Friday, June 11, 2021

Blessing Hunter

The other day (I'm trying to remember where) I saw the phrase, "beauty hunter."  Those two words really resonated with me because I feel it's important to look for beauty. There is so much ugliness in the world, it's a relief to feast my eyes and spirit on something beautiful.

The more I can incorporate beauty into my world, the better I feel.

As I thought more and more on the phrase, "beauty hunter," I realized I'm more drawn to being a "blessing hunter." 

Nobody's life is perfect; but I'm willing to bet there are more blessings than we all realize!

I decided to join forces today with some of the best blessing hunters I know, the Friday's Favorite Five gang. Each week, they find 5 blessings or highlights to their week and share them. Big or small, they give thanks for them all.

So, here's some of my recent 5:

Birthday season: Starting with my son-in-law, Daniel's, birthday on May 8, we run through July 15th celebrating birthdays (including Mother's Day and Father's Day). There is also one birthday in August, and two in September, and then we are done for the year. For a couple who once lived with ten long years of infertility, it is a delight to have daughters, sons-in-laws and grandchildren's birthdays to honor.

End of Rehab: May 26th was the last day for Jim to go to cardiac rehab. Although we enjoyed going together (I walked the track while he worked on machines and weights); we were glad to not have to make the drive and use up our afternoons two days a week. I also felt like celebrating because a couple times when Jim was in the hospital; it seemed almost impossible he'd be well enough to be done with therapy.

True Words!

Twins' Baptism: Just a few days before the twins' seventh birthday, they decided they wanted to be baptised. Baylee said, "MiMi, when I come up out of that water, I'm going to be a whole new person." What grandmother wouldn't cherish hearing such a thing? 

Note: I fully realize 7-year-olds have a lot to learn about their spiritual journey, accepting Christ and being baptized. But it's a great start! Jesus wanted little children to come to Him!

Good report: I'm not one to go to the doctor. Hardly ever. But I did go last week and have bloodwork. It came back good. Whew!

Late Spring Days: This is the time of year when it feels good to be from the midwest. Not too hot, not too cold, and the humidity is still being nice to us. We've enjoyed T-ball games and the first lake trip of the year.


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  1. I love that idea of being a blessing hunter. It is so important to focus on the blessings.
    Birthday season! We are entering that time, too. Happy Birthday to all those blessings.

  2. Lovely photos. Glad your husband has completed his rehab. That must be a huge relief and that your tests came back ok. Families are definitely a blessing. Have a good weekend.

  3. Jerralea, I appreciate the phrases 'Beauty Hunter' and 'Blessing Hunter.' They both convey so much! As a beauty hunter, I enjoy all kinds of flowers, sunrises and sunsets. As a blessing hunter, I enjoy the 'little gifts' God gives each day to make me smile.

    Rejoicing with you on your good health, your husband's recovery, freedom to stay home, birthday celebrations and baptisms. What bountiful and beautiful blessings!

  4. I love the idea of being both beauty and blessing hunters. Our main birthday season runs from mid-July to mid-September, though we have a few now from Feb.-April. How wonderful to be finished with cardiac rehab. Glad your blood work came back good. It's a joy to celebrate by baptism what God has done in our hearts by faith.

  5. What a delightful post, Jerralea! I like the idea of being a blessing hunter. It's so easy to see all the things we don't like or that go wrong. Looking for blessings breathes life into your soul!

  6. Happy with you that your husband's rehab is completed. I'm guessing there is still more rehab but not that you have to travel to. Hope the healing continues and he gets good strength back. Enjoyed reading your blessings from this week.

  7. Congratulations to your husband for completing rehab. It takes commitment to get through such a program. So happy that you are both in good health now. Our family's busy birthday month is December. It gives us so much to celebrate and a very busy month!

  8. I join you in the hunt!
    Our birthday season is autumn.
    Good for both of you for hanging in there with rehab. Now when you exercise, it can be because you really want to!
    Always appreciate hearing about the goings on in your busy life!

  9. What a wonderful list of blessings! I do love both the terms "beauty hunter" and blessing hunter". Sometimes they are interchangeable as God's beauty is a blessing. Happy belated birthday to your son in law. Our crazy birthday months go from Nov 21 - February 22 with 8 birthdays! Plus Christmas! How wonderful your hubby is now done the rehab. May he continue to get stronger. And yay for your good bloodwork too!

  10. YEAH on completing cardiac rehab! My husband had a TAVR a few years ago - and I remember those hospital visits (thankfully, no rehab needed). However, it was a journey that drew us even closer, if that were possible. We are in our birthday season, too - and your comment made me smile about the infertility journey and God's blessing - friend - we have so much in common! What blessings God has given us! Shalom on your Celebration Season! ~ Maryleigh

  11. How wonderful to have completed the rehab together! And how precious to hear the words of your grandchild! May they always stay close to the Lord!

  12. Jerralea, I so like that idea of being a blessing hunter! And, as a fellow infertility path walker, it's a HUGE blessing to have children's and inlays' and grandchildrens' birthdays to celebrate! I loved reading all the blessings you've experienced, and I'm especially happy to hear your husband's cardiac rehab is complete. :)


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