warm sunny day
-getting to hold sweet baby D
-the people who come to our Thursday night prayer time

-a slow, lazy date day morning
-running errands together and enjoying a good lunch out
-a relaxing evening, him reading a book, me watching old episodes of a favorite show

-waking up without the headache and neck spasms I went to bed with
-the hubs doing some chores for me so I could spend a quiet morning studying for Sunday's message
-the sweet gal who plans all the church baby and wedding showers and the others who lend a hand
-an evening walk/run

-5 V-formations of geese flying overhead
-blue skies, feathery cirrus clouds, and the fiery color of the leaves as the sun peeks through

-God's good work in our church
-sitting around the table and visiting long after lunch was over

gratefully yours,

Friday, October 17, 2014

Isaiah 45:8...

It's raining today.
We had such a long, dry summer that the rain is welcome.
Similarly, our nation is in a spiritual drought.
We are in desperate need of the rain of God's righteousness.
I long to see salvation spring up
 in my neighborhood,
in our city, 
in our state, 
in the Pacific Northwest,
in our nation,
in our world.
I'm praying,
we're praying,
we're asking for His rain.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Friday Favs...a new tray

Every once in a while I'll see something in one of the discount stores
 that's a pretty good knockoff of something I might find in an antique store.


I found this tray at Ross, but with the wood slats on the bottom and the distressed finish,
it's a pretty good knockoff of a vintage piece.

I like it in a centerpiece as seen here.
 Lined with a placemat or a pretty kitchen towel, it could be used for a yummy breakfast in bed 
or to gather the items for a simple tea party.

I'm lovin' it!

It's almost Friday, friends!
Have a HAPPY, HAPPY Friday
 a safe and BLESSED weekend.


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