It’s been frosty out this week. It’s not supposed to be in Texas, but it’s early this year. That deep freezing polar blast that is sweeping the nation made it all the way down here, and the weather man says it isn’t going away in a few days like it usually does. It has been 30 degrees below what we normally experience in November, it’s been in the 20s, and last night he even said that “S” word, you know snow for Sunday evening. The heat is going, the swimming pool freeze pump is running, and so I got up cooked a hot breakfast for my husband and put on a big pot of beef stew before I my one year old grandson comes for the day. He will warm things up around here.
I love fall, but not the freezing temps and they are even worse on a day like today when the wind is blowing and howling and the sun does not shine. But this is the day the Lord has made and I am learning to rejoice in every moment. There are moments and beauty looking out seeing frost on the grass, on the pumpkins on the front porch, smoke twirling up from chimneys or a fire in the fireplace, leaves dancing across the yard, a sun rising giving way to a cloudy day and even those cloudy days that make us slow down and maybe read some scripture or a good book and sometimes a nap.
And here’s the beef stew I just added to the crockpot.
I’ll wait to come back in a bit and add a picture of the final product. It was yummy.
I got the recipe here and I used less garlic and less tomato sauce.When the frost is on the pumpkin, I think it might be time for pumpkin bread. Check back tomorrow or in a couple of days for my Mom’s recipe for pumpkin bread. Precious memories when I make it.
To all the veterans today I salute you. It’s with much gratitude and thanks as I pause today to remember all the sacrifices that you made serving your country and people like me. It’s with much pride I think of every single one of you today as I look back at all the people I know who have served and those I see in uniforms and not in uniform that I know have served.
Today may we all take a moment to thank a soldier for the sacrifices they made and don’t forget to thank their families for all the sacrifices they made while their soldiers were serving us.
Thankful today to see those flags proudly waving. Thankful today to see all those soldier pictures scrolling across my Facebook page. Thankful today at school as we honored soldiers who came for lunch and a reception.
Have you stopped to thank a soldier today? Have you paused to give thanks for those who have gone before us that so proudly served our nation? If you haven’t stop and take a moment. Send a text, email or call someone and tell them thanks.
I love Thanksgiving. Don’t you? We always have things for the kids to do and so I am trying to create some new things so I wanted to share with all of you. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving as you begin to plan. Perhaps I will have some more done in a few days to share.
I’m overwhelmed by Him! Are you? I am overwhelmed that He is always there – in the happy moments, in the quiet moments, in the gut-wrenching moments, and in ALL our moments. He is always there with love, grace and mercy.
I’m overwhelmed by all His majesty, but especially this year for some reason – perhaps it is age, perhaps it is being a grandmother, perhaps it is just being so much in love with Him that I am finally at a stage of my life that I am so very thankful. I honestly can say I’ve always been thankful, but it is magnified this year.
You know that saying about Christmas, “Jesus – the reason for the season”. He is the reason for all seasons. He is the reason I can be thankful today and every day, every season, every moment.
May I slow down - slow down to be thankful, slow down to be mindful of every single thing I have, slow down to savor every single moment He gives me.
How about you? I would love to hear how He is overwhelming you today.
This song by Big Daddy Weave says it all. Listen and worship.
WELCOME November. It’s Saturday, November 1st. Where has this year gone? I am never sure, but they go faster than I would like for them too. I love November. This first day a cold front, or should I say cool front arrived in Texas. You might need a jacket here today, or I might, and I’m thinking even a sweater. A few freeze warnings just North of here but it’s 38 here this morning, but one thing for sure here – it will warm up.
It’s Daylight Saving Day. Yea – we get an extra hour of sleep Sunday morning.
It’s the month of Thanksgiving and posts are already scrolling on my Facebook page with those things folks are thankful for. Love it and wouldn’t it be wonderful if we saw those every day of the year? Have you had that feeling today that the holiday season has started? Thanksgiving will be November 27th this year, after that let the Christmas music begin (yes I wait until after Thanksgiving, but it’s hard), then Christmas, 2015 and in January I’ll be a grandmother to a second grandson.
Did you know Christmas is ONLY 54 days away? Are you ready? I’m not. I am running way behind this year. Usually I’ve completed much of my shopping in September and October.
The trees are changing, the sunrises and sunsets are georgous.
What do you like about November?
Today share something you are thankful for. This first day of November I am reflecting on my Savior and all that He has done for me – every single moment of my life. Thank You Jesus for another day.
How about you? Are you leaving the lights on this year. We are, oh yes we are. Why you say? Christians should not be participating in Halloween – witches, goblins, evil. While that may be true, this is the one night of the year that we as Christians will have more people knocking on our doors than any other time of the year.
We are going to be lights. We will be opening our door and welcoming children and their family and passing out not only some candy, but some encouraging verses I have printed out.
Feel free to print out these free printables and show Christ tonight – be a light welcoming and don’t be that house with the lights off.
Participating in Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday
How do you wake up in the morning? Does it sound like this?
- I wish I could sleep a little longer.
- Oh no it’s Monday.
- I don’t want to go to work.
- I don’t like school.
