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On this ‘Thankful Thursday, am thankful for…

…for sun…and rain…and sunflowers in the rain.

…for the way the seed from bird feeders has allowed for these beauties to pop up in some of the most inopportune places…and that even though they looked like weeds, I didn’t pull these sunflowers because I knew what potential for beauty they held. They were worth the wait.DSCN0786

…for looking on the bright side of having old cars: no car payment, ¬†low insurance rates, and the humility that comes with driving them. ūüôā Also for the time I have to catch up on my summer reading during the three hour repairzzzz.

…for two more days of “Summer break”. ¬†For time well spent with family and friends and for all the things crossed off my “summer” to do list.

…for phone calls from one coast to another from my kids. ¬†For connections with them that miles can’t take away. Yep. Very very thankful for that.

…for a new coffee mug that I love and use for way more coffee than any person should ever admit to drinking.

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…for three different “chance” meetings with people this week. Love how paths often cross at just the right times.

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…for the reminder that life is precious … and the reminder that we need each other. (A friend from years gone by lost her 24 year old son… have written some things…but tough to find words for things so deep sometimes.) Prayers for Ashley and her family…and for those Jake left behind who adored him and are facing a deep ache and incredible void.) May God comfort in the ways that only He can. Screen Shot 2017-06-28 at 2.12.28 PM

…for a friend sending me songs ‘out of the blue’ that helped yours truly beat a bad case of the blues. (Thanks Cheryl. Worship gets my eyes and heart back to where they need to be…. and for the so cool fact that the first one she sent was one of two that I keep playing over and over daily.) ¬†One of my new favorites is Starlight by Amanda Cook. Bethel Music.

…for my camera and misty mornings walks. For cows that make me laugh and dandelions that so don’t look like weeds to me.

 

…for visual reminders that help me see and understand deeper truths that I need to take hold of…and the truth that “Love hopes all things, bears all things, believes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” ¬†It was on the bulletin for my wedding. And “if I have not love…I am a clanging symbol…” ¬†Below is a photo of a visual of “the two shall become one…” ¬†Black sand mixing with white sand as a powerful visual. ¬†Tough to separate grains of sand. Marriage is a blending, a meeting in the middle, a union. Yeah, good to have that reminder for me and my oh-so-polar-opposite-of-me-husband (and him and his oh-so-polar-opposite-of-him wife!) Thankful for the differences though…I really am. ¬†A balance of extremes can be a good thing. Even a great thing. Just sometimes the blending of the two isn’t as easy as with sand. ¬†At all.DSCN9764

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…for Greek yogurt with blueberries and granola (tastes like dessert… probably even qualifies as dessert!) and the time to eat breakfast outside on a cool summer morning. (Yep, there’s my new coffee cup ‚̧ ) For the views, the fresh air, and a new day and the birds flitting around from branch to branch singing their little hearts out.

…for ‘game changers’…truths that reach deep and transform mindsets and encourage and give strength and a new awareness for the day (or the minute as it may be)… (Ephesians 1: 18-20)DSCN0798

…for writing…blogging…and the venting and processing that comes with it. …for time to be able to write over these past few weeks, and for the creative outlet it is. ¬†For connections with people I’ve never even met but feel like I know, and for the deeper connection made with people I do know that comes through sharing of thoughts, heart, and experiences and those moments of smiling because we get it and understand where the other person has walked or may be walking.

…for this verse…Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.‚ÄĚ (Joshua 1:9) ¬†Thankful that the ‘wherever you go’ doesn’t have to be distant lands, or huge undertakings. The ‘wherever’ is wherever…. grocery stores, back yard decks, car service stations, business meetings, schools…yep. It covers “where-ever”. ¬†And the courageous doesn’t have to be big and bold and earthshaking. It can be the quiet trust that knows that it’s not alone…and that thought alone is enough to empower and en-COURaGe to take the next steps…where-ever and what-ever they might be.¬†

One thing I know is that there is always a lot to be thankful for. Not just on ¬†Thursdays, but every moment of every day. ¬†I’ve just gotta take the time to see it. ¬†So thankful for extra doses of time these past few weeks to do just that…

Blessings ~

Heather

 

Thankful Thursday

 

 

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Giving myself 15 minutes to write what I’m thankful for for this week…so here goes…

Thankful for Sky.  For wide open spaces. For sunsets and endings to days.  Good to have endings so that we can have beginnings.

