Monumental Monday- Celebrating 1000 Gifts (and Counting)

Steppingstone Falls in West Greenwich, Rhode Island
A very hidden place!
 My sweet girl took this picture Saturday as we enjoyed an impromptu
walk in the scenic woods of our beautiful state, Saturday afternoon.

My BIG news breaking is that not only did I have a wonderful weekend with much to thank God for but I also hit 1000 in my “paper” 1000 Gifts Journal. I actually keep two, AN online (here at the blog) one and my spiral bound, handmade version. Pictured below.


Here is my 1000th!

You can see Aurora watching over my every move.
Guaranteed, if I lay open a book, she is there.
She actually was sitting inside pizza boxes this time. 
Seriously?
Sister Ashley. She lays by the food bowl and heater all day.
No flies on her. She does sleep on my stomach at night.
Like a heating pad.
I wrote a little Christian Meditation  this weekend.
Confident Heart

I am excited to attempt to do Rene Swope’s Online Book and Bible Study beginning April 1!
If any of you remember I failed my last attempt! However it led to a wonderful surprise and the pictures below. So obviously it was a blessing that I failed? AT least it proved He does work things together for good… and God Sized Surprises!

This was all due to a very, sweet, thoughtful friend named Kristy who decided I needed this book because I was not having the Kindle version. I like REAL books. 
I am READY to DO IT! No Fooling, this time!
Onward to A Confident Heart.
Feel free to join me. Just pop on over to Rene’s
to find out more and sign up!
Saw this movie and loved it. I will Blog my thoughts on it as I thought there was so much more to love about this story and will argue the fact with anyone who wants to go at it.
I love the heart of the movie, and the heart of it’s main character.
Finished this book this weekend and will be reviewing it this week. Stay tuned. Great read. A cold drink of water for needy, hurting Christians, but a nice slap in the face for the Pharisee crowd. Support for those who have kids that are challenging, without the usual gag me with a pitchfork, Christian jargon and advice. Thank you Brenda Garrison!
 Have a GREAT WEEK! 



Cat Naps and Nine Lives {Faith Life Preservers-Day 24 }

Credit
 He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber…
Psalm 121:3

No day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap. 

Carrie P. Snow
 I’m one of those people who mostly does not value sleep as much as I should.
In the back of my mind my whole life I hear the chanting voice that never subsides,
“Life is short, life is short, life is short.”
 I burn the candle at both ends and trust God for the day when I won’t need sleep,
but instead live only to praise the days away.
So I think to myself, why not now?

The desire is there but my flesh keeps kicking at the goads.
I see Jesus burning the wick from both ends and a fire is lit within me.
I see Him, everywhere with people.
I see Him slipping away in the morning hours.
I see Him available.
I see Him alone at Gethsemane.

I see me shadowing Him.
Where is He?

My Sunday School kids and I are learning Psalm 121.
We talk about how God never sleeps nor slumbers.
They study my response; I share their awe
as we consider the reality that
while we sleep, He never sleeps.
He is always alert to each of us.

I see Jesus, sleeping in the boat.

I get tired.
I grow weary.
I struggle to stay afloat in a waterspout of doubt that
wants to engulf me in a cloud of despair.

Faith keeps me afloat.
Because unlike a cat I don’t have nine lives.
I’m banking on one.
And I’m learning what it means to value rest.
To not reject that which God modeled at the inception of the World.

I see Jesus, sleeping.
Giving me permission to rest a bit.
I see Jesus reminding me to not grow weary, to not doubt,
to stay awake.
Alert.
But also to rest.
I hear him whisper soft,
“Come away with me to a quiet place and get some rest.”
(Mark 6:30-32)

Trusting He is with me, and in me.
I stretch out, thankful and content.

I learn the secret of the cat.
That naps and sleep are good.
Day or night.

Go get your Cat Nap on- Faith Life Preserver
The life you save may be your own!

I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.
Psalm 16:7

I catnap now and then, but I think while I nap, 
so it’s not a waste of time. 
Martha Stewart

31 Days of Faith Life Preservers 
October 1-31, 2012
See all other Faith Life Preserver Posts HERE.

Check out all of the other 
31 Day Topics and Bloggers HERE!

I have decided to keep it quiet by not replying to comments over here
 for the next few weeks.
I will instead be visiting and reading blogs and trying to keep pace
 with my own life and writing!

Please accept the words here as gifts, and have a blessed day.

 I can always be reached
via e-mail and on the FB page.
Grateful for you.

Hello {Wordless Wednesday}

       This is Ashley and Aurora. 

They want to say hello to 
Tsunami and Legend.

Ashley

Aurora

“Hello, Boys!”

Best wishes in your new home!

Distraction




Mr. Naughty Pants has met his match! 

