Welcome to Friday's Fave Five. Hubby and I were having a conversation yesterday about how it's so important what we choose to put our focus on. Everyone is going to have negative or bad things happen in their lives or bad periods of time they have to contend with. Choosing to be grateful and look for our blessings daily doesn't mean we put our head in the sand and don't deal with the situations, but it does mean we are aware of what we choose to focus on. What does it mean to focus? The focus of something is "the center of interest or activity". It is what you "pay particular attention to". Where is the major amount of your brain and heart energy going to go? If the majority of your focus is put upon all the negative things going on around you or in your life, all the sad things, all the things that cause fear, dread and worry, all the gossip that comes your way, rest assured you will find every negative thing and it will start to spiral, multiply and take over. It's a subtle and slow shift but the next thing you know all you see is the negative and finding the blessings becomes more and more difficult. At Friday's Fave Five we are intentionally choosing to go the other direction. We are choosing to put our focus on and center in on the blessings that are in our lives, whether small and seemingly insignificant or whether they are big and obvious. Again we don't ignore or don't deal with the hard stuff, we are just choosing to put more focus on the blessings. Please join us in this weekly exercise to train ourselves to put the center of our attention on the good things and to be grateful and thankful for the blessings God is giving us in our everyday.
~ mail surprise ~ nowadays finding anything but bills and ads in the mailbox is such a rarity. Imagine my surprise when this lovely card with a gift card enclosed was in my mailbox from my long time and good blogging friend, Faith. She wrote a lovely encouraging note that reminded me of letters from days gone by. So fun to read and enjoy and made my day. Thanks, Faith.
~ attending church in person ~ for the first time in a long time we were able to attend service in person. It was really nice to be part of the worship with other believers and to listen to a good message live and being right there rather than over the internet. There is something about gathering together to lift up the name of Jesus.
~ dog caught ~ our stinker of a dog ran out the front door on the weekend. We live across the street from a school yard and he headed there and had a great ol' time evading us for 45 minutes. I swear he was smiling the whole time. Hubby finally was able to get him to take a treat through his harness to get it on him (which is routine for the two of them) . I was so grateful the little turkey didn't get hit by a car and that we were finally able to get him home. Don't let these innocent eyes fool ya, he's a stinker. Good thing he's cute!
~ spur of the moment visit ~ our younger daughter made a spur of the moment visit on her days off. I love when the kids just want to come home for a couple of days. It was short but sweet.
~ blizzards and birthdays ~ Saturday I celebrated my friends birthday with her and her favorite food group: a D Q Blizzard. LOL. She just loves them so I treated her. We spent a lovely couple of hours enjoying a good treat and great conversation. I'm very grateful for her friendship and the opportunity to bless her and celebrate with her.
What were your favorite blessings over the last week?