Thankful for sons on the way home from different places & different ventures, a daughter on the way out to see family, and me sitting right there in the middle of the comings and goings being thankful that I get to see them as they come and they go. Thankful they have places to go to do their thing, but that there’s a magnet of family to come home to.

Thankful for friends. For truths shared. Encouragement. Laughter. Gut-level prayers sent up, and the ‘you’re not in this alone’ reality that sweet friendship brings to both sides. Internal perspective has a way of changing external views. So very thankful for friendships that help me see things through the lens of faith.

Thankful for stark realities of death that lead to beautiful awareness of LIFE and the gift of each day. That the darkest moments one one’s life can lead to wake up calls of living well in so many more lives. Thankful that the Bible speaks of deep gut-level HOPE that doesn’t let us or loved ones go in times of loss.

Thankful for stupid videos that my son shares that make me laugh like crazy….and make me admit that his quite goofy sense of humor may have come from someone.

Thankful for evening walks after the rain.

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Thankful for triple chocolate gelato (almost as good as the pistachio)…and for a son who eats a lot of it so that his mom isn’t tempted to eat more. Thankful for the memory of a year ago…eating my first gelato on a small island in the Archipelagos of Sweden…and for the son who was determined to help me check some things off of my bucket list.

Thankful for a ridiculously cluttered garage that is becoming less cluttered, and for the many moments in the past week of finding lost treasures of notes from kids, family photos, and little reminders of different stages of our family. Thankful for the laughter and cleansing tears shed in the reminders, and for the laughter and smiles from my kids as they get unexpected photos popping up on their phones with “remember when” messages from a mom who is trying hard to hold things loosely, but hold tightly to the things that matter.

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Thankful for a misty rain that watered the plants that I had forgotten to.

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Morning Glory

Thankful that God’s mercy is new every morning.

Thankful for spinakopita and Greek salad and lunch with coworkers.

Thankful for time with my girl of laughter and talking and accomplishing daily tasks as a team…always feels so good to be part of a team working towards a common goal. Thankful for her feisty self that has a heart of compassion and wisdom underneath all that beauty and spunk.

Thankful for calls from sons…and catching up and laughing and connecting…and the little things that remind me that even though they are now men with lives of their own, they are so the same little guys with the same eyes that I looked into when they were young.

Thankful for my husband’s determination to provide for our family, and for the humility and wisdom to keep pressing on when things aren’t anywhere near easy street.

Thankful for walks with friends and wise decisions to meet at the River Trail instead of DQ.

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Carolina Thread Trail

Thankful for good reports from family members and the reminder that we all aren’t quite as invincible as we may think.

Thankful for new books to read and the desire to learn and grow. For me from the library, and for my youngest from Young Life youth leader. Yep Thankful for people investing in my kids big time.

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Thankful for quiet mornings, coffee, and for the missions and checklists for the day.

Thankful for “Thankful Thursday” posts and for the way being grateful for the little things has a way of empowering me to tackle the big things/tasks of the day.

Welp, my 15 minutes (stretched to 20 actually) are up. ¬†Thankful for those who take the time to read these words, and for the many connections we all have. Thankful for words that bridge connections. ¬†‚̧

Hope your day is full of many, many…. Blessings ~

Heather

 

“..give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God‚Äôs will for you in Christ Jesus.” ¬†I Thessalonians 5:18

Thankful Thursday

 

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DSCN2456My view of his view. ¬†Again. Love seeing things through other people’s eyes. ¬†And love seeing people do their thing. Especially when the eyes I’m seeing through happen to be my child’s. ¬†No matter how old they are (or I am…), so cool to see the world through their eyes.

 

Wordless Wednesday

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Silent Sunday

I lift up my eyes to the mountains‚ÄĒ
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

¬†He will not let your foot slip‚ÄĒ
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
 indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

¬†The Lord watches over you‚ÄĒ
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
 the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

¬†The Lord will keep you from all harm‚ÄĒ
    he will watch over your life;
 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

Psalm 121

Sweden6Day One. ¬†I arrive in Sweden just before noon and get to see Austin for the first time in ten months. No words for how great it was to see him face to face. ¬†Whether our children are 3 or 23, it seems that just seeing that they are safe and sound and in your sights give a sense of breathing-deep relief and joy. ¬†Pure joy. ¬†We took the train back to Stockholm and I put my bags (and the beautiful flowers he handed me at the airport) in the room where I’ll be staying and then hit the ground running to see the city.

