Finding Joy

What I Learned in the Thankful Month

December 5, 2016

Lumiere (light):

Who doesn’t love lights?

Lighting sets a mood, it blankets an environment with soft ambiance.

Here is an idea from the “making Lemonade” website. (I think you will love Carrie’s ideas for decorating with Christmas lights)

Using a quart-size Mason Jar, drop the battery pack of a tiny string of lights to the bottom of the jar and cover it with twinkle, or jingle or a burlap square – something that compliments your theme.  Tape the other end of the string of lights to the underside of the lid.

Surround the lit jars with a garland swag or branches from your backyard. Add a few pine cones (paint the tips with Elmer’s and dust with glitter first) and Voila!

On the Nightstand:

I just finished the book Choose and Choose Again, the brave act of returning to God’s love, by Kevin Butcher. I started reading it and finished it within one week.

Kevin Butcher is a pastor in downtown Detroit. The story is about his journey into the fullness and freedom of the healing power of the love of God our Father. I recommend this book, on so many levels.

Which leads me to the quote of the month:

“All children want to love their fathers – and to have fathers who love them in return.” Dr. Paul C. Vitz, Faith of the Fatherless

Does this ring true with you? Are you searching for his love?

If you missed my 31 day series, “Forgotten or Chosen?” you can find it here. It’s the story of my journey searching for my father and finding the unconditional love of my Heavenly Father.

Drip Coffee or French Press?

I recently learned, next to drip coffee makers a French press is the easiest way to brew a fresh cup of coffee. We have a small and large French press and use it often.

The key to avoid bitter tasting coffee or coffee sludge at the end of your cup? Grind the coffee beans correctly. You need relatively big but evenly-sized grains of coffee. A burr grinder (hand grinder like the kind our grandmothers used) works so much better than a blade grinder.

I’m on a mission to unpack the box that holds my grandmother’s – or great-grandmother’s? – coffee grinder with the hand-crank and little box that pulls out. The last time I saw it I noticed it still smells like coffee.

I am reminded, especially at this time of year, of all I have to be thankful for. Starting each day naming what I am grateful for, changes my attitude but also my perspective. 

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”  Colossians 4:2 (NIV)

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  • Reply Terri December 6, 2016 at 6:58 am

    Lovely, Nancy. You are precious in His sight and always in my thoughts and prayers.

    • Reply Nancy December 11, 2016 at 10:48 am

      God loves you relentlessly!

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