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Easter Blessings

Happy Easter!  I can't help but smile when I see the sweet faces of my niece Kristin and her daughter Kenzie.  This was Kenzie's very first Easter.  I only wish they lived closer so I could spend time with them.  But I pray for them every day.

It was a little sad as my pastor is retiring.  So this was his last Easter sermon.  I will miss him.  Despite being a member of a very large church, he was always available to talk and pray with me when I was in need.  I will never forget the time when I called Pastor Dan during the week as I was going through a particularly rough time. He spoke with me and prayed for me.  The following Sunday at the conclusion of the service, I was getting up to leave.  Standing at the end of the pew with his arms open wide was my pastor.  He hugged me and told me he was continuing to pray for me.

The school where I work is not a Christian school.  We have children from many different backgrounds.  But each one is special to Miss Debbie.  I love each one of them and silently pray for them.  Since I help them with their lunch, I get to see what their parents pack for them.  Whenever a child has an orange cutie, they hold it up for me to see.  All together we all say "cuties for my cuties".  

Little Hilton was standing next to me as I was unpacking my things at my desk.  She grabbed my cuties and held them up as the other children yelled "cuties for my cuties".  

The little girls love to have their fingernails painted.  They are always showing me the colors and sparkles.  After a few days they're often chipped but they still love the colors.

We had a special science class with Mrs. Baer.  She taught the children about clouds, rain and condensation.  They were fascinated. I love to watch them as they learn new things and new words.  If only we could retain that love for learning no matter how old we get.

There are so many every day blessings if we would just open our eyes.  How often do you go about your day worrying or simply being in a rush?  I wonder how often we miss out.  Counting my blessings has helped me to focus on what's good in my life.  It doesn't mean I live in denial or ignore the areas that need work.  But I make the choice to not allow myself to get overwhelmed.  There's such wisdom in the Bible.

#754  A glorious Resurrection Sunday
#755  Responding as the pastor said "He is risen" with "He is risen indeed".
#756  Listening to John Shillington sing "He's Alive"
#757  Feeling goosebumps when John reaches the finale of this song
#758  A phone call from my niece Kristin
#759  So thankful for my cuties in our classroom
#760  Working out as I try to lose these extra pounds
#761  Locating my summer clothes as it's already in the 80's in Phoenix
#762  Children who love to learn
#763  Amazed at what children aged 3-4 can actually learn
#764  Listening to the children tell me what they are going to be when they grow up
#765  Writing down the cute things they say so innocently

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

Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. It is so true, Debbie; we should count our blessings each and every day. We often forget to have joy within us, especially when frustrations set in. May I carry each day Resurrection Sunday in my heart.

  2. It is amazing what 3 and 4 year olds can learn and what all we can learn from them.

    Loving your blessings list--but not looking forward to the 80's just yet although we are supposed to get there also next week at least for a day or two.

    I like some 60's and 70's rather than going from the 50's to the 80's which is what AR does so much of the time.

    Debbie, I hope your week is extremely blessed--

  3. Your niece and her daughter are so precious. First Easters are so much fun. Have a beautiful week Debbie!

  4. I hope your Easter was full of blessings and joy Debbie!
    Our pastor recently retired too, and how he will be missed! Thankfully it was a smooth transition bringing in the new pastor that had been planned for three years prior. :)

    Enjoy a beautiful 1st week in April!

  5. Well, Debbie, your niece looks so much like you that she could pass for your daughter. Just a real cutie!

    Always enjoy sharing in the joys you experience with your children and how blessed they are to have Miss Debbie.

    Have a wonderful April! Hugs to you!

  6. You, my dear friend, are an amazing woman.
    And.......I don't think I'll ever eat another cutie without thinking "cuties for my cutie!"
    Love you.

  7. Happy Easter Monday, Debbie! Glad to hear you had a good weekend, but understand your sadness over your pastor's last Easter message. Excited to see what God has in store for your church!

  8. My sweet friend, I love your blessings posts – and how the joy of the Lord fills your heart and your blog. We will be getting out our summer clothes down here in the Delta as well. Ha ha.

    A blessed week to you Debbie,


  9. All of your 'cuties' are so adorable, both the family ones and the kids at school. You will never see a 'cutie' without being reminded of all of those adorable kids! I may not either. :)

    Love you!

  10. Thank you for the reminder to think about the blessings. the world can just consume us unless we make the conscious decision to praise


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