Giving Thanks Conclusion & Random Musings

Remember that you are en route to heaven,
and let your problems fade in the Light of eternity.
~Sarah Young in Jesus Calling

     Well, here it is the last day of November. Another day crossed off from the calendar of my life.
It seems I was just planning all my intentions for the past year and whoosh the year is almost to a close. I know we have the holidays and much merriness ahead and I also am ecstatic, as we are finally heading out to get our Christmas Tree tonight. Yet, I am mourning the passing of another year. Why? Honestly the start of another year fills me with hope and apprehension. This last year has brought many trials, and I am starting to realize as I get older that the trials are not less. They seem to be increasing. Yet, what I also notice is that in all of this turmoil, there is a solid center of peace. Could it be that even I am acquiring the “quiet spirit” that is mentioned in scripture:

Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. 
(2 Peter 3:4). 

A girl can hope, right?

Today, I am concluding my “Giving Thanks Challenge” with a big thank you to Leah at South Breeze Farm. I know everyone did a slightly different take on this challenge but I tried to write daily and it has been such a wonderful experience. I hope to join in next year! Thanks, again Leah for hosting!
I also will say I had so many more thanksgivings than could fit here in one month! Two of those are very special posts I want to mention because and I will be writing about my Pastor and his wife, and also the ministry of Moms In Touch and the Retreat which I was grateful to attend this year. I am blessed and grateful for each of these, but have to write as I am led and often when I sit down with a plan to write something, God leads me someplace I did not intend to go! But it is all good- and I will get to these and share the blessings with you soon!

I want to thank Jenny Penton for helping to kick off my Inspiring Women series with the FREE giveawayand her vision for women and planning. I will be drawing the winner Friday! It’s not too late to enter – just click here and leave a comment – after you read the fabulous post by Jenny, of course!  

Last night after having been contemplating this quote that has been making the rounds on the internet, I decided to get crafty about it! Here are the results:

On the scrap table!
On the fridge

Because you REALLY want to know, this is the most overplayed Christmas CD I own
Yes, it is playing now! 

 I am trying to read “The Old Man and The Sea” by Ernest Hemingway. A short read, indeed, yet when my head finally hits the pillow lately, this jobless wonder is exhausted! Go figure! 
And now I want to share the beauty I have chased and tried to capture this week!
The sky, which I consider the great canvas of God, has been quite spectacular! Or as some old friends used to say, “And now here’s something we hope you you’ll really like.”I can guess your age, if you recognize this line from a famous cartoon.

Monday night the sky was ablaze with color!I caught these at the Marina near my house ( I was on my way to the market and derailed to chase the sky- life is short, friends!)

Yesterday’s walk 

 These waves were rockin’ the shoreline today!

Let me ask you this question, did you see anything beautiful today? Beauty is everywhere in nature and it refreshes the mind and awakens the senses-Look around! 

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Dawn Paoletta is the author of Journaling for Discovery and Delight. Her writing is included in several anthologies and her poems have been included in the Wickford Poetry and Art Exhibit and Books. Dawn is currently working on her next book. Inquiries at

7 thoughts on “Giving Thanks Conclusion & Random Musings

  1. Let's see – my grandson said to me today – he's ten – this year has gone so fast. I told him – when you're my age – your neck hurts it goes so fast.Your pictures of your sites around your home are gorgeous!And I do think when you come out of the trails – and look at yourself and your life – that if you have indeed survived them – then you get to a point that they have either made you bitter or better – a choice of sorts.I know that you will be better and strong after this year.Love and Happy December.sandie


  2. Your photos are always so beautiful! I agree, the coming year scares me a little as well. This year has been thrilling, hubby came home from Afghanistan, and yet at the same time sad since my daughter has left and is away at college now. Good post!


  3. I read the Old Man and the Sea years ago. I love to read but it also makes me tired. There are so many things to do during the day that I always wait until the end of the day. That doesn't work out very well.


  4. The beach is my happy place, my place of peace…and it's been a couple of years since I've been there. Thank you for posting these photos for me to get lost in. 🙂


  5. Oh I love that gentle and quiet spirit verse. One of my favorites. I am actually working on a piece of art with it now! And what a great quote that you have made to put in your home. A wonderful reminder to have around! These photos… these photos are so beautiful! 🙂


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