Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Praise Post # 25

I have to give praise right away for something that is close to my heart:



  1. Janae and the babies made it home safely to Colorado! So relieved!
  2. I am grateful for the opportunity to write and have a platform where my work can be viewed. I'm thankful to be a blogger!
  3. I'm also grateful for every reader, commenter and subscriber of my blog.  You make it all worthwhile.
  4. I'm thankful for the internet which has broadened my world.
  5. I'm thankful for my computer that enables me to write any time inspiration strikes me.

Now it's your turn. What blessings can you count today? Leave a comment and share, or if you have a blog, consider linking up below. Praise Posts are running through the month of November. We are thanking God for 5 blessings each day to total 150 praises. You don't have to elaborate, just list if you want. Jump in right where you are whether it's Day 25 or Day 29. I'd love for you participate!





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Monday, November 24, 2014

Daybook: 11.24.14

FOR TODAY, the last Monday of November

Outside my window... a dreary day, but at least it is not cold.

I am thinking... I've got to get started on Christmas shopping.

I am thankful... for the time we had with Janae and the twins.  They are on the second day of their journey home and so far the trip has went well. (Update:  They made it home!)

In the kitchen...pinto beans in the crockpot.

I am wearing... brown pants, brown tank and brown boots and a beautiful coral cardigan. I love how the coral brightens up my day.

I am reading... The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate

I am looking forward to... Thanksgiving. I love giving praise for the blessings we have received each year.

I am learning how totally wrapped around the twins' tiny fingers I am. 

Around the house...that pesky fridge needs cleaning out AGAIN.

I am pondering... I'm pondering my Word for 2015.  I am leaning toward "intentional."

One of my favorite things... baby cheek kisses.

A few plans for the rest of the week: cooking for Thanksgiving.

A peek into my day...


Dressed like a big boy!



Smiley Girl



The Daybook is a concept created by Peggy Hostetler.  You can link up at her site, The Simple Woman's Blog.

Praise Post # 24

Today, I was thinking about the many examples God has shared in His Word of imperfect people He has used.  I'm so glad He included all those who made mistakes so that I can identify with each one.

I'm thankful for the story of:


  1. Joseph.  His story teaches me perseverance and continuing to believe what God has told you, no matter what comes your way.
  2. David. His example is of someone who sinned greatly but repented perhaps better than anyone else. God said David was a man after His own heart. What an honor to have that said about you!
  3. Ruth. Her story is one of faithfulness. In the end, she received an honor few other women received - Her name is mentioned in the genealogy of Christ.
  4. Mary. She chose to obey God's will even when she knew it would mean disgrace and heartache. She also is the most blessed among women.
  5. Peter. I'm so glad God included the story of an impulsive person who often acted before he thought. Peter did a lot of things wrong - just like I have done - but he truly loved Jesus and Jesus used Peter in building His church.
  6. BONUS:  Of course, if I'm sharing stories, I can't leave out the story of the one perfect person, Jesus. His story made it possible for me to have a story - A story of forgiveness and being adopted into God's family. 

Now it's your turn. What blessings can you count today? Leave a comment and share, or if you have a blog, consider linking up below. Praise Posts are running through the month of November. We are thanking God for 5 blessings each day to total 150 praises. You don't have to elaborate, just list if you want. Jump in right where you are whether it's Day 24 or Day 29. I'd love for you participate!




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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Praise Post # 23

It's time once again to do some praising!


  1. Today was our last day to babysit the twins for a while. I am so grateful for the opportunity we've had these past 20 days to get to know the babies and see their little personalities already blossoming!
  2. I'm so happy they are coming back for Christmas.
  3. I'm thankful for weekends when you get a little more time to enjoy your family.
  4. I'm glad that even though I do have two jobs, I don't have to work 24/7.  My part time job is one where I can divide the work up through the week.
  5. I'm thankful that my hubby is around to do things over the weekend together.  It's a blessing to enjoy life as a couple.

