"As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, and its place acknowledges it no longer.
But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him..."
~Psalm 103:15-17a


I just finished knitting a pair of socks for Maria.  They are made out of a sweater that I bought at Goodwill and then unraveled to use the yarn.  I think they turned out pretty well - and Maria likes them. :)

Book Review: Choosing Gratitude

How often do we complain rather than give thanks? Whine instead of worship? Nancy Leigh DeMoss, in her book, Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy, challenges us to respond to life with a grateful spirit - even during challenging situations. As Christians, we have so much to thank God for: His grace, the gift of salvation, His holiness and faithfulness, His many blessings.  And Nancy also challenged her readers to respond to trials with thanksgiving. As an example, she told about Dr. Helen Roseveare, a medical missionary to the Congo who endured horrible things at the hands of guerrilla soldiers. In her crying out to God, "the question that came to her heart was: 'Can you thank Me for trusting you with this experience, even if I never tell you why?'"

Nancy points out the differences between worshipers and whiners. Here are some of them:
A grateful person is a humble person, while ingratitude reveals a proud heart. A grateful heart is God-centered and others-conscious, while an ungrateful person is self-centered and self-conscious. A grateful heart will be revealed and expressed by thankful words, while an unthankful heart will manifest itself in murmuring and complaining.
At the end of her book, Nancy includes a 30-day devotional guide to help you begin the habit of gratitude. In reading this book, I have begun to realize how many times I choose to complain rather than give thanks. It has challenged me to be thankful and express my gratitude more often - not only to God, but to other people in my life.

Some favorite quotes:
Seek to cultivate a buoyant, joyous sense of the crowded kindnesses of God in your daily life. - Alexander Maclauren

Gratitude is learning to recognize and express appreciation for the benefits we have received from God and from others.

A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves. - Henry Ward Beecher

The grateful heart that springs forth in joy is not acquired in a moment; it is the fruit of a thousand choices.

God's will is not so much a place, a job, or a specific mate, as it is a heart and a lifestyle.

It's Autumn!

Cozy sweaters.
Hot apple cider.
Creamy, frothy hot chocolate.
Yellow, orange, brown and red leaves.
Gourds, pumpkins and corn stalks.
Crisp, clear, cool days.
Spicy pumpkin pie.
Flickering fires.