Five Minute Fridays

Five Minute Fridays

Friday, November 23, 2012

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, or at least had time to spend with family and friends if you do not celebrate this holiday, yesterday.  I was blessed to have time to spend with family, catch up on lives and enjoy the entertainment that two young kids provide.

And now I am stealing away for a few to share my thoughts for five minutes... wanna join?

Five Minute Friday

Thank You

How do you really say Thank You to people today? Those words are used all the time, and I think they should be used all the time.

I mean I expect my son to say thank you when I give him a drink, or when someone picks up a toy he dropped. Most of the time he does, and for that I am grateful!

But then there are times when we want to say thank you to someone because we are truly thankful and grateful with every fiber of our being, and those two little words just seem like not enough...

Like the text message you get out of the blue that lifts you right out of your doldrums

Or the card in the mail that shows the love of friend who is thinking of you

Or the dinner someone makes for you because they know you are living through some extra challenging times

Or because the time someone spent listening to you talk was the best gift in the entire world

Or when you receive a gift that will trump all other gifts forever because it is forever

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How do you say Thank You for such things?

Until I find the answer, I am just going to use these two small words - Thank You - and allow those feelings of thankfulness and gratitude fill me up. And maybe the recipient of my Thank You will realize my gratitude is real, and not just a rote response ingrained from loving parents who  knew the importance of manners.

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Thanksgiving Favorite & Cozy Book Hop

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to give an extra emphasis to being grateful and spending time with family. At least that is always my goal with my little guys. Yes I agree that we need to be thankful every day of the year, but when it comes to teaching kids having a holiday to help impress upon them the importance of being thankful is a great help!

Book review

Act as if...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Act as if...
By Holly Boyd

The idea of acting one way even if we don't feel like it isn't a new one. Yet when this ebook went on a special I thought it would be worth a shot.

Holly Boyd, a professional organizer, shares her belief that with purposeful placement we can live the life we want.


Weekly Favorites #4

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

There was a time in my life when I had time to make lots of crafts and decorate my home. Now it's filled with the job of motherhood. However I find myself drawn to great crafts to make my house more homey often. Here's one that caught my eye this week - wish I had the time to make it... maybe soon...

Holiday craft

It never fails that every week I come across a post that speaks to me where I am in that moment. This past week Tracy at My Daily Walk in His Grace, hit the nail on the head for me. Her small musing over God's refuge for us and His perfect timing and how we must continue to turn to him for such a rest was truly perfect timing.
A place to rest

I try every day to say prayers for my kids - two boys who are extremely spirited and full of loving energy. There are many days when I just don't know what to pray and turn to scripture prayers for guidance. Thankfully Jenni shared a great guest post from Jenna on just this topic!  Again what perfect timing.

Spirited Child Scriptures

And who couldn't use more encouragement every week? Joy put together a great post full of her thoughts on how “He leads me in the paths of righteousness.” Psalm 23:3. Her thoughts are personal and yet resonate with me as well. I hope you can find some wisdom from her prayers and His Words, as I did.
Soothing Encouragement

There were some of personal favorites this week. I hope you enjoy them. If you found some great posts this week I'd love to know about them - just leave a message with a link in the comments!

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