Monday, December 21, 2009

endless gifts {166-176}

holy experience

166. snow
167. my parents
168. Christmas cards from friends ::thanks, Jen::
169. an old friend texting me out of the blue
170. another old friend calling me out of the blue
171. provision for my needs
172. prompting of the Holy Spirit
173. ability to serve HIM
174. being illness-free
175. my sweet, little, Southern Granny that lives up here with us
176. warm scarves

Monday, December 14, 2009

my endless gifts {156-165}

holy experience

156. a friend who tells me what I need {not necessarily want} to hear
157. "accidentally" getting the oil changed a week early resulted in preventing a problem that would have caused a break-down
158. provision every.single.week.!!
159. learning more about Christ
160. once again, another opportunity to share a past experience/trial to encourage another
161. Christmas caroling
162. Christmas music
163. the Hallelujah Chorus
164. a good talk with my grandma
165. cousins!!

Monday, November 30, 2009

endless gifts {138-155}

holy experience

138. family
139. Ann her blog....I am continually challenged...anyone else read her?
140. joy
141. health
142. happiness
143. people who make me smile
144. a favorite book
145. daily needs always met
146. my daily bread
147. my godly heritage {I'll have to tell my family history sometime.}
148. the Christmas season
149. smell of a fresh Christmas tree
150. my youngest brother
151. a reminder of the need for His strength {I always need to be reminded!}
152. crafting blogs that I stumble upon
153. a day out in the country
154. seeing other peers who are sold-out, serving, faithful, and committed....awesome!
155. I'm grateful to be blessed!

Monday, November 23, 2009

endless gifts {127-137}

holy experience

127. that my Mom wasn't able to get the H1N1 from her onc. doc right away because she isn't high risk anymore!
128. our family's H1N1, other flu strains, or nasty colds
129. a Sunday school lesson on thankfulness
130. being able to serve in my church
131. patience
132. steadfast members in my church that I look up to
133. anticipation of a {short, day} trip on Tuesday
134. provision for my needs
135. gorgeous, November weather
136. forgiveness
137. redemption

Monday, November 16, 2009

counting my endless gifts {119-126}

holy experience

119. finding extra contacts that I thought I had misplaced
120. straight corners of a cornfield
{This may seem funny but think about it...God has created everything with order, nothing is abstract. I don't think Christians should appreciate abstract art. I was driving out in the country this week and noticed this particular cornfield and the rows were so straight. It struck me as beautiful.}
121. being able to help buy a food basket for our church's food fundraiser
{This is one of the reasons I was so blessed on Friday.  Anytime you're down & out, do something for someone else.  I guarantee your attitude will change.  I wasn't down & out on Friday but I had so much fun purchasing a basket for the teen's food fundraiser this week.  It was an absolute blast!}
122. God's provision
123. deals and coupons on necessities
124. awesome opportunities
125. God always takes care of me!
{The less money I make, the more I see God provide.  The more I give up, the more He provides.  Every.single.time.!  Awesome!}
126. correction and conviction from the Word of God

Monday, November 9, 2009

counting my endless gifts {109-118)

holy experience

109. a few days off work

110. fun with friends

111. a warm weekend

112. {once again} cello lessons...this week she took me 15 minutes over my lesson!

113. getting to help with the youth conference at church {even though it's just a little bit}

114. my favorite kids who ride the bus were able to come Sunday...they've been sporadic throughout the fall because of football

115. my brother is home from Africa

116. friendliness and comradeship between single girls

117. finding a Renaissance outfit at 75% off

118. being able to fix the outfit without sewing or buying anything extra
{So this is typical solution when I want to fix something is to throw $$ at the problem. I had to buy a cape to go over the Renaissance dress and the cape seemed too long and black and the dress needed a sash. I had planned to run to the fabric store and pick up a few things which ='s money. This morning, my Mom and I cut off the desired amount of fabric which made the cape not so long; it didn't need to be hemmed because of the type of material. The extra material will be used for a sash. Thus, reinforcing what I'm trying to improve on....frugality.}

Monday, November 2, 2009

...continuing to count my endless gifts

holy experience

97. sunshine after not having it for days

98. no debt

99. gas that is still under $3 per gallon

100. lovely-smelling candle burning

101. remembering God's Word {fruit from my memorization cards...yippee!}

102. smell of fabric softener on clean clothes

103. courage to make the right choice

104. my five sense: touch, sight, smell, hearing, taste

105. {almost} making it within my weekly cash budget - my new experiment

106. my awesome family

107. making my Dad laugh {post on that later} {before you think I am implying that my Dad never laughs, let me explain. I was talking about my wedding day - if I ever get one - and a comment I said literally made my Dad....really....laugh. It was hilario!!}

108. compliment from a kid {let me explain: I was bringing a little boy and his sister to church on Sunday and I had a DD coffee in the cupholder. They thought I had bought donuts, too, but I told them...nope, just coffee!! He said {so cutely}, "Miss Becca, if you had donuts, I know you would share them with us." My reply, "Of course, I would, Cody." His reply, "You would be a good mom." Awwwww.....melt!! :)

