Seek the Best

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The Stone beside me marked the resting place
of somebody’s BELOVED WIFE
who died in 1805 OF A FEVER.
Beneath her name was a line of script,
almost indistinguishable.
I looked close,
wondering which biblical phrase
her grieving children might have chosen.
But it was not a quotaton;
but a statement:
EVER SHE SOUGHT THE BEST, EVER FOUND IT.

Eight words,
I stood there with my fingers on the cool stone,
feeling the present fade
and the past stir behind the illusion we call time.
A century ago
this woman had been living through a hideous war.
Perhaps it took her husband from her,
perhaps her sons.
When it ended
her country was beaten, broken, improverished.
Yet someone who knew her had written
that she always looked for the best,
and always found it.

There was courage in those words,
and dignity, and purpose.
And a kind of triumph, too,
as if they contained a secret of inestimatable value.
What you look for in life,
they seem to be saying,
you will surely find.
But the direction in which you look is up to you.
Arthur Gordon

But seek ye first the kingdom of God,
and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 6:33

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Rejoice Evermore

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Deuteronomy 26:11
And thou shalt rejoice in every good thing
which the LORD thy God hath given unto thee,
and unto thine house, . . .

Gratitude consists in a watchful, minute attention
to the particulars of our state,
and to the multitude of God’s gifts,
taken one by one.
It fills us with a consciousness
that God loves and cares for us,
even to the least event
and smallest need of life.
It is a blessed thought,
that from our childhood
God has been laying His fatherly hands upon us,
and always in benediction;
that even the strokes of His hands are blessings,
and among the chiefest we have ever received.
When this feeling is awakened,
the heart beats with a pulse of thankfulness.
Every gift has its return of praise.
It awakens an unceasing daily converse with our Father,
–He speaking to us by the descent of blessings,
we to Him by the ascent of thanksgiving.

And all our whose life is thereby drawn
under the light of His countenance,
and is filled with a gladness, serenity, and peace
which only thankful hearts can know.
H. E. MANNING.

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February 19, Today’s thought – Simple Gratitude

feb19 002A note to myself.

Good Morning

As I read this devotion, I thought:
“It is not always simple or easy to be grateful,
but it is best to be grateful.”

Psalm 100:4-5
. . . be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the Lord is good;
his mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endureth to all generations.

Being grateful is no Pollyanna-like response
to anxious times.
For most of us,
the daily practice of gratitude begins at mealtimes.
for many households,
it is not necessarily the calmest,
most serene time of day.
Frazzled from working all day,
Mom has to come up with a healthy,
nutritious meal in less than thirty minutes.
Dad isn’t in such great shape himself;
after the stress of the office
he tries to maintain order among fussy, hungry kids.
When everyone finally sits down to supper,
Sis is sulky,
the baby;s bawling,,
and brother is trying to tell everybody
about his day at school,
two decibels above his baby sister.
“Let us now be thankful . . . .”
Right.

But that’s where real gratitude begins.
Not when life is peaceful and serene
but when everything’s falling apart
and the resulting anxiety is enough
to drive you right through your eyeballs.
For anxious people,
being grateful to God is a miracle.
Simple gratitude helps us experience God
at work in every moment of every day.

A Place Called Home – Harriet Crosby

Try to be grateful . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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December 4, Today’s thought – Generosity

dec 1 violets  bounty 001See the little propellers, these are opened seed pods.
We’ll have more violets next year, Yeah!

Good Mornng

Luke 6:38
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

There’s a principle in life that seems oxymoronic at first glance:
we get what we give.
But a second look show the wisdom of he principle.
Whe we bless others, we are blessed;
when we love , we are loved;
when we give–
even in the midst of our own needs–
we greatly receive.
It is possible to give beyond our resources
and find ourselves burned out and broke.
But over time,
if we’re willing to give,
we’ll receive a lot more in return.

Gratitude unlocks the doors of generosity.
Even if you’re in need,
gratitude helps you give to others sacrificially,
just like the poor widow Jesus praised

Mark 12:41-44
And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.