I loved taking it all in. ¬†The big, grandiose, impressive sights like these…

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…and the not-so-big, ordinary, little details like these…

 

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And in the big and the little, I so enjoyed taking in “my view of his view”…Aus loves taking photos probably even more than I do. ¬†Here’s a few of him on day one…because of course, of all the crazy-good things that I was seeing for the first time, the greatest thing was seeing this city that he’s come to love , through his eyes.

 

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Day 2

I slept like a rock that night even though the sun doesn’t go down till 10:30 ish and came up at 4 a.m. ¬†Summer days in Sweden are long. ¬†The day began with breakfast on the balcony. ¬†Aus had toasted bread and lingonberry jam, along with French-pressed coffee. ¬†We sat on the balcony and this was our view…

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The first stop after breakfast was to go down to the corner store¬†and get some to-go lunch. ¬†We got pasta salad to go and were on our way to the next stop…getting bikes to ride through Stockholm. ¬†We found the City-rent-a-bikes and were on our way! ¬†I hadn’t been a bike in I don’t know how many years, but as a good friend of mine recently said, “where our children go, we go fearlessly.” (Deb). ¬†Yes, pretty-much fearlessly, but some of the traffic stops were a bit congested and I’m sure people were aware of the wobbly start at each stop. ¬†Ah well….we all survived and there’s nothing like riding a bike right smack-dab through a city to help you see it, sense it, appreciate it. And that’s what we did. ¬†We ended up at a beautiful spot by a bridge and ate our lunch there. ¬† There were daisies everywhere. ¬†Have I ever mentioned that daisies are one of my favorite flowers? ¬†daytwodaytwo5daytwo4daytwo6

So, we ate lunch, took some photos, and then we were off again on our bikes. Austin had wanted to show me his favorite little coffee shop that was a bit on the outskirts of the city.  It has a huge outdoor seating area looking over the water. The ducks seem to like it there as well.

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Talk about relaxing. ¬†We had time to catch up a bit on some of Austin’s recent ventures. ¬†He’s had an idea for years that is gaining support and coming into being. ¬†He’s networked with people internationally and was recently flown to Dubai to speak about the project. ¬†So, as I sat and listened to Austin and had a cup of coffee and looked over the water, I kept feeling so thankful for the here and now. ¬†There’s no telling where Aus will be in the coming months, but there is the now and the incredible opportunity to just so enjoy the time and savor the moments for sure. We took more photos and then grabbed our bikes and were off to the next stop…Skansen.

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Skansen is a village museum/zoo.  Homes from hundreds of years ago have been taken from all over Sweden and brought to this beautiful site to recreate an old Swedish village to enable the visitors to see what Sweden was like hundreds of years ago.  You can visit the bakery, post office or coffee shop.  We took tons of photos and  then, of course, visited the  bakery/coffee shop.  (We had self-control with regards to the desserts.  I did splurge and add a sugar cube, however!)

 

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One of my favorite surprises at Skansen was a beautiful garden overlooking the water and the city.  It was breathtaking and breath of fresh air at the same time.

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The June flowers were in full bloom, the aroma was amazing, and the sky was clear blue. ¬†We spent awhile in the garden and then turned the corner to see this…daytwo51…and the aroma started to change from the fragrance of flowers because just around the corner was the …zoo.

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Yes, there were reindeer! ¬†Poor thing was shedding it’s winter coat, so I’m sure it’s had better photo opps but it was so cool to see.daytwo31daytwo32daytwo33daytwo34daytwo41daytwo36daytwo40daytwo39daytwo38

The bears got in a little tussle and I was amused by the mama trying to rally her 3 cubs. ¬†The little guy on the right just caught a fish. ¬† So after the zoo, we continued walking on paths where we found more gardens, more animals (with a very vocal sheep as well as a very loud goose that reminded me of the goose in Charlotte’s Web), and more amazing scenes.

