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    Decorations

    Friday, November 6th, 2009

    Thanksgiving

    I love holidays.  I love time with family and food and presents.  I also love decorations.  My house feels dressed up, and I get to be creative.  I bought the Indian corn, gourd, and pumpkin at the grocery store for $5.00, and the mini straw bales from a craft store for $10.00.  I’m happy with how it turned out :)

    Do you decorate for holidays?  Do you just hang a wreath on the door or do you have an inflatable Santa and 9 reindeer on your roof?  How do you decide and why?

    Giving

    Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

    I love presents. I love getting them, I love giving them. It’s one of my primary love languages, just ask that guy who wrote the Five Love Languages book.  :)

    It’s my sister’s birthday tomorrow, and while I had one thing in mind when I went to the store for her present, I ended up coming home with a huge bag full of supplies and worked for most of the day on what has now become her present. And I’m so glad, because the first idea just wasn’t very personal — while she would have appreciated it (she’s very gracious that way), it wouldn’t have been that thing that made her go “ooooh!”. And I like my presents to have that “ooooh” factor.

    We’re coming upon the season of giving, and I’m already plotting out who is getting what, what I’m making, what I’m buying…

    So I’m wondering — what giving are you getting up to this holiday season? Are you making your presents? Buying? Giving time rather than potential clutter? Are you cutting back, or finding ways to stretch your gifts?  Any great gift ideas that you want to share with the rest of us?

    Beautiful

    Saturday, October 17th, 2009

    I thought we could all use a little encouragement.  This is from the Vespers Office a few days ago…

    I now place the work of the day into Your hands, trusting that You will redeem my mistakes, and transform my accomplishments into works of praise.

    Home Altar

    Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

    Altar

    I have always had an altar in my home, even as a little girl.  Something about marking off a space as sacred appealed to a basic need in me.  I was reading at this website tonight, and was struck by this quote from the FAQ page:

    Many people are surprised when they realize that they may already have one or more altar-like spaces at home or work, in the garden or elsewhere. Think, for instance, of the fireplace mantle where one places family photos or awards or seasonal items such as fall harvest, holiday boughs and candles or spring flowers. Or consider the small cluster of family pictures and small mementos on the desks in many workplaces.  Some authors have suggested that these could be called unconscious, incipient or unintentional altars.

    What are your altars, intentional or unconscious?  How do they help make your home a temple?

    Psalm 25:1

    Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

    To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; my God, I put my trust in you…

    I lift up my soul to my God by praying the offices.  Four times a day I pause and praise and petition.  How do you lift up your soul?

    Shhh…

    Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

    For God alone my soul in silence waits; from him comes my salvation.–Psalm 62:1

    That was in today’s Midday Office at the beginning, in a segment of the Office called The Request for Presence.  It really spoke to me today.   I long for authentic experiences with God, I seek the face of Christ, and will accept no substitutes.  It is possible to meet Him, and that space where I can meet Him in my life is in silence.  I feel another Silent Saturday coming on…