Falling into the “poor-me’s” of the difficulties of our lives and into dwelling on the negatives of what is happening in the world around us is a natural reaction for a majority of people. It may even be said that it’s our default. But we have the daily ability to choose to reset our minds… Read More Day 248 – Thankful to have so many blessings to count
A few nights ago I went outside with my husband and watched the Leonid meteor showers. We enjoyed watching together for a while and saw a few meteors. Then my husband went inside and I reclined on the swing, all wrapped up in my king-size Microplush blanket that I got on end-of-season clearance a few… Read More Day 244- Thankful for meteor showers and the joys of finding God
Where I live, fields of corn, wheat, and soybeans are commonplace. Of course, all winter long the fields have consisted of dead stubble. It always seems kind of discouraging to me to look at those huge fields of deadness, week after week, month after month. But this morning as I drove by some of those… Read More Day 141- Thankful that God can bring new life into dead situations
Sow with a view to righteousness [that righteousness, like seed, may germinate]; Reap in accordance with mercy and loving-kindness. Break up your uncultivated ground, For it is time to seek and search diligently for the Lord [and to long for His blessing] Until He comes to rain righteousness and His gift of salvation on you.… Read More Day 134 – Thankful for sowing and reaping in relationships
At this time of year, many of us become acutely aware of the lack of peace, especially in the family front. Sometimes it’s because of a broken family or a blended family or rejection by a parent. Sometimes it may be that mean family member that just can’t let a year go by without making… Read More Day 75 – Thankful for forgiveness and the strength to forgive
Three days ago my husband made a bonfire, since the weather was warm enough, and we have some wood that really needs to be burned. We spent a little time together just sitting by the fire, enjoying the time together. After awhile, he decided that it was time to let the fire just burn down,… Read More Days 74 – Thankful for humor
Do you ever wake up in the morning with every hair perfectly in place? No? Neither do I! 😁 Or maybe you are one of those who are blessed to wake up with gorgeous hair. This morning I woke up and was a bit startled when I looked in the mirror! One side of my… Read More Day 44 – Thankful for curling irons, hairbrushes, and hair spray
Since I started blogging, I have read several times about living in the moment. It makes sense to surrender past hurts, regrets, and offenses to God because there is no way to go back for a do over. And it also makes sense not to worry about tomorrow but to leave it in God’s hands… Read More Day 41 – Thankful for Today
I love beauty, don’t you? I’m so glad God gave us beauty! When I try to imagine a world with no beauty, I actually have certain images that flit across my mind’s eye. The first is the outdoors in the dead of winter, mid-January, Christmas decorations all taken down, and no snow on the ground.… Read More Day 29 – Thankful for beauty
When I was a kid, I loved to eat bread. Biscuits with butter and jam were among my favorites to eat! And, I remember when I was probably a teenager, that we would eat cinnamon toast with fruit cocktail for supper every single Sunday evening. I loved it! We had it down to assembly line… Read More Day 22 – Thankful for Bread
As our family was driving through the beautiful mountains of Tennessee a couple of years ago, we happened upon this sign. It struck me as funny that somebody would embrace their grumpiness so much that they would make a sign introducing themselves as such, so I quickly took a picture of it! In the region… Read More Grumpy or Grace?
Today my daughter and I are on the train, traveling across a lot of flat farm country on our way to visit my sister and her family and my mom and dad, who live with them now. We’ve had some delays, and right now are stopped by a field of corn. We’re going again! Yay!… Read More Train trip meditations
This year at the last rally at International Student Convention (as I explained here,) we had an amazing speaker named David Ring. In his words, his journey has been that of cerebral palsy, but his story is: “I am blessed!” The way God has worked in and through his life is amazing! Normally people with CP… Read More David Ring, serving God with Cerebral Palsy
What is your focus when you look at this photo? The murky-looking waters? The gray clouds? The darkness of the tree line? The fence? Or are your eyes drawn first and foremost to the light and the colors, which are produced because of the reflection of the light off the clouds? In life, also, we… Read More It’s a Choice to Rejoice!