Do your own soul a favor
by sharing generously from the abundance of your life.
You’ll be grateful you did!

from–A Daybook of Grace, Mark Gilroy

Give. . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Ten on Tuesday – Blessings

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On Tuesday’s Carole hosts ‘Ten on Tuesdays’.
She chooses a topic – we list ten items.

10 Times You Felt Grateful Last Week.

My ten ‘thankfuls’ as our family calls them are not in any order of importance.

1. My home and my stash shed on Cozy Acres,
why I call it Cozy Acres.
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2. I strolled around our yard last week — I’m thankful for the Farmer’s hard work and the reward of flowers.

June 4 030 Coneflowers
June 4 041Hydrangeas
June 4 043Hydrangeas
June 4 030Coneflowers
My picture of red roses only wanted to load sideways,
boo wordpress.

3. the Farmer’s Garden
June 4 010Corn
June 4 008Squash with Sunflowers

June 4 012Cucumbers
June 4 013a Variety of Peppers
June 4 016Tomatoes

4.Grapes and Berries
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5. A Mother’s day gift that enabled me to get needed clothes (underwear) and yarn I desired for me.

6. The Bible

7. Questions that caused me to search and answers that drew me nearer to God.

8. Grandsons rushing in asking for caramel apple suckers.

9. My dear Friend

10. Sunflowers
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More things come to mind,  my family, my cats, cooler weather, homemade meatloaf, and an air-conditioned car.
I am so blest.

To enjoy others blessings, click here.

January Joy Dare – 19th-31st

Being thankful is a big deal to me.
I am joining many people who will be making a list of the things for which they are thankful. I’ve been listing but not posting.
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Gifts that might never have been: Except for the stirring of a recent revival, I would not have gone to a baptismal service and received the gift of (1)being reminded of a life made new, (2)heard testimonies of deliverance from sin and (3)talked with some I didn’t know
Gift seen close up or looked for: dirt in the corners, it’s time to sweep
Gift seen close up or looked for: stitch definition in knitting
Gift seen close up or looked for: when I see a mistake in my knitting I can usually fix it
Gift – sky: the ever changing-ness, always new, always beautiful in all its seasons, yet always there
Gift – water: clean cold water from my kitchen sink
Gift – memory: walking in the Atlantic ocean at Myrtle Beach
Gift – wrinkled: the beautiful face of a dear sister in Christ, a pillar of faith, smiling
Gift – smooth: the brand new face of a two week old new born, no lines of care or sorrow
Gift – unfolded: a receipt totaling our tithe offering to the Lord’s work
Gifts found in Christ: forgiveness, chastisement, help
Gift blue: the warm blue and white comforter, just the right weight
Gift blue: the many shades of blue, I’m not stuck with just one shade
Gift blue: looking forward to the blue hydrangeas of summer
Gift found: the love of knitting
Gift borrowed: Mary’s Ipod
Gift inherited: need to have words spelled correctly
Gift before dawn: I’m still sleeping
Gift at noon: visiting with my daughters
Gift after dark: motion lights that come on to light my path
Gift in the kitchen: cutco knives
Gift in the kitchen: abundance of hot water
Gift in the kitchen: favorite coffee cups
Gift found in friends: laughter, encouragement, understanding
Gift a song heard: He’s More Wonderful, sung by Trish and Cynthia
Gift a soft word: whispered, “Lord, help us.”
Gift light seen: through a testimony of insight of the story of the rich man and Lazarus
Gift of old things seen new: an iron in the hands of a beginning sewer
Gift of old things seen new: a smile on an ‘older’ person’s face finding love again
Gift of old things seen new: an id card lost and found again
Gift on paper: an invitation to a party
Gift in person: generosity –Brother Bob
Gift in a picture: of my dad, bringing memories thought forgotten

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January Joy Dare, 1st-17th

Being thankful is a big deal to me.
I am joining many people who will be making a list of the things for which they are thankful. I’ve been listing but not posting. Hopefully today and the 31st will catch up January.

