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Monday, June 21, 2010

Counting the Blessings and Simple Joys of Life

I have become complacent lately. What I mean is that I tend to focus so much on my "to-do" list and the guilt I have about not accomplishing everything I'd like to in life that I walk around in a constant state of 'wanting'. I feel unsettled...as if I am just existing in some ways and not really living. 

Do you ever feel this way?  Am I alone in this?

It's like being in a state of suspension...abeyance...as if I am waiting for something big to happen to make my life what it "should be". Why? My goodness, I am a blessed woman! What is wrong with me? Shame on me...

I came across this beautiful and inspiring blog last week and made a note to myself (yes, I added it to my to-do list) to pay attention and begin praying about and looking for the abundant blessings in my life. To that end, I am going to be joining in on Counting One Thousand Gifts.

Each Monday, I will share blessings and gifts the Lord has graciously given me or shown to me.  I need to be thankful!

I need to realize that life is quickly passing me by while I try to knock out the never-ending to-do list.  I need to realize that our girls won't be around forever and I need to enjoy them more each and every day.

My husband...he is this amazing man and I have neglected him much as of late.  That needs to change today.  There are so many people in my life whom I love and adore and I am missing out on loving them the way I should.  

No more...Lord willing, I am going to change.  Family and friends, be patient with me.

I am hoping that perhaps others who may be feeling like me will be encouraged today.  It is my heart to encourage others and to love others with the love of Christ.  This list of thanks and simple blessings is not necessarily tangible, but I am praying it will speak to hearts and minds.



holy experience

  1. Time spent with family laughing
  2. Smiles on my daughter's faces that say, "I love you"
  3. A husband who loves me despite my many, many flaws
  4. Pretty $1.00 wall decals that I found at the Dollar Tree 
  5. Fresh red raspberries from Dad and Mom's garden
  6. Breakfast with my Daddy over Father's Day weekend
  7. Breakfast with Momma over Mother's Day weekend
  8. Seeing my brother smile (it's rare) and feeling him hug me back
  9. Sweet hugs from my daughters for no apparent reason
  10. A note in the mail from a loved one
  11. Sitting on the patio listening to the birds sing and enjoying the peace of the day before things get rolling
  12. Watching our girls read book after book 
  13. Date night with my hubby Jeff
  14. The freedom to write
  15. Learning the details of quilting and sewing from Momma
  16. Flowers of summer
  17. The knowledge that the Lord never turns His back on me...He is waiting for me to turn my face upward to Him and share my heart with Him.  Oh the Love of Christ...it still amazes me and baffles me nearly 17 years of being a Christian.  
  18. Rainy days to just stay inside and enjoy board games
  19. A cup of hot coffee in the morning (even if it is decaf)
  20. Fabric for 50 cents at a garage sale that became a pretty tablecloth after sewing two long seams
All my best to you today,


6 comments:

Rachel @ The Cupcake Sprinkles In Life said...

I hope you enjoy reflecting on your blessings...

:)

Susan said...

Hi Rachel,
It's giving me a sense of renewed purpose and a new perspective. :)

Karen said...

I definitely understand that 'unsettled' feeling you described. What a great way you've found to regain some focus & perspective.

You said that you hoped you'd be able to encourage others with your post and you ahve definitely encouraged me.

Thank you for such a nice post.

Carol said...

Hi Susan,
Thanks for stopping by my blog and for following it. I appreciate you for doing that.

You are not alone in what you shared. I am right there with you. I have 5 children and many, many projects that need to be done around here. It's easy to let that take precedence. I think I might join you in the blog meme each Monday.

Blessings to you,
Carol

Marianne said...

I know exactely how you feel and I have been looking for a way to change this for a long time. I have been planning on writing down my blessings, but never got to it. This will maybe give me a kick start. I too will join you in this.

Susan said...

Hello Karen, Carol, and Marianne,
Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your encouraging words! I am thankful to have been an encouragement. And I too have been encouraged by you to continue this journey so that hopefully others may be blessed as well. :)