Now it's your turn. What blessings can you count today? Leave a comment and share, or if you have a blog, consider linking up below. Praise Posts are running through the month of November. We are thanking God for 5 blessings each day to total 150 praises. You don't have to elaborate, just list if you want. Jump in right where you are whether it's Day 23 or Day 29. I'd love for you participate!




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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Praise Post # 22

Today I am feeling nostalgic for road trips we've taken over the years.  I'm praising God for the beauties He created in nature:



  1. Beautiful sunrises to start the day.
  2. Lovely lakes to relax by
  3. Fragrant colorful flowers to brighten the landscape
  4. Towering trees to shade us
  5. Gorgeous sunsets to cap off the day.






He didn't have to make our world so wonderful - but He did! He could have made just one flower or maybe a dozen different kinds - but He made thousands of species of flowers. He paints the skies with new colors every day, just for you. The landscapes could have been made in shades of sepia but instead He infused it with rich colors.

Being out of doors at the end of the day is almost sacred, like being in church.  The beauty makes me think of Him and I'm grateful for the world He created.

Now it's your turn. What blessings can you count today? Leave a comment and share, or if you have a blog, consider linking up below. Praise Posts are running through the month of November. We are thanking God for 5 blessings each day to total 150 praises. You don't have to elaborate, just list if you want. Jump in right where you are whether it's Day 22 or Day 29. I'd love for you participate!




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    Friday, November 21, 2014

    Notice Me

    Today's word is NOTICE

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    I've shared before how my goal as a child was to grow up and become a spy. Television shows like "Get Smart," "Honey West," and "Man from U.N.C.L.E." all built this glamorous picture in my mind where all I had to do was look gorgeous, go to events and observe what was happening. It would be easy to discern who the bad guys were!

    As I grew up, I learned I had an important quality lacking in a spy - no, it wasn't the ability to look gorgeous - but the simple fact I never noticed what was going on. I had no powers of observation!

    I still don't, which kind of handicapped me from being the parent of teenage girls, but I digress.

    Noticing what is happening is kind of important for a spy, a parent, or even a good friend.  Isn't it important that you notice a loved one is having a hard time?  And, of course, right on the heels of noticing should come some action.

    We are a blessed people because no matter if our skills of observation are lacking or not, our God does notice and care.  I love this verse from Psalms that tells me that we, the ones who are in right standing with Him, are His focus:

    Psalm 34:15Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)  The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,and His ears are open to their cry for help.

    What a relief!  It doesn't depend on me, He notices me and what I am going through.

    STOP

    ~~~






    5 Minute Friday is now hosted by Kate at the blog "heading home." This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. 

    Just write.


    Also, the most important rule is that you visit the blog of the person who linked up before you and leave some encouragement.  That’s the most fun of all, and the heart of this community.


    F.F.F. - 11.21.14

    Time is flying by!  Our daughter's visit with the grands is almost over, and I'm so thankful for this time we've shared.

    1. Last Saturday, we all went on an epic shopping trip to St. Louis.  As night fell, a wintry mix set in.  When traveling back, we had a close call on the road.  I praise God it all turned out okay and that my daughter, who was driving, did not panic as I would have done!

    2. We got to take the babies with us to church Sunday.  I was so thankful to have the babies with us. I thought back to all those years of infertility and praised God that not only did we end up having three girls but now we are grandparents as well.  Who knows?  There could be more grands as the years go by.  God has abundantly blessed.

    3.  Monday was a day at home.  It was snowy outside and warm and cozy inside.  I had time to get some things caught up so it was a good day.

    4. Pics of my angels made me smile this week, look at all their sweet faces!




     

    5. Quote of the week from one of my favorite authors, Max Lucado:


    I don't believe our works save us, but I believe they follow us into heaven and bring glory to God.
    Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/max_lucado_2.html#lPBGr5XYW7D4jVbA.99

    And so ends another week on the Journey.  How did YOUR week go?  Leave a comment and share or link up at the lovely hostess of Friday's Fave Five, Susanne, at Living to Tell the Story.