Monday, November 20, 2017

We thank you and praise Your glorious name!

I won't tarry long here, but just get to posting my weekly gratitude list.  This week will be busy since all of our children and grandchildren are gathering here for Thanksgiving. It's the kind of busyness that makes my heart full and happy. Cooking, baking, setting the tables, hoping that somehow my love and gratitude for my family is seen through the works of my hands as well as the words of my mouth.
I thank God and praise His glorious name for all of His many, many blessings in my life!

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)

-feeling much better after yesterday's migraine
-chili with saltines for lunch reminding me of mama's chili growing up
-the never ending group texts that I love between my husband and I and all of our daughters
-running some evening errands with my guy

-listening to the whole of Handel's Messiah through while cooking for our small group
-a pot of all the herbs I will need for Thanksgiving and Christmas cooking from my husband
-copper cookie cutter lights

-Ephesians 4:22-25-renewing the mind
-a sweet time with our middle grandson, taking him to make his Christmas Build-A-Bear
-my weekly "fall asleep early" night-(I seem to have one day a week when I catch up on sleep)

-my youngest daughter and grandbaby coming to see me
-our grandson laughing at silly Papa
-a wonderful time of worship at prayer tonight

-a good date day with my guy
-finding some good sales while Christmas shopping
-a sleepover with our two youngest granddaughters
 and watching White Christmas together per their request

-clear weather for a walk to the park with my grandgirlies
-Papa and our eight year old granddaughter working in the yard together
 and making a fire in the outdoor fire pit
-our middle grandson coming by with his sweet babysitter

-God's love-
"Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights 'til I'm found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn't earn it
I don't deserve it
Still You give yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God"
by Steffany Gretzinger

-a beautiful dinner put on by the youth to give thanks for and honor their parents
-ending Sunday evening by watching a favorite show with my guy

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Remember and speak up...

What wonders has God done in your life?  

Let's brainstorm some possibilities that might trigger you to remember some of God's works/wonders in your life.

  • The wonder of your salvation.  What is your salvation story?
  • The wonder of God setting you free. Has God set you free from an area of bondage, addiction, fear, worry, depression?
  • The wonder of a relationship that changed your life. How has God interwoven your life with the life of someone who impacted your life forever?
  • The wonder of His protection.  Have you ever been in a situation where you know that God miraculously spared your life?
  • The wonder of His provision. Do you have a story of God's provision for your needs?
  • The wonder of His healing.  Has God healed your body, or your mind, will, and emotions?
  • The wonder of His empowerment to endure difficulty?  Has God ever supernaturally enabled you to face and get through a difficult time of testing and trial?
  • The wonder of His companionship.  How has God revealed Himself to you as a friend?
Why not take the time to sit down and journal some of the ways God has worked in your life?  

Do your family and friends know your wonder stories? 

(Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, November 19th, at Woman to Woman Ministries where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Friday Favs...Blooming paperwhites indoors for Christmas

Blooming paperwhite bulbs indoors is a fun and easy bit of Christmas cheer to add to your home. First, buy your paperwhite bulbs. In the past I've even found them at the grocery store. This year I bought them at Lowe's. In my opinion, it's best to just buy the bulbs, not the kits that come with a container included. I bought eight bulbs for less than the price of one of those kits.  

Once you have your bulbs, all you need is some sort of a container that does not have drainage holes  and some gravel or rocks.  I found little bags of rocks at the Dollar Tree.
Nestle the bulbs into the rocks with the pointy end up.  Add water to cover the root end of the the bulb.  Your bulbs should bloom by Christmas!  This year's bulbs aren't nearly ready to bloom yet, but below is a photo of some blooms from a few years ago.  I've read that if you add some rubbing alcohol to the water once the bulbs are rooted it will stunt the height so the paperwhites aren't so "leggy".  I might try that this year.

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


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

There's no place like home...

My photography posts lately have been mostly outdoor and travel related. 
It's easier to get great photos outdoors in natural light during this time of year
 than trying to take photos indoors during these darker gray days.
Regardless, I thought I'd just attempt and share some random photos around our home.
As you can see, I'm still in an autumn mode in my decor.
The day after Thanksgiving the Christmas decorating will begin.

Ok, I might have fallen prey to a wee bit of early Christmas cheer with this cute cup.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Planning thanksgiving...

Thanksgiving Day is ten days away.  I've got our menu written down in my bullet journal.  The texts have been flying back and forth between myself and our three daughters to see who wants to bring what to contribute to our meal.  I've been planning the table settings and what I want to do for a centerpiece. Obviously, our family Thanksgiving gathering for fourteen people doesn't just happen without some forethought.  Similarly, neither does living a thanksgiving lifestyle.  First, you must make a decision, a choice, to develop an attitude of gratitude. Then you have to plan for how you are going to make that happen.  I've written two posts, here and here, on practical tools that have helped me.  Yes, there are times when thanksgiving wells up within us and through us spontaneously when something wonderful happens in our life.  But in the mundane of our ordinary days, or in the trenches of seasons of testing and trial, thanksgiving and gratitude must be chosen, planned for, and cultivated.  That's why, this month, I celebrate the eighth anniversary of my daily gratitude journaling and weekly gratitude posts here online.  
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)

-God's provision-all I have needed Your hand has provided!
-my husband's love
-homemade guacamole on top of taco salad

-cold weather outside, warm and cozy inside
-being in my happy place-in my kitchen cooking and baking for our small group gathering
-God's help getting everything on today's to-do list done
-seeing God working all things out for good regarding a situation we were praying about
-God's provision for a specific financial need 

-heat that comes on at the turn of a dial
-tea, conversation, and prayer with a friend
-a rainy day walk
-a long overdue hair appointment
-falling asleep early

-early to bed, early to rise!
-birthday lunch for a friend
-Thursday night after our church's prayer and worship service is over-
(which is like most people's Friday night, since Friday is my hub's day off)

-a slow lazy morning
-spending a little time with our two youngest grandsons 
-a good movie that made me cry
-some favorite Christmas magazines to read

-a beautiful autumn colored tree outside my kitchen window
-the smell of a pot roast cooking for dinner
-a great worship playlist
-my hub's telling me, "I love our home"

-the hub's getting me a box of my new favorite tea
-Sunday afternoon resting

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Thanks be to God!

It's eleven days until Thanksgiving Day!  In last week's post I wrote about developing a lifestyle of gratitude and thanksgiving instead of just focusing on giving thanks only one day of the year.  I mentioned how keeping a daily gratitude journal has been life changing for me in that area.

But, what about those times when you're really struggling to give thanks, when you're going through a time of testing or trial in your circumstances or in a relationship?  It's at those times that you have to choose to have an attitude of gratitude.  Then go on a treasure hunt, (of sorts!)  Begin to search for the little things to give thanks for, in spite of your area of struggle. For example, "Thank you, God, for that wonderful first cup of hot coffee this morning!" "Thanks God, for the beautiful autumn colors on the tree in our front yard."  Next, look for something you see God doing in the middle of your difficult situation or something to thank God for in that person you're currently struggling with.  (Join me for the rest of this post on Sunday, November 12th, at Woman to Woman Ministries where each Sunday I share a bit of Sunday Soul Food!)

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