1316. So much has been given to me I have not time to ponder over that which has been denied. ~Helen Keller

For three things I thank God every day of my life:
thanks that he has vouchsafed me knowledge of his works;
deep thanks that he has set in my darkness the lamp of faith;
deep, deepest thanks that I have another life to look forward to–
a life joyous with light and flowers and heavenly song.
~Helen Keller

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Oh autumn, how late you came, but how glorious you have been! Today, however, winter’s first cold, cold breath has blown hard across the garden and these flowery “babies” I found today will perish in the frigid hours before dawn’s first light. In gratitude for their coming I shall like Helen and the author of the poem below go to sleep tonight thanking God that they came at all.

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Every night before I go to sleep
I say out loud
Three things that I’m grateful for,
All the significant, insignificant
Extraordinary, ordinary stuff of my life.
It’s a small practice and humble,
And yet, I find I sleep better
Holding what lightens and softens my life
Ever so briefly at the end of the day.

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Sunlight, and blueberries,
Good dogs and wool socks,
A fine rain,
A good friend,
Fresh basil and wild phlox,
My father’s good health,
My daughter’s new job,
The song that always makes me cry,
Always at the same part,
No matter how many times I hear it.

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Decent coffee at the airport,
And your quiet breathing,
The stories you told me,
The frost patterns on the windows,
English horns and banjos,
Wood Thrush and June bugs,
The smooth glassy calm of the morning pond,
An old coat, a new poem, my library card,
And that my car keeps running
Despite all the miles.

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And after three things,
More often than not,
I get on a roll and
I just keep on going,
I keep naming and listing,
Until I lie grinning,
Blankets pulled up to my chin,
Awash with wonder
At the sweetness of it all.
~Carrie Newcomer

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So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. ~Colossians 2:6-7  ✝

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**This tiny little sunflower came up from a fallen seed that had dropped down out of the bird feeder. I’ve been watching to see if it would bloom before winter nipped it in the bud and sure enough it did. The photos are not my best effort this time, but it was too darned cold to stand out in that cold north wind for long.

New Eyes

This is one of the best reads I’ve come across in a long time. I pray that you would take the time to bless your day with its message. 🙂

HeartSphere

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“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”~ Marcel Proust

In all my travels, as far around the globe as I’ve been, the most real discoveries I’ve ever made have been what I’ve found within myself, and in the moment of fresh perspective, a moment of seeing with new eyes.

Here within the walls of the heart we walk a new path, and as I wander so do many others.

It is a range we all travel. And on many a range there is built a home. But our home is not ever enough at times. Sometimes we must travel far just to remember it was there all the while. We must travel along the veins of emotion and down the deep valley of self discovery. We change in this moment always, without knowing why, without awareness of it.

And then, life…

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Opening the Heart

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Each loving or kind thought that touches the heart, opens the heart, just as misery and sadness close the heart.  Even when going through more difficult times, feed the heart with loving thoughts, even if these are only the kindness and love you owe to yourself. Treated with love and kindness the heart will remain open.  

~ Liza

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