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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Deo Gratias

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"If the only prayer you ever say in your life is thank you, it will be enough." - Meister Eckhart


Colleen, from her inspiring blog Thoughts on Grace, hosts this wonderful meme each Wednesday. She says, "Deo Gratias is Latin for Thanks be to God. Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big & small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude!"

Each week, I join Colleen in remembering & sharing the many blessings in my life. This is such a great exercise for me, helping me to focus on the good that truly is happening in my life, no matter how many trials & stresses I may have.
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Before I share my list of blessings for this week, I'd like to ask prayers for the Lenaburg family. I have never met them in person, but I have followed Mary's blog for years. Their dear 22 yo daughter, Courtney, has suffered seizures from infancy & is in the final days of her life here on earth. I can't even begin to imagine what their family is going through right now. I can only offer prayers for all of them, esp. that Courtney may have no suffering & pain in her final days and that God will give all of them the strength to persevere & let their dear girl go home to God.

1) Matt has received the grades for two of his three courses from this semester & both are A's. We're still waiting on the final grade, but I'm so proud of his efforts so far! Deo Gratias! 

2) Last night at choir rehearsal, The Princess joined us on her flute for a Night of Silence/Silent Night arrangement. Several of us were tearing up, including our director. Deo Gratias!

3) Christmas baking...Each year, the Blessings & I spend one-on-one time baking in the kitchen, each choosing a cookie recipe they want to do w/ me. I look forward to this time & the delicious cookies we produce! Deo Gratias! 

4) Now that The Prophet is getting older, we've been able to watch a different level of movies w/ him. The other night we introduced him to Christmas Vacation & it was so funny to hear his laughter at the antics of the Griswold family. Deo Gratias!

5) Mrs. Miracle...This wonderful movie is based on a Christmas book by Debbie Macomber (one of my favorite authors). Doris Roberts is wonderful as the title character! Deo Gratias!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Light in the Darkness


"All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle." ~ St. Francis of Assisi

Let us be that single candle, spreading light into a dark world!

Welcome to my Light in the Darkness meme! (If you missed my post on the inspiration for this meme, you can read all about it HERE.)

This is the place to share good things that are happening in our world...whether it's a link to a news article/video, something from your personal experience...anything good that can bring light into darkness!
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For today, I'm claiming "Parental Bragging Rights" for my submission!

This time of year, many churches, nursing homes, schools, etc. have a type of Giving Tree. Just after Thanksgiving, a Christmas tree covered in gift tags will go up. People are encouraged to take one of those tags & purchase a gift for the person in need on the tag (some have names & ages, some just say "Man", "Woman", or "Child"). At a specified date, the gifts are to be returned to the tree & are then distributed to those in need. What a wonderful way to spread "Light in the Darkness" of someone's life when they may not have had anything for Christmas!

It has always been a tradition for our family to take part in our parish's Giving Tree. One of our Blessings selects the name tag. As we purchase & wrap the gift, we pray for the person & their family.

This is where my bragging rights come in...When we picked up our gift tag this year, The Prophet asked if he could do one of his own. Using some of HIS OWN birthday money, he put a lot thought & love into the gift he purchased. I am so proud of his thoughtfulness.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Deo Gratias

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"If the only prayer you ever say in your life is thank you, it will be enough." - Meister Eckhart


Colleen, from her inspiring blog Thoughts on Grace, hosts this wonderful meme each Wednesday. She says, "Deo Gratias is Latin for Thanks be to God. Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big & small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude!"

Each week, I join Colleen in remembering & sharing the many blessings in my life. This is such a great exercise for me, helping me to focus on the good that truly is happening in my life, no matter how many trials & stresses I may have.
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1) For the beauty of Christmas music...Our church choir has been busy preparing for Christmas Eve. I'm so blessed to be part of such a wonderful group of talented musicians. Deo Gratias! 

2) Watching Christmas movies w/ my family. Last week, we watched The Christmas Candle, based on the book by Max Lucado. Deo Gratias!

3) Decorating for Christmas...Each day, I've been adding a bit more to our home's decor. Deo Gratias! 

4) Christmas books...I love reading different Christmas stories, both to the kids & those for myself. I've found some great ones for free on Amazon to put on my Kindle.  Deo Gratias!

5) Gift giving...I love shopping for & wrapping gifts. Our church has a giving tree for needy families. This year, in addition to the one our family purchases, The Prophet chose a tag & used some of his own money to purchase a gift for a needy child. Deo Gratias!