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Gift heard: Christmas carols one more time
Gift heard: ‘I love you’ from the Farmer
Gift heard: bird song in the night
Gift outside: winter roses
Gift inside: a heater
Gift on a plate: ceasar turkey sandwich with cranberry sauce
Gift overheard: the engine of my car starting right up
Gift overheard: lesson on FOCUS
Gift overheard: lesson on whole hearted service
Gift old: songs of praise, I sang as a child
Gift new: start to walk daily
Gift blue: rug on the floor before the door
Gift I’m reading: God’s word chronologically
Gift I’m making”: hats for little friends
Gift I’m seeing: God’s will for me in a new light
Gift in your bag: my keys
Gift in your fridge: Ceasar salad dressing
Gift in your heart: desire for Christ’s compassion for people
Gift from people you love: the Farmer repairing the trailer for our trip
Gift from people you love: Grandson Kyle’s thanks for lunch, gum, used books, and young carrots, “It’s been fun!”
Gift from people you love: Uncle Bob “this is her hand” – but I still lost.
Gift held: my knitting needles
Gift passed by: our trailer being readied for our trip
Gift sat with: the Farmer and Uncle Bob playing ‘May I’
Gift sweet: maple bar with a good cup of coffee
Gift just right: homemade meat loaf
Yellow Gift of fresh mercy: sunshine, warming the cold, like God’s word warms my soul
Yellow Gift of fresh mercy:flower on a new to me coffee cup – reminding me that God promised seasons would follow one another according to His plan
Yellow Gift of fresh mercy: Golden corn eaten in a dinner with in-law family that I didn’t have to cook, although I did dry the dishes
Gift above: Mt Shasta, snow covered raising above the Redding area
Gift below: even pavement beneath my feet
Gift beside: the Farmer walking beside me during many years of marriage
Gift about me for which I am grateful: my ability to knit and sew
Gift about me for which I am grateful: my ability to organize and plan
Gift about me for which I am grateful: I am content
Startling gift from God: Psalms 22:24

For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted;
neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.

Startling gift from God: God answers before I call
Startling gift from God:Lamentations 3:22-23

It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed,
because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

Gift worn: my ‘muted jazz’ shawl
Gift given away: my time to visit with Velma
Gift shared: Velma’s laughter at a funny picture of herself
Gift bringing laughter: ducks playing on the river
Gift bringing prayer: a burden for a young prodigal girl
Gift bringing quietness: blessed quietness of being home again

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Because Gratitude is my Hobby Hourse

Gratitude  —  The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

During  November many friends have listed things for which they were thankful. The items varied from the most simple of an everyday blessing to the mind boggling power of our heavenly Father, yet the thankful heart acknowledged them all. That is the secret of gratitude: In everything give thanks.

The book, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach started me on my journey of intentional gratitude. These quotes encouraged me to pursue gratitude and showed some of the benefits of being thankful.

“At the heart of Simple Abundance is an authentic awakening, one that resonates within your woul: you already possess all you need to be genuinely happy.”

“These are the six threads of abundant living which , when woven together produce a tapestry of contentment that wraps us in inner peace, well=being, happiness and a sense of security. First there is gratitude. When we do a mental and spiritual inventory of all that we have, we realize that we are very rich indeed. Gratitude gives way to simplicity–the desire to clear out, pare down, and realize the essentials of what we need to live truly well. Simplicity brings with it order, both internally and externally. A sense of order in our life brings us harmony. Harmony provides us with the inner peace we need to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us each day and beauty opens us to joy.”

Gratitude

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. IT can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a hoe,a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.  Melody Beattie

“. . .this first tool could change your life beyond belief: it’s what I call a daily gratitude journal. i have a beautiful blank book and each night before I go to bed, I write down five things that I can be grateful about the day.Some days my list will be filled with amazing things, most days just simple joys.

