Category archives: Gratitude

Giving Thanks in the Small Things

This is how I'm choosing to live my life--my one little life--with thanksgiving for all that He gives. I only get to live here a little while. This day has got to count.For warm sunshine on a face already warm with life!  For beautiful blue tired eyes...and the way I can't stop watching her...all her littleness. For my man and my little "big-daddy-man." (He becomes big-daddy-man when he's workin' with big daddy tools.) For the comfort of God's Word, for my warm cup of coffee, for my little kitty.That though the world shakes, I can hold onto the One unshakable--Jesus. (And that He's holding onto me, and never letting go.)Not height nor depth , nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:39)

The Ways He Loves

By God's good grace, I'm gonna start a new adventure on this here blogger-ma-jiggy. I'm gonna try to post more often. Which is no small thing for me, seeing as I have two little people and one big person (that would be Brent) to take care of in this life. (And I have a hard enough time just keepin' up with myself!) But, what I'm going to be posting about more often is something that I'm already doing, so it shouldn't be too terribly difficult, right? For a little over a year now, I've been deeply impacted by a particular blogger, Ann Voskamp. God has used her to teach me how to fully embrace each moment in my life as a gift from Him. I do this by simply noticing the ways that He loves me--the ways He comes to me through a thousand "little" things. And I scribble them down, so I can remembe[...]

How To Chase Away the Winter Blues

Today I felt the winter blues, in a big way. I looked out my window and only saw shades of gray. Gray and lots of white. Empty gray limbs. Lifeless gray sky. Mean old crow. And a yard full of snow. (Wow...I wasn't actually trying to rhyme there.) Anyways, it's not that I don't like snow, it's just that I've seen an awful lot of it here lately. And I'm starting to forget what the world looks like in shades of green. Northern winters do have a way of making you feel as if they'll last forever. I started thinking that I need to get out of here! I need to go back to that beach and soak up some sun. I actually started to cry a little. And pray..."Lord, please help. I've really been missing the spring. But I know there's people out there that feel this kind of barrenness in their soul. They[...]

When You Feel Like You're Just Existing

Yesterday was a struggle for joy. Some days I just forget the meaning of life. I actually forget why I'm here and what's the point of everything and I sit at the table at the end of the day and mention to Brent that I feel like I'm just existing.My brain gets fuzzy and I feel confused because I look around me and there are so many things to be happy about and to be thankful for...but for some reason, joy just isn't there.What if Who I believe in isn't true? What if we just come to the end and find that all there is, is nothing.Doubt. Worry. Fear.Now, why am I here again? What is it that's so important? Would someone please help me see?I whisper prayers and voice my thoughts. Questions still come.I ask for eyes to see.I stop to gaze at black-eyed Susans. What is the meaning of all thi[...]

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