Heart Choices: 2012-01-08

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Thoughts on Delight


 
 Bonnie of Faith Barista asked us to share our thoughts on the word "delight".

Two things come to my mind when I think of the word delight:
  • Psalm 37 
  • Children  


Psalm 37 has been a source of comfort to me over the years. Trust, delight, commit, be still, do not fear are interwoven throughout this particular Psalm.  During times of turmoil and difficulty, I intentionally chose to trust His Word.  And I found that God is indeed trustworthy.

Children are a gift from God.  However, due to fertility issues I was unable to have children.  This was a bitter disappointment to me as I always envisioned my life as a mom.  But God had a plan for my life and how thankful I am that it eventually involved children.

In the midst of very trying circumstances, the Lord brought me to a job where I get to spend eight hours a day with little ones.
AZ Republic Photo of me and children from Bible study
I delight ...in seeing the children's sweet faces.
I delight ...in listening to the children as they share stories with me.
I delight ...in having the opportunity to be a light.
I delight ...to love each one of the children.
I delight ...to pray for each child.

What does the word "delight" mean to you?

Blessings and love,



Note: The photo of me with the children was taken for an article published in the Arizona Republic on women with fertility issues and how they dealt with it.  These are not the children I work with in our school today.  Permission was granted by the parents of the children pictured here.
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Where Do You Turn For Help?


Where do you turn for help?  


When life gets hard-

  • do you run to tell others?
  • do you keep to yourself as you try to figure out a solution?
  • do you try to pretend that nothing has changed to keep up appearances?
  • do you get so depressed you don't want to leave your home?

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Blessings and love,

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New Year Blessings



Photo Credit: WunderPhotos SunsetFL

January 2012; a new year; a new beginning.

As I continue counting my One Thousand Gifts, I'm aware that each day is really a new beginning. Because of God's incredible grace, I am free.  I'm not overwhelmed or weighed down by my sins.

 22 "Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,    for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning;    great is your faithfulness. 24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;    therefore I will wait for him.”Lamentations 3:22-24


#303 The gift of God's grace
#304 Forgiveness of my sins through Jesus
#305 Freedom from condemnation
#306 God's love in me

I returned to school after a two week break.  I almost forgot how much I love to step foot on our campus.  As the little children spotted me, I heard the sweet sounds of "There's Miss Debbie" or "Hi Miss Debbie".  The first thing little Max did was to snap his finger.  I taught him to do that before break and he'd been practicing.

The children were eager to learn.  As they sat in front of the word wall, a new sight word was introduced.  The new word was "see".  How fun to see how excited they become as their minds absorb new lessons.

Our letter for this week was "L".  The children come to the front of the classroom and try to find all of the L's in our poem.  It might be a lower case or an upper case L.  Anika is searching.  Notice the stool that she uses so she can reach the letter.

Sometimes those "L's" are hiding and the children need a friend to help them out.  Max points out the hidden l in walk to Lauren.

#307 The sound of the children's voices
#308 The excitement of learning how to snap a finger
#309 Observing the children learn new words as they begin to read even at the age of 3
#310 Watching one child help another

I had an appointment in town after school so I stayed overnight at Greg's mom's house.  She lives closer so I didn't have so far to drive at night and in the morning.  What a nice time I had spending the evening with Gloria.  She had dinner waiting for me and we had time to talk and laugh.  She doesn't drink coffee but knew I enjoyed my cup of java first thing in the morning.  So her daughter Amy had purchased some packets of Starbucks coffee for me to enjoy. :)

#311 The first cup of coffee in the morning
#312 Spending time with Greg's mom
#313 Learning things about my husband from his mom
#314 Sharing girl talk
#315 A much closer drive to work

I'm linking up with Ann of A Holy Experience for Multitudes on Mondays.



Blessings and love,

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