When you’re with family

Sometimes you just know when you are with family.

When you sit quietly, and want to listen. When all of you share your wants and desires. And their goals are the same as yours.

When they pray with you and allow their hearts to pour out for all to see, and their hearts are pure. And neither age nor employment affect the direction of your lives.

Tonight I give thanks in praise and relief for newfound family.


Peering into passing cars

Photo by Patricia

Photo by Patricia

Do you live somewhere other than where you were raised?

Another city, another state, or country?

I live in a state different from where I spent my childhood.

I have fond nostalgic memories of my childhood, and many regional specific  sights, sounds, and scents made indelible memories for me.

So when I see a car with the license plate from that state, I look twice to see if I can recognize the driver or the inhabitants.  Of course I expect to see ONE person from ONE town out of thousands! And of course, chances are SLIM that I would even recognize anyone I knew from my childhood. After all, I’m… well, over 45.

But what I am hoping to get out of this? It’s not like the person would stop the car if I asked them to (IF I recognized them – and they recognized me). And it seems pretty dangerous for two cars on a highway to try to communicate while driving 65 mph.

I think what I’m looking for is a re-visit to my past. To connect with someone who can bring those memories back to life for me. Which can’t really happen, of course. For numerous reasons. And not only was I a loner, but the few people I was extra close to as a child are still in contact with me (albeit sporadically).

But still, I look. I strain my neck trying for a chance recognition.

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When in truth, I need to live more in the moment.

Paying attention to the minute details that make up my life TODAY.

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This is God’s gift. Life. And he wants me to enjoy it fully, working on perfecting my mission of serving Him as I do so.

I find it harder and harder to do as I get older. As my children get older. But still, I am so blessed to be able to enjoy this wonderful gift of TODAY.

                     Forget about what’s happened;
                                 don’t keep going over old history.
                Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.
                               It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?

           Isaiah 43: 18-19 (from The Message)

Just Be

Philippians 4:6 ESV / Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Each day I try to find a moment of time in which I can escape my daily chaos and just BE.

One of my favorite ways to do this is to make some tea or coffee and mentally step away from the busyness. One of my pleasures is to experience that moment from the minute of the act of creating my homemade cappuccino to the moment I’m finished drinking it. Instructions on making this can be found on my craft blog – HERE.

Sharing with Deidre here, in her peaceful Sunday sharing community:

Sunday gifts from God

“He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains. They give water to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. The birds of the air nest by the waters; they sing among the branches. He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the earth is satisfied by the fruit of his work. He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate-bringing forth food from the earth.” (Psalm 104:10-14)

Praise God!

Perfect Nights

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Craisin Cookies

Socks of red and green and purple, six pairs of feet find a spot in my sheets
Lots of pillows, blankets and dogs, and we have all piled into my bed. 
Lights go off and the movie starts. I have no idea what the movie is.
Who cares?  I don’t, as I give Peanut an extra hug as she snuggles close to me and her 14 year old self falls asleep on my arm.
And dinner tonight, noisy and silly. Lots of hands cooking & cleaning, lots of mouths talking.  
Homemade cookie for dessert. 
Even the dishes argument sounds like a song (for just a minute). 

Because we are all together for the moment, and for that I am thankful.

Giving Thanks

I keep a little notebook in which I write bullet of things for which I am thankful to God. I don’t write in it every day.  Sometimes I forget I even have it. But sometimes I NEED to see it, to remember all that God has given me, and I need to write in it.  I also do creative journaling, which can be using as a prayer book or a thankfulness notebook.  However, I never even suspected the value of sharing those things for which I am thankful, until I was reading a post on the link party – 30 Days of Thanksgiving:

This link party is full of wonderful posts, but there was one post that listed items the blogger is thankful for, with dates. The post can be found HERE (and below, if you click on her button – isn’t it gorgeous?).

And seeing her page like that, simply like I write my own in my notebook, without poetry or explanation, made me feel so good!  I always love to read the writings of the very empassioned and eloquent bloggers I have been discovering, but seeing these simple entries made me feel that we shared something – like I had a peak into her own thankfulness notebook!

So I am going to start a little list of the things I am putting into my thanksgiving notebook over the next week.  I’m going to start tonight (happily, you can see I started this night with a thankful attitude because of this post HERE). I do want to preface this by saying that sometimes I write a thankfulness bullet in order to appreciate someone who I might be angry with or disappointed in. But of course, that isn’t the only way a name makes it onto my list!

Thursday, 11/10: Today I am thankful for:

  1. Christian bloggers
  2. food in the fridge
  3. oil in our tank
  4. my decent and caring office manager, Aaron, for his gentle demeanor

Friday, 11/11:

  1. Bill, who is a loving hardworking husband who likes to spend time with me
  2. my 2 dogs who are so happy to see me
  3. Mel & Jeff who are great neighbors
  4. Sonia for reaching out to set a date to get together for coffee.

Saturday, 11/12:

  1. thankful for Peanut, such an adaptable and interesting person
  2. for store clerks who are sweet and share a word and a smile
  3. for the farmer’s market

Sunday, 11/13:

  1. for John, for the way he interact with the kids during youth group
  2. George, for his wit and love
  3. for my warm house

Monday, 11/14:

  1. my job that is varied enough to keep me interested
  2. food in the fridge
  3. my children for being thrifty and packing their lunches

Tuesday, 11/15:

  1. fresh vegetables, tossed in the pan, permeating the house with their smell

Wednesday, 11/16:

  1. Sarah, who is such a helper
  2. the peace that I get from reading my bible, despite the questions it raises
  3. my sewing machine

Thursday, 11/17:

  1. the community of Christian bloggers who are opening my eyes to so many things
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I’ll be sharing this post, of course, at 30 Days of Thanksgiving on:

Psalm 107:1 NIV – Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.