Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gratitude 115-130

Wrapping up Thanksgiving, I figured it was time for a gratitude post...or a thankful post. In a season that brings so much joy and love I feel its more than ever necessary to reflect on the blessings that we're given each and everyday.

115. shutterfly- I know I've said it before but this little website rocks my world...and it makes me so excited to put together a christmas card to send out to all our friends and family this year.

116. Celebrating our second holiday season as Mr and Mrs. This year I really felt MARRIED. like we were settled into our new roles and life was grand.

117. Our season of unemployment being overwith- the holidays were really hard last year knowing we only had one income- and this year I realize what a blessing it is to have two.

118. Josie- she has brought so much joy to our lives. I cannot imagine what it is like to love a child, because I am filled with so much love for this puppy. We recently found a small tumor on her neck- and had it removed, so please pray that it is not cancer, as I wouldn't know what would happen to our family if we lost our sweet girl too soon.

119. Good food- man I love enjoying thanksgiving meals- it is just COMFORT. at its best.

120. Making my home cozy- I love to decorate, and especially at the holidays making it warm, cozy and inviting during an NC christmas.

121. Christmas lights- seriously, why can't I leave them up all year?

122. My grandmother's handmade crochet snowflake ornaments- they, to me, are a family heirloom- and I am so proud to put them on my tree each year.

123. My patients at the hospital- for reminding me what a blessing it is that I get to spend the holidays at home instead of in a hospital bed.

124. Good books.

125. Good movies

126. NYC at Christmas- and our first trip in a little less than two weeks!!

127. NC Christmas Tree Farms- they are BEAUTIFUL.

128. my health- The hubs and I have been under the weather for the past couple weeks (first him, now me) and man- I am grateful that I have good health 99% of the year-

129. Christmas Songs...in particular my favorites O Holy Night and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

130. Christmas movies on tv....no better way to spend a day off than cuddled on the couch watching movies!

Thats all for now...as always its not a full list, but just some off the top of my head. What are you grateful for this holiday season??

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Hedge of His Love

Its funny...I've always enjoyed the changing of the seasons...I love winter to spring when flowers bloom and everything turns green. I love spring to summer and the trips to the beach, feeling sand in my toes, and the fourth of July. I love summer to fall...coziness, warmth, and the start of the holiday season, and fall to winter- the christmas season, decorations, and the start of the new year. As much as I enjoy the changing seasons, the changing seasons of life are often much more difficult to go through, and I don't enjoy that kind of change.

Lately I've felt restless- like I'm ready to settle, have a home, and finally have some peace about the current season that the Lord has me in (or has had me in for the past year and a half). I'm ready for fellowship, a home church, a hometown, connections and that comfort of knowing "this is where I belong." For a year and a half my life has revolved around work. We haven't lived anywhere long enough to truly establish ourselves as "residents" and that is so very hard. I don't really even know what to say when people ask "where are you from?" because I don't have a place that resonates as yes...that is my home.

I was encouraged by this post on girltalkblog.com about the seasons of our God- and trusting that He's still completely working in every detail of my life.

God of Our Seasons

Scripture provides ample evidence that God sets the boundaries for each season. God determines when one closes and a new one begins. He is in complete charge and sovereignly rules over every season of our lives. And his purpose for our lives in each season ultimately cannot be frustrated.

Proverbs 16:9 declares, “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.”

Nebuchadnezzar said about God, “All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, ‘What have you done?’” (Dan. 4;35).

The prophet Jeremiah professed, “ I know, O LORD, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not man who walks to direct his steps.” (Jer. 10:23).

All too often, we arrogantly think we are in charge. We imagine that we’re planning and deciding our life’s course. Who are we kidding? We need to humble ourselves and acknowledge, “God you are in charge. And I humbly accept your plan for the changing seasons of my life.”

We can trust this God who is in charge because we know his purposes are always directed for his glory and our good (Rom 8:28). As author Elisabeth Elliot insists, “
Everything that happens to you has come through the hedge of His love.”

What comfort and rest this brings to our hearts!

As we seek to make the best use of time in every season, we can be confident that God’s divine wisdom and perfect love direct his purposes in our lives.

I hope you're as encouraged as I was by reading this and knowing He's the God of Our Seasons- and we simply need to enjoy the ride, trusting.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

a shutterfly christmas

Last year was my first year as a married lady, which meant it was my first christmas to send out christmas cards! I love shutterfly, they've made my life so much easier to print wedding pictures, and to document all the memories that the hubs and I have had since our wedding day. So shutterfly was where I turned when it came time to create the perfect Christmas card. Here is my card from last year:

I couldn't upload the version with our pictures in it...but thats the template I used- and loved.

This year I'm loving these styles- I just need the perfect picture of our little family to put in it!

You can find your own shutterfly christmas card here:

Your own personal gift tags here:http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/christmas-gift-tags

And lastly- make your own canvas wall art!

To make your Christmas just a little brighter- Shutterfly is offering this great deal for bloggers- Just click the link and follow instructions on how to get your free holiday cards- what a deal!Bloggers get 50 free holiday cards from Shutterfly, http://bit.ly/sfly2010

Now if this doesn't put you in the Christmas spirit- you must be scrooge.

Happy Shutterfly-ing!

Gratitude 98-114

Its been a while since I've sat down and made a gratitude list...which is sad- because there is SO much to be grateful for, especially with the upcoming holiday season.

98. A new friend- because God knows I needed it.
99. The wedding of Lindsay and Jeremy, even though we weren't able to attend I am so excited for these two to share in the goodness of marriage- and I hope they are as happy as John and I have been.
100. Pumpkins, cozy blankets, all things fall (see previous post for the specific list.)
101. dalmations- not, I just couldn't resist putting that with this number.
102. Planning a weekend getaway to NYC with the hubs, my sister, and her bf. Christmas in NYC- yes please :)
103. Hearing the sweet voice of my first YL leader, Mary, for the first time in probably 5 years.
104. Planning a reunion with said YL leader before she up and moves to CHINA!
105. Being reminded of how blessed I am to have her in my life, and all that she has taught me about what a woman of Christ looks like over the past 8ish years.
106. Using the doppler/ultrasound machine to look at a coworkers 16 week old baby- amazing. AMAZING.
107. a day trip to the mountains with john
108. music- kind of generic, but I really have always loved music and that I can enjoy it.
109. cuddling with my puppy in the mornings when John leaves for work
110. open doors
111. hope
112. emily giffin- just started reading her books and love them.
113. netflix...
114. having my family around me for homecoming at ECU- a family of pirate alum!
115. ikea
116. and lastly...for now, enjoying my cup of coffee curled up on the couch watching the today show- probably my favorite way to start my day (on my days off.)

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