Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The Thanksgiving holiday is one of my favorites... food, football, family, friends and lots of fun. but, originally, it was meant to be a day to pause and give authentic thanks to God. Unfortunately, for many, including myself, thanksgiving is more of a one-day holiday than a way of life. I don't know about you, but I have been blessed beyond comprehension, and even in the unwelcome moments of life, I have so much to be thankful for.
What would it look like if i ONLY spoke words of gratitude the entire week of Thanksgiving? If I went so far as to look at a pile of laundered clothes that awaits my folding and putting up, a somewhat mundane task, and instead think and speak out loud, "God, thank you for these clothes, for providing covering." If every time next week I am faced with a person in midst of a complaint, I tell them why I am thankful to God they are in my life.
So Starting this Monday mornign and going through this Sunday evening, I'm challenging myself to live an entire week full of thanksgiving.
Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. (Ephesians 5:4 ESV)
Anytime I'm tempted to think/say/do something negative (filthy, foolish, crude or otherwise unthankful) I will instead choose, in that very moment to give thanks to God for His blessings in my life.
If you'd like to join me, please leave a comment saying so AND repost this (in your own words, if you'd like... no need to link me) on your blog, twitter, facebook, etc. and challenge your friends to do the same. Even if you're not reading this until after Monday morning, it's never too late to take up a good challenge. And, keep in mind that nobody who takes this challenge is going to make it an entire week without missing the mark... so, when that happens to you, just pick yourself back up- thank God for helping you learn and for the motivation to try- and start again!
Blessings to each of you,
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
From the moment family and friends started to arrive for the festivities we began having fun!
There were toast's ... and presents....
food... and Family!
It was a wonderful start to a great day!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
It is now One Month till our Wedding Day! I am so excited and so ready for this day to get here! I have secured location, preacher, flowers, food, entertainment, dress, wedding party and photographer! Now on to the minor details... like nails, hair, shoes... gifts, poems, thank you's and speeches! I dont think Zach is as overwhelmed as I am but he has been there with me for every step in this process! I can't believe how wonderful he is and I know our wedding day is going to be so special! I love him with all of my heart and we are so much better together!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
This is the wall in one of the guest rooms upstairs- it backs up to a bathroom- so they had to cut the whole length of the wall out to get to the tub/shower and toilet/sink in the bathroom...
Monday, July 20, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I am back on the road to recovery though.
I was down with pneumonia this time and in the hospital for about 11 days. I am so glad to be back home! I am now getting back to work for half days and then I should be back up to full speed.
As a result of all this sickness I have put off wedding stuff for a bit-- but I am excited to get back to it! Time is counting down and I am getting more and more excited!
I will post more in a day or two!
Hope everyone else is doing well! And thank you all for all the prayers! I love you!
Monday, June 22, 2009
So today is Father's Day...
This day is a hard one...
my father has been gone for 4 years this year
and I miss him so much. He was the best man I will ever know.
I am sharing some pictures of the beautiful cross
that we donated to our church in memory of my dad.
It is beautiful, and it is simple-
but it makes a strong statement-
just like my dad did when he was alive.
I love you dad, and miss you very much. Happy Fathers Day.