Friday, November 9, 2007

Gratitude Gala

In honor of the Season of Thankfulness, Angie @ Scrapnmoms Moments has put together a Gratitude Gala. A time for us to celebrate the multitude of gifts that make up our lives.


As I pondered the design of this post, I considered the numerous moments that surround me in blessings daily. I arise each new day and begin my tasks. In a warm and comfortable home, I sip my coffee and correspond with friends. Laughing and crying, gaining new wisdom and inspiration with each visit.
I tend to my animals and the soil from which I gain sustenance and a sense of self-sufficiency.











I have the ability and resources necessary to cook our meals and wash our clothes.

During the day, I often touch base with those I hold dear, my parents who provided the foundation of love and instruction that I have built my life upon. My brother and sisters who are not only my siblings but my closest friends and confidants.

I am often caught off guard and filled with happiness as I recognize the little moments of wonder and beauty that remind me that life is more than chores and expectations.



















In the evening, as my husband returns from work, the focus shifts to family together time. Talking, relaxing and relating our day.

At the close of the day, I snuggle my son into bed and I am humbled by the infinite gifts the Lord has provided, in spite of my sins and shortcomings. I am thankful that I have the ability to Praise Him openly, for his provisions and grace.

And it occurs to me that even though time has altered the appearance of our world dramatically since the first Thanksgiving, the things that we are most thankful for have not changed.


Food, shelter, the knowledge and tools necessary to survive and thrive. Our families and the lives that we share together. A sense of love and acceptance gained through our relationships. The aspects of our lives that bring us peace and joy. The freedom to rejoice in fellowship and gather in worship.

These have always been the whispered points of gratitude in our daily prayers and I suspect that they always will be.


Blessing #9: The spirit of Thankfulness.

28 comments:

Nunnie's Attic said...

Rhonda,
That was probably one of the most eloquent posts I have read. Absolutely beautiful and most accurate. Thank you for sharing and reminding me of the blessings that surround me everyday. You are a blessing to me!

Love,
Julie

Birdie said...

I found your blog because of a comment you had left at someones blog. It just goes round and round you know. Anyhow I just had to stop by and say hello to another blogger living in the north Georgia mountains. Enjoy the beautiful day!
Birdie

Kari & Kijsa said...

What a beautiful post....we love "the whispered points of gratitude"....so wonderful!


Have a very blessed day!

smiles, kari and kijsa

Linda said...

Such a beautiful and meaningful post. I have really enjoyed reflecting on what I am grateful for and how blessed I am. Linda

Scrappy Moments said...

Rhonda,

What a beautiful Post of Gratitude, Thank You for Coming to the Gala,
Thank You For The Anniversary Wishes Too!

Angie

Mary said...

So lovely and so true -- we have much to be thankful for! A beautiful post, Rhonda. Love the music, too!
xoxo,
Mary

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

BEAUTIFUL!

Sweet Remembrance said...

Rhonda...
Your post is simply beautiful!
Priscilla

Sallie said...

HI.. WOO HOO I found you again :-)

I love the yellow roses!

God bless,
Sallie

Cottage Contessa said...

A truly beautiful post. Stirring & thought provoking. Thank you.
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Rhonda,

How very well said indeed. Thank you for such a sweet and gentle reminder to be appreciative of what blessings surround me.

Hugs,
Dena

Brenda said...

That is sweet,thanks for the special message.

BellaColle said...

I'm soo glad I stopped by! What a beautiful post! So true...So true..I am so thankful to the Lord for His blessings and grace everyday.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

You did a beautiful job with this! Thank you for helping us see our many blessings all around us!

Katherine

Meggie said...

Absolutely inspiring post...thanks for sharing!

Back Through Time said...

Your post was beautiful, you really did a great job putting that all together.
thanks for checking in on me, I had been sick earlier in the week but lots better now. I finally got my Gratitude Gala posted!
Have a great weekend:-)
Michelle

Michelle said...

What a lovely post..thank you for sharing.

Erin Earls said...

wonderful post. Very true. Glad to see you here at the Gala.
Love Erin~

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Rhonda, what a wonderful uplifting post. I so enjoy coming here and visiting you.
Penny
p.s. thanks for saying such nice things about my mosaic teacart!

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Psssst...pop over to my blog when you get a chance.

Hugs,
Dena

Esther Sunday said...

Rhonda - you are such an awesome gal. You deserve all those wonderful blessings!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...
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Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

This was an inspiring post! Very beautiful too. So much to be grateful for!

xo,
Melissa

ShabbyInTheCity said...

My sentiments too! So blessed we are :)
Did you get your baby boy out of the trashcan????

BittersweetPunkin said...

A very beautiful post Rhonda...so true indeed.
Love,
Robin

Sophie Honeysuckle said...

Oh Rhonda-that was just beautiful, so beautifully expressed, it was almost a poem!x

bj said...

Such a caring and lovely post, Rhonda. Thanks so much for putting into beautiful words what we all feel. SO THANKFUL FOR ALL OUR BLESSINGS.
hugs, bj

Kathleen Grace said...

What a wonderful post, and how very blessed you are! I very much enjoyed reading your Thankful thoughts:>)