TGIF – Gratitude Friday

Top three things I’m especially grateful for this week:

1.)  The act of service I’ve chosen to do for the Lenten season that enhances my prayer life and closeness to God.

2.)  The unexpected text message from my married son filling me in on my granddaughter and letting me know I was in his thoughts. What a blessing!

3.)  Laughter and joy shared with my husband.  Who knew marriage could be such an amazing partnership? 🙂

What blanketed your heart with warm gratitude this week?

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May you be aware of the endless blessings that surround you this next week.

All is Grace.

Rhonda

TGIF – Gratitude Friday

Top three things I’m especially grateful for this week:

1.) The warm glow of lamplight and the soft flicker of candlelight on a cold evening.

2.) The soothing absence of sound and bright light after a period of sensory overload.

3.) My two grown sons on a trip together in Las Vegas, spending good quality time with one another. Makes my heart proud.

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Please share what you’re grateful for this past week. 🙂

Peace

TGIF – Gratitude Friday

Top three things I’m especially grateful for this past week:

1.)    God speaking to me through a devotional of the danger of falling into the pit of self-pity at the exact moment I needed to hear those exact words.

2.)    Taking my precious granddaughter, Zoey, to church, and sharing such an amazing time with such an amazing little person.

3.)    Touching base with my husband and each of my children, knowing they are safe, healthy, and happy, letting each know I love them more than anything, after an emotionally difficult day of losing two people in my life – an aunt and a co-worker.

God is so good!

I would love to read what you’re grateful for this week.

Peace.

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TGIF – Gratitude Friday

So I’ve decided to add a new weekly gratitude post on Fridays, naming the top three things I’m incredibly grateful for from the week. There are so many things to be grateful for, but the top three are what I plan to mention.  I would love for anyone who reads this to add your top three as well. Let’s get the gratitude meter skyrocketing. 🙂

I’m grateful for:

1. The all around freedom we have in our country and for the men and women who have, and continue to, fight for us that we are able to keep that freedom.

2. My 21-year-old son meeting me at home for lunch, sitting at the kitchen table with me while we eat, talking to me so openly and so filled with joy and enthusiasm, revealing what’s in that beautiful 21-year-old mind.

3. The joy and freedom I feel while running outside in the sunshine on a beautiful, warm day. My mind is the most creative then and I can come up with so many ideas for stories, or simply pray.

Wishing you a Beautiful Weekend.

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He Sees – And Still He Loves

Matthew 28-20

Matthew 28:20 (NIV)
(b) “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Sometimes when I read the Bible a verse that I’ve read a dozen or more times will jump out at me with a whole new meaning. This is one of those verses. So many times I have read this and found comfort without giving it a whole lot of thought.

Today I thought about it.

And not only did it bring the usual comfort, but discomfort as well. Or maybe it was conviction. Do I live my life as though He is with me always? Would I be okay with Him seeing how I live each day? I have to admit most days that would be a big resounding “No!” Rather, I would be ashamed if He saw me:

Exhibit that eye roll at someone’s suggestion.

Firing off that angry email in response to another’s.

Cheating the system, just this once.

Offering harsh criticism and judgment instead of acceptance.

Exhibiting contempt rather than love.

Feeling entitled rather than grateful.

That all-to-quick sharp human retort.

Turning a blind eye to someone in need because I don’t have the time to be inconvenienced.

Hoping not to get caught because no one is around to see? Busted!

Psalm 73:23 (NKJV)
“Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand.”

And though I may think at times, “Well, I’m not so bad, because at least I haven’t been as bad as so-and-so.” I don’t believe God measures in degrees. Rather, I believe He sees it simply for what it is–the condition of the heart.

He is with me always, to the very end of age.

Reading and meditating on this verse today has led me to a desire to want to live my life more intentionally. To be more aware of my words and actions, and to be proactive rather than reactive. To extend love in all circumstances, and to live my life in a way that shows gratitude and honor at being the daughter of a King. To love as He loves, forgive as He forgives, extend grace, as He extends grace.

To bring Him joy as He is always with me. To the very end of age.

Thankful Thursday – My Passions

I feel so blessed that my passions in life can also honor God.

While I’m well aware that I’m not even close to perfect and I clearly make mistakes, my passion to be the best wife, mother, and grandmother I can possibly be inspires me to get my hope, strength, and guidance from God.  It gives me the opportunity to lead my family to Him, and encourages me to act as His child so as not to lead them astray.

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My passion for writing gives me an opportunity to do what I love while honoring Him.  And if making a difference in the life of even one person is the result of my writing, besides the joy it fills me with, it is time well spent.

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I wear a necklace every day that has a small cross and a small starfish.  I have two of these, actually, one is silver, the other gold.  The cross as a reminder that I belong to God and of the journey I walk with Him.  The starfish to remind me that making a difference to just one, as in the story of the man and the starfish on the beach, (you can read the story here http://www.ordinarypeoplechangetheworld.com/articles/the-starfish-story.aspx ), is what I am called to do.

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My passion for photography gives me the opportunity to honor God by enjoying His unending gift of nature’s beauty, as well as preserving memories of family moments, and sharing that gift with those I reach with my snapshots.

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What an incredible blessing to have passions that fill me with such amazing joy and allow me to honor my Father through that joy.  I am so thankful.

All is Grace.