Other days–rough ones–i might think that I don’t have five things to be grateful for, so I’ll write down my basics, my health, my husband and daughter, their health my animals, my home, my friends, and the comfortable bed that I’m about to get into as well as the fact that the day’s over. That’s okay. Real life isn’t always going to be perfect or go our way, but the recurring acknowledgment of what is working in our lives can help us not only survive but surmount our difficulties. ”

Simplicity

“Once we take stock of our lives and let gratitude begin its transformative work, the next step on the path unfolds naturally. When we appreciate how much we have, we feel the urge to pare down,get back to basics, and learn what is essential for our happiness. We long to realize what is really important.

Many people believe simplicity implies doing without. On the contrary. True simplicity as a conscious life choice illuminates our lives from within. True simplicity is both buoyant and bountiful, able to liberate depressed spirits from the bondage and burden of extravagance and excess.”

Order

“There is an immediate emotional and psychological payoff to getting our houses in order.

” No woman can think clearly when constantly surrounded by clutter, chaos, and confusion, no matter who is responsible for it. Begin to think of order not as a strait-jacket of “shoulds” (make the bed, wash the dishes, take out the garbage) but as a shape–the foundation–for the beautiful life you are creating. It may be as simple as putting something back that you take out, hanging up something you take off, or teaching those who live with you to do the same for the common good of all. ”

Harmony

The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes, ah, that is hwere the art resides.  Artur Schnabel

“Harmony is the inner cadence of contentment we feel when the melody of life is in tune. When somehow we’re able to strike the right chord–to balance the expectations of our families and our responsibilities in the world on the one hand with our inner needs for spiritual growth and personal expression on the other. This is one of the most difficult challenges any woman faces because it requires that we make choices every day.”

Beauty

While the Simple Abundance path is gentle, its lessons are powerful. First of all, we learn to be grateful no matter what our circumstances may. In offering gratitude for our real lives, we discover how to change them for the better. As we embrace simplicity, we learn that less is truly more. This freedom encourages us to bring order to our affairs and cultivate harmony in our inner world. Going at our own pace, learning to recognize our limitations, appreciating our progress, we weave the lessons into the fabric of our daily moments until they become apart of us.

It is in the details of life that beauty is reveled, sustained and nurtured.”

Joy

With as eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy , we see into the life of things.  William Wadsworth

The simple Abundant journey takes us to undiscovered territory. We learn each day how cultivating gratitude tills the soil of our soul and the how the seeds of simplicity and order send their roots down deep into the earth of our everyday existence. As we progress, harmony inspires us with quiet courage to create an authentic life for ourselves and those we love. With patience beauty blossoms and our hearts experience not only happiness, which often is fleeting, but a wellspring of joy that refreshes and renews.

Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path  of joy.”

Accepting Real Life

(This thought was huge in the way I began to consider my life.)

“Accepting and blessing our circumstances is a powerful tool for transformation. In fact, this potent combination is a spiritual elixir that can work miracles in our lives.

What is acceptance? Acceptance is surrendering to what is; our circumstances, our feelings, our problems, our financial status, our work, our health, our relationships with other people, the delay of our dreams. Before we can change anything in our life we have recognize that this is the way it’s meant to be right now. For me, acceptance has become what I call the long sigh of the soul. It’s the closed eyes in prayer, perhaps even the quiet tears. It’s “all right” as in “All right, You lead, I’ll follow.” and it’s “all right” as in “Everything is going to turn out all right.” This is simply part of the journey.

Over the years I have discovered that much of my struggle to be content despite out side circumstances has arisen when I stubbornly resisted what was actually happening in my life at the present moment. But I have learned that when I surrender to the reality of a particular situation–when i don’t continue to resist, but accept– a softening in my soul occurs. Suddenly I am able to open up to receive all the goodness and abundance available to be because acceptance brings with it so much relief and release.”  (It’s called GRACE.  me)

“Whatever situation exists in your life right now, accept it. Cast a glance around and acknowledge what is going on. This is my tiny kitchen with the dirty floor, this is how much I weigh, this is my checking account balance, this is where I am  right now. This is that is really happening in my life at the present moment. this is okay. This is real life.”

Our task is to say a holy yes to the real things of our life as they exist.  Natalie Goldberg

“After accepting our present circumstances, no matter what they are, we must learn to bless them.

