Monday, October 4, 2010

Lasting Joys

My heart is full today,
I hope the fingers can write the words
on the screen.

lasting joys ~ bring contentment

I want to become the one
 who always lets others know
 of something that brings me joy?

I want to be excited over simple things. 

~ Simple-minded ~

I want to be able to face life's circumstances
with a heart that is looking for the good.

lots of
"I wants"
I believe
"I wants"
 His wants.

(Saturday, my husband & I went to his garden and picked these together)

"I've kept my feet on the ground,
I've cultivated a quiet heart.
Like a baby content in its mother's arms,
my soul is a baby content."
Psalms 131:2 MSG

If we are looking for the simple that brings us joy,
we will not become weary of the ordinary!
(those words are from HIM and you may use them)

my journey of gratitude continues....

121.  the croton plant showing the colors of fall
122.  lines drawn through the to-do list
123.  God's nearness (I asked for this)
124.  assurance of living forever with my Saviour
125.  Quietness
126. flickering of the fire on a cool autumn evening
127.  the smell of pumpkin pound cake baking
128.  relaxing atmosphere with first-time visitors in our home
129.  picking zinnas with my sweetheart (see the pic)
130.  eye sight to see the changing colors of God's creation
131.  footed pjs found for a little boy in Honduras
132.  safe football game for the youngest
133.  comments affirming that the Lord is using me through HIM
134.  laughter over the phone from the oldest
135. the experience of sharing my heart
136.  learning private is sometimes wrapped in a package of pride
137.  ears to hear my husband share God's word in Bible Study
138.  glow from the lamp in my kitchen window
139.  warm sun in the cool breeze
140. sweet text messages from a new mother

The reason contentment is not had,
 is our lack of gratefulness for what we have.

I'm joining the others
in the Gratitude Community
at Holy Experience.


gretchen said...

I love the post... stopping by from the gratitude community. Thanks for sharing your gifts... what a wonderful Creator to give us so many. Blessings this week. - Gretchen

Anonymous said...

I love reading your journey of gratitude. It's very grounding and soothing.

Debbie said...

As I have come to expect, I love your thoughts in this post.

Wow, oh wow about number 136. I think that you might have been sent to tell me that, too.

Julie Harward said...

I could not agree more..gratitude is so vital to a happy life. Love the little pail of flowers too :D

scarborough2 said...

The happier you are with the simple things, the easier it is to be happy! Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!

Dianne said...

Oh Karen, your list is so sweet--I especially love the flowers you picked with your hubby and although dieting at the moment, the pumpkin pound cake sounds sooooo gooddddddd!!

Your picture is lovely--I am liking that pail a lot!

Love you,

Shelia said...

Hi Karen!! Gratitude is most important!! :) What a lovely post!
Be a sweetie and thanks for popping in to see me,
Shelia ;)

Donna Lynn said...

Yes, Yes and Amen! I too am feeling overwhelmed with thankfulness, I posted about it as well, thanks for sharing your heart!

Anonymous said...

Karen, This is such an uplifting post. What lovely flowers you and your husband picked. It touched my heart that you listed sight to see the Autumn colors. My late mother was blind for the last 30 years of her life but you know, Autumn was still her favorite season! I, too, am so grateful for the gift of sight. Thank you for your friendship and prayers for John and me. Much love, Mildred

Janis@Open My Ears Lord said...

Karen, I love your list of gratitudes, especially the sights, smells, and feel of autumn. Now that we have cooled off here in Arizona, I'm finally thinking fall.

Those are beautiful flowers you and your hubby picked together. Special moments!

I also like your photos of the fall ornaments in your other post.

Thank you for visiting.


Anonymous said...

What a beautiful list! Being grateful for what we have is a wonderful way to live!

Betty Jo said...

Karen I love, love, love your gorgeous bucket of flowers!! Just beautiful. Funny we both wrote about simple things today. The canister is a set of three I picked up at a flea market for $3 - for the whole set. The gal was packing up to leave and I saw the white canisters from a distance as I drove into the parking lot. I hurried to park, ran over, and caught her just as she was putting one of them in a box. She said, one has a hairline crack, and I said, I don't mind, how much? I was elated when she said $3 for all!

Farm Girl said...

I just noticed you have become a follower. I want to thank you so much. Your photos are beautiful. So is your thankfulness to our Lord. I am so thankful to get to meet another follower of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who matters. :)
I hope you have a blessed day.