Welcome to Friday's Fave Five! Our place of encouragement to intentionally practice looking for our blessings and develop hearts of gratitude to God for them. Why do we do this? Why after all these Fridays do I still keep posting this if nothing else? Because gratitude must be developed and continued. I can so easily fall out of the practice. And when I do my eyes are no longer looking for the blessings but gravitate to what I don't have, what I feel I deserve, what I am missing, the cup half empty mindset sets in. I love this quote from Max Lucado in his book "You'll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times"
" We can't name - express gratitude- until we notice.
The practice of being thankful requires cultivating a posture of attentiveness
that spotlights even the smallest graces."
So I want to thank you for joining me in continuing the art of being attentive to the smallest and biggest of God's graces in our everyday lives and thanking Him for them.
~ Sunday lunch with good friends ~ after our respective church services we me our good friends for lunch. It was their turn to pick the place and they chose Tony Roma's which is a franchise restuarant famous for their ribs. Haven't been there in so long and as per usual the ribs were fantastic! A favorite meal with favorite people is something I am very grateful for.
~ haircut ~ it was time!! It's has been unseasonally warmer around these parts and my hair was just feeling thick and heavy. I had my stylist go a touch shorter for summer and it feels great.
~ air conditioning ~ like I mentioned it has been hot here. It seems we skipped right over spring and sent straight into summer. Up until now we haven't run the ac because the nights are still cooling off but now we're starting to stay warm in the nights too so I'm thankful for that ac. I know it's an absolute spoiled privilege.
~ the above mentioned book ~ it is a book that has come into my life at a just the right time. I've been working my way slowly through it, taking notes and really thinking about each chapter. It has been a great encouragement for me in this time. I love books and how they can speak to us, encourage us, teach us and in the case of fiction, take us away. Books are a real blessing in my life.
~ flowers starting to take off ~ with the sunshine and heat the flowers are really starting to fill in and show off. Every time I look at all the beautiful flowers in my garden and around the neighborhood and even online on some of the pages I follow I see the incredible creativity and gift of God. They make me happy and lift my spirits and I love just working putzing around with them. It calms the mind and the heart for me. I'm grateful God has given me eyes to see and the ability to have a few around my home.
What have you been grateful for this week?