Aurora makes herself at home during my quiet time.

As if I don’t have enough trouble staying focused!



Linking with:


Magnificent Monday

Picture: Handiwork of the greatest Artist that ever was and IS- God!

This has been quite a week, friends. Would you like tea or coffee? 
Please, sit down and get ready for a wild ride.
Thank you for taking time to visit. So here’s how the week went…
Ashley

Monday started with another expensive visit to the vet for our little Ashley. Apparently her colon nerves are not optimally firing and this is leading to some…ahem…problems, as you can well imagine. You think you have problems? I pray that “your colon nerves fire optimally” may well be a gracious prayer to pray on any given day. Go ahead say it…Um…Eewwww!

Tuesday brought another unexpected adventure with animals into my life, as I shared here on the blog. I encountered a Merciful Moment with a dying bunny and the plans I had made for the day were suddenly changed.

Wednesday I have set aside for my Hub’s Mom, Grace. This week he and I went to visit and have lunch with her. We also helped arrange her hutch with all her little lifelong treasures. She and my Father In Law had moved in February to their new apartment on the first floor of their second eldest son’s home just before  he passed away this April. She gave me a sweet little Tea set – it is actually an espresso set but I think it is adorable for a “spot” (literally) of tea, as well!

Thursday is the day I pray with some lovely ladies at my daughter’s school (Moms In Prayer). Since last week I was a teensy bit discouraged initially that none had come and I prayed alone, I was ecstatic to have a partner with which to pray! I had planned (see the theme of the week) to head to a coffee shop for some quiet time after prayer BUT the Lord had other plans…first I had a text from a mom asking for me to serve lunch for her (we alternate weeks). That was no problem. Then the art teacher asked me to decorate some cans to be used as pencil holders: FUN and I used the the scraps I had from the star punches I had already started on- darn I should have gotten pictures! WaLa: time was gone, POOF! But it was wonderfully perfect how God had my day all worked out again, and is all I needed to be was AVAILABLE to Him and flexible with my plans!

He has been having a good time messing with the 
“Not My Will (read Plans) but Yours” theme, this past week!

Friday I enjoyed another day of helping out at school to prepare for the Art Show – the art teacher is amazingly ambitious and turbo-charged in Christ! I returned at night, hub and girl in tow and enjoyed viewing the childrens wonderful creativity.
Here is a sampling of our girl’s work (2 out of the 4 pieces on display) . 

































Saturday My daughter got to connect with her “Fairy God-Mother” and attend a Ladies event at my old church. I attended a lovely shower for our Pastor’s daughter and got to catch up with a special friend.

Sunday Are you still there? I got a special blessing of a leather bound Thompson Chain Reference Bible. I gave my last one away years ago to a young man at church who could not afford one! He loved it and I know got much use out of it. I am not one who is short on Bibles, friends. But I want to tell you, this is a special treat to me. I am so excited about it-I almost don’t want to read it, but just adore it with my eyes- Don’t worry, I promise to thoroughly EAT it all up! I promise I won’t just gaze upon it’s loveliness without digesting the words! I also am reading these gems from our Church Library which I am excited to be helping organize this Summer. Are you sitting? I am ecstatic to have these books to read:

The Journals of Jim Elliot and The Savage My Kinsman by my favorite lady in Christianity Elisabeth Elliot!

Psych! Great find!

Here are the Bloggers I am praying for this week:
1. Pam @ In The Shadow Of His Wings -May 20, 2012
2. Toni @ Lakeside Lessons -May 21, 2012
3. Beth @ C.Beth Blog -May 22, 2012
4. Melanie @ Only A Breath -May 23, 2012
5. Carissa @ Lowercase Letters -May 24, 2012
6. Emily @ Imperfect Prose -May 25, 2012
7. Kim @ Scattered Stones -May 26, 2012
It is not too late for you to join in at anytime and make a list of your own and link up! I am already prayerfully preparing my 2nd Round. There is flexibility in how you can go about this but a great way to remember to pray for each of those blogs in your Blogroll! I am making sure to add the ones I do not visit frequently as well, to allow God to use me as He wills. My goal is to pray for all the Blogs I follow. OK, so there will be many rounds! Now, you can also just join in by praying for the person on my list or of someone else’s list so we can be sure that where two or more are gathered together He is present! Yes! Barbie @ My Freshly Brewed Life and Nicky @ Simply Striving currently have committed to their own Blog List to pray, so feel free to join any one and just pray as God leads you for the specific Blogger and/or List!
I have decided to send my prayer to the individual Blogger 
through e-mail as opposed to publishing it on my blog
 to keep it personal and special as God leads.

Have a Wonderful Week and 
Blessed Be The Name of Our God!

PS: My “Multitudes on Monday” is in a previous post

miscellany monday at lowercase letters

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