October 14, 2007

Um, you think I deserve it?

Look what I won from Mums The Wurd! Could this be more timely? Not sure if you've noticed, but it's been a bit heavy around here. I can use some relaxation.

Tonight, as I was looking at the beautiful fall sky during sunset, I realized that lately colors seem brighter. Everything around me feels more magnified. Maybe that's also why my lows have seemed so low, and the darkness so dark. I think I was numb for a while, and now, I am celebrating how alive I am. It's a very good thing.

In church today we sang a song that mentioned how He makes us new. And I felt like this tired old self that I've been carrying around is due for a trade in. Why am I hanging onto all of this if He can just make me new again?

I am thinking about posting a little something each day that I appreciate or am grateful for. Not sure how it will work, but I want to chronicle some of the little and big things that make me feel alive each day. Today I felt such happiness when I went to pick up Gray from the church nursery. He's never looked sweeter. And he even made a craft. And then the sunset. It was beautiful, and the clouds were shaped like a heart.

Life of the Day, Day 01.


29 comments:

  1. Um, YES! What a perfect prize :)

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  2. Ya know, I felt the same way tonight. I have been soo busy and kind of down lately - well the past few months actually...feeling so stressed. And then tonight, I saw the sunset...and I had about an hour to myself, just to stop and look at the sky and think and God really blessed that ya know? I just felt such peace..looking at his beautiful sky and the sunset. So, I can identify.

    Hope you feel better soon :)

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  3. Congratulations! Sorry you're struggling lately. I love the idea of chronicling what you're grateful for.

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  4. Congratulations on your prize!

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  5. What a wonderful idea Steph. I think it's tough for mom's we tend to get wrapped up in the stress of it all, and forget to hand it over to God and let Him take the lead, making yourself focus more on the good wonderful things of each day is a way to force yourself to let go of the stress of it all, I think! Many ((HUGS)))

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  6. i used to do something with my sisters called "grateful friday"...i should get back to posting that!! you've inspired me...

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  7. Oh I like this idea. It is so important to notice the beauty in each day, hour, minute.

    What a PERFECT gift to win, God is good. :)

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  8. Yay for the candles. Use them!!!!

    A new day has come.....

    Lori

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  9. I also try to think of things I am thankful for every day...especially on the rough days...it helps! :) (btw, I have my first giveaway on my blog so thought i'd let ya know in case you'd like to add it to your contest page) :)

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  10. Yes you do deserve them. Congrats. Enjoy.

    I will say a prayer for you today. I love the idea of posting what you are grateful for.

    Smiles and hugs

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  11. Beautifully put, Steph. : ) I'm glad the sky is looking sunny again in your part of the world.

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  12. God is so great to make those colors brighter. I'm so happy that you're brighter too! Gratefulness even in the small things is so very eye opening. I look forward to reading your journey!

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  13. I'm always a bit bleak this time of the year - but then there's the joyous excitement of Christmas coming up quickly, and that always seems to cheer me up.
    Congratulations on the nice prize!

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  14. Looks like something you definitely needed! Congrats!!

    Jane, Pinks & Blues

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  15. Thanks for entering my contest...and good luck! :)

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  16. I'm so behind, I hope everything is ok :(.

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  17. of course you deserve it!~

    I think I need a nice basket too along with a vacation from the family to the backyard hammock with my knitting project and my books! (::dreaming::)

    I am thankful everyday that HE has blessed me, I will sing His praise glorify God even in the darkest hour.

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  18. I think it's always a good idea to stop and see what is good in your life each day. What a great idea!

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  19. Congrats Steph. That is just great. You deserve it!

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  20. Swing by and see who won the Baby Legs!

    http://adventuresofatwentysomethingmother.blogspot.com/2007/10/random-monday-late-winner-of-baby-legs.html

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  21. Absolutely! Gratitude and forgiveness is what it is all about.
    I learned a really cute saying which is so true:
    I give myself the gift of the present
    I bless the past and leave it behind
    Trusting is life's divine right action
    I'm in the right place
    Right on time.
    I've memorized it and when I'm stressed I say to to myself as well as also saying: I deeply choose to release all negative psychic energy.

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  22. Dang it! I wanted those.he..he..But, congrats to you!

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  23. That is good timing, and you sooo deserve it, congrats!

    And I think that's a wonderful idea, to notice the things that make you feel alive each day. You might get surprised at some of the things that come up. :)

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  24. Congratulations on your prize! Here's to being renewed and refreshed in the Lord.

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  25. I think it would be great to think about the little everyday things that make you happy!

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  26. It's good and godly to be grateful. And writing about gratitude is helpful, especially when the temptation to be ungrateful comes.

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  27. That's such a good idea. It's been heavy around our neck of the woods, too. I needed this today. (And your days 2 and 3 as well!) Thank you for reminding me of what's pure, lovely, and of good report...

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  28. This is a really sweet bloggie discipline to create. I love the idea!

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