Monday, February 07, 2011

1000 Gifts and Thankful on a Thursday...on a Monday...

It has been a while since I posted on Thankful on a Thursday. I got "busy" and even in my good intentions of keeping a record of all the thankfulness - I faltered. Then I came across Ann Voskamp's blog at A Holy Experience and began reading her book and have decided to continue posting my thankful thoughts - aiming towards 1,000 and hopefully thousands upon thousands more! 


Many are the moments of true joy, beauty, communion, and sacred love that I allow to just pass me by as though I am entitled to another, 

and another...

and yet another. 

But another day we are never guaranteed. For the time I am here on this earth I want to catch the moments.

Taste them. 

Feel them. 

Smell them. 

Search for, savor, and hold them, each one. 

So here I really begin my dare of living fully - 

Right where I am!

Thankful for EVERY DAY!


1. The smell of a freshly bathed little one

2. The sound of laughter bouncing off the walls

3. Hugs

4. Snow. And more than a dusting!

5. Shadows dancing on the walls, cast by a warm fire

6. Hot Chocolate with marshmallows

7. Strong arms to hold me

8. That love is unconditional

9. An unexpected card

10. That His ways are not my ways and His thoughts are not my thoughts. Thank you Abba father!







Sunday, February 06, 2011

Chiseled

Here are the videos of Chiseled by the Skit Guys and the song, "The Hammer Holds" by Bebo Norman I mentioned in the previous post. I hope they speak to your hearts and they do mine every time I see/hear them. Blessings!




One Thousand Gifts Book Club

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon this amazing haven of rest, encouragement, peace, and hope. Ann Voskamp at A Holy Experience has created a space of raging beauty. She writes with a rawness that is scary yet refreshing. I feel like she is a friend I have shared thoughts with over a hot cup of tea. She is real and transparent. She has also authored a wonderful treasure of a book. 

This led me to purchase it in the form of an e-book and join a book club over at {In}Courage. As I read what others are sharing about themselves on the various posts I was moved to tears last night. Each woman so unique. 

Stories different. Tears cried from all.

Joy. 

Hope. 

Pain. 

Searching. 

Reaching.

 Each one a child of God. 

Precious. 

LOVED by the ONE. 

The CREATOR! 

HE is GOOD! 

I am so excited to be a part of this group of ladies, each one with a special part in God's plan.  

Through Ann's writing I am learning more about Eucharisteo - this thanksgiving - Thanks-living and the depth of that beautiful arrangement of letters has completely shaken me to the core of my being. God has used the words on Ann’s blog and the words of this amazing book to begin stripping away anything that is not of God. 

Michael Angelo was once asked of his Angel sculpture how he was able to create such magnificent masterpiece and he replied, “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” Isn’t that what God does with us? 

He sees us in our raw form, with all of the mess, the sin, the ugliness, and he chisels and carves and shaves and hammers until everything that is not of Him is gone, setting us FREE!

It is with unconditional, unexplainable, yes, CRAZY LOVE that he loves us just as we are but loves us too much to simply leave us that way. There is pain and hurt involved at times but He can make anything beautiful. He is CREATOR! There is a great illustration of this by the Skit Guys called, “Chiseled” if you want to watch it. Amazing. Listen to Bebo Norman’s song, “The Hammer Holds,” as well. It is my prayer that as we all read this book and share our stories that God will use it to set us free and allow us to become His original masterpieces, letting go of everything that does not sing, dance, speak, shout, and wreak of HIM! God bless! Wont you join us? We are on Chapter One and there is time! Dive into the beautiful love story between a woman and her God. It is going to be amazing!  
                                                                                                                                    












Tuesday, February 01, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook

                                                                             


Outside my window...kinda drizzly and icky.

I am thinking...bedtime sounds really good!

I am thankful for...so much!

From the learning rooms...we have battled lots of sickness and then we had some conferences to go to and so "formal" learning (I use that term very loosely) has been a little sparse but we have had a lot of fun playing outside, building lego structures, building letters and numbers out of playdough, lots of reading aloud, and working in some workbooks. This week we have started back to our regular routine and it's nice.

From the kitchen...been trying several new recipes from various cooking blogs which my computer will not let me link to right now for whatever reason...and I am too tired and impatient to figure it out right now :)

I am wearing...jeans, a long-sleeved Jedidiah t-shirt, and fuzzy socks.

I am creating...nothing at the moment but it's ok. At least that is what I am telling myself!

I am going...to finish my household planner this week!

I am reading...The One Year Bible and The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns

I am hoping...to be taught much in the year ahead - no matter the cost. However scary that is, Lord bring it!

I am hearing...the sound of children laughing even though they are supposed to be in bed. Drama Mama "snuck" into Tater Tot's room and they
are laying in the bed giggling and shining flashlights
on the ceiling. So cute!

Pondering these words...Eucharisteo.

Around the house...I am actually doing well in keeping up with housework and am excited about that!

One of my favorite things...Creation. It is truly a testimony to the artistic ability of our Creator and puts me in awe of Him.

A few plans for the rest of the week...clean the garage. Again. I am not sure how things pile up in there. Must be some garage demon or something trying to make my life harder ;)

Pictures: Enjoy Creation! (some of these still have the date stamp
and for that I am truly sorry. Didn't know how to remove it
on that old camera - oops!)


















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