One Thousand Gifts

31/08/2010 § 1 Comment

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One Thousand Gifts

27/07/2010 § Leave a comment

51. warm sun-drenched days
52. cool ‘star’-blanketed nights
53. clothesline laundry taken in flight!

54. first fruits from tended earth
55. love-made food filling bellies
56. sweet pickings to make jellies!

57. time away with ones loved and dear
58. long bike rides though the park
59. s’mores upon s’mores after dark!
60. another day, another breath, to repeat the meaningful things in this life

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Part Of A Grateful Community

12/04/2010 § 2 Comments

 (male and female house finches:Carpodacus mexicanus)

Mondays are the day that starts the week and it’s also the day I join with other writers in expressing things we are grateful for. It was mostly due to the inspirational writings of this community’s originator that I knew I needed to make this a part of my life’s journey. So deep. So simple. So moving.

Another part of my decision was based on the premise of the community itself: Gratitude. Gratefulness. Counting our blessings. Focusing on the outer and not the inner. Yep, that’s where I need to look. That’s where I need to share. That’s where I need to reflect. And so I begin…

41. a home
42. two cars
43. shoes
44. clothes to spare
45. health
46. safety
47. jobs
48. food to prepare
49. family and
50. friends to share

While I know I have an abundance to be thankful for, it isn’t always easy to finish my list. I have determined to not let that deter me. If I want to break the old habit of being self-centered and continually introspective, I need to make a new habit of reaching out and looking outside myself. This isn’t going to be easy. I’ve already struggled. That doesn’t matter. It’s worth it.

Won’t you consider joining me on this journey of counting your blessings? You don’t need a blog, grab a notebook, start a journal. It may just change your life, for the better. Isn’t ‘better’ what we all want?

~traci 

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One Thousand Gifts

05/04/2010 § 6 Comments

 30. the amazing colors of a different sunset each night
31. the smell of fresh soil waiting to be seeded
 32. strong, selfless hands that create things for me
 33. raising my voice to sing of a love I don’t deserve
34. fellowship with other sinners redeemed
35. feasting on Heavenly provisions with family all around
36. an impromptu hymn-sing with loved ones
37. my sweet baby girl, now a young lady who blesses her mama’s heart
38. my ‘gentle giant’ bridegroom who loves me beyond my understanding
39. hope for our numbered tomorrows
40. joy for our present gifted moments

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O Sacred Head Now Wounded

28/03/2010 § 1 Comment

(This video is somewhat graphic in nature. The images are used from the movie ‘The Passion of the Christ’ and I neither endorse nor denounce it. I chose this because I feel we shouldn’t hide nor be ignorant from the reality of the suffering Jesus Christ bore on our behalf. It was real. It should move and effect us deeply. ~traci)

O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded with thorns, Thine only crown;
How pale Thou art with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn;
How does that visage languish, which once was bright as morn.
What Thou, my Lord, hast suffered, t’was all for sinners’ gain;
Mine, mine was the transgression, but Thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior! ’Tis I deserve Thy place;
Look on me with Thy favor, vouchsafe to me Thy grace.
What language shall I borrow to thank Thee, dearest friend,
For this Thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end?
O make me Thine forever, and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never outlive my love for Thee.

Multitude Monday

01/02/2010 § 4 Comments

“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” ~Rev 4:11

21. Snow that billows.
22. Sun that radiates.
23. Rain that washes away.
24. Moon that illuminates.
25. Stars that sparkle.
26. Universe that solemnly obeys.
27. Life that breathed.
28. Nails that pierced.
29. Blood that flowed.
30. Sins that are *acquitted. 

For  these things, I am eternally grateful.
~traci

*acquitted: adj. declared not guilty of a specific offense or crime; legally blameless

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Multitude Monday

26/01/2010 § 5 Comments

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*Deep, contented sigh, coupled with a wide, hearty grin*

I think I may actually be glad it’s Monday. For real. No really.

Do you want to know why?
Well, because I now realize I have something to look forward to.

Do you want to know what it is?
Well, it’s the day for counting my blessings.

I finally realized I could, and should, spend time dwelling on all the wonderful things I have been blessed with in my life.
(Thank you Ann Voskamp)

There’s even a hymn that I now hum to encourage me along entitled, none other than, “Count Your Blessings”. Part of the chorus plays over and over in my head and I bob my head to each word:

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

(Listen here)
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Let’s continue counting, shall we?
11. A house to clean.
12. A house that IS clean.
13. A husband and daughter that helped me clean.
14. A friend who is encouraging me and making it fun to clean.
15. Homemade experimental soup that turned out well.
16. Homemade banana chocolate chip bread that turned out so well it’s almost gone.
17. Homemade apple crisp that barely lasted 2 days.
18. A pretty apron to wear while I make homemade things.
19. A family that appreciates and eats what I make for them.
20. Full bellies and a still full freezer.

Now you know why, I started out by sharing with you, about my deep, contented *sigh*.

~traci

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