Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Filling Me

This counting, adding up, becoming aware of all of the blessings in my life is how He is filling my heart. Discovering that He is enough, always enough. As long as I have Him, my heart is always full. Even in the toughest of times, the most unlikely of places.

In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Giving thanks in everything, learning this is where we find more of Him. We learn He fills us up when nothing or no one else can. And in that find the gift of His goodness in all things.

This week, as we pause to give thanks, etch the moments on your heart. For He is good, always.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Psalm 136:1





An unexpected nap on the floor, exactly the same way I would find her at six months old. Sweet memories.



~That she counts my kisses, and says "only three?"
~Holding little hands
~Lunch with a dear friend
~Warm blankets
~Swinging with her on my lap
~Never ending belly laughs
~He is always, always, always good
~Watching Daddy read her books in front of the fire
~Discovering precious, precious new books
~Watching her read
~Our fuzzy Alex, despite his quirks
~Singing
~Rediscovering old childhood favorites with Anastacia
~His grace in teaching me to trust Him
~Catching glimpses of the baby still in her
~Making ornaments to remember Isaac
~Family days
~Eucharist, remembering Him
~A friend to bless me with new perspective



Saturday, November 19, 2011

Special Friends & Great Grandma

It never ceases to amaze me how God will place exactly the right people in your path at the perfect moment. We were blessed to have lived next to one of the sweetest families for a short eight months, but it seems like we have know each other a lifetime. Our families just clicked...


Who says you can't get in on making over the girls if you are a boy???






Oh my, the finished product. Could there be anymore sparkle and pink?

They ended up moving, but fortunately for us they aren't but a couple of hours drive, close to Great Grandma and Anastacia's newest obsession~OU:)

Visit with Great Grandma Neva. I can only pray that I still live on my own and am this sharp at 92!


Great grandma has awesome climbing trees, perfect to occupy a busy six year old!



Wonderful friends, family and a beautiful weekend! All three make for fun, precious memories.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Decrease

My prayer...

Decrease me until all that is left is You...




"He must increase but I must decrease." John 3:30

Pausing to give thanks, slowly learning in bending of knee giving of thanks, His gifts become more and more, as I become less and less.

~Heaven sent gifts
~Drumming of rain
~Cousins playing
~Her joy in sending a letter to a new friend
~Love her excitement in going to Whole Foods
~Fall mornings
~Gardening with my daughter
~Listening to a sweet voice practicing new Christmas songs
~His grace as I learn to trust
~Time to read




Monday, November 7, 2011

Her Heart

Her view of the world, the perspective of a six year old, makes me wonder if that is why I have found so much healing through her? Her joy and love for life, it is humbling to me. She leaves me in awe moment by moment throughout the day. Watching her live without expectation, finding joy and wonder in all her moments. Life is a beautifully wrapped box, a gift always waiting to be opened. I watch her open, discover, and experience it with so much joy. This is healing, this grows gratitude.

Seeing the world through her eyes, I am seeing more of His kingdom...

He said to them, "Let the children come to me.
Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of God
belongs to those who are like these children.
I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn't
receive the Kingdom of God like a child
will never enter it." Mark 10: 14-15




~Her heart, the love that is in it
~Her excitement over giving away
~New life
~Women, sisters to do life with
~When the world seems shaky, having Amos by me
~Hugs and being missed
~Six year old artwork
~Doors opening
~Sunny fall days
~The perfect golden leaves



Saturday, November 5, 2011

Letting go

This was asked to me recently...

Has God ever allowed the threat of trouble in your life to drive you to your knees? If so, what did you learn through the experience?

And oh my did it hit home. I think I have spent more time on my knees the last six months than probably my entire life. Learning that without Him, I would not have survived the last several months. I can't do it, I could not rely on my own self-sufficiency. I wish I could describe to you the feeling of knowing He is carrying me, the peace that I have had so many times. Peace that can only be from Him, because otherwise it just doesn't make sense. The overwhelming feeling of knowing that He will never let go of me.

For the LORD will go ahead of you;
yes, the God of Israel will protect
you from behind. Isaiah 52:12

When life gets crazy, no matter the situation, have the courage to turn to Him. When there is less of us, there is more of Him.

"You're blessed when you're
at the end of your rope.
With less of you
there is more of God
and his rule." Matthew 5:3

Let go of that rope, He will be there to catch you. Never letting go of you, He will guide and sustain you no matter what.