 

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We left Skansen and were very thankful to find our bikes on the bike rack outside of the zoo. ¬†There are tons of bikes everywhere in Sweden, and bike lanes that pedestrians, well…they best stay out of those, for sure!

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We checked-in our bikes and then continued to see the city. ¬†Austin showed me buildings where he had had meetings…bike5

And we continued to walk on the water’s edge. ¬†There were huge antique ships, little boats, and seemingly everything in between. ¬†We ended up taking a ferry back to the part of Stockholm where Aus lives. ¬†bike9bike10bike11bike12bike13bike14bike15bike16bike18bike19

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Couldn’t resist take a photo of this sign!

bike20bike24So, the day ended and we ended up back at Austin’s apartment¬†ate dinner with the fun, thoughtful (and thought-provoking) amusing professors that he lives with. ¬†Was a wonderful meal full of lots of conversation. ¬†They realized that we had had a full day of using almost every possible form of transportation-walking, biking, riding a boat, a train, and a ferry, and could probably see that jet-lag was catching up with yours truly. ¬†Even though the sun was shining , my body was definitely saying it was time to stop and rest. ¬†It was around 10…because that sun shines long in Sweden. ¬†My son was shining too, and I’m so thankful for my Aus who was willing to turn tour-guide and help me see parts of his world that I had never seen. ¬†Yes, it was a good day and even though the sun was up, I slept ¬†like a baby.

Well, that’s all for round one of the ten days. ¬†I know there are a million photos and comments…thanks for bearing with me. ¬†I just want to share to remember this time while it’s fresh and to share it with friends and family who could experience the time with Aus in a teeny tiny vicarious way. ¬†So, round 2 will be coming in the next week or so. ¬†Trust me, I have a kabillion photos or so, and still dishes to clean, laundry to fold, and a life to live here. ¬†But it is so incredibly fun to be lifted out and put back in to the beauty, rest and encouragement of those¬†ten days just by looking at some photos. Hope you catch some good glimpses of that beauty as well.

Blessings ~
Heather

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD,

plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11

Thankful Thursday

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Just got back in from seeing the sunset as my son (pre-drivers licensed son) drove us around town to run a few errands. ¬†I sat in the passenger seat trying to encourage him to leave at least an inch or two for mailboxes, and practiced my breathing. ¬†He’s my last of 6 children to teach how to drive, and well, let’s just say we need quite a few more hours of practice driving under his belt before he goes for his test. ¬†But overall, we’re making progress because I didn’t feel quite so much the need to will the car to stay on the road and I was able to take some photos as we ¬†(oops, I mean “he” ) drove.

The week had lots of highlights. ¬†There was lots and lots of time well spent with four of my six children. ¬†And do you know what some of my favorite moments were? ¬†Coming into the kitchen and seeing all 4 of them sitting on the deck talking …for hours. ¬†Yep, I’d say that’s time well spent. ¬†Then they took goofy pictures and laughed.¬†hopeandboys5

This next photo was taken when I had just finished talking with their brother in Sweden and shared some crazy news with them about some of his fun adventures…Here’s their reaction…hopeandboys1

….and then, here’s the traditional posed shot…

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Hope and Josh got to catch up after not seeing each other for a long time…

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Yep.  Thankful as all get out.  I also got to see my parents after not seeing them since Christmas, and that was time well spent as well. So fun.

There were some sweet surprises this week. ¬†On the way back home from church, we saw a doe and a fawn…still had spots. ¬†I was amazed at how tiny the little guy was, and he didn’t get more than a few inches away from his mother. ¬†When I stopped to watch, they watched right back, and I was amazed at the lack of fear. ¬†I even had time to grab my camera and take a photo. ¬†deer

The mama doe sure looks proud and protective. ¬†I know just how she feels…

So after the weekend, Monday was full of fun as we celebrated with students at school. ¬†We had awards ceremonies and parties and celebrated victories. One of my favorite moments was when our therapy dog, Skye, granted us one last visit. She comes twice a month to my classroom for reading, but mainly, it’s for connection. So many of my students have some difficult backgrounds and are pretty emotionally detached. ¬†Sweet Skye helps bridge those gaps for a lot of the students, but especially for one little guy. He hardly smiled, except when Skye was around, and he was totally engaged when reading to her. ¬†So on this last day of school, he got to hug her and walk her one more time and we all were thankful for the time well spent.¬†thankfulthurs22

