Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Spirit of Gratitude - October 30


Perfectly clear night skies
My mom stopping by
Completing a project
Being able to go back to bed on a teacher workday
The Man of the House bringing home ice cream
The Man of the House smoking a chicken for dinner
Getting lots of laundry done
Cinnamon hot chocolate
Waffles for breakfast (that someone else made)
Getting a lot of crochet done
Hall's cough drops
The Man of the House picking the male offspring up from practice
The grand baby singing
Orchestra concerts
Finishing the last of the ice cream - right out of the carton
Grandbaby snuggles
God sending me the right message at just the right time
Greek yogurt with blueberries and chia seeds

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Delight, Rejoice, and Sing

As our grandson has grown over the past almost three years (almost Three years!?  How is that possible? Time really does fly by!!)  we have enjoyed seeing him learn and do new things.  We have taken joy in every discovery and milestone, almost as if he was the first child ever  to accomplish the feat.

New words, first steps - all met with delight.  Maybe even applause.  We "oooh" and "aaah" over artwork and first attempts to write letters and numbers.

God feels the same way about us!!

He takes delight in us.  Everything we learn, every thing we do, is met with rejoicing.  Every step made in obedience.  Every song we sing.  Every faith filled choice is His delight.

When you feel as if no one notices.  When you feel as if no one cares about everything - anything - you do.  Remember... God is watching. He is singing over you.  He is rejoicing. 
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Three Things: That Make Me Happy

Well, once again, my post for yesterday didn't get published. If you're counting, that's twice in less than a week.  What is with me and getting "Publish" goin' on time?  I apologize for the late post.

LOTS of things make me happy.  It would be simple to fill this list just with immediate family members alone.  The Man of the House makes me happy.  The offspring make me happy.  And the grand baby makes me happy.  They are the top 4 on my "Things That make Me Happy" list.  Without question. And if you've been reading this blog for any amount of time now, you can probably guess that, Yes, reading makes me happy.  Coffee makes me happy (and awake)  Knowing all of that - let's just move on to some other things that make me happy.

1) Living in the Mountains - Here in western North Carolina, I am constantly surrounded by so much natural beauty.  God's artwork at it's best.  We get a definite distinction between all four seasons (usually)  The summers are hot.  The winter's aren't too cold (again - usually).  And the autumn is just spectacular! I don't think a week goes by when I don't have my breath taken away from a view along my daily travels.

2)  The Sound of a Child's laughter -  You know the one... that full, hard belly laugh of a child.  You don't?  Go to YouTube right now and search for "baby (or babies) laughing"  Seriously... it's the BEST.  I challenge you to listen to a child's uninhibited, joyous laughter and not end up laughing yourself.  Or at least wearing a huge grin on your face.

3)  Sleep - good sleep.  Restful sleep.  Or maybe I'm just thinking it would make me happy because I have been waking myself up coughing which has prevented a good night's sleep for the past 2 nights.  Nope.  Even without the cough... I just love a good, deep sleep.  Or, more precisely, the rested peaceful feeling I have the next day makes me happy.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

A Spirit of Gratitude (A Day Late, but Still Grateful)

oops!!  I didn't get around to hitting the publish button yesterday to get the weekly Spirit of Gratitude up on Thursday as usual.  It happens.  But whether on a Thursday, or a Friday - I am still thankful.  Here's this week's list...

Tea and bagels
Dancing with the grand baby
The Man of the House fixing dinner
Peach tea
Family yard work day
Watching scary movies with the Man of the House
The Male Offspring playing guitar
Crockpot Gumbo
The grand baby playing at the park
Warm Autumn days
Breakfast for dinner
Chilly Autumn morning
Lunch with my dad
Playing outside with the Grand Baby

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Don't You Care?

"Lord, don't you care?"

Martha said it...  when all the demands started to make her feel overwhelmed. The long to-do list of running a household, taking care of her family, entertaining guests.   "But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" (Luke 10.40)

The disciples said it... when the storm felt too big, too strong, and they feared they would be overtaken. "A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.  
Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, 'Teacher, don't you care if we drown?'" (Mark 4.37-38)

And most of us at some point or another have probably said it.  When all the demands press down on us. When the storm raged around us.  When we feel buried under our worries.  Leaving us overwhelmed, tired, confused.

"Lord, don't you care?"

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"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." (1 Peter 5.7)

Yes, He cares.

Even when you feel lost and alone.  He's there. When it feels hopeless. He's working it out for good.

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (Romans 8.28)

Take your eyes off the circumstances.  Stop focusing on the many things. Stay focused on the One thing that matters.  The One who can quiet the storms.

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