Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Always Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving! Lately I've been reading blog posts and articles about being thankful, and some friends have even been writing down something they're thankful for each day of November. I think this is a wonderful idea---but it got me thinking...Wouldn't it be great if I took the time to do that each day of the year? My list of blessings is endless---the Lord has blessed me so much, and I'll be the first to admit I've done nothing to deserve these blessings. But that's how much my Lord loves me! So I could easily think of something every day to be thankful for. And even though the Thanksgiving season is a wonderful, special time of year, how nice it would be to practice being thankful ALL year, in every season. ~ May I be always thankful, no matter the time of year or how I'm feeling on a particular day. Because even if it's a day when I'm feeling lots of physical pain, then counting my blessings and having a thankful heart is bound to make me feel better! But most importantly, it would please the Lord. ~ ~ My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless His holy name for ever and ever.
                                                                 Psalm 145:21

Friday, November 16, 2012

To Whisper Her Name

I recently finished reading a wonderful historical romance novel by Christian Author Tamera Alexander. To Whisper Her Name is set at Nashville's Belle Meade Plantation in the 1860s, and although the main characters are fictional, the story features some actual people and history woven in.  ~ Tamera Alexander has a gift with words, and this book transported me back in time as I read. The characters "came alive" and I felt I was viewing the scenes through their eyes. Reading To Whisper Her Name was another reminder of why Tamera Alexander remains one of my "Top 2" favorite authors---her books never disappoint me! ~ If you're a fan of historical romance, be sure and read Tamera Alexander's latest wonderful book, To Whisper Her Name. I feel certain you'll enjoy it just as I did.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Amazing Autumn Views

I love the Autumn season. Even though the Lord has done a remarkable job creating all four seasons, Autumn is my very favorite. The cooler weather, the pumpkins, and especially the oh-so-beautiful leaves!  I absolutely LOVE seeing the gorgeous shades of color that so many of our trees have for a while during Autumn. Even years when I don't manage a trip to our north Georgia mountains to view the lovely leaves, I still have beauty right outside in my own backyard. As I write this post I'm glancing out and seeing some of the trees behind my house in their peak of color---breathtaking shades of gold, orange, and crimson. I always take photos of those trees each year, but the pictures don't do them justice. They're SO much prettier in person. ~ Something pretty amazing to me is how the leaves appear even more colorful today--on a rainy, "dreary" day--than they did the past few days, when the sun was shining and the weather was about perfect. I couldn't help but think this is a good comparison to how it is in my life sometimes. I might not notice beauty in a certain situation until there are some "dreary" days---and then it's as if my eyes are opened---and I see the beauty right in front of me. ~ As a Christian, I strive to see the beauty in each day and in every situation the Lord gives me--although I sometimes fall short. But today I am SO thankful He has given me these beautiful trees in my backyard, and has painted them as only He could do. ~ In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  Genesis 1:1