The List Goes On……..

The morning sunlight streams golden across the deck planking.

Dark morning clouds move slowly, leftover from the night sky.102_2365

Geese honk a noisy hello as they gather at the pond.

I take in the panorama of the new day.

Three months ago I was welcoming in the new year. Winter, cold and barren.

Three months from now I will be sweltering in the heat of a mid summer day.

The days, they blur together. Time blurs.

Moments like vibrant digital displays, whirl past me. Memories, painted colorful and real.

These days, they leave me longing for more.

More time. More moments.

More joy.


Today I am thankful for:

* sun splashes on the deck

* well worn path to the barn

* chirping chicks

* soft dog fur

* sweet tea in a purple glass

* school work completed, early!

* looking forward to the trip to Costa Rica

* a good hair day:)

* a shoulder massage from my daughter

* taking time to watch Psych with the kids

* safe travels

* pictures of sunflowers

* smiles

*anticipation of new life

* my Redeemer lives!


As the morning sun poured through the living room window, I noticed that I need to dust. Again.

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Why is it that it is so much easier to see the dust and dirt of this life?

I make a concerted effort to look past the dust, to enjoy the warm sun pooling on that same table.

The way the light shifts and changes… I feel myself smiling as I gaze around the room.

Another patch of light cascades through the cut glass in the front door, causing a rainbow of color to splash on the entry way wall.

Thankfulness beams its way into the house, this winter morning.


Today I am thankful for:

* sunshine

* reminders

* another week ahead

* a cozy bed

* an extra few minutes of rest

* things to do

* warm smell of coffee

* fingers that can type without pain

* wet dog noses

* packed school lunches

* a trip to the post office

* listening to the radio

All simple things, really. Most of the time, it is the simple things in life that are the most comforting.

And I am thankful.

One Thousand Gifts

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A couple of days ago I blogged about Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts. I mentioned that I was taking “the dare”. I’m daring to live fully right where I’m at. Right here. Right now. Just as I am.

Sometimes a word, a thought, a book resonates with me in a deep and profound way.  It touches me in a way that I could not have imagined beforehand, causing me to have an “a ha” moment(s). A different way of thinking. A different way of living.

That is just how God works in my life. More often than not, when I’m least expecting it, He shares with me. In the midst of my day, He meets me. Just where I’m at. He sees me as I move throughout my day and bids me to come and sit at His feet for awhile. Just to be with Him.

Jesus…His calming voice, in the storms of my day.

Jesus…His touch that heals my heart.

Jesus…His love that renews my spirit.

His gifts to me are numerous. Writing each gift down and listing them all, one by one, causes me to focus. I am more keenly aware of His presence in my life as I list the ways He shows me that He loves me. Nothing I list is too small nor  too big. God is so good to me.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1:17 NIV)

Each moment becomes a time of worship, to thank Him.