Friday, February 15, 2013

22 Days of Thankfulness


Colossians 1:12-14

English Standard Version (ESV)


...giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,

in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Who I am

I have been inspired to write a post about who I am and what some of my lifestyle philosphys are. I know this does not sound exciting, profound or anything special but for me it is all of the above.

You see, I have always been a wanderer, someone who goes along through life floating around, at times clinging to something tightly then mentally moving on. This has been the way I have patterned my life for so long yet it did not quite settle within me. This strolling through life really felt and was a bouncing through life hoping to finally land where I belonged. It has not always felt good and in reality felt quite bad. See I never really ventured out of the box I had created for myself. I never even left my home state or even the region of the state I have lived in since I was 15 years old.

I never made to conscious decision to see who I truly was and what I was all about. I just strived to find a comfortable state of being wherever I found myself mentally. This sounds like a good place to be but it has not been for me because I was constantly striving to feel right. I would think I had found my place then the wind got a little breezy and I would abandon the sailboat.

I am in a state of feeling like things are solidifying themselves around who I am. I have opinions, passions, commitments, likes, dislikes surrounding things I now consider core things that make up a fanstatic life. For this, I am so grateful.

I have realized and then embraced that I am...

A minimalist: I love simple designs and clutter free environments.

A simple dresser: I love natural fibers and simple lines in clothing.

A purist when it comes to food: Give me some veggies, butter and a tiny taste of grassfed meat and there is a taste explosion happening in my mouth.

An explorer of natural, herbal health: I get giddy when thinking about concocting my family's herbal healthier salves, soaps, cleaners etc.

A gardener at heart: I so love to watch and observe the garden growing process and taste the delights they produce as well as smile when I put the not so delightful things in the compost pile.

A mom who truly with all my heart loves to protect my son's childhood: I am VERY passionate about this one. I am so drawn to the Waldorf inspiration and how I can keep Jake in environments ( mentally, spiritually as well as physically ) where he can be in the blissful bubble of childhood as long as he needs.



More to come later, it is time for Jake and I to bake our muffins. Image by http://24.media.tumblr.com/1b075b5453c2684682e36a7738bdfaab/tumblr_mi0qwyB9jE1qgc585o1_500.jpg



Monday, February 4, 2013

Soul searching

I have been doing alot of soul searching lately. At times it has even felt like naval gazing, a bit painful, too much work, and a touch of self centeredness I want to stay away from. All in total it has been a blessing.

If the truth be told, I have always been separated by my own discontent. I have created alot of my own discontent due to the choices I have made as well as the choices I have refused to make. I have often felt like I was not measuring up and that I am always behind. I am moving into a spot in my life that I realize many of those thoughts are not accurate and often out and out untrue. This revelation has freed up so much more energy to focus on the present and EUREKA that is where contentment lies for me.

I have an amazing life. I have an amazing family. I have a comfortable home. I have a reliable car to drive. I have so very much. I have time to myself and time to spend with others. I have access to quiet as well as activity. I have inspiration all around me. And I always have. Today that is more than enough.

I have spent so much time wanting more. That time is over because I already have more than enough to spend my time and energy on. Thank you God for giving me Grace and Mercy during my doubting times. Thank you God for opening my eyes to what is today.

22 Days of Thankfulness

Joy Comes with the Morning

A Psalm of David. A song at the dedication of the temple.
Psalm 30

I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up
and have not let my foes rejoice over me.
O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
and you have healed me.
O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;
you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.


Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,
and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger is but for a moment,
and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.


As for me, I said in my prosperity,
“I shall never be moved.”
By your favor, O Lord,
you made my mountain stand strong;
you hid your face;
I was dismayed.


To you, O Lord, I cry,
and to the Lord I plead for mercy:
“What profit is there in my death,
if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
Will it tell of your faithfulness?
Hear, O Lord, and be merciful to me!
O Lord, be my helper!”


You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
you have loosed my sackcloth
and clothed me with gladness,
that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever

Saturday, February 2, 2013

22 Days of Thankfulness


Colossians 3:15-17

English Standard Version (ESV)


15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Friday, February 1, 2013

22 Days of Thankfulness

Tell of All His Wonderful Works


105 Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
2 Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works!
3 Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
4 Seek the Lord and his strength;
seek his presence continually!
5 Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,

Thursday, January 31, 2013

22 Days of Thankfulness


Philippians 4:6-8

English Standard Version (ESV)


6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.