To Read on the Journey

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

In Joy.

Counting my 100 joys this Christmas~ 

#8. During church I watched a father pick up his little girl during worship. He held her close. As I watched I silently prayed that the girl would listen as her daddy worshiped- rest in the comfort of his voice and praise. Then I heard the Spirit speak tenderly to me, "I want the same for you." *love*
 #9. Emilie and Noah on each side of me holding my hand.

#10. Emilie's declaration, "I'm so glad we all woke up on the right side of the bed this morning!."
  #11. A Panda Express take out "linner" treat, and for kids who express they are grateful.

#12. Decking the tree and halls, together.  Reminiscing over ornaments.
#13. Dancing with Michael in the kitchen. Noah telling us to "get a room" as we smooched.

#14. While reading "Voyage of the Dawn Treader" with the kids- discovering Lucy's vanity, and seeing imperfection in this character who has shown such integrity, bravery, and faith throughout the series.  Seeing Aslan, The Lion, tame Lucy's imperfection. Discussing together how the Lion tamed the child.  Considering that we think we can tame God, BUT it is He who tames us.

#15. That God is God of my boy, and that I'm not. 
(God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen print available in the Kiss the Sky shop)

 #16. Josie coming to my rescue as I baked gingerbread cookies.  My 10 yr old happily helped me remedy my baking error.  Grateful that she LOVES to bake!

#17. Sweet texts with Michael throughout the day (between his full time job and KTS he's been working 12-16hr days).
#18. Noah playing Christmas tunes on my guitar.

#19. 1 day argument free with my boy, and opportunities to thank and affirm him.

#20. A thoughtful and gracious email to me from Margie -how can she think of me, when she is transitioning in Africa- grateful for her prayers and encouragement.

#21. That Laura is back in blogville!

#22. These words from Psalm 145 (The Message)
"I lift you high in praise, my God, O my King! 
 and I'll bless your name into eternity.
I'll bless you everyday, 
and keep it up from now to eternity. 
God is magnificent; he can never be praised enough. 
There are no boundaries to his greatness. 
Generation after generation stands in awe of your works;
each one tells stories of your mighty acts. 
Your beauty and Splendor have everyone talking;  I compose songs on your wonders. 
your marvelous doings are headline news; 
I could write a book full of the details of your greatness.
 Live in Peace!




Gina said...

I'm so glad I woke up on the right side of the that and the ability to be grateful for the little things.

Your tree is beautiful!

Evil Pixie said...

Fabulous photos!

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

Love hearing your joys, Denise. And your home... my goodness... it is beautiful! I want a whole home tour! :) xo

Jessica Johnson said...

I love your Christmas spread. We have a bare tree on the front porch. I need to get my tooshie in gear. Miss you. Love hearing all that you are joyful about.

The Every Day Extraordinary said...

I love your space. . .and your heart: )

teacher girl said...

Thanks for stopping by this little blog of mine. I already am a HUGE fan of yours. We should start a Laura fan club! :o) I can't wait to get to know you. PS Please don't feel obligated to read my little blog. But I appreciate your comment!
xo Your new fan, Katie (Teacher Girl)

christina said...

cute saying! love all your decor!

Spencers said...

Just LOVE your decor:) Just enough red too ;)

{cuppakim} said...

i bought so many scrabble letters to make sweet seasonal little signs like that. i love that you put it out.
i need to do that. :)

and i also need to be merry.
thank you for all your instructions.

Kate Eschbach said...

Your home looks amazing! Merry Christmas friend!