Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Monday, November 29, 2010

SIMPLY PRIMITIVES SNEAK PEEK!


It's time for another SIMPLY PRIMITIVES UPDATE and I am posting a little "sneak peek" for you to view before the 1st! I can't believe it will already be December and hope you are getting as excited as I am for Christmas, my FAVORITE holiday!!! My offerings this month (pears) were inspired by that catchy tune we all seem to find ourselves singing sometime during this month, "The 12 Days of Christmas", and I really enjoyed making them!! I don't know what all my other fellow artists will have to offer, but I know whatever it is, it will be wonderful, so I hope you stop by to visit them as well!

I had a very restful and relaxing Thanksgiving and hope all of you did as well! We enjoyed all of our favorites.....turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, crescent rolls, and of course, pumpkin pie with whipped cream!! All of it was so delicious and we had plenty for yummy leftovers too!! Just the meal itself was enough to be thankful for!!

Speaking of being thankful, I truly want to say that I am thankful for all of you, both old and new followers, who take the time to come by for a visit, read my ramblings and musings, leave comments that are so encouraging and welcome and take an interest in my life! It is a humbling and gratifying experience to blog and I am so happy you have come along with me!!
Again, thank you so much for stopping by, for following, for commenting....for just being YOU!!

Wishing you Joy!!

Blessings~~

Julie

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thoughts on Thankfulness!!


Thou has given so much to me,
Give me one thing more, a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.
~George Herbert~

This is the time of year when we are supposed to celebrate all that we are thankful for but as of late I have been finding myself rushing around in a rather frantic state!! It seems like I am running on a wheel....faster and faster, around and around, but actually going nowhere!!! Oh how the tyranny of the urgent can steal your energy, joy, focus, creativity, and thankfulness!! Everything is measured by the phrase, " I need to" and so life becomes a list of "need to's", and soon your energy becomes exhaustion, joy becomes sorrow, focus becomes blurred, creativity is stagnant and thankfulness turns to ingratitude!! Oh what is a frantic woman to do???
The answer is simple, yet profound!!! JUST STOP RUNNING!!! This truth jumped out at me yesterday and has made such a difference and I would like to share it with you....it comes from Psalm 116 and says,

"Relax and rest. God has showered you with blessings." (The Message).

As I reflected on this, a deep sense of calm washed over me, and I began to smile as I thought about all the things I have to be thankful for!! Just as our early forefathers set aside a time to cease from their labor and rejoice in God's bounty and grace, so have I chosen to do the same, thankful for my many blessings.......a loving husband, children and family, a home where I am warm and safe, good food to enjoy, having a job that I love, being able to create things for others to enjoy and decorate their homes with, and special friends like you, who take the time to stop by and be part of my world. For all of this and so much more, I am truly and deeply thankful!!!

Wishing all of you a most Wonderful Thanksgiving, filled with joy, hope and above all, Thankfulness!!!
With Thankful Blessings~~

Julie

Remember God's Bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in the light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude! ~ Henry Ward Beecher