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Last evening I was given an incredible gift.  It was a custom-designed treat that touched my heart and lifted my spirit after a rough day.   Yesterday was an emotionally challenging day because my granddaughter had the surgery to fix her cleft palate.  The anxiety leading up to the surgery and the pain of watching her suffer as she woke up and began her recovery made it a very long and tiring day.  I was very thankful that the surgery went well and she was doing well.  All in all, it couldn’t have gone better and I was already feeling very thankful and blessed……..

…………then came the unexpected blessing.

 

I walked out on my front porch late in the evening and was greeted by the sight and scent of at least 30+ moon flowers.

 

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They grow all over the railing of my front porch and vine up to the ceiling as well.  I’ve grown moon flowers for many years and have never had a night with so many blooms.  If you haven’t had the pleasure of smelling a moon flower I recommend that you find a way to do so.  They have one of the sweetest and unique scents of any flower I’ve ever smelled.  They are also incredibly beautiful–so delicate and pure white.

 

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I brought out a glass of wine and simply enjoyed being surrounded by the beauty and the sweet aroma of my favorite flowers.

 

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I don’t see this gift as just good luck.  I’m learning more and more to accept these moments as gifts from a God who loves me and knows how to bring joy to my soul.  I’m also learning how to enjoy these gifts to their fullest.  🙂

 

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Your ‘gift’ might not be a porch full of moon flowers, but I would encourage you to look for those special little things that occur in your life and recognize them as gifts from above.

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MY VALENTINE “GIFT”

It is Valentine’s Day and I was given a VERY ‘cool’ gift—a beautiful snowy morning.

 

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As I stepped out the back door I was greeted with a view that literally made me stop in my tracks.   Everything was covered with a layer of beautiful, white snow.  Something about the snow clinging to the branches made me feel like I had stepped in to a winter wonderland.  Being in the season of Lent and purposefully focusing on the gifts God has given me, I couldn’t help but see this as a Valentine gift from the only One who can create such beauty.  

I could not resist the urge to bundle up and head out for a walk with my dog, Denver.  I took my camera along in order to capture some of this beauty while it lasted.  With the sun beginning to shine on the trees, I knew the snow wouldn’t last long.

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As I walked through the beautiful, white carpet of snow, it felt so invigorating and cleansing.  Seeing all of nature covered in white reminded me of a scripture that was read last night at the Ash Wednesday service.  Psalm 51:7 :Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.  There is nothing more pure and clean than a fresh snowfall.  

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As I came to the part of the path where the sun had been shining the longest, I could already hear the snow beginning to melt and fall to the ground.  I knew that it was only a matter of time before all of the trees, bushes and grass would lose their snowy covering.  Being aware of this, I savored each moment and tried to appreciate every bit of the natural beauty as I walked.

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Denver, my Golden Retriever also appreciated this special gift.  When he first realized that we were going for a walk in the snowy field he began to frantically run around in large circles.  It’s like he was so delighted that he just couldn’t contain himself any longer.  It almost made me wish I was a dog so that I could find that much joy and excitement from something as simple as the snow.

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As I headed back to the house to begin the work of the day, I stopped and took a few deep breaths and enjoyed the sounds of morning.  I silently said my ‘thank you’ for the gift and took one last look into the field.  Even now, looking out the window as I write these words, the trees are already bare.  I am still thankful for my beautiful Valentine gift, no matter how short-lived.  I want to carry that over in to the rest of my life—being thankful for ‘gifts’, even if they are only in my life for a short time.

HAPPY VALENTINE”S DAY!!!

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Friends

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As the holidays approach I’ve been thinking about various ‘gifts’ I have been given.  I am particularly grateful for my friends—I consider them a special gift.  As I think about them, I realize there are various kinds of friends and they are all of great value to me, but in different ways.

Some of my friends are more casual–someone that I might go out to lunch with or chat a bit over a cup of coffee.  They know mostly the surface things about me and the time I spend with them is fun — I look forward to being with them.  We share things about our lives, but they may only see the outer layers of who I really am.

I have a few friends with whom I inexplicably maintain a connection even if months or years pass between the times we talk.  When we do get together it’s as if no time has passed–we are able to pick up right where we left off the last time we spoke.  Those kinds of friends know the good and the bad about me and go down several layers closer to the core of who I am.

There is also what I like to call an ‘emergency friend’.  This would be someone I can call night or day in a time of crisis.  A simple phone call brings this person to my door ready to listen and help. This particular kind of friend provides comfort, guidance and prayer at times when I need it the most, even if we are not in touch on a regular basis.

Another kind of friend is my modern day ‘pen-pal’, a.k.a ‘email-buddies’.  I’ve never met some of these women face-to-face, but, have developed meaningful friendships with them through the computer.  I’ve often had my morning brightened by finding a message from one of these amazing women in my inbox.  We have shared joys and sorrows through our keyboards and they have been there for me and ‘listened’ when I needed to talk things through.

The most cherished kinds of friend are the ones who know the good, the bad and the ugly about me…..but they love me anyway.  They are willing to listen to my problems and they provide understanding and love.  They hurt when I hurt and feel joy when I feel joy.  I feel safe enough to share my heart with them and they in turn are brave enough to share theirs with me.  I am fortunate enough to have several like that and I don’t know where I would be without them.  They are almost all women who have experienced some kind of deep hurt or struggle which has somehow deepened their ability to love others and empathize with them.  These are ‘real’ women and are truly a gift.

There are also friends who are no longer a part of my life for one reason or another.  Some of them have affected my life in small ways and others have had a much greater impact.  I have a deep gratitude for the way I have been stretched and deepened by some of these very special women.  I can only hope that as they look back on our friendship that they are able to be thankful as well.

I am fortunate to enjoy a wonderfully diverse group of friends. It is refreshing to be exposed to so many different points of view.  I love being able to introduce my friends to each other and see them begin to develop a friendship. It is heart-warming to see them enjoying each other and appreciating those differences.

My life is much richer, deeper and fuller because of these special women and I am thankful for all of them.  Every single one of them is a very special ‘gift’ and I hope that I am the kind of friend that can be a ‘gift’ to them as well.

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