Crisp Autumn Days

I’ve not been online much, this past week. I did not leave, just had a lot going on. I took a break to visit with family and to catch up on some things. Just this weekend I was telling my husband that, lately, time seems to be getting away from me. I never used to be like that but, now I find myself forgetting to do something on my list,  trying to do too much at once, or even procrastinating altogether. Life doesn’t ever really slow down for any of us, does it?

This is the first time in over a week that I have a few moments to sit and actually blog. I miss it when I can’t write. Even though I haven’t blogged this past week, I did take many beautiful autumn pictures with the intent of posting some of them for you to see. I could stay outside all day at this time of year. The crisp air and the vibrant colors take my breath away. It’s as if God has one big show, a last burst of color before the muted shades of winter appear.

Today I am thankful for crisp Autumn days:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrapped Up In Christmas

A bright and sunny December morning.

December 12, 2011….

I’m finding all things to be thankful for,

because I will not pass this way again…

So thankful for:

*the crystal frost that covers the ground and sparkles like diamonds in the early morning sun

*a blazing pink and purple sunrise

*a lit Christmas tree covered with memories

*music that makes my heart soar

*worshiping in the here and now

*cleaning the house

*looking forward to having company over

*the village post office, it is exciting this time of year

*being known

*sharing my life

*chocolate covered almonds

*family and friends that brighten my days

*finding the nativity in an old antiques store

*beautiful, vintage glass decorations that make my heart happy

*Christmas cards from friends

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

  “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
   and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”  Luke 2:13-14  NIV

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Gratitude Is A Discipline

Tree

Image by Adnan Yahya via Flickr

Why is it so much easier to find fault than it is to be thankful?

I look around and see the living room is a mess.

The kitchen counter is sticky.

I need to sweep the floor.

There is a mountain of laundry.

I have a mental to do list a mile long.

It is never ending.

I grumble, maybe not out loud…but, in my heart.

Which is worse?

There is a reason that showing gratitude is a discipline. It is not first nature. It is more difficult. It takes work.

It is easier to complain than to praise.

I’m quicker to mumble than to see the miracle.

How blind I’ve allowed myself to become on a daily basis.

I need to open my eyes.

Open my heart.

To all I have…

because of all He is.

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 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
   and his courts with praise;
   give thanks to him and praise his name.
 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
   his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100: 4-5  NIV

*dark blues and smoky grays of  November mornings

*naked tree branches reaching into the gray, autumn sky

*the smell of French Vanilla Dunkin Donuts coffee

*a calm morning

*my husband, who almost always wakes up in a good mood

*this man who loves me through it all

*my son who races around in the morning at 100 mph

*my other son who keeps me calm and centered

*my daughter who teases me before she trudges out to the barn

*12 acres in the country

*combines with big headlights that look like UFO’s in the night

*the sound of the dogs barking

*friends who I still keep in touch with over the miles

*family

*home made hot cocoa

*God made a way for me

*Jesus loves me…enough.