Thankful Thursday: 3 Gifts Sweet

3 Gifts Sweet

1.  I’m so thankful for this beautiful young lady that God gave to me. My sweet girl.  I’m continually impressed by her wisdom and grace. Her love for her family, her love for me.

She is a precious treasure, and I’m so proud to call her mine.

Me and my girl

 

2. This sweet moment between Grandpa and his little Grandson. I’m so thankful that I got to share in this moment, and that I was able to “capture” a little bit of the joy that was being shared between these two.

He truly is the best Grandpa ever.

R and the "frog"

 

2. And these.  Tasty little sweet and salty treats. I’m thankful that they are so simple and easy to make.

sweet treats

 

And these are just a few of the things that I am forever thankful for.  Join me by taking a few moments today to look around you and consider a few things “sweet” that you are thankful for!

 

“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies…but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find in every hour, some heavenly blessings.”

~ Harriet Beecher Stowe

Wordless Wednesday: Car Land

cars in the sandbox

Lord, Please Hear Our Prayers

Lord, Please Hear Our Prayers

by Tom Norvell

Father, please hear the prayers we offer.

Lord, please take away the sadness.  We are hurting. We are weary. There are days we cannot remember what joy felt like. Our hearts have been broken. We sometimes wonder if you really care … and if you are really there.  We are not sure how much we can bear.  So, in our sadness we pray, “Father, restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”

Lord, please take away the fear.  There’s so much happening that we don’t understand.  We struggle with the uncertainty.  We struggle to find confidence.  We are looking for reasons for hope. So, in our times of fear we pray, “Father, walk with us and hold us in Your strong hands.”

Lord, please take away the disappointment.  Too often we’ve put our trust in people; too often we watch them fail.  We put our hope in things; and things never last.  With each disappointment our hearts grow sicker as our hopes slowly seem to fade in the darkness.  So, in our disappointment we pray, “Father, help us to be faithful to You, and never forget Your promise to be faithful in all things.”

Lord, please take away the doubt. Deep in our hearts we know you care.  In the depths of our souls we know You are always near.  At times our faith is weak and our confidence is depleted.  So, in times of doubt we pray, “Father, open our eyes and open our ears.”

Lord, please take away the anger.  We are not by nature angry people.  But, there are times when the anger waits just beneath the surface to erupt at just the wrong moment. We don’t want that anger to take root in our hearts.  We want to let go of it and harbor no resentment.  We want to forgive.  So, in our anger we pray, “Father, forgive us as we forgive those who have sinned against us.”

Lord, please take away the hurt.  The hurts … well, they hurt.  The hurt seems to never end.  Pain is all around us.  Not just us, but people all around us are crying for relief.  So in our times of hurting we pray for Your healing hand to rest upon us, and to feel Your comforting Spirit within us, and that someday we might understand.

Lord, take away the loneliness.  There are times when loneliness almost completely overwhelms us.  We long for relationship.  We long for friendship.  We long for love.  We know You are always with us.  We know your love is real.  But, sometimes, Lord, we need someone we can touch, someone we can see, and someone we can feel.  So, in our loneliness we pray, “Fill us, Lord, with Your presence.”

Father, thank you for restoring joy to us, for calming our fears, for reassuring us of Your faithfulness, for opening our eyes and ears to the certainty of Your, for forgiving us of our sins, for healing us of our hurts, and for filling us with Your presence.  We love you.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.                          (Philippians 4:6-7)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge

When the earth, the sky and the sea converge…it really is a beautiful place!

at the beach

Thankful Thursday: 3 Gifts Autumn

3 Gifts Autumn

Well…I do live in San Diego, and some people would say that we don’t have a change in seasons, but we do.  It’s just not as drastic of a change as it is in, oh let’s say, Buffalo NY, for example!

1. So today, I am thankful that someone decided to plant these trees in my neighborhood, so that when autumn comes to San Diego, I get to experience the beautiful colors of fall.

leaves changing color

2. And in regard to those falling leaves in autumn…well, I’m thankful that I don’t have to rake them up when they fall to the ground.

leaves on the ground

3. And finally, probably one of my most favorite things that I am so thankful for when autumn finally arrives is…pumpkins. Why can’t we have pumpkins all year round? Just wondering. :)

pumpkin butter

There are a lot of reasons to be thankful, and traditionally, this is the time of year when our focus is on being thankful.  I certainly hope that you will be able to take a moment and look around and find at least one thing that you are oh so very thankful for.

“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.”
― Harry A. Ironside

Wordless Wednesday: Oh Yeah!

My guy!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement

This was my first attempt at an enclosed garden in my backyard…and it turned out to be an achievement that I am quite proud of!

The garden is at rest right now, but I learned a lot from this adventure, and I’m really looking forward to next season.

 

Take a look at what the rest of the world has been up to.  More amazing achievements can be found here!