Monday, November 29, 2010

One Thousand Gifts

18. A great time with my family on Thanksgiving.....there is no blessing like a loving family.

19. Christmas lights.

20. A new magazine in the mail.

21. Naps.

22. Countdown to NG8. I love the anticipation of getting together with my sisters every April.

23. Old movies............1940s and 1950s.

24. Dennis' green thumb......all the beauty in our yard is his doing.

25. Carol King's Tapestry all time favorite.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

One Thousand Gifts

14. My wonderful friends from church. What a delight to go to a church full of sweet, funny, tender, loving women.

15. Anticipation! I love the "looking forward to" part of any adventure or trip or event. Right now I am anticipating Thanksgiving week with my family at Fin and Feather. They are the dearest in the world to me. What a blessing.

16. Newborn explanation required.

17. Online Christmas shopping-shopping in my pjs!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

You'll Drool

Go to my friend Erin's site and enter her contest. Be prepared to crave cake!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Therefore we do not lose heart

"The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."

This verse from Psalm 34 has always been a favorite of mine. It's one of those verses that I figured was a comfort to people who needed it. Not me, of course. I am never brokenhearted or crushed in spirit! I am self-confident and optimistic and upbeat.

Wrong. That's what I thought. But, lately, I have become quite chummy with the "crushed in spirit" part. I just didn't know that was what it was. I have been feeling overwhelmed and discouraged at my job. I feel buried under a load that just keeps growing, with no end in sight. As my old boss liked to say "I'm covered up!"

Then, at Moms in Touch this week we read this verse. I was the one who typed it out and put it on our paper. But, it wasn't until we read it out loud in prayer that it hit me. That's me! I'm crushed in spirit! And the Lord is close to me; it says it right there in black and white!

Why is it that we so often think the scriptures are for someone else? They are mine to claim, too. I may have realized that just in time this week.

Reflecting on that reminded me of a another favorite passage in 2 Corinthians 4 that I hadn't visited in awhile:

"We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."

All the promises in the Book are mine!