Thursday, January 12, 2017
I have struggled the last several weeks for a variety of reasons and have found myself focusing more on what is not than what is, and the many things I have to be grateful for. I want to see the blessings each day and to praise God for them.
So this week I am thankful for
1. The ladies in our small group. our group hasn't meet in several weeks because of the holidays then the weather. I was encouraged last night by these women as they pointed to various scriptures and truths. We need fellow believers in our lives to help point us to God's truths. I am thankful for these ladies.
2. For the visit we had with our youngest son during the holidays. We were able to see a movie together and play some Top Golf, plus I had a chauffeur whenever we had to go anywhere during the day
3 Safe travels for my son. He left for his home right before the storm
4.The gifts we got from our children for Christmas. One gave us a gift card for Airbnb because as my daughter in law stated "We know how much you like staying in other peoples houses" I think she was trying to be humorous but we are going to use it and I love how they got us something that was personal for us. My other son took some of the old movies from my in laws and made it into a DVD. My husband was surprised and very touched, we enjoyed watching my husband as a boy and his sister chasing chickens. I am thankful for my sons and my daughter in love.
5. Health and strength to do what we need to do each day. I don't think about it much until someone I know is struggling with an illness or we are having problems, but it is something I want to be more thankful for.
6.Sweet Lady's continued health and how happy she is where she lives. She loves to sit in the Lobby/Living Room area and when anyone comes in for a tour she will be one of the first ones to ask if they are looking to live there and if they say yes she will "talk up" the place. Hearing that makes our heart happy.
So that's some of what I am thankful for today and I hope have a change of focus as time goes on. How about you, what can you be thankful for?
Oh, did I mention the snow is all gone, it was close to 70 today...I can be thankful for that!
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
We don't have snow often but when we do it shuts the city down. The weather people had been hinting at snow all week, but we tend to take all predictions of snow with a grain of salt, most of the time the warnings of impending frozen white precipitation never materialize, this however; wasn't the case last Saturday. Friday night it sleeted for about two hours, before it started snowing and then snowed all day Saturday. The temperatures then dropped and have stayed below freezing since. We have a few snow plows in the city but not enough to plow all the roads, mostly the snow melts on the streets when the weather warms up, so it could take days to clear things up. We are a Beach Town, not a Ski Resort, so we don't do snow well. (and we had a lot of snow)
Schools have been off, church was cancelled, our BSF was cancelled and many businesses were closed yesterday (husband did not have to go into work) Things are beginning to look up today, the temps will be above freezing, lots of places will be open at noon but conditions are still bad and if you don't HAVE to go out you need to stay home. (husband did go to work today, but late)
The "forced" home confinement has been good, I've tackled tasks that needed to be done around the house. I am still in the downsizing mind set, which means I need to clean out closets and drawers. We have been debating for about eighteen months on whether to move from our home or remodel to suit our needs as we age. We are leaning very heavily on the move option at this time, which means cleaning things out. Something that needs to be done regardless.
I'm getting a little "Cabin Fever" at this point, today will be day four at home. You don't realize how much running around you do until you can't. I am out doing things that need to be done several times a week.
The truth is, I need these "breaks", I think we all do. We are all so busy, with lists of things to do and places to be. God's plan can get lost in midst of all of it, at least in my life.
I am tending to household tasks during this time but I am also using this time physically and spiritually recharge. Trying to look at this time as a gift, sovereignly orchestrated by the Lord for me.
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Life has now quieted down a bit and it's time to reflect and look ahead. It's been a difficult year for us because of my husbands step mother's passing. There have been lots of things that needed attending to, and that process is still not completed. What has caught me by surprise the most has been all the emotional upheaval that the whole process has unearthed. We are both still in the midst all of that and with the anniversary date coming up, we will probably continue with that process.
We have spent the last couple of months loving on those we care about. There was a trip to see our Grands, as you can see, they are not so little anymore. The trip was enjoyable and the weather was perfect. We now have compatible phones so we can face time more frequently which is helpful because we still miss them a ton.
We also made a trip to see my family for the holidays. This is the third year we have done this so it's kind of become a tradition. We got another family photo and the young ladies in the group wanted us all to assume the same pose with each person staying in the same position as they were the year before. Time passes so quickly. I tell moms of 'littles" enjoy them because before you know it they will be grown. Hard to hear when your in the midst of raising your young ones but it's true.
Looking ahead I know some of the things I would like to do. I would like to once again do a 365 photo challenge, I will start on January 1. I found my photography also took a back seat last year and the challenge of taking a photo a day was a good exercise for me and would like to start blogging again on a more regular basis, we shall see what happens.
Here are some of my favorite moments from this past year, there were many good memories in the midst of all the busyness. Moments that went by too fast.
Looking ahead, next year could again be very busy. We have a graduation and a recital in the spring, more plans to see our Grands and who knows what else the Lord may have in store for us. I have found myself looking ahead with apprehension at times, I think it is the season of life we in, so many changes.
Despite all the change in our life, God has remained faithful, I can't even begin to list all the ways he has protected us this year, met us in our need and directed our steps. When I get discouraged I need to remember this or when things seem to be going terribly wrong or not according to my plan. He is still in control and this is part of HIS plan
So looking ahead for next year, I hope to find the joy again that only comes Him
Posted by Maryann at 9:35 AM
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
A question was asked of us the other day about thankfulness. Here's the question, if you woke up tomorrow and only had what you were thankful for today what would your life look like?
I take so much for granted without even a thought of how blessed I am. Thankfulness should be as natural as breathing to us, but for me it's not. I was freshly convicted last night and reminded of how much the Lord has given me each and every day. Simple things like water when I turn on the tap, lights when I flip on the switch, food in my pantry and fridge.
I have a loving husband and family, friends and a church. God has control over my life, my eternal future, is secure, I have so much to be thankful for and yet I find it so easy to complain, this should not be. Looking to be more thankful in the days ahead.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you 1Thessalonians 5 :18
Monday, October 17, 2016
Family can be hard to share your faith with, they know you, they know what you believe, they don't want to hear it. I've heard the comment "Quit trying to save me" So I pray, Lord send another Christian into their Life to share their faith with them, share the Gospel with them.
What I never thought about though, is that there may be a family member of someone I have regular contact with in my day to day life that is praying the same prayer for their loved one. We may be that person someone is praying for that will bring light into their family members life. Gave me a new perspective on being light in the lives of those I have regular contact with, maybe this will resonate with you as well.