Monday, October 16, 2017

To BE joyful, give thanks....


It's a beautiful autumn day today.  Tomorrow evening it's supposed to start raining and then continue to be rainy most of this week.  We've already had snow in the Cascade Mountains this year-quite a bit earlier than we usually do.  It makes me wonder what our upcoming winter weather will be like. We can't predict what the future holds can we?  One thing I know from experience, rain or shine, mild or snowy, God will be with us, He will be faithful, and there will always be plenty to be thankful for.
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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 journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)
#10,331-#10,352

10-9-17-
-a really good time working on my inductive Bible study
-some unexpected time with my husband
-running errands and grabbing lunch together

10-10-16-
-baking a favorite cookie recipe for tonight's small group
-autumn beauty
-sibling texts- between me and my siblings, our girls with us and each other

10-11-17-
-God's provision to buy a new washer and dryer after our old set finally died
-my hub's help with a task needing done
-our family group texts

10-12-17-
-a good walk and prayer time while I walked before...
-an autumn thunderstorm
-our nephew's help to pick up and install our washer and dryer

10-13-17-
-morning sky
-my favorite tomato basil soup for lunch
-a new copper soup pot
-a mostly stay at home, relaxing Friday day off since my hub's has a cold

10-14-17-
-a good visit with my friend who just got back from vacation
-going to our oldest grandson's football game
-having dinner with our kids and grandkids

10-15-17-
-a fabulous message at church today 
-an encouraging word
-God's protection

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

God's Extended Arm...


In Michelangelo's famous painting found on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Creation of Adam, God is depicted with an outstretched arm reaching toward the hand of Adam.  The truth is that God has never stopped reaching out towards mankind with His great love and grace.  So great was the desire of His heart to reach out to us, to pull us out of the pit of sin, despair and bondage from which we could not escape on our own, that He sent His Beloved Only Son to rescue us.  The salvation He gives us is not earned or deserved, it is not a reward for any thing we have done, it is a pure unmerited gift.  It's grace. It's favor.  It's God's great heart ever reaching out, ever inclined, toward His creation, toward you and I.  All we have to do is believe, reach up, and receive His ever extended arm-receive the gracious gift of His great grace and salvation.

You may be thinking, why I did that years ago! ( (Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, October 15th, at Woman to Woman Ministries where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)


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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Friday Favs...Simple Fall Decor part two

Last week I wrote a post about how my seasonal decorating style has changed over the years. I still love to reflect the season in my decorating, but I now prefer a simpler, cleaner, more uncluttered and less "over the top" approach. I prefer real items from nature, like a foraged branch of autumn leaves, over faux foliage. 

You can see what I mean in these two previous posts.
You can click over to my post about my autumn mantel and the wreath I made from cornhusks here.
You can click over to my post on Simple Fall Decor part one here.


The photo below gives you some perspective of the layout of our home.  When you come in the front door of our house the double arches into the living area are on your right.  The antique library table and wooden cubby featured in the photos above are on the diagonal wall between the archway and the entrance into the dining room, nook and kitchen.  To the left are the doors into my home office and the hallway to the bedrooms and bathrooms.
With that said, you'll notice in these photos that my autumn decor features simple things such as cozy candlelight, stalks of wheat, white pumpkins and dried acorns, pods and nuts.
 I do like to bring out this little squirrel and pumpkin that I've had for many years.

 The warmth of copper is another favorite of mine.
I also enjoy using the texture of wooden bowls, beads and candlesticks in my decor.


Peaceful, warm, and cozy, that's what I want my home to feel like during this autumn season.

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



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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

On an autumn walk...

Every season has it's own unique beauty.
Who doesn't love the autumn beauty of ripened fruit hanging on the trees
and the riotous color of falling leaves?
 There are also autumn blooms, from asters and mums to various wildflowers.
On my walk the other day, I couldn't resist capturing some of the autumn beauty.
All photos are taken with my iPhone.


I had a little photo editing fun with the next two photos.

And this autumn sunset...sigh.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Still thankful...


Yesterday I accidentally washed my Fitbit in my leaky washing machine.  Today my dryer quit heating. There are so many things that I'd rather spend money on than replacing my fitness tracker or buying a new washer and dryer. (Ours are too old to bother to repair anymore.)  In spite of those kinds of bumps in the road, my heart is full of gratitude today.  God is so good, so faithful, so kind.  There is just so much to be thankful for if I only keep my eyes and heart open to see.
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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 journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)
#10,313-#10,330

10-2-17-
-the stories of heroism, courage and selflessness coming out of the disaster in Los Vegas
-a good walk that lifts the spirit as well as exercises the body
-baking with my "unofficially adopted" granddaughter

10-3-17-
-a breakthrough in my prayer time after a dry spell
-small group prep going better with some of the cooking done yesterday
-friends who pitch in with the dishes 

10-4-17-
-$10 off coupons
-beautiful autumn walk
-medicine and a nap that helped with muscle spasms in back and neck

10-5-17-
-morning traffic not too bad when I had to drive to Portland
-feeling so much better today!
-my happy youngest grandson-all smiles and lots of snuggles and kisses

10-6-17-
-a sweet morning quiet time
-a good Friday date day
-early to rise, early to bed with my new Mitford book

10-7-17-
actually forgot to write in my gratitude journal on this day!
I did watch our youngest grandson while his mama and daddy went to the football game with Papa so I'm thankful for time with him.

10-8-17-
-water baptisms
-tears at the testimonies of those being baptized
-a stranger paying for our bill at lunch, (for nine of us!)

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Planting good seeds in difficult times...


This week began with the horrific news of a mass shooting in Las Vegas.  Sometimes it feels like the darkness is winning.  That is, of course, exactly what the enemy of our souls wants us to think.  he wants us to sink into despair and hopelessness and helplessness. he wants us to think that there's nothing we can do to make a difference against the deluge of sin.  But, did you stay tuned to the news reports beyond the initial bad news?  Did you see and hear how in the midst of the chaos, ordinary people took heroic measures to help total strangers at the risk of their own lives? There was report after report of hundreds of people doing the right thing when face to face with overwhelming evil.

I hope you and I will never face the level of darkness that happened in Los Vegas this week, but we do all live in this sin sick world don't we?  What are some practical ways you and I can be lights in the darkness?  I think Hosea 10:12 can help us.  (Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, October 8th, at Woman to Woman Ministries where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)


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