Monday, August 20, 2012

Do You Notice Blessings All Around You?

Sometimes life can get so hectic that we never stop to notice the blessings all around us.

Counting those every day blessings isn't too hard when I'm surrounded by children all day long.  They always seem to delight in the simplest of things.  Adults can learn much from them.

One of the young boys in my after school group brought a tortoise to school for show and tell.  Of course, he had to take it out and show it to us too.  The laughter and fun as they were handling and observing the tortoise was contagious.

And in our three year old class, the children are learning and discovering too.  During our exploration time, they move from one table activity to the next.  They find new ways to play with ordinary objects.  

Although it continues to be hot in Phoenix, sometimes I forget to stop and notice how truly beautiful our surroundings are.  I love the mountains.  And did I mention how thankful I am to be located back near the heart of the city?  I am close to everything.  Woo hoo!

I pass by Camelback Mountain every day in my car.  There is a carving in the mountain that looks like a monk that is praying.  Can you see him in the picture?

We had a Vision Fair at our church on Sunday.  Our pastor encouraged us to get involved in our community.  There were vendors from many organizations sharing volunteer opportunities.

These two ladies have a love for sewing.  They found an organization that needed people to share life skills with other women.  So now they volunteer at House of Hope as they teach women how to sew.

#491 The beauty of the mountains in Phoenix
#492 A church family that cares about others and is committed to serving others
#493 Living close to the heart of the city
#494 Smiles and laughter of children
#495 The opportunity to share the Gospel with a teacher from my school
#496 An amazing sermon on "The Will of God"
#497 Getting to participate in an online Bible study by my friend Lisa Shaw
#498 Being back to work full time
#499 Discovering a website called Rainy Mood where I can hear the sound of rain any time
#500 A little bit of rain for Phoenix this past week

I'm counting those every day blessings with Ann of A Holy Experience for Multitudes on Mondays.

Blessings and love,

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Christine said...

Yes! I have been keeping a gratitude journal for years now....and it is a true blessing to see so many doing the same now! It really changes everything around and inside of us! Love this post!!!!!! Hope that you have a wonderful week! Christine =O)

BARBIE said...

Children have such a way of opening our eyes to the simple joys in life. Have a beautiful week.

Denise said...

It's so easy to take a break from all of our business and rejoice and give thanks for the gift of a child whose innocence and laughter keep us young at heart!

I continue to count those everyday blessings too Debbie!

Blessings and hugs,

BTW...I got a wonderful picture of Camelback Mountain when I was there! :)

Debbie said...

Life through the eyes of a child is one of the best places to see it! Enjoy your week!

Marsha @Spots and Wrinkles said...

Debbie -
I really do try to remember to be thankful for each and every thing God blesses me with. And on the days when I cannot think of anything specific, I just say, "thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to serve you and others." :)

Lea also known as "CiCi" said...

You are so right, little ones can teach us so much about joy in the simple things. I watch my Grans and the simple things that bring them so much enjoyment. Great lessons to be learned.

I hope my Grans will have a teacher like yourself when they begin preschool. Clancy starts this year and Hanna Beth will start next year. I hope the parents of the children you teach realize what a blessing they have in you.

Wishing you a happy week!

Sonja said...

Your lists of blessings always bless me. Tonight, the RAIN web page is going right into my list of blessings. I love it! :) Have a great week Debbie.


Sassy Granny ... said...

I love the Phoenix photos! They sure bring back some great memories. As much as I love my Pacific NW home, there are things about Arizona that simply cannot be replicated.

Small blessings. They are the beautiful bounty of the beloved - - the sure outpouring of God's promises of an abundant life. Some days I find myself grateful for running water, warm/clean towels, music.

What a great post!

Julie said...

Thanks for sharing this list !! Just stopping by from Multitudes on Mondays:).

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