Morning Beach Walk With My Nokia Lumia Phone and a GIF(t)

OK, so I still am trying to figure out how to use my new toys. One is my Surface Tablet, as many of you know. The other is my new best friend phone
I wanted to share the photos from my beach walk today, but I so love the one below, which I was able to download as a GIF. It’s just as if you are with me here in Narragansett, RI! 

I so love to be able to share the local Rhode Island beauty with you!
“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.”

— Wyland, Marine Life Artist


Giving Thanks Times Five at 5 Minutes for Faith

It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night. Psalm 92:1-2

To celebrate November, the writing team at 5 Minutes for Faith will be sharing simple posts to honor the Lord. Join us as we give thanks, and feel free to jump in and join us in the comments!
I will turn the comments off here, so you can join in with your thanksgivings there





Linking with Create with Joy for Friendship Friday, Missional Women for Faith-filled Friday

Rise and Shine (New Mercy Morning- Narragansett, RI)

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No Bad Beach Days {The Requirements of Friendship}

To myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me. ~Isaac Newton
It was a grey day following a stream of hot, sunny days that bore down on our little state sticky and relentless. But, it was the day we had planned to go to the beach. The official Beach Day. 
This one grey day, with 70 percent chance of rain threatening our anticipated plans.
Yet, there was beauty in it.
When you live this close to the ocean- a hop, skip and a jump away,
others from everywhere do like to come and play.
But not on a grey day. 
Not on a day when sweatshirts and blankets from Fall will make an impromptu appearance in June. And although the concession stand was closed, the bathrooms were open. 
What do brave and crazy children care if the sun is beating, or not, because once they arrive they pick up as if the sun is shining anyway. Into the chilly water, back out, rolling in sand, and digging in coolers looking for more and still more. Ball throwing, walking, wrestling and talking. Surfing and soaking in salty air. Minus the sun.
Minus, sweat and sunshine and sunburns.
Minus forgotten reapplication of sunscreen.
Minus overcrowded beach sand.
Yet, still this.
Beach chairs, blankets, books and conversation.
Friendship does not miss what it does not need.

And what does friendship require…
but present, willing, available hearts.
Friendship does not require sunshine and better still, there really are no bad beach days.
Life is better when we roll with what we get and make the best of it.
Because there is beauty to be had in it.
And in the end the rain never came. 
“Giving thanks to God is what ushers one into the very presence of God. And this is why He asks us to always give thanks. He comes to those with open, grateful hands. ~Ann Voskamp

 (From One Thousand Gifts Devotional -pictured above-which I will be reviewing soon but will tell you this. I am really enjoying these short but beautifully profound devotions from this best selling and dearly loved author!)
Linking with:
Christian Mommy Blogger for Fellowship Friday!

Reading List: Cozy Reading Spot
1-Minute Bible Love Notes
Missional Women


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Coastal Rhode Island Beach Walk

Hey, let’s walk today!
Narragansett Beach is different every single morning-
let’s go!

You just walked with me and saw what I saw on my morning beach walk this past week May 16th, Thursday between 6:15 and 7:00 AM EST.
My partner and fellow stone gathering friend, Jen.
Her hand holds the little crab in the above photo! 


Happy Wednesday!
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