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Today I am GRATEFUL for:

imageLaura. Laura came over today and helped me in the studio. I have been trying to clean it up and organize it for a couple of months, but it was so out of control it was more than I could tackle physically. Being back in school I needed to finally define specific zones for different types of work. Once we defined what needed to be done, it was fairly easy to start moving things into the appropriate areas. I now have a dedicated space for wheel throwing, right next to the sink: ware boards and ceramic tools are on a shelf right by the wheel.

Then we set up a painting station. Easel is set up, paints and brushes are sorted into a three drawer rolling storage cart, one for oils, one for acrylics and one for water colors. This station is between a very large window and the sliding glass doors that lead to the back yard. Great light for painting.

Next came a station for me to work on my Color Theory assignments. Daddy’s drafting table is perfect and there is a great light directly above the table, on the wall. It will be fun to work here. There is a pegboard to the right where I hung a shoe bag. It holds all types of tools; brushes, paints, scissors, etc. it is all very convenient.

There is still quite a bit to do, but we did get far enough along that I can work tomorrow.

I couldn’t have done it without you dear friend. Thank you so much.

Daddy for building this room on the back of his house when I needed a place to stay in my early twenties.  It is a perfect studio and I love that he built it.  I am sorry he isn’t here to see how I am using it now.  Miss him and Mom tons.  I have three of his paintings on the walls in there. They look great.

Marking things off my chore list.  In addition to what we did in the studio today, I completely cleared out my closet.  Everything has been picked up off the floor, shoes and purses have all been moved to the small closet Daddy built my Mom with little cubbies to keep shoes and bags organized. Winter shirts and sweats have been washed, folded and put away.  I actually had room to put three pieces of luggage in the big closet, completely out of the way.  I can finally walk into the walk-in closet, unbelievable!


Thank You for a day full of energy and completion of tasks.  You know how hard I have been working to get my life under control and eliminate the chaos surrounding me and I thank You for helping me meet those goals.  Thank You for reminding me that Satan likes it when my life is in chaos; when I am out of control and overwhelmed.  You are the author of order and peace and calm.  

Thank you for Laura who is such a good friend and for Mom and Daddy who were always there to bail me out when I needed help.  I was very blessed to have such good parents. 

I love You.  Amen

Today I am GRATEFUL for:

Praise Gratitude and Joy

Peacemakers. Not that I am one, but I’m trying to be better at it. Conflict, chaos, disharmony, distress and hatred; turn on the TV or radio, or hop on Facebook, and it’s all around us. Not just the global stuff that is so overwhelming to even think about, but look around at the bullying, the murders and abuse; awful things right here in our town, our schools, on our streets, even for some, in our homes. Any way you look at it, this world is so in need of some mighty peacemakers.

I could use some help learning to be a peacemaker. Please share how you try to be a peacemaker in your life in the comments below. Let’s get a conversation started.

Singing. When I was not quite eight years old they put a box on the floor behind the pulpit so I could stand on it to reach the mike. This is the song I sang the first time I lifted my voice to sing to Him all by myself. What a day. I still remember how it felt. My voice was a wonderful gift I was given and unfortunately eventually threw away. Still working through this one. Trying to understand why. I do know that by the time I became a teenager my singing was no longer about praising Him. It was about the recognition and attention it brought me. Today was the first time I actually realized that fact. Thank you for this revelation. This may be the start of a healing process in this area. Oh what I would give to really be able to sing for Him like I used to.


Thy Word is like a garden, Lord, with flowers bright and fair;
And every one who seeks may pluck a lovely cluster there.
Thy Word is like a deep, deep mine; and jewels rich and rare
Are hidden in its mighty depths for every searcher there.

Thy Word is like a starry host: a thousand rays of light
Are seen to guide the traveler and make his pathway bright.
Thy Word is like an armory, where soldiers may repair;
And find, for life’s long battle day, all needful weapons there.

O may I love Thy precious Word, may I explore the mine,
May I its fragrant flowers glean, may light upon me shine!
O may I find my armor there! Thy Word my trusty sword,
I’ll learn to fight with every foe the battle of the Lord.

Words: Edwin Hodder, The New Sunday School Hymn Book, 1863.

Music: Bethlehem, Gottfried W. Fink, 1842

File boxes. Ok maybe you think I am stretching it here, but before I went to Staples and bought cardboard file boxes, the paperwork jungle here was eating me alive. It just kept getting bigger and bigger, giant piles on the floor, under the desk, beside the desk, on the desk – it was suffocating. Now, even though everything is not filed down to a detail level, and there may be duplicates and things I can still throw away, the task of sorting out at the major levels of criticality have been accomplished. Everything that has to do with each piece of property is in it’s own box: medical issues and insurance also. Legal paperwork regarding my disability, Daddy’s estate and Mom’s insurance, which thankfully are all closed issues, are in boxes with the lids on marked and ready to seal up and put into storage somewhere – somewhere out of my sight!

Two years ago I made a decision to tackle these things one at a time because looking at a list of critical things that needed to be handled was just that – a list. It was too overwhelming to even know where to begin. I am so thankful that God showed me that it didn’t have to all be done at once. Now I can breathe.


Thank you dear Lord for growth and revelations today. I am so grateful that as I seek You and Your plan for the rest of my life you continually show me exactly what I need to learn. “Just Enough Light for the Step I’m On”. Stormie Omartain. Thank you for Stormie’s writings and her music. Thank you for helping me to understand that order and structure in my home are critical to my peace.

Please Father God, bring forth a mighty peacemaker on the global scale to help end what is happening now in our world. Find them for our country, our state, our city, our neighborhoods, our schools and our homes. We need some peace around here.

Bless my family and friends – we will talk about each of their needs more after I post this.

I’ll love You forever. Amen.

Today I am GRATEFUL for:

Praise Gratitude and JoyDiscernment. Sometimes it seems impossible to ignore those nagging little thoughts that roar around in our brains. Thoughts of doubt, anger, bitterness, conceit, frustration, intolerance, impatience – the list goes on and on. We all have them. You know the kind of thoughts I mean. The ones that immediately rob you of all joy and separate you from Him. I am finally learning that these thoughts all come from Satan.

When they come, I need to learn to hold these thoughts up next to the Word of God to discern the truth from the lies. The Word is our rule book. It’s how we can always know what is the right move to make next.

I just read Matthew 4:1-11. Each time Satan tempted Jesus it was the Word that proved him a liar. I especially like verse 11…”Then the devil left Him, and angels came and attended Him.”

Satan will always be exposed as a liar, and he must flee. Then God’s truth will carry us forward in victory.

Old gospel hymns. I love listening to these when Molly and I go on our walks.

Red-headed woodpeckers. There was a huge one in a tree in the back yard this morning. He had a very neat song. At least I think it was him that was singing. He seemed very happy.