Sunday, October 2, 2011

Kitchen sanctuary…

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The dishwasher broke.

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I put on my blue rubber gloves.

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I squirt yellow, lemon scented Joy into the sink and add steamy, hot water from the faucet.

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I bathe coffee cups and cereal bowls, silverware and saucers in the snowy white mounds of bubbles.

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I wipe toast crumbs and coffee drips off the countertop.

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I notice the smell of the soap, the peaceful quietness of the house, the sun through the window.

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And an ordinary moment becomes holy and beautiful.

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I continue to count my thanks

piling up gratitude day by day

in my little green journal.

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-the first pot of homemade soup this autumn

-doing a craft with oldest daughter

-making apple crisp with her too

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-purposing to have prayer and a loving goodbye with the Hubs before he leaves for his office

-encouraging words

-morning fog giving way to sun

-toast with peanut butter and my favorite peach jam

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-our prayer room

-hot water, dish soap and hands to wash dishes

-beautiful fall day for a morning walk

-frozen yogurt and fresh fruit shared with a friend

-protection when I had my little mishap

-youngest granddaughter telling Papa, “You my buddy!”

-driving up the river on a beautiful fall day off

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-laughter with friends

-having some twenty somethings over on Saturday afternoon for college football and dinner

-reading Blueberries for Sal with youngest granddaughter

-new faces at church (and beloved familiar faces too)

-great message on the shield of faith

 

Gratefully yours,

Elizabeth


11 comments:

  1. Beautiful post, thank you Elizabeth. I love your kitchen window!

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  2. Isn't it wonderful that in the ordinary and simple things of life God shows up to bless our hearts! Beautiful post!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  3. This list makes me sing, "Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary..."

    My children call my husband's step-dad Buddy. Love that.

    Blueberries for Sal is one of our favorites.

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  4. Everyday, however simple and normal is a great day with Jesus! Lovely words in this post..I like the way you see things in your life.

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  5. You have such a peaceful, and beautiful sanctuary. This post was like a warm hug.

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  6. Wonderful...I'm breathing deep after visiting you. That always happens to me when I come here.
    xo
    Robin
    ps...oh how I love Blueberries for Sal! xo

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  7. Love this post, as always. What a beautiful sanctuary!
    ~Adrienne~

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  8. Sweet and peaceful!! Thanks for sharing - Marie

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  9. Beautiful. (i think i say this every time)

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  10. Beautiful list...beautiful pictures...I love the being thankful for the dishwasher or should I say lack of...mine is on it's last days...so I now have a new way to go...thankful for hands to wash.
    Oh I can't wait to read blueberries for Sal to my grandaughter as she grows... Blessings~

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  11. It's good to be reminded to be grateful. Lovely images as well. I made soup too, Spicy Bean!

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