- I dislike driving in that traffic.
- I wish it were Friday.
- This house is a mess.
- I need coffee NOW.
- I am so tired.
- I don’t have anything to wear.
Or does it sound like this?
- Thank You Lord for this new day.
- Thank You Lord for a good night’s rest.
- Thank You Lord for my job.
- Thank You Lord I am able to drive in traffic.
- Thank You Lord for a messy house with a roof over my head, and children to mess it up.
- Thank You Lord I can afford coffee.
- Thank You Lord for giving me a brain that can learn in school.
- Thank You Lord for that full closet of clothes.
- Thank You for TODAY, this moment.
- Thank You Lord for beautiful sunrises, a crisp Autumn day, sun shining on my face, a cool swim and all things you created.
I woke up this morning excited to get breakfast done, delve into my Bible studies with a cup of coffee with one of my favorite creamers – pumpkin spice, and prepare to go to school to work with special needs children. I look forward to what one little thing I get to teach them when I get to sub that class, actually I do in any class I walk in.
As I was preparing for bed last night after I had started this post, I thought to myself how blessed are we to have showers, to have comfortable beds, and awesome food to eat and we take every little thing even like water for granted, and we complain because we are tired. As we drove out-of-town to go to visit a family who had just lost their husband and dad my thoughts were how we take each other for granted and how things and seasons can change in an instant. As we drove and I saw places along the way that barely had a roof, I had to thank God for who He is and for all He has blessed me with.
How would you describe your mornings? I would love to hear your thoughts.
Participating in Kate Matoung’s 31-Day October Writing Challenge.
I dare you to put down your smartphones, your ipads, your laptops, your television changers or whatever is keeping you from enjoying moments with your family. How long has it been since you spent some quality meal time? Why is it we can’t take 30 minutes or an hour to show we care about someone?
Do you ever see others walking with their cellphones and reading or texting while driving? Why? Why? Why? I have a friend who ran into a car while walking and checking her smart phone. I have another that had a wreck while texting and our painter lost a sister who was texting and driving. What is so important that we can’t wait a couple of minutes or even pull over if we think it is?
What are we teaching our children and grandchildren with all that scrolling, reading, texting, ? Why even my mother-in-law is checking Facebook now when we are out to eat. WHY because smart phone time should NEVER be part of family time unless it is an occasional emergency. Smart phone time is neglect time. Smart phone time hurts marriages and hurts children. I’ve seen a mother at a park on her cellphone – actually more than one – with a child on the swing shouting push me mommy, push me mommy. I love my computer, I love my Bible Studies, I love Facebook, I love researching my family tree, but when my grandson is here I put it down for the day unless he is napping.
Smart phones can also put space between you and God. Really, do you go to God in the morning or to that phone. Do you check Facebook to see who liked your posts or Instagram to see who liked your pictures, or do you spend time in prayer and study?
Smart phones put a wedge between us and what is important – the most important things in life – God and family.
I DARE you to be polite, be involved, be committed, be thoughtful and put down your electronics. Try turning them off during your next meal or leave them in another room. Put them down when you are at a park, leave them in your pockets or purses when you are at a school function or sport with your kids. Look your family in the eyes and really listen. Watch them and be blessed by what they are doing. Try not picking them up in the morning until your breakfast is finished and your prayer and study time completed unless you them to do your Bible study.
Participating in Kate Matoung’s 31 Day Challenge – DARE
Life is full of adjustments and change. What’s that old saying about rolling with the punches? I’ve learned the older I get the more adjustments there are, and if we don’t learn how to accept them and all the changes in life with grace it is hard to go through life.
Adjustments just getting married and how we are opposite. Think about it. Did you both like the same toothpaste? Are you both early risers are do you stay up late? Then there are adjustments with new babies, teenagers, divorce, sickness, changes in jobs, relocations, new neighbors, new schools, new teachers, new churches. Do you see where I’m going? And then our parents get older and may come to live with us or end up in assisted living or nursing homes and then we lose them and they meant in our lives. How about work and constant change, constant learning? Just about the time we get a new policy down, there is a new change and it may or may not be for the better.
I’ve learned though that whatever comes my way to accept it knowing that I can adjust as long as I trust in God and His ultimate plan. We have to learn to adapt. How do we do that?
Some of the steps I have learned:
Don’t fight it. That is the biggest thing with our jobs. We can fight it or accept it. If something is flowing down from Headquarters you might as well accept it and respect authority. You might not like it, but focus on the change whatever it may be and move on. Life at home or work may never be the same but you have to move on and not quit.
Take it a step at a time. I say that because I know sometimes it is a moment at a time when devastating things hit our lives. Live in the now – not worrying about the future or thinking about the past. This day is what is important. Ever heard that song “One Day At A Time Lord Jesus”?
Pray. If you don’t know how to pray, say the serenity prayer.
Change your attitude from negative to positive.
Participating in Kate Motaung‘s 31 Day Challenge.
I am participating in Kate Motaung – 31 Days of 5-Minute Challenge and today’s word is free. So how about some free Fall printables. These are free this week. I also posted more printables last week here.