Friday, November 27, 2015

F.F.F. - 11.27.15

I hope all of my American friends had a wonderful time with family, friends and food this week. All of us, whether we live in the states or abroad, would be encouraged greatly if we took time every day, not just at Thanksgiving, to thank God for the many many blessings we each enjoy.

Which leads to my reason for posting today - Friday's Fave Five is a sweet opportunity to join with others each week mining for nuggets of blessing from the past week. I promise they are there - even during those weeks where it seems they are very scarce.

1. I'm thankful for this little family, and that Daniel was home to share Thanksgiving with us:

2. I know I'm blessed because this year, all our girls and our grands got together on Thanksgiving day. That doesn't always happen. 

3.  I'm thankful to have a four-day weekend!

4.  I'm thankful for an abundance of food.

5.  Quote of the week:

"Genuine grace is the free gift of salvation - and you can't add a price to something that's already free." Craig Hazen in Lee Strobel's "The Case for Grace."

I'm thankful for grace.

How was the Journey at your place this week?  Please leave a comment and share, or consider linking up at Susanne's space, Living to Tell the Story.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thankful Day

It is good to give thanks to the Lord And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High
Psalm 92:1 - NASB

Whatever your day may hold, I pray that you feel the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. May you tell Him of your gratitude for all He has done.

Thank you for your presence here on the Journey. You'll never know how much your readership, your comments, and your just-showing-up means to me.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

To Do Tuesday - 11.24.15

This is a busy week for sure. It's Thanksgiving week and a whole lot of cooking will be going on. It's also worship team practice week which always means a busy Saturday.

Whew! What a blessing it's a four day weekend!

I just want to say that I did finally get a day scheduled for our family portrait - December 29, so there's that.

I also want to give my hubby a shout-out for cleaning out the fridge for me yesterday so that we could get the turkey in there to start defrosting.

This week's To-Do's

  • Still need to get my sweaters out - I know there is a cute coral one packed away somewhere!
  • Holiday cooking - that is a given.
  • An article I've been asked to contribute
  • A creative idea I've been toying with doing ...

Of course, that list is contingent upon my getting done all my regular chores. Someday, I hope to be organized enough to show pics of my completed To Do's ...

If you'd like more inspiration, or to link up your own To Do Tuesday post, see my friend Tori at A Home Away From Home.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Daybook: 11.23.15

For Today... Monday, November 23rd 

Outside my window... a cool, crisp morning with the sun shining

I am thinking...of how well our weekend events went at our church. I'm so happy to see new people!

I am thankful ... for enthusiasm - how boring life would be without it!

I am wearing... black boots and leggings, and a black and teal houndstooth tunic.

I am reading... The Case for Grace by Lee Strobel - I'm only 3 chapters in and I'm fascinated by the testimonies.

In my garden... finally, frost has finished off my flowers.

In my kitchen... there is a fridge that needs to be cleaned out to hold all the Thanksgiving goodies ... tonight I will make some kind of pasta dish so that I have time to take care of this important chore ...

A favorite quote for today...

"God's business is change, and He is open for business." - Rev. Kim Ferguson

I've found that often the change begins with me ...

A peek into one of my days...
A Saturday evening sunset ... captured by my iPhone

One of my favorite things... the days my girls and my grands come to dinner!


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

Friday, November 20, 2015

F.F.F. - 11.20.15

It's Friday, lovely Friday!

1. I love me a beautiful sky. The Master Artist does such a fine job. I wanted to capture these lavender and blue clouds for you but my picture does not do it justice.

2, No question about it, fall is fleeting. The leaves are falling faster than you can believe. There's been this beautiful yellow-leaved tree I've been passing on my way to work. I've been meaning to stop and snap a pic of it; but, alas! I've waited too long. Today, she looks skeletal with just a few wispy yellow leaves waving in the wind.

But at least, I did catch this beauty:

3. This week was a mix of happiness and sadness. We are so excited with the change of atmosphere at our church and our lovely visitors, a couple of which have decided to keep coming to worship with us. Yet, we are sad because we had to say good-bye to Pete, one of our church family members who is now worshiping in heavenly realms. The great thing is we know we will see him again.

4. I finished up Glory Days by Max Lucado this week. I cannot say enough good about it. I love reading that inspires! I've now started on The Case for Grace by Lee Strobel and already I'm crushing on the testimonies I've read so far. You need both these books!