The next day the staff corralled children and tried to keep them occupied which wasn’t easy without much structure in the day. ¬†At 11:00 the teachers lined up and waved gleefully at the buses leaving the campus. ¬†(Dare I say that some of the teachers even danced!!) ¬†And then, we as a staff were off to…an entertainment center to celebrate as a team! ¬†I almost missed out on the fun because my list of “to-dos” was longer than I could stand, but reluctantly went because this team of teachers and staff are a team worth celebrating with. ¬†And I’m so glad I went. ¬†We got to choose from bowling and putt-putt and laser tag, and I chose…laser tag! ¬†Was so much fun I couldn’t stand it! And I came home and announced to my boys that we should all go as a family soon so I can show them my skills, ha! ¬†They laughed so hard and seemed shocked that I’d choose laser tag over bowling or putt-putt. Not sure if I should be offended by that or not, but I’ll let it go for now.

I also got to hold a sweet little brand new baby boy. Has been a while since I’ve held a little one in my arms. ¬†And, it so reminded me of all of the little movements and mannerisms that little ones have. ¬†The sights, the sounds, the smells…nothing like a baby. ¬†I got to hold the little guy for awhile, and when I gave him back found myself just thanking God that I got to be a mom for all those years with little ones in my arms and at my feet. They’re so grown up, now, but my heart and mind can go back to those days in a moment’s notice. ¬†Sweet sweet memories. ¬†Well, most of them, anyway!

So, the next day, Tan’s baseball game was cancelled and ¬†I felt relieved that there was a little space in my day. ¬†We (he) drove, and we ended up down at the Greenway for a walk. ¬†It was absolutely beautiful, and so fun to spend time catching up with Tanner.

The sun was just going down and seemed to dance on the water. ¬†Loved our time. ¬†We even got to see one of his favorite teachers who also happens to be the mom of one of my older children’s friends. ¬†Was so good to see her and catch up a bit. Yep, lots to be thankful for.

The next day, the game wasn’t cancelled and we got to enjoy a good game. ¬†Well, actually, it might not be classified as a ‘good’ game cause we lost 16 to 2. ¬†But boy oh boy did we cheer for those two runs, and every victory. ¬†One of the little victories was a catch that Tan made out in left field! ¬†(It was after missing two out there and when the ball started flying over shortstop my heart started praying like crazy that he’d make the catch.) ¬†He made it and I said “Phew” and a grandmother sitting near me on the bleachers smiled a sweet smile at me and said, “I bet these kids prayer lives are getting pretty strong out there.” ¬†Yep. ¬†Probably so. ¬†And probably their parents’ as well…Oh, and it was cool to hear, “You got this kid” when the “kid” saying it was my kid coaching his younger brother. ¬†Chase is out there for every game helping the ¬†team. ¬†Love that. He’s the one in the photo holding the clipboard and giving me a goofy look. ¬†I guess that’s what I get when I ask to take his picture…

So, that brings me to today, and the ride with Tan, and the conversations.  He and his teen-aged bearded scruffy self did pretty well driving.

We made it home. Another big “Phew” for sure. ¬†At times it doesn’t feel like such a small miracle, especially when there are 6 cars behind you and your son seems to be looking at them in the rear view mirror more than he’s looking straight ahead. ¬†Great analogy…not good to spend more time looking back than living in the moment of the day and moving forward. ¬†Nope, not good at all, especially when the car seems to have a magnet drawn to all of those perfectly straight mailboxes centimeters away from an encounter with a moving vehicle. So, yes, more praying through things. ¬†The little and the big. ¬†Thankful God doesn’t discriminate between the two, but hears it all and says, “Cast your cares on Him for He cares for you.” ¬†Love, Love, Love that. ¬†thankfulthurs23

So, ¬†I have a heart of gratitude. Period. ¬†For this moment, right here, right now, and those moments in the week when I’m so aware that life is a gift. Period. Sometimes the moments lead me to pray hard hard hard urgent prayers, and sometimes, they lead me to just thank God big time. ¬†And sometimes, I just find myself clinging to the fact that I am clueless about the next minute ahead but thankful that God isn’t. ¬†And that chases fears away…sometimes quickly, sometimes not. Amazing the catalysts for prayer like baseball and driving. ¬†Praying that God will use the moments of our days to bless and build up and move forward. ¬†Thankful that the ordinary is extraordinary when seen through eyes of faith knowing that we are not alone and not just our own. How big is that truth? ¬†I don’t think that any of us can really grasp the enormity of that. ¬†But thankful for the glimpses.

