Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Three gifts that start with N

On this third day of November I search for three gifts that start with "N".

A new day, a day in which I embrace. A day in which gives me another chance to whittle down the to-list. A new chance of loving others better than the day before. 

Night, a chance to rest. A chance for my body to recharge.

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Never ending love. Knowing that He loves me no matter how many times I fail. He knows me yet still loves me. Forever. I am humbled and thankful.

What are you thankful for today?


A few years ago I was in the practice of counting my gifts daily. Unfortunately I let that habit slip away and I can tell. I've forgotten how blessed I am, I'm easily "stressed out" and negativity flows from my mouth. This is a practice of gratitude is one that I need to revive in my life and what better month than November, the month of thanksgiving. Would you join me?

Ann Voskamp makes it easy by offering a pretty printable to place on your refrigerator, in your planner or on your bathroom mirror. This can either be used as a reminder or you can follow her word prompts as you search each day for three gifts.

I missed yesterday but I'm not going to fret about that - I'll just do yesterday's today!

November 1 - Three gifts eaten

1. Oikos Triple Zero Banana Cream Yogurt with a handful of walnuts ~ breakfast on the run as we rushed off to church in the morning. On a day designated as "International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church", I am so thankful that I am able to worship freely.


2. Birthday cake with a hint of almond flavoring to celebrate my fun and feisty twelve year cousin.

3. Dinner, although the chicken penne alfredo was delicious, it was the lively, joyous conversation with my family that I am most thankful for.

November 2 ~ Three gifts worn:

1. Yoga pants Mondays.........which has turned into yoga pants Tuesdays and Wednesdays and....alright, so yoga pants have become my new work attire since I can no longer wear shorts. I'm all about comfort. Today I am thankful for the gift of working at home and being able to wear what's comfortable!

2. The fundraising t-shirt I'm wearing was designed and sold by a new friend of mine. She sold the t-shirts to help raise the money needed to join in World Help's medical mission trip. When I wear this shirt I think of both her and Guatemala. I am thankful that we had the chance to meet on that trip!

3. My worn out study Bible, frayed around the edges from use.

Your turn. What are you thankful for?

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The clothes make a woman. Or maybe not.

I've started wearing my "work" shirts when I leave the house. Once upon a time I had "work t-shirts" that were different from my "leave-the-house/nice t-shirts". 

It kinda of happened gradually until one day, while searching for a nice t-shirt to wear out, I decided that the "work" shirt I had on was really one of my favorite t-shirts and therefore was worthy of leaving the house.

Sorry, world. Deal with it.

Then I realized that the world really cares very little about what I'm wearing so I said, "Sorry self, get over it."

Friday, October 24, 2014

Day 24 ~ DARE

While in Guatemala with World Help our team was introduced to the many needs in the areas in which we visited.

Building a church
Building a school
Building a home

At hearing each need my heart would ache as I desired to do something. My head swarmed with ideas on how I could help yet when I returned home those dreams ceased as I busied myself with my own life of work, managing a home, homeschooling and a too busy schedule. Soon my dreams and desires were replaced with thoughts of inadequacy. How can this work-at-home mom possibly do something of this magnitude? 

Yet shouldn't my faith allow me to dare to dream? I've been reminded that nothing is impossible for God and if it be His will, He will make my dreams a reality.
But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matt. 19:6
 So I'm daring to dream again and praying that God equips me to do more than merely dream. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Day 23 ~ Look

I'm so tired and ready for bed but instead of heading to bed this 31 day blog challenge brought me instead to my computer. Trying to get inspired I headed over to Facebook to play a couple game of Candy Crush. In between games I did a few word searches on biblegateway.com, a favorite place of mine for studying and for inspiration. Feeling defeated I headed here and scrolled through old posts (I should do this more often for there many blessings in my life that I've forgotten). One year ago today I wrote about "Eyes of Wonder". It may be an old post but it's worth revisiting. Life is so full of blessings, my friend, but sometimes you have to open your eyes and LOOK! 

Here's what I posted last year:
I appreciate snow but only the view from my window as I sit inside my warm home with my hand cupped around a mug of something warm. This morning however the snow surprised me. Wasn't it just a week or so ago when I was still sporting shorts and flip flops?

So although I do not look forward to winter, the excitement of the daycare kids over the fresh layer of white stuff caused me to join in the excitement, grab my camera and head outside. It's amazing how the wonder of a child can spark a little wonder in this "old girl". As I snapped a few shots of the snow I went to check on my girls...usually by this time in the morning they have flown the coop and are rooting around the yard. This morning they were still roosted. My heart swelled with appreciation for the girls that would be providing eggs for our evening quiche.

Back inside I went to search for my coffee......ah! Gratitude again overwhelmed me when I found my favorite cup (one my dear hubs spent weeks searching for - I have a few particular characteristics I like in my coffee cups) next to my chalk-board-planter-turned-pencil-holder (a sweet gift last spring from my sweet girl).

Blessings abound when one chooses to see with eyes of wonder. May my eyes always be open to the wonder, the miracles, the blessings found in each and every day.

I'm thankful that today, one year later, that we've yet to see snow. If the forecast for tomorrow is correct, I may even be sporting shorts and flip flops! 

What are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Day 22 ~ Expect

When I was pregnant with my first I read several the books (of course "What to Expect When Your Expecting" was included in my stack of books) and payed attention during my birthing classes, well I paid attention to most of the information. I skipped over the parts about complications or circumstances such as induced labor, c-sections, and anything else that would be different from my expectations. Those circumstance weren't going to happen to me.

I was sure that my bundle of joy would arrive beautifully with little complications and little pain. I did not expect to have my water break during my last scheduled day at work or that my husband, after dropping me off at work, would head to a friend's house in our only car. Not to mention that my boss had left me in charge of the restaurant while he went for a hair cut. This was before cell phones so I left a message on the home phone and sat patiently waiting for either my boss or my husband. Delivery was not full of flowers, sunshine and singing birds but seeing my beautiful daughter erased the memory of the double contractions that seemed to last an eternity.

As the years went by I realized that many expectations would be shattered by reality. Sleepless nights. Spit-up shoulders. Worry and fear about whether I was doing this parenting thing right.  I never expected parenting to be hard but I also never expected to love so deeply the children that I've been blessed with. Nothing turned out exactly how I expected but even though it hasn't been perfect, it's been beautiful.
August 5, 1990 The day I became a mother