5.  Quote of the week:  

"This is your inheritance: more victory than defeat, more joy than sadness, more hope than despair." Glory Days, page 181 - Max Lucado

And so ends another week on the Journey. I pray your Journey is filled with more victory, joy, and hope.

If you'd like to share your week, leave a comment, or link up your post at the wonderful Susanne's space, Living to Tell the Story.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

5 Things

I thought I'd take the Writer's Workshop challenge and do # 4. Five Things. List 5 things we don’t know about you, 5 things you’re knowledgeable about, 5 things you know nothing about, and 5 things you believe.

This may be a stretch because after 7 years of blogging I feel there is hardly anything you don't know about me, but I love a challenge!

Five Things You Don't Know About Me

  1. I once had an ambition to join the Navy. A girlfriend and I were going to join together. But then BOOT CAMP and I reconsidered, because one of my life goals is not to sweat.
  2. I once served on a jury at a federal court. I was all excited thinking I would share in putting a criminal behind bars. Instead, my case was about Timothy wheat ... Hay ... Food for horses ... Yawn.
  3. I once owned my very own motorcycle. It was a Yamadog Yamaha 100.  My career as a dirt biker ended pretty quickly when I flipped it climbing a hill. I was on crutches for the next two weeks as I had sprained my knee.  I could have scanned in a pic of me on crutches back in the 70s to share, but I didn't think about it in time.  You're welcome.
  4. Another ambition I had that died quickly was to be a baton-twirler.  It was in sixth grade and I talked my mom into letting me join a class. We'd already paid money for the class and bought a baton (a real one, not a kid one), when I fell off monkey bars causing a compound fracture of the wrist. The class was over by the time I got out of my cast.
  5. Although, I only knew how to cook three things when I got married, I quickly learned to love cookbooks and vowed someday I'd write one myself. Then I hit the years of trying to serve food to my pickies and somehow that desire left.
Enough about my failed ambitions, lets talk five things I'm knowledgeable about:
  1. Procrastination - as in I'm the Queen of procrastination.
  2. Being Fashionably Late - as in I'm also the Queen of lateness.
  3. Forgetfulness - When I was 30, my granny remarked, "Lord, have mercy, if you forget this much at age 30, I don't know what will happen when you're my age."
  4. Beginning to make a recipe only to discover I'm missing an important ingredient - this has happened too many times to count.
  5. The joy of having grandchildren: The first time I saw mine, I fell for them hard. All they have to do is smile at me, or pout, and I'm their slave.
Five things I know nothing about:
  1. Physics
  2. Calculus
  3. The Periodic Table (which if you are a Jeopardy aficionado as I am, you'd know how important it is to know this)
  4. Shakespeare - ditto
  5. Mythology - ditto
Five things I believe:
  1. God is who He said He is.
  2. Jesus is God's son and the only way to Heaven
  3. The first commandment is to love Him with everything I am.
  4. The second commandment is to love others as much as I love myself.
  5. If I keep busy doing those two commands, I won't have time to get into trouble.
  6. Bonus:  There is always time for lipstick.  (Ok, so I'm still shallow ... working on it.)

So ... anything about you that you'd like to share??? Inquiring minds want to know!

Mama’s Losin’ It

Or, you could link up your own post at Kat Bouska's blog, Mama's Losin' It.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A Thanksgiving Tradition

I'm not sure how it got started, but we started a little tradition at our Thanksgiving table. Before the blessing is said and everyone starts ladling food onto their plate, we go around the table and each list three things for which we are thankful. 

I know we've done it at least since 2006. It was one of the last Thanksgivings we all had at Jim's parents because our family had grown so large. It was time to start having our own Thanksgiving tables. Some of our families had grown to where the siblings were now becoming grandparents themselves.

The year before, during Thanksgiving, my husband had been in the hospital. The kids ate at grandma and grandpa's but I left early to make the long trek to the hospital, an hour and a half away.

So, in 2006, we were all gathered around Grandma's table, well all the adults were, and we went around the table reciting our thankfuls. When we got to Grandpa, he choked up and whispered "I'm thankful we got Jim here with us," as he clapped Jim on the back several times. (Clapping you on your back was Grandpa's way of showing he loved you.)

Since Grandpa never cried, we didn't push him to name two more thankfuls. We already had seen his heart.

The Loft Link Up

Do you have a Thanksgiving tradition? Leave a comment and share. Or, consider linking up a post of your own about Thanksgiving and linking up at The Loft.