Archives for November 2009

Falling Gold

Remember the beautiful sheltering tree across the street from us? It held back its fall colors longer than most in the neighborhood, but I’ve been enjoying it’s golden display this past week. Soon the gold clinging to its branches will all fall to the ground, joining the rest of autumn’s foliage now carpeting the earth.

Fall has painted quite the wonderland around here this year. I know we usually think of winter when we think of a wonderland, but I’ve thrilled to autumn’s wonderland time and again over the past few weeks.

Just think of it. What other time of the year do we find gold drifting through the air? As I witness these bits of falling gold, my spirit swells with contentment and with worship for their Creator as they remind me of other gold He drops into my life. Blessings given from the fullness of His grace, blessings hoped for as well as the unexpected. Blessings that make my life a wonderland when I take the time to look.

What blessings has God dropped into your life lately? I got to spend the day with my two best friends on Friday — and that’s no small feat considering Jeneal now lives over 7 hours away. And a totally unexpected treat that day? Jeneal’s son and daughter, both busy with wedding tasks, joined us for lunch before heading about their business. Got me some extra hugs out of that deal :)

So what about you? What bits of falling gold have made your life a wonderland recently? Let’s take time to thank the Giver of all good gifts!

“I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.” Psalm 9:1

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Empty Calories

After a ridiculous start to our weekend (a car breakdown and a break in our waterline under the house), we finally whisked ourselves away from the homestead and celebrated Halloween by going to a movie, a tradition we started several years ago.

No, we didn’t go to an AMC like the picture above suggests — we went to a Cinemark (our favorite theater, by the way). But we did, however, partake in movie snacks. For us, that’s just part of the fun of going to the movies. Plus it helps keep Don awake :)

We ate lunch on the run because of all the earlier insanity, and by the time we made it to the late afternoon showing of Amelia, we barely made it through the previews before digging into our popcorn. Of course, I had to have some Peanut M&Ms to add some chocolate to the whole affair, but notice how I went the healthy route by eating the peanut variety :)

Since this was our supper, we ate quite a lot — got the popcorn and drink with refills. Not the most nutritious meal but fun to do every now and then. At least at first. After some speed shopping after the movie, I realized I was still hungry as we began our drive back home. The junk food just hadn’t satisfied.

So what did we do? Stop and get something healthy, something that would stick to our ribs? No, we were running late and wanted something quick. We stopped at Braum’s for chocolate shakes. No, I’m not kidding. I hate to admit it, but it’s true.

By the time we got home over an hour later, I felt — how shall I say it? — yucky. I had the jitters from all the sugar and chocolate, plus my stomach felt gross, but at the same time, still kind of hungry. All those empty calories had not met the need. After a short while, I was hungry for more.

Sometimes we do the same thing where our spirits are concerned. Our spirits get hungry and thirsty for something that will fill our need, something that will satisfy, but instead we fill them with things that just bring a temporary lift — shopping, food, relationships, recreation, alcohol or whatever our drug of choice. The list goes on. Call them empty calories that leave us hungry for more.

Many of these temporary lifts are good and meant to be enjoyed in moderation, but only one thing will satisfy that deepest part of us — a relationship with Jesus. He said, “‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.'” (John 6:35)

Let’s turn to Him and His Word when our spirits are hungry and thirsty. Let’s go to the One who satisfies. What He gives will fill our need. No empty calories from Him.

Flickr photo by naydeeyah, Creative Commons License

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Life Notes Subscriber Appreciation Giveaway — Thank You!

Happy November! To kick off this month of Thanksgiving, how about a Life Notes Subscriber Appreciation Giveaway? Life Notes is my free quarterly inspirational newsletter, and the November issue that’s coming out this week marks the beginning of my second year of publishing it.

So to celebrate that anniversary and to say “thank you” to all those who have subscribed, one lucky subscriber will win a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble! (Hey, a writer has to support a bookstore!) I wish everyone could win, but alas, I’m living in the real world here :)

This is how it will work — all those who are currently subscribed to Life Notes will automatically be entered in the giveaway, and any new subscriber who signs up by noon (CST) Nov. 22nd will be entered automatically as well. Sign up is to the right on the blog sidebar.

So…happy month of thanks to you and welcome to the easiest giveaway ever! You don’t even have to leave a comment on this post — just make sure you’re signed up for the newsletter. Easy as that.

Who do you need to thank this month? Why not have your own little appreciation giveaway and give the gift of thanks to someone in your life during the coming days. And remember — I appreciate each and every one of you!

“…I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you…” Romans 1:8a

Flickr photo by Fern R