Nov 21, 2008

Attitude of Gratitude

Every year it seems, the Christmas season encroaches a little bit more on Thanksgiving. It would be wonderful if the reasons were strictly spiritual, but we all recognize the momentum to be primarily commercial. Advertisers are so focused on Black Friday that Thanksgiving has become more of a lavish meal to fuel the energy of Friday's early risers.

Well, not so in my home. Surrounded by a world that seems to be misplacing values and, in some cases, bent on destroying the foundations of our Faith, Thanksgiving becomes more meaningful with each passing year.

I find myself taking less for granted and appreciating the grace and goodness that has been bestowed upon me by our Heavenly Father. I'm making time to absorb and observe my surroundings and those I love. I find myself embracing now and rushing less, knowing that a spent day will never exist for me again.

I confess that I intentionally oversleep on Friday and steer clear of malls. If I shop at all, I go to small boutiques and quaint independent stores with small town charm.

As it happens, I will be packing and moving over Thanksgiving weekend into a home that I fervently prayed for over a year and a half ago. I recall going into that prospective neighborhood one morning around 3:00 just to drive and pray. Although that door closed and we moved instead to our present address, that prayer was answered 4 weeks ago when the owner called and invited us to move in. But God... Another example of how delay is not always denial.

Nov 19, 2008

Today's Bouquets

McCall's Magazine - December 1916

"Some people say that motivation does not always last. Well, neither does bathing — that's why we recommend it daily." -Zig Ziglar

Much ado about To-Do!
  • Tuesday evening, I was privileged to play the part of the wild and kooky auctioneer for Lakewood Aglow's Prison Ministry Auction. I began doing this years ago and somehow (this is a shocker), my theatrical side slipped in. The audience donates gifts that they essentially buy back as I use zany personalities to keep them laughing and writing checks. We were pretty medicated with laughter and raised almost $1000.00! Hallelujah!
  • I am packing for a move, building a business, creating a business blog, and taking over the leadership of a ministry at church. Please bear with me during this balancing act. Gladly, we will be in our new abode at the end of this month: just in time for Christmas decorating!

Nov 16, 2008

Designer Original

Thanks to Beverly of Tea Time and Roses for inspiring me to post this!



Fashioning you, molding you,
designing you, refining you, and perfecting you.
Since the moment before the foundation of the earth,
when He first thought of you!
He gave you your own personality,
your own abilities,
your own set of spiritual gifts,
and your own identity in Christ Jesus
so that you and you alone might
praise the way you praise,
give what you give,
minister like you minister,
and love like you love!

from the "Thou Art Loosed" devotional

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