Through your gritted teeth if necessary.

. . . blessing whatever vexes us is the spiritual surrender that can change even troublesome situations for the better. Blessing the circumstances in our lives also teaches us to trust. ”

(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:32-33  (my addition)

Embracing Joyful Simplicities

Year by year the complexities of this spinning world grow more bewildering and so each year we need all the more to seek peace and comfort in the joyful simplicities. —Woman’s Home Companion, December 1935 

 

” To keep our daily round from being all drudgery, we’ve got to savor the art of the small: discovering diminutive delights that bring us peace and pleasure.”

 

This is a daybook, meaning there is a reading for each day. I haven’t read through the whole book. I go to parts of it now and then; my book is very underlined and written in, thoughts and scriptures, question marks and exclamation points. As with everything, I take what I can use and let the rest be. There are other exercises in the book that I had fun with these caused me to think about who I am and what I like, what I wanted in life. I have enjoyed the journey thus far. If you get the book, I’d suggest reading the section at the end of each month; these lists give ideas of how to incorporate the book’s ideas into the month.

I think I’ll start reading it again this year, so expect snippets in ‘what’s on my mind.’

This book is still on the book store shelves. I haven’t looked for it in used book stores, but it is probably there too.

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One Thousand Gifts and a Scripture –7

Today I’m adding to my list of One Thousand Gifts:

61.  Young ones learning and helping plant corn.

62. Zinnias, such happy flowers

63. and Sunflowers, one of my favorites

64. wind dried sheets

65. Bobo and his Lady, watching them make me smile

66. black tree silhouettes

67. Evidence of many hours, the Farmer works in the garden and around Cozy Acres

68. Nothing like fresh tomatoes, all I want

69. Memories

70. A peaceful place to visit, won’t you come?

The Scripture I read this morning:

  Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.
Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters,
and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress;
so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God,
until that he have mercy upon us. Psalms  123:1-2

Five Minute Friday — July 8, 2011

July 8, 2011

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Writing for 5 minutes brings many surprises and and equal number of OOOH’s.

Today’s prompt is GRATEFUL; this is one of my soap boxes.

go……

My first real pondering on being grateful began several years ago when I read ‘Simple Abundance’ by Sarah Ban Breathnach. Her steps toward an abundant life begins with gratitude; then adding order and simplicity to our lives brings harmony whose natural result is beauty and joy.

I realized gratitude started with my acceptance of the gift: sometimes with the deep sigh of “Okay, Lord” and sometimes with gladness.

Gratitude needed me to  surrender my preconceived plans and ideas to be lasting, and for gratitude to be completely real, I needed to submit to God the acceptance and surrendering to the only ONE who really had all things under control.

Acceptance + surrender+commitment = Gratitude

Did you know gratitude and discontentment can’t live in the same heart?

stop……

Quote from book:

Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend … when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present-love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature, and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure –the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience heaven on earth.   Sarah Ban Breathnach

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Meeting with God in the Morning

On some Fridays I join a writing exercise Five Minute Friday,
on July 1 the topic was Welcome, you can read what I wrote here,
my thought was how I should view my time with the Lord each morning.

This morning the thought of God waiting for me with a package played over my mind. I pictured two chairs in a quiet spot , shady, with morning breezes, flowers and bird song, the clucking of chickens in the background and a wind chime or two.

There my Father sits with a package on his lap, waiting for me. I come with His Word in one hand and my coffee in the other. while we visit he begins to take out of the package what he has brought for me today:
Grace in a measuring cup –sufficient for the needs My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9

Love  tied in a blood red bow for as God has forgiven me, this day I need that love to be able to forgive others 1Peter 4:8  And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

Comfort   a double measure some for myself and some to share 2Corinthians  1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

Compassion  like a fragrant rose for He knows just how weak I am Psalms 103:14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

Rest from troubling thoughts John 14:1  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

Security like a quietness when all around is change Hebrews 13:8  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Caring that feels just like a hug as He tells me don’t be afraid,”I’ll hold your right hand, today” Isaiah 41:10  Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God:
I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

I have a very little gift, no, not even a gift,
but it is all I have; a small box
with ashes and mourning,
and a spirit of heaviness.
He takes my offering
as if it were special and in His hands
it becomes beauty and oil of joy and a garment of praise.

