Monday, February 28, 2011
The Guilt: I posted briefly this morning to get it out of the way, not with any real thanksgiving.
Hope: I read Ann's Blog this morning. (Button at the side) I saw all the women who had taken the time to really bare their souls and give thanks, to practice eucharisteo. I thought maybe I can muster up the energy for this today.
I have been battling discouragement over my health. None of my issues are life-threatening, but chronic joy-stealers.
I was sitting quietly a few days ago, praying, feeling desperation.
I am in a maze made of hedges all around. Just when I think I find my way out, it becomes another dead end.
Frustrated, exhausted, back at square one, I sink to the ground.
"I can't find my way out, Lord. You will have to come to me. Come and find me Lord"
He comes and stands here, inside my little circle, saying nothing.
Are you still standing here, Lord? Today?
Eucharisteo. Real giving of thanks in the pain of delay, of unanswered prayers.
My word for this year: Disencumber.
Can my ordinary, everyday life with all it's worn spots, bumpy places and unbelief be transformed into a vessel to carry treasure?
Is Eucharisteo a way through the maze?
I stand still and wait.
Placing my faint hope in the Promiser.
Posted by GraceGal at 11:52 AM
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
39. Hanging mementos - a miniature glass window pane from a conference, real cotton ornament my daughter brought me from Georgia, butterfly from New Mexico, art group token, purse from New York, and keys from NM.
Posted by GraceGal at 3:21 PM
Friday, February 25, 2011
"Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water." Genesis 21:19
"Whenever I am blind to joy's well, isn't it because I don't believe in God's care? That God cares enough about me to always offer me joy's water, wherever I am regardless of circumstance."
"You have to want to see the well before you can drink of it. You have to want to see joy, God in the moment."
Posted by GraceGal at 11:21 AM
Thursday, February 24, 2011
I have this word in various forms all through my house. Believe.
Usually they delight or encourage me, but not today. Today BELIEVE challenges me.
I am sipping gingerale, attempting to recover from the flu and I am angry. How many times have my plans been altered because of illness?
I struggle to give thanks today.
Even as I muster up the energy to type this, my eye catches the sun glinting off the page of a book lying open on the card table.
I love sunshine.
I guess that's one more to add to the list, simple as it is. Thank you Lord for sunshine.
Posted by GraceGal at 2:48 PM
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
32. I love reading others blogs when I have a bit of time.
33. I saved this pic of a memory board, dream board, life map, whatever you want to call it. I was sure I would remember where I found it. But alas, life has happened since then and I only know it probably comes from a blog on my blog list. I do love making these although mine have never looked like this one. :)
Posted by GraceGal at 10:22 AM
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
17. Hand sewing
18. Colored fabric
20. Working with my hands
I told you I was breaking free from perfection. These are the numbers they show up in my notebook :)
One year ago I started this baby quilt. Finally the timing was right and I returned to it. It's only the second quilt I have made so don't look too close.
For Lilyana. :)
Posted by GraceGal at 7:21 AM
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
"His mercies are new every morning"
As I venture deeper into One Thousand Gifts, I am inspired, challenged, hopeful. The blog is not enough space to note "eucharisteo", giving of thanks. Last night in the midst of reading a chapter, I got out of bed and grabbed a notebook. My perfectionist tendency wants to keep all of my list in one neat little place. Nevertheless, I am moving through those restraints.
Thus, my numbers will no longer be chronological because they will meld with my red notebook on the table and my purple one in my purse.
Today, # 24 is first waking moments-praying promises, covering family, gratitude.
25. I love mornings with something to look forward to.
26. Sunshine in the mornings
27. The picture above- open doors, beauty, anticipation.
Posted by GraceGal at 8:30 AM
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
My Bible study group gave me a gift of money a few years back and I used it to purchase this particular Bible NIV version. I have marked and written and highlighted with prayers and comments and Beth Moore quotes.
This morning I was feeling particularly heavy with a concern I had been praying about. Truth be told, I was a bit angry with God and despairing at the same time.
After venting in my journal, I heard the gentle nudge to open His Word. I opened to my favorite Psalms, then turned to Isaiah and read all the passages I had underlined over time, pausing to pray along the way.
When I was finished a peace had settled over me.
Posted by GraceGal at 10:19 AM
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
That was Dorothy's mantra in the Wizard of Oz. And mine, too, this morning.
It is cold outside and I am grateful to be in my cozy home, standing beside the pellet stove with a cup of hot tea.
Number 13 of things I love is my Home.
Posted by GraceGal at 9:45 AM
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
8- Fresh perspective. The puzzle looks different from every angle. I love it when my heart shifts and I can see things differently
9- Old cookstoves. Note the bottom left corner.
Posted by GraceGal at 9:23 AM
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
I love snow days when I can truly relax.
I loved them when my children were little. We would dig out the monopoly game, eat chocolate chip cookies and watch TV with no guilt :)
My to do list haunts me even on snow days, now that my children are no longer at home. But not today. Today is a no guilt day. I have been doing a little writing, reading and laundry :) not in that order.Every now and then I look out the window at the snow falling and smile.
Posted by GraceGal at 12:11 PM
Monday, February 7, 2011
I was coming out of the grocery store with much on my mind this morning. Suddenly a beautiful sound pierced through the heaviness of my thoughts. A bird was singing as loud as can be. I put my groceries in the back of my vehicle and all the while,the warbling continued.
This was no ordinary chirping, but a lovely melody of happiness.
I looked up. There were no trees around, only a solitary light post. There sat the feathered songstress singing at the top of her little lungs.
I grabbed my camera out of the car, which I keep with me at all times now. I didn't care what anyone thought of this crazy lady in the parking lot taking pictures of a bird.
God sent one of his creatures along to remind me to sing :) and to know He is thinking of me today.
Posted by GraceGal at 10:50 AM
Sunday, February 6, 2011
I am reading the book "One Thousand Gifts." This is where I got the idea for February's blogging.
Each day I will share something I love. It may be as simple as a sentence.
I won't reach a thousand things in one month, but they say a habit is created or broken in 30 days. I'd love to create the habit of being thankful for everyday little things that often go unnoticed.
I know- February has already begun but I'm beginning today, because better late than not at all.
I love God's Word. I borrowed this pic from one of the blogs I follow.
Posted by GraceGal at 11:00 AM
Friday, February 4, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Picture taken from a friend's mobile phone today.
Posted by GraceGal at 11:32 AM
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
This weekend was especially precious to me. I discovered she is creating a scrapbook for her daughter's high school years. It is delightful and marked with her touch of charm and her own unique artistic flair! Pic doesn't do it justice.
Posted by GraceGal at 12:31 PM