Sunday, November 2, 2008

Being Thankful Every Day

If you have visited my other BLOG you know that I have TONS of blogs listed that I visit on a regular visit. There are a few that, because of their content, I have them listed on BOTH my blogs. Roseanne in Canada (Bits of Life, Scrapbooking and Cooking) is one of those. As I was visiting her blog today, as I often do, I visited a few of the blogs in HER list.

That's how I came upon South Breeze Farm blog, hosted by Leah in Iowa. She's holding a 'Giving Thanks Challenge' for November, and I've posted her challenge in the column to the left to remind me to post something for which I am thankful each day this month. Now, life is crazy, so I may not make it every day, but I'm going to do my very best.

Today hubby and I, as we often do, got out early this morning and headed out to see what we could find. And we took a LONG ride today. We started out to go to DeSoto Falls State Park in northeast Alabama, and that's not a bad ride for us, but then hubby decided he wanted to go to Huntsville, Alabama - because we'd never been there - good reason, right? I was working on some felt snowman pins (I'll post them later) and needed some black beads, so he agreed to stop at a WalMart in Huntsville. I wasn't in there very long at all, but when I got back to the car he had been looking at the map, which is never a good thing! (I love you honey!) So he wanted to go up to Fayetteville, TN and back east to Chattanooga, and south and east back home. That was a LONG day's riding!

But we went through some gorgeous country! My favorite was between Fayetteville and Chattanooga on Hwy 64. There are miles and miles of farmland, much of it white with cotton, and huge farmhouses and barns (you might not know that I'm a barn fanatic, lol!) But the backdrop for all the farmland and barns and cotton were rolling hills bright with the oranges, yellows, reds and golds of autumn. It was such a great day, and very re-energizing and refreshing to get out and see some of the world.

So today, I must say I am grateful for God's gorgeous creation! I believe He knew we needed a re-charge, He led us on that route, and He put on quite a show for our benefit. Everyone else who passed that way also benefitted from the show!

As we have traveled over the years, and we've traveled a good bit, in places of extreme beauty, I've often caught myself humming or singing to myself one of my favorite choruses - the Doxology. According to my google search, this hymn (written by Thomas Ken) will be three hundred (300) years old next year, and yet the words are as timeless and relevant today as they were back then. You can find a website here where you can hear the music. I'll leave you with those words in the hopes you'll sing them along with me with a grateful heart. Blessings to all who visit, Becky

Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him all creatures here below,
Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts,
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.


Ladybug in TN said...

Yes, prsise God! I just love to sing in my spirit outside. Sometimes I sing a loud but more often it is in my soul. Isn't God good.

I have enjoyed taking pictures of the trees around my neighbor's yards. Late this afternoon, I went driving down a side road nearby and photographed the sunset. Oh, how wonderful it was to glimpse that freshly painted canvas.

I want to visit the blogs you have listed.

Your blog is so enjoyable. I feel I am sitting in your home visitng.


Jill said...

Thanks for the picture in your blog banner. I grew up in North Georgia and I miss my mountains SO much. You bring a little bit of home to me every day since I found your blog.I miss the changing of the seasons and all that goes with it, but my thankful for today is YOU.