Monday, October 26, 2009

...I just want to thank You, Lord!

holy experience

88. an absolutely perfect October day
89. the smell of specialty hot dogs cooking - yum!
90. Geoff calling from Africa
91. safety
92. Mom's good test results
93. using past experiences to encourage someone else
94. not having a storybook life {disclaimer: I don't think anyone has a storybook life; but sometimes we get sidetracked by the fact that things don't go our way...and it's important to see God's hand in everything!}
95. ability to work
96. cool, clear water

Monday, October 19, 2009

a grateful heart!

holy experience

76. an email from my brother {while he's in Africa}
77. good talk with a great friend
78. good advice from Dad & Mom
79. knowing that God loves me
80. sunshine
81. beautiful, fall colors
82. morning quiet...only the gentle sounds of an antique clock ticking and the hum of the dryer
83. huge smile because of the magnificent fall colors
84. courage to hand out a tract
85. glimpses of His glory
86. an encouraging word from Mom
87. grace to respond correctly even though I'm hurt

Monday, October 5, 2009

may I never cease to be grateful!

holy experience

67. being overwhelmed by the Gospel

68. laughing with my Mom

69. having a bird chirping outside early Sunday morning

70. this online radio

71. waking up singing a song

72. my brother

73. a good Sunday

74. an awesome sermon on Sunday night

75. salvations and baptisms at church

Monday, September 28, 2009


holy experience

60. provision

61. my health (up until today, I haven't been to the doctor for 6 indication of good health!)

62. the BIBLE

63. an awesome sermon preached in church last night

64. new mercies every morning - wow!

65. being able to get in to see the doctor today

66. being encouraged by others

Monday, September 14, 2009

with a grateful heart

holy experience

50. Mom's small shriek in the back of the car which saved me from a (potentially) bad accident

51. prayer

52. opportunity to pass out Gospel tracts

53. prayer

54. safety

55. strength through today

56. encouragement through the Word

57. being appreciated

58. provision

59. prayer

Monday, August 31, 2009


holy experience

42. mercy

43. strength

44. renewal

45. conviction

46. God's Word

47. sermons

Can you tell I've been struggling this week? Uh...huh. I'm gettin' through it, I's just takin' a lot of work.

Monday, August 24, 2009


holy experience

33. new website that made me smile
34. green lights when I'm in a hurry
35. a healthy eye exam report
36. free samples of contact solution
37. safety while traveling
38. safety from the tornado
39. safety while I stayed home by myself without electricity
40. a new job
41. mom and dad are home!

Monday, August 17, 2009

from my gratitude journal

holy experience

25. fresh, fragrant oregano from the garden
26. a website that answers questions regarding frugality
27. getting a lot accomplished in one day
28. my grandparents' health
29. a chatty email from my Mom while my parents are on vacation
30. a new CD
31. tomatoes from our garden minus the dreaded "blight" (for now!)
32. Saturday was a very rough day but I was so thankful for #1 an errand in the country, #2 an open road, #3 an open sun roof, and #4 a new CD

Monday, August 10, 2009

from my gratitude journal

holy experience

15. gracious people who took me to a Sox game
16. gas less than $3 a gallon
17. incredible strength and inner peace when needed most
18. a new cleaning job
19. fun with a friend
20. not losing my key in the grocery store
21. a friendly hello
22. an unexpected email from my cousin!
23. my grandma's joy on her birthday
24. talking with a friend after church and being encouraged

I know these little gratitude entries may seem so ambigous to you. Some of them have stories behind them (#17, #19, #20....) One of my friends is moving to CA to teach in a Christian school. I'm going to miss her....she gave me one of her cleaning jobs and I worked with her on Friday. We had such a great time together. Sweet memories.

Monday, August 3, 2009

gratitude journal

holy experience

1. breakfast
2. sunshine
3. money in my account for upcoming bills
4. new mercies
5. a fresh cucumber from our garden
6. patience to hang my pictures
7. long talks with Mom
8. uplifting music before work
9. an outing with friends
10. Mom's 53rd birthday
11. needed conviction
12. laughing hysterically with my brother
13. strength to get up early
14. playing my cello

Each Monday, I'll be listing from my "gratitude journal". I'll have to post a pic of the actual journal - too cute! I really need to be more grateful and look at the little blessings in each day.

Monday, May 18, 2009

I'm cheering for these plants!

Burst Forth!
Burst Forth!

This is one of our peony bushes. I'm super excited about this one because we have had it for several years and have never gotten any flowers from the bush.

This is a gardenia tree. It was my mom's Mother's Day present from my dad. It sits on our back porch. We are anxiously awaiting gorgeous smelling blooms!

Monday, May 11, 2009

pics from our yard

I call this our "girl tree" because it is hot pink in the spring and so gorgeous!

Snapdragons....I am still pondering why we've never had these in our yard before. They are simply stunning.

One of the front pots. Not necessarily a good picture but you get the idea.
It was so sunny outside when I took these pics that I couldn't see the lcd screen.
Since this picture, my mom has added more vines around the bottom.