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    Blessings in March

    Through the winter I lapsed on counting my blessings for the Joy Dare challenge I am participating in. Rather than picking up where I left off, I’ll just start with the March challenge. March 1. 3 Gifts at 3pm Popcorn and Coke Zero My work day is almost done Afternoon sunshine March 2. 3 Gifts Green Budding trees New grass My…

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    Things to Rejoice About in January

    …mountain sunsets at the end of my street…   …the love of a good man… …who has a lot on his mind these days… …but oh, how I love that man… …winter does not last forever… …we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed…

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    December Blessings

    During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season it seems especially important to continue counting 1000 Gifts. So here’s the next installment of blessings on my Joy Dare series. December 1. 3 Gifts White Snow Popcorn Cotton December 2. 3 Gifts Bright Christmas lights Sunshine Hope December 3. 3 Gifts Shining Stars Tinsel Candlelight December 4. A Gift Circling,…

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    Guest Post: The Bell Ringer

    When my parents were here last week for Thanksgiving I asked my dad if he would be willing for me to share an article he wrote several years ago as a guest post on my blog during December. I had a certain one in mind that he had written for a family newsletter I published for a number of years.…

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    Counting 1000 Gifts – Part 3

    This is the time of year when many of us take time to count our blessings… or at least try to name a few of them. I took on the Joy Dare challenge a few weeks ago, and while I have no problem noticing the small (and large) things I’m grateful for, the challenge comes in naming something for each…

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    Counting 1000 Gifts – Part 2

    Continuing with the Joy Dare I started earlier this month… and picking up with Gift #25… October 9. 3 gifts of praised for Turns out Lyle is not sodium-sensitive. Laura got a new job a few weeks ago and it is going well. God’s daily provision. October 10. 3 gifts hard eucharisteo unwelcome changes financial struggles migraine headaches October 11.…

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    Finding Peace

    I tend to be a worrier. It drives Lyle crazy sometimes. I think it’s a genetic thing that I inherited from my MawMaw. We used to laugh at her when she would call my dad. She’d tell him about something she was worrying about and then she’d conclude by saying, “But I’m not gonna worry ’bout that!” That’s how I…

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    Facing Challenges

    Life is good. Every day there are little blessings that I thoroughly enjoy and am grateful for. But also… Life is hard. It just is. We all find ourselves facing challenges at one time or another, and sometimes (like now) even several at once. It can be discouraging and depressing, and if you’re like me, you question, “What in the…

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    Words of Encouragement

      I’m not sure why, but I prefer bar soap in the bath. I especially love hand-made soaps. I have three different friends who make soap “from scratch” and I am always delighted when they gift me with a bar or two of their lovely scented soaps. None of my soap-making friends are local. One lives in Idaho, one in…

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    Our Daily Dessert

    On our way to church we pass another church that has one of those changeable signs. They usually have some thought-provoking quote on it. Earlier this summer Lyle had remarked that their sign-changer must be on vacation because it had been awhile since the quote had changed. The very next Sunday as we were driving past I noticed it was…