Isa 61:3  To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

So now I am ready to walk this day with God holding my hand and his gifts in my basket. Wouldn’t you like to bring your chair and meet with us to see what God has for you?

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Five Minute Friday, June 24, 2011, Wonder

The end of the week – a good time for few words.

Want to take five minutes with me and see which ones bubble to the surface?

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Wonder  —  to think or speculate curiously:  to be filled with admiration, amazement, or awe;
Go……
i wonder at creation
Look at all the different leaves, flowers, would just 2 or 3 kinds do the same thing apparently not
Look at all the animals, why the emu, the mole, the rat
Look at all the fish some bright, some sightless
Look at all the colors, it could have all been black and white
Look at the people, oh the differences to behold
Look at the seasons, steadfast and dependable
Look at God’s love, how wonderful, all creation tells me, I did this just for your enjoyment
“This is the day, I have made enjoy and rejoice and be glad in the present of my Love, your Father.”
stop.

Is it any wonder that I Love Him…..?

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Simple Woman’s Daybook, June 21,2011

    TODAY is  June 21, 2011
Outside my window…Hot sunshiny clear blue skies and cuttings from grapevines that are growing bright green leaves

I am thinking…To thank God in all is to bend the knee in allegiance to God Who alone knows all. Ann Voskamp

I am thankful for…air conditioning and fans

From my learning rooms…recent message to me: Pray Hard. Life is Short. Pray for solutions.

From the kitchen…My mom’s Burger Beans, simplified but just as yummy; and first fresh zucchini and yellow crooked neck squash from the garden.

I am wearing…jean skirt/ red t-shirt

I am creating…a knitted afghan based on variation of log cabin pattern, next to last section almost finished, then final border section.

I am going…to have to be very careful with finances the rest of this month.

I am reading… The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

I am hoping…(first thing in my mind) cooler weather tomorrow!

I am hearing…the air conditioner roar, yes

Around the house…not much, retirement has its benefits.

One of my favorite things…coffee ice cream with chocolate syrup

A few plans for the rest of the week:…Wed.-watching grandsons (3), Friday – dinner out with in-town and out of town family, Sat, Memorial service for nephew (49)victim of motorcycle/deer accident,

Here is picture I am sharing…

The Squash. melon, cucumber part of the Farmer’s garden.

Scripture…Ecclesiastes 3:1  To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

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One Thousand Gifts and a Scripture – 5

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36. Visiting Friends at Donner Lake

37.  Oldest grandson that always gives me a hug when we meet.

38.  Watching squirrels

39.  Little girl learning to say words.

40.  The counter is free from clutter. (It isn’t clear now but I love it when it is.)

41.  Gift of Geraniums from a friend

42.  Bouquets of leftover flowers

43.  Watching Iris open

44.  My favorite yellow rose, Golden Celebration

45.  Being content on Cozy Acres

46.  Sharing a craft with daughter-in-law, love you

47.  Suffering with a grandchild during ‘time-out’

48.  Love his FEET, Seemore Toes
1Timothy 6:17  Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;    and I’m thankful.

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One Thousand Gifts and A Scripture – 4

                                 

One thousand Gifts   April 18, 2011

24/25. this washer and dryer, large tubs and a light in the back of the dryer. . . (for finding things in the dark?).


26.  my shed, also known as fabric shop, yarn barn, pantry, puzzle and game place. office supply, and goodwill collection box.


27. flowers from Lincoln Avenue to be planted at Cozy Acres.

28. I love chocolate cake with ( as Corbin says) bo’nilla icing and ‘sprinklers’


29/30. chickens and fresh eggs are a special.

31. volunteer viola in March, same viola last week

33. a favorite motto

34. my re-arranged corner ready to sew

35. the beginning of garden, 2011

Isaiah 61:11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

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