Well, I’ll close for now. ¬†Thanks for sharing in my little stories of the week..

Blessings ~

Heather

 

“Taste and see that the Lord is good. ¬†Blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.”

Psalm 34:8

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Lazy golden sun

in a periwinkle sky

Silhouette of trees

On a gentle road that winds

Breathing in the sights

Breathing once again

Thankful for the sights

On this day’s end

Never ceases to amaze me

the wonder of it all

The Creator of the sky

Is the Creator of the small

He Beckons with the sights

He Beckons with the sounds

Yes, creation speaks

And His glory resounds

Creation breathes

and this thankful heart just pounds

with praise

for the beauty

He has made.

 

 

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Today…am thankful for…

…rain that comes in gently and leaves quietly, but leaves a trail of refreshment and¬†rejuvenation.

I’m thankful for the way the rain revitalized the purple flowers¬†that have bloomed all summer, but seemed a bit tired and in need of a lift…much like the one writing this blog.

I’m thankful for …

…the ability to walk in a store, buy the oil that my car needs, pay for it, drive away with it, and then ‘feed’ it to the car that has clearly let me know with red lights that it’s time for oil. ¬†I’m ¬†so thankful that after putting the oil in, the caution lights on the dash quietly disappeared. ¬† Phew. ¬†Relief.

I’m thankful for…

…the ability to work, and then the gift to be able to have time to rest at home, and then after a little rest, to “work” at home and do some of the little things that make a big difference in the days of those I love.

…quesadillas that are not only delicious, but also the fastest dinner to prepare ever.

…stories of people I meet every day, and the desire to hear them.

…pictures from the other side of the world that are worth a thousand words and bring so much joy and peace.

…an awareness that paths are chosen, but often so very preordained. ¬†Thankful for those who have the ears to hear the One who is leading, and the joy that they have when they can see the way He’s prepared for them all along.

…thankful for creative touches and the way they bring joy to all types…girls in apartments, young men in their workshops, and young men traveling on trains overseas…creative outlets are gifts to be used and shared. ¬†I’m thankful for the joy that happens when art is shared.

…for hugs from little ornery kindergarteners who are trying so hard to stay in line, but just can’t make their little bodies be still, and for the way their little faces light up when they see a smile smiling straight at them.

…for rescued baby squirrels and the lesson the kindergarteners (the same ones TRYing to stand still in line outside while waiting for the bus…) learned as they saw¬†a mama squirrel rush down the tree and rescue the baby squirrel that fell. ¬†I’m so thankful for little lessons that say that life matters. ¬†It matters. ¬†Those little five year olds “in line” knew the life of the baby squirrel matters. ¬†They knew. ¬†Life matters.

…thankful for a son that went to church yesterday and couldn’t wait to go to Young Life tonight. ¬†Praying for open ears and hearts and for God to use these moments to help direct the paths of the youth who show up. ¬†Praying that there’s unity and inclusion and hope for all there…that none feel like that little squirrel abandoned on the sidewalk. ¬†And if any do feel that way? That there’d be someone who comes to rush in and rescue and love well. ¬†LIfe matters. Every life. And how we treat each other matters. ¬†It so matters.

…thankful for conviction and the desire to respond. ¬†For lessons learned and grace that covers and makes me want to do better.

…thankful for the Word of God and how it convicts of sin and covers with grace all in one fair swoop….the key is eyes to see, a heart to confess, and an awareness of the incredible price that was paid.

…I’m thankful that God often comes like that gentle rain that came and left so quietly today. It didn’t leave without a trace,¬†and God doesn’t either. ¬†Thankful for refreshment that comes as I seek His Presence. ¬†Thankful for the traces He leaves behind and the rejuvenation that He calls us to. Like a flower after a gentle rain, He refreshes and renews.

…thankful for “Thankful Thursdays” because it makes me think about the day and all of the amazing little moments in a day that are nothing but pure gifts.

Blessings ~
Heather

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