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thankful for “enough”

It’s that time again, time to set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes of free writing without worrying about getting it right.

READY ~ SET ~ GO

ENOUGH

When I look back a couple years and consider all that I had in my life and compare it to what I have now – sometimes discouragement and discontent come knocking on my door.

But when I step back and get my focus straightened out – I realize and am grateful that I have enough.

Yes, I live in a little trailer ~ but it has what I need, a bed, a bathroom, kitchen and a comfortable chair to sit in.

I don’t have a glamorous or exciting job, I can’t say I help run a multi-million dollar business anymore ~ but I have a job that supplies the needs and gives me time to do the crafty stuff I enjoy.

There is much that I don’t have any longer ~ major debt, unsettled home, 14 hour work days, the stress of managing a failing company.

But I have a enough ~ God has kept His promise to supply all my needs.

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. Philipians 4:11

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 1 Timothy 6:6-8

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5 minute friday ~ expectation

Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays.

We write because we love words and the relief it is to just write them without worrying if they’re just right or not. So we take five minutes on Friday and write like we used to run when we were kids.

On Fridays we write with gusto, unselfconscious and flat out.

What can you write in five minutes flat? 

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~ Expectation ~

Expectations can be dangerous. People, situations, plans very seldom work out according to our “expectations”. If we aren’t careful, we can unfairly hold people accountable to our expectations, and be disappointed and discouraged. Because life isn’t turning out the way we expected.

My mother always told me, that I needed to keep forgiveness flowing because my expectations would not always be met. And that I needed to be willing to forgive and not hold a grudge against the person or people or situation.

For example, you think of the “starry-eyed” young woman as she plans her wedding and thinks of her married life to come. The couple could easily be crushed by her expectations and their failure to be able to live up to them.

But I am thankful there is one who has never failed me – as long as I keep my hope and expectation on God, I won’t be disappointed. I’m thankful I can trust Him, through every situation of life.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Jer 29:11-13

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from A to Z…

A little more about me from A to Z… 

Age:  43
Bed size:  twin right now
Chores that you hate:  cleaning the bathroom (mainly because mine is so small, it’s hard to maneuver in it)
Dog or Cat:  dog ~ love my Buddy
Essential Start to your day:  prayer
Favorite color:  greens/blues
Gold or Silver:  gold
Height:  5′ 1″
Instrument:  knitting needles or spinning wheel
Job title:  office manager
Kids:  2 step kids
Live:  “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ~ Dr Suess
Mother’s Name:  Leslie
Nicknames:  Marmee
Overnight hospital stays:  2 (1st when I was born 9 weeks early)
Pet Peeve:   ??
Quote:  “Only love can be divided endlessly and still not diminish.” ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Right or left handed:  righty
Siblings:  4
Time you wake up:  7:00 AM-ish
Underwear:  comfy please
Vegetable you hate:  canned peas
What makes you run late:  procrastination
X-rays you’ve had:  recently just dental
Yummy food: anything chinese or with bacon in it
Zoo animal:  giraffe

from Heather

5 minute friday ~ opportunity

Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays.

We write because we love words and the relief it is to just write them without worrying if they’re just right or not. So we take five minutes on Friday and write like we used to run when we were kids.

On Fridays we write with gusto, unselfconscious and flat out.

What can you write in five minutes flat? 

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~ Opportunity ~

I’m thankful for the opportunities I’ve had ~

  • the opportunity to work in my family’s business and then have to help close it down
  • the opportunity to be a wife and a step-mother, even though the relationship didn’t last, I’m thankful for those times and for the continued relationship with “my kids”
  • the opportunity to be raised in a family that loved and honored God in their everyday life
  • the opportunity to teach 2-3 year old in Bible Story Time at our church
  • the opportunity to downsize from a full house ~ to living with my parents ~ to living in a 24′ trailer with a shed
  • the opportunity to be part of a large extended family that loves each other and regularly gets-together

Sometimes the opportunities we receive are not quite what they originally appear, but if we “in everything give thanks”, God will work them out to be a blessing.

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perspective

I got a quick little lesson on perspective from nature yesterday. I was taking pictures of my oak barrel and it’s inhabitants, it’s fun to see little plants sprouting up. This is what the barrel looks like from up above…

It’s interesting to me, because I can see little sprouting plants all over, but it’s flat, there’s no dimension to it. So I decided to get down and personal with some of the plants…

So much more detail can be seen when you get on the same level…

You can even see the little weeds that are sprouting up also…

This one is my favorite, I actually took it in the morning as I was heading off to work. I love the water droplets and the light. This photo intrigued me so much that I came back and took the others in the evening.

These photos caused me to think about how I look at people and situations around me. Do I just look down from above in a casual and off-hand way? And say, “Oh that’s nice” and go on my way. Or am I willing to invest some time, to take a personal concern, and be willing to get up close and personal. When I’m talking about others, I’m not talking about being nosy and a busy-body. But just really being aware and concerned about problems and worries expressed. Going deeper, not keeping relationships shallow and only surface deep.

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Matthew 25:40

I also thought about how I look at myself. Again, is it just a surface view? I’m doing ok, I’m not any different than those around me. Or am I willing to look close to find the weeds that might be growing in my life?

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalms 139:23-24

This is my desire, to get closer to God and have Him search out the hidden corners ~ and show me where I am, and lead me to where I should be.

sharing with this or that thursday

5 reasons why hope is bright today

I read this post today and thought I can do this ~ I can list 5 reasons why hope is bright today.

And so today, there is bright hope because:

1.  God Is and He has everything in His hands

2.  Spring has come again and flowers are blooming

3.  Little kids and my puppy can make me laugh

4.  The ocean still rolls but it stops right where He says

5.  I can choose joy and choose to be thankful

What is your bright hope today?

” Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget, that until the day God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words, ‘Wait and Hope.” ~ Alexandre Dumas

sharing with this or that thursday

5 minute friday ~ family loud

Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays.

We finger paint with words. We try to remember what it was like to just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.

Where your words are welcome, just as they are!

Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking

Today’s word ~ LOUD

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Most of the time there are 18 of us

~ 11 adults & 7 kids

There is laughter and games

Lots of food and fun

Silly singing and thankfuls

Kids playing in the other room

Adults talking of life and playing card games

There are birthdays and anniversaries

And sometimes “secret pals”

There maybe a bible story or scripture

but there’s always prayer and love

It is once a month – family night

It is LOUD!

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