Friday, December 07, 2018

Friday's Fave Five #511

Welcome to Friday's Fave Five.  During this busy season I find it's even more important for me to be intentional in looking for blessings throughout the week.  I can get so focused on the to do list that I miss those special moments when God may be bringing a blessing, or I soon forget them as the responsibilities stack up.  Won't you join in looking back over the last week and finding and sharing 5 of your favorite blessings of the week, large or small.

1.  New Favorite Christmas Candle:  Vanilla Balsam from Bath and Body.  Oh my.  So lovely.  The vanilla tones down the strong balsam making it subtle.  So nice.  I tried to link to it on the site but couldn't find it.  They must have sold out.

And speaking of candles at Bath and Body, they had a crazy good one day sale where 3 wick candles were only $10.50.  Here in Canada that is a steal as they are usually $24.50 each.  I was able to pick up some extras for those unexpected times during this season where I need to come up with a gift.

2.  Tree 2018.    The first weekend of December is when we usually decorate at Living to Tell household.  The tree went up, easy peasy with the new last year pre-lit tree.  And with the downsizing of the the tree from a 7 1/2 ft, 54 in. wide tree we used to have to a 6 ft, 48 in wide we now have, it took less time to decorate.  And my new tree topper, mentioned last week is just perfect.

3.  That peaceful moment at the start of the day.    One of my favorites things during December is getting up in the morning and just sitting with the tree lights on with my cup of coffee.  It's so peaceful with just the light from the tree and so beautiful.  A time to just savor and wake up before I have to hit the floor running

4.  Hearing of God's work    in the life of a friend.  She has been struggling with a certain thing and moving beyond it to receive from the Lord for years.  But this week she had a major breakthrough.  It was so wonderful to hear her tell of how God worked it out and the joy in her voice was a marked difference.  Praise God for victories!

5. Back in the reading groove.   I've been in a bit of a reading slump as of late.  Still reading but not nearly as much as I usually do.  But I think this week I got a bit back into the groove with some nice pockets of reading time here and there. 

What have been your favorite blessings this week?


aspiritofsimplicity said...

I got a pre-lit tree this year and it is narrow. I don't like the large round trees and that is all I can find at the live tree stands. I also love sitting with the tree lit at quiet times during the day. I also love coming home to see it lit in the window.

Faith said...

I was able to do more reading this past week too Susanne! I did a review of the latest Lisa Genova book and am now on to Little Fires Everywhere. I was on the waiting list for that book since last April!!! it's SOOOO good.

Your tree looks gorgeous and cardinals are my fave birds after whippoorwills.

I too like sitting by the tree with my coffee and Bible in the mornings but don't really have the time during the work week...the commute has been awful the last couple of weeks. So I savor the time in the evenings by the tree or on the weekend mornings.

LOVE that scent from BABW!! I didn't end up buying it as i still have several candles left from last winter but i might dash back when they go on major clearance...we live near an outlet so get them for really cheap!

HAPPY weekend!!

Gattina said...

Your Christmas tree is beautiful ! Here in the hotel they put up a huge father Christmas on a slide with reindeers ! Muslim or not they have also fun !

Barbara H. said...

We got our tree this weekend, too. I'm giving more and more thought to an artificial tree as the weather almost ruined our chances of getting a tree this weekend. Yours is lovely! Christmas lights are my favorite part of the decorations. I love sitting in the family room with just the Christmas lights on.

So wonderful to hear of God's working in someone else's life. Yay for reading! Most of mine is done in smaller pockets of time, too.

Wendy said...

Your tree looks lovely and I can understand the enjoyment of sitting in the quiet with a cup of tea before anyone else is stirring. Good to be reading too. Have a great weekend.

Willow said...

I love hearing how God is at work in people's lives!
Your Christmas tree is beautiful! I'm enjoying seeing everyone's decorations since I'm not doing anything because we are going to be gone.
Have a happy weekend and may you have wonderful, quiet mornings in front of your tree!

Jen said...

I love those moments in the morning too. Some of my favorite times.

ellen b. said...

Lovely tree. Those are sweet quiet moments in front of a tree all lit up before life gets busy. I love a deal and glad you can enjoy the candle at a great price. Hope this week is Merry and Bright!