I’m Thankful For…

  • The unconditional love of my Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ.            
  • His forgiveness.
  • His mercy.
  • His understanding.
  • His grace.
  • His patience.

I am thankful that He does not give up on me, even though I often want to give up on myself.  I’m thankful that He is understanding, when I am not.  I’m grateful that He has soooo much more patience than I will ever have!!  I get soooo incredibly frustrated with myself, but He is faithful to see me through!  He doesn’t have unrealistic expectations of me…He knows all my imperfections and weaknesses, and yet He loves me anyway!

However, He does, of course, expect me to press on in His strength. I can’t just give up,  because I don’t get things precisely right the first time!  I may not always do things perfectly and gracefully, but that is no excuse to quit trying! I am thankful that He spurs me on in love!

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**For more Thankful Thursday posts and participants, please visit Iris @ Sting My Heart.

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Kids and Cousins

Wordless Wednesday–May 28th

(Kids and Cousins–my kids, my brother’s, and Scott’s sister’s):

Kid’s Comments

My kids are constantly saying humorous things. I just realized today, that I haven’t posted any of their funny comments in a while. I don’t ever want to get too busy, bogged down, or too consumed in daily activities that I forget to take notice of the cute things they say. In the last couple of weeks or so, I think I’ve also started to get lost in the irritations of motherhood instead of gleaning the inexplicable joy.

You know, life is that way. Both are always there…the good and the bad. However, our experiences truly become more about where we choose to put our focus! Anyway, right now, at this moment, I wish to turn my attention toward some cute, funny moments and give you a glimpse of the good. Won’t you soak it up with me?!

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One day a couple of weeks ago, Kerry came up to me…asking for my help, while furiously rubbing his eye. Kerry exclaimed: “Mommy, my eye is hurting! I think I have an ‘eye-flash‘ in it!”

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Even though I only have two children (and a boy and girl at that), I still sometimes have a difficult time keeping their names straight. One morning, I continued to call Kerry by his sister’s name.

Finally, I said to Kerry, “S-a-r-a-h…I mean Kerry..Sorry, Mommy’s just getting old.”

Of course, like his daddy and his grand-daddy, little Kerry was very understanding and gracious about it.

“You’re getting OLD and WEIRD!” jokes little Kerry. “Hee, Hee, Hee!

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One day, a week or so back, the kids and I were at a local park. As usual, Sarah quickly made many new friends, but Kerry was a little apprehensive and tentative. Another little boy had been trying to play with him, when Kerry suddenly (and ever so “politely”) made the following proclamation:

I don’t know you, kid!! I don’t know you, and you don’t know me!”

The other friendly little boy reminded me of Sarah. He quickly responded, “Hi. My name is Ethan, and I am four.”

From that moment on, the two were instantly pals and got along great!

It’s O.k.

Yeah, it’s alright. It’s only the world.

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Yesterday, I got a little time to myself.  No hubby, no kids.  No “Mommy, Mommy!”  (I mean, don’t get me wrong, I dearly love my husband and kids, but I could use a break every few months!)

After some quality “R and R,”  I  did something I hadn’t done in quite a while.   I cut loose from the worries and stresses of life for a few minutes and had a little dance session!  I turned up the music, danced around, and sang to the top of my lungs!  It felt so liberating!  There was no one there to laugh at me, no one there trying to be heard over the music, and no one there competing for my attention.  Nope, it was just me and the tunes.  (Well, I take that back…the dog was there, but she didn’t care.  She raised her head a little, looked at me like I’d finally lost it, and then she went back to sleep).

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Only The World

By: Mandisa

Been a hard one
Been a bad one
Been a tough one
Been a sad one
It’s been just one of those days
That keeps chipping away at my heart
Nothin’ new here
It’s what I do here
It’s a stereotypical day in the life
I’m surrounded by all of the pain and the strife
But I know it’s alright

‘Cause it’s only the world I’m living in
It’s only today I’ve been given
There ain’t no way I’m giving in
‘Cause it’s only the world
I know the best is still yet to come
‘Cause even when my days in the world are done
There’s gonna be so much more than only the world for me

Anybody, do you hear me?
Do you feel me?
I mean do you feel me?
I know I’m not the only one wearing the weight of this world
We got problems, said it’s alright
Just remember, yeah it’s alright
Take a good look around
We’re just stuck on the ground for a little while
Don’t it make you smile

Heaven is a place
Where the tears on every face will be wiped away
Oh and I can’t wait to go
But for now, it’s enough to know
This is only temporary

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**Note: You can listen to this song here.

Doggie Delight

Aw-w-w, if you love doggies, these pics will delight you! Check out these darlings:

cute puppy pictures

funny dog pictures

funny dog pictures

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**Found above pictures at ihasahotdog.com

A Little Rain…

…is necessary and inevitable. Yes, into every life, a little rain must fall.

Grand Canyon Thunderstorm

However, we must not get lost in the despair of the storm, but instead look forward in hope for the sunshine that will follow. The rain won’t last forever…the sun will shine again.

We cannot feel the peace within the midst of the storm if we do not seek Him. Also, when the sun does return, we will not see it if we keep the shades drawn. We won’t feel the sun’s warmth radiating if we keep our door closed and never go outside. Likewise, we must keep our hearts open and receptive in order to experience the future good…

The Rainy Day

By: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

THE day is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains,and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
And the day is dark and dreary.

My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains,and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,
And the days are dark and dreary.

Be still, sad heart, and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

**Note: (I found the above poem here and the photos in this post were found here.

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Blue

Yes, the rain will come. There’s no doubt about that. However, we can find healing, peace, and comfort, even in the midst of it.

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Healing Rain

By: Michael W. Smith

Healing rain is coming down
It’s coming nearer to this old town
Rich and poor, weak and strong
It’s bringing mercy, it won’t be long

Healing rain is coming down
It’s coming closer to the lost and found
Tears of joy, and tears of shame
Are washed forever in Jesus’ name

Healing rain, it comes with fire
So let it fall and take us higher
Healing rain, I’m not afraid
To be washed in Heaven’s rain

Lift your heads, let us return
To the mercy seat where time began
And in your eyes, I see the pain
Come soak this dry heart with healing rain

And only You, the Son of man
Can take a leper and let him stand
So lift your hands, they can be held
By someone greater, the great I Am

Healing rain, it comes with fire
So let it fall and take us higher
Healing rain, I’m not afraid
To be washed in Heaven’s rain

To be washed in Heaven’s rain…

Healing rain is falling down
Healing rain is falling down
I’m not afraid
I’m not afraid…

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…For he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” –Matthew 5:45

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**Note: See Healing Rain by Michael W. Smith

Thankfulness

I’m a little late on this because our family was out of town all day yesterday and didn’t get back until late last night. Here’s my thankful list for this week:

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I’m Thankful For:

–The local park(s), “play dates” with other moms and their kids, and nice weather

–Nearby extended family for the kids (Grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, etc.)

–The nice visit we had at my brother’s Sat. (for his daughter Ally’s birthday party)

–Every day, every breath, and each moment with my family

–My husband, Scott…I’m thankful for the love we share and the good marriage God is helping us build.

–God’s presence, peace, and comfort for Scott’s family yesterday (at the funeral for Scott’s uncle)

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**For more Thankful Thursday posts and participants, please visit Iris @ Sting My Heart.