Photo Credits~

(owl:donaldthompson95 on flickr, luna:BillLepidoptera/ on flickr, willow/fence:trensamiro on flickr, all remaining: Merana Leigh)

Psalm 25:4-5

Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths;

guide me in your truth and teach me,

for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long (NIV)

Drench yourself in words unspoken, Live your life with arms wide open,

Today is where your book begins, The rest is still unwritten. ("Unwritten" by Natasha Beddingfield)

It matters not how long we live, but how!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Singing Praises

This picture hangs in my bathroom & I always notice it. THIS time, I decided to list them, which you'll find below...
(and in no particular order, I might note! and to which, I'm sure to add to)

1. Lord, I praise you & thank you, that I can have a relationship with you. I'm not worthy. I never will be. But you love me anyway... that's pretty awesome! And that I live where I can freely worship you and speak of your glory without worry of harm or persecution!

2. discovering blogging & the friends I've made here! (ok...and the HOURS I spend lost in blogland...when I can!)

3. The mountains...the smell of mossy, earthy beauty! And the way the clouds cast shadows on them. And OH TO LIVE THE REST OF MY DAYS HERE ONE DAY!....

4. The sound of rain (& yes, even thunder...and especially now that my boys are no longer afraid of it!)

5. friendships I've maintained over years and tho' many miles separate us! (Find Out Who Your Friends Are by Tracy Lawrence says it all!)

6. Recognizing that friendships can form with different generations (dear friends Katharine who is 90, and Betty who is 74!)

7. listening to the laughter of my children playing with their friends!

8. seeing pictures other people find of God's creation -

or even me...
9. cooking...just for the pleasure of it...when nobody's starving & listening to smooth jazz cd's while doing it. (My favorite being potato chowder or baked spaghetti) And Father, thank you that I have food readily available, the resources, and the ability to do it all when so many do not!

10. my ever-favorite mocha-colored hazelnut bliss!


12. my front porch sanctuary
13. candlelight & the soft glow it creates in our home

14. the sound of crickets & birds singing in the morning

15. having the Spirit reveal someting new in Scripture I've never seen before!

16. good music that makes you just close your eyes, nod your head, and "move to the music" as it takes you back!

17. God's Eye (as my son calls it)..

18. laying under a tree to watch the sunlight dance thru the leaves

19. The opportunity to see this past summer just how blue is our ocean from being out in it!

20. Sunrises and sunsets

21. this lovely place - the Wyndham Resort in Freeport, Bahamas - that we visited this summer

22. the chance to be whimsical with a freshly opened jar of peanut butter

23. But mostly, Lord, thank you for these little cherubs & the life you've blessed us to now have! (Well...ok...cherubs may be pushin' it sometimes...but they sure are a blessing! Thank you for entrusting me with their care!)

even when ...

oh, and P.S., Lord...thank you that one of these guys who's apparently been living in our basement drop ceiling that we thought was out of the house & dead in the street MONTHS ago, didn't get very far in the basement before the Snake Guy came over & got him (and for putting me in "mom mode" this time instead of "freak out scared hysterical woman mode" like the first time I saw it!)

Take stock of your life. Trust'll make you smile & make your troubles seem to become less!

Blessings everyone ~ Merana


  1. Hi Merana,

    I love the ocean and the carribbean but until I saw the pacific coast in Costa Rica I was just uninformed.

    I'm not a coffee drinker although one of my boys is always getting me Green Mountain coffee when he's in Vermont.

    Chocolate! -- There is absolutely no better taste for me.

    I get the occasional urge for peanut butter.

    I can sit on my deck and listen to the sounds; it is so quiet at night under the blackened sky. I sit and meditate.

    The list is really endless, isn't it? Let's just keep thanking the Lord for His goodness.

    Blessings, peace and an enjoyable weekend.


  2. Love this post! Your cruise photos are gorgeous! The snake too - haha. So glad you got him finally. We have to have a girls night soon. I'd love to chat, drink wine, look at photos, chat some more and hear all about your vacation!

    God Bless and thank you for reminding us to be thankful and full of praise!

    Love ya,

  3. What a great list of Thanksgivings. Love the photos, too. My favorite is the BLOG key. :)

  4. Oh my gracious! So many blessings and I think I'd put finding the snake in the house before it found you as one of my favorites! :) With grandsons getting older, I wouldn't be surprised if one day one of their Webkinz stuffed tiger snake animals didn't turn into a real snake and I'll be having to be as brave as you! :) I also loved your photos of lovely trees and flowers in your landscaping designs. And, of course, the sweet cherubs. :) Have a blessed week!

  5. I love this post. What a wonderful list of blessings. Thank you for sharing with us on Spiritual Sundays and thank you for the sweet comments you made on that blog.

  6. What great examples -- reminding us to look at our "everydays" fresh eyes!
    #10 and #22 ?? ... I'm right there with ya, Merana! ..but my fav is "God's Eye."
    Isn't it fun to learn what catches others' fancies?

  7. Wonderful post and listing of things you are thankful for. I have to tell you the snake picture gave me shudders....Ugh!

  8. Merana this is a lovely list of blessings. I love being outdoors, and during the summer sunrises and sunsets are the best time.


  9. =) That is great! You have such an awesome focus on the right things, especially your focus on God. The peanut butter pic. was neat.

  10. What wonderful blessings you have!OH the snake:o does that happen very often? I'm so glad that you shared your blessings with us. We are blessed that your a part of Spiritual Sundays


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