Welcome to the first Friday's Fave Five of November 2023. Yikes, how is it November already? Crazy how fast the days, in fact the whole year, seem to be flying by. Good thing for this weekly pause to take note of blessings in my life. So important for me, and for everyone, really. The world is a crazy, crazy place right now and if all we fill ourselves with is the news and all the negativity all over the internet, we will very quickly go from a place of seeing our lives as good gifts and being thankful for it to one of fear, anger, depression, insert whatever else emotion that spirals us downward. I'm not saying that feeling fear, anger, depression, whatever is wrong. God gave us emotions and we should feel those given certain circumstances that come upon us. Burying and denying them will only bring problems of a different sort but if the negative is the only place we live we will soon drown in it. Taking note of the blessings in our lives and being thankful helps us to work through when we do feel those feelings. It helps us to keep our heads above water and keep our perspective in a healthy place. Please join me as we look for our blessings, give thanks for them and live lives of gratitude no matter the circumstance.
~ moments of soaking up the sun ~ In a cloudy week, there were moments of sunshine poking through which warmed us as we played outside. Even our fur-ball enjoyed a snooze or two soaking up the rays.
~ moments of quiet ~ one of my favorite things to do is just take a bit of time to browse through the local library. Not looking for anything in particular, but just checking the "new" shelves, the for sale shelves and even the re-shelve carts. It's a blessing of peace and quiet, time to just breathe with no pressure, letting my mind wander being in the middle of something I love: books. It's a self care thing for me and I enjoy every moment I can partake in it. Thankful that we have such easy access to buildings full of books that we can enjoy and check out.
~ bible study with a friend ~ my friend and I are still doing the book of Romans and we've finally hit Romans 12. I'm really enjoying this more personal kind of study with a friend. We pause the tv (we are doing this study) whenever we have questions or comments or need to clarify and discuss. We don't feel time pressured to wrap up the study by a certain date. We are just taking our time working our way through. It's just what I needed at this time in my life.
~ hard working hubby ~ so thankful Hubby took time out of his busy day to winterize my car for me. He changed my tires over to winter tires, checked filters and whatever else you need to check. This weekend he'll get my oil changed and my car will be all ready for the colder weather to come. Very thankful he is still willing and able to do all this!
~ annual meeting over and done ~ once a year there is a mandatory annual policies and procedures meeting we are required to attend. I was not looking forward to it. A two hour meeting tagged onto the end of a 10 hour work day is not my idea of a good time. But it was informative and I learned a few things and now it's done for another year. I'm grateful to have learned some things that were important to help me out in the future so it was not a waste of time.
What have been your favorite blessings this week?