Well, it seems as if another month is behind us and we are well on our way into November and we are moving right along. WHAT!!! Yeah, that's right November is here and it is a beauty so far. The weather in my neck of the woods is kinda like a late Spring day. Fresh and bright with all kinds of possibilities. But, as I said, it is November, so we never know what it will bring. Last year, we had our first snow fall in November. hahaha If you don't like the weather right now, just wait 15 minutes, it will change. So, I will take the beautiful weather and be thankful for it. And since this is November, the month that we celebrate Thanksgiving here in the United States of America, there is a common phrase now that you will hear in some churches. "30 days of Praise". That is just taking the time every day to thank Yahweh, God for something He has done for us. That should be one of the easiest things we have ever done!!! I bet each and every one of us could come up with a hundred things or more in the time it takes to take one breath. We each have so much to be thankful for!!!! I know for myself, I fail to be as thankful as I should be, a lot of the time. So much that I do take for granted, and for that I do have to ask for forgiveness. And right now, during this particular season of thankfulness and happiness, I know for a fact that a lot of people are hurting. So, I would ask that during this time we all remember to pray for those whom we know are dealing with a great deal of hurt. I have friends who have lost loved ones and it's always a sad time to go thru the holidays with the freshness of loss. Friends are dealing with sickness and surgeries and job loss and friends who are watching loved ones struggling in a battle for their earthly lives. Neighbors who are hurting, silently. Oh, we know so many that have pain, in some form or another, just pushing thru the days, alone. I ask myself sometimes, what if I was dealing with this or that, would I want anyone to know? The simple fact of the matter is that we are all dealing with something. We all need prayer and we all need to pray for one another. So, let's make it "30 days of Praise and Prayer".
These early fall days remind me of back when all my brothers and I was still at home. Mom would fix the most delectable Thanksgiving Dinner ever!!!!! She makes the best dressing ever and I do believe that it is possible for my brothers and I to get physical over her dressing!!!! hahahaha "Oh, yes I WILL stick my fork in the back of your hand if you touch my plate!!!!!" hahahaha No, not that drastic, but just about!!!! One year in particular, some of the guys had their girlfriends at the house for Thanksgiving dinner. (Where I come from, dinner is the noon day meal, with supper being the last meal.) So, after dinner and after mom and I getting the kitchen cleaned up after the small army, all my brothers and their girlfriends and I got together and we went to a place in Butler County called Split Rock. The owner of the farm where Split Rock was located would let us go to the rock. It was just a HUGE rock out in a rocky hilly area of his farm. It looked kinda outta place. It's the size of a house for sure. But it is split right down the middle. And of course, we all had to squeeze thru the split!!!!! Young and stupid is what comes to mind today!!!!! But, back then it was the thing to do. If you went to Split Rock and squeezed your way thru, you had arrived!!!! Where, to the other side of the rock! hahahaha Not only were we young and stupid, but we were also young and slim, so we could do it back then, but I don't know if any one of us could squeeze thru the rock now or not. And I am talking about REALLY squeezing thru that Split Rock!!! You had to suck in, really suck in to get thru a place or two!!! Oh my gosh, how stupid was I to even think about doing that!!!! I almost get the hives just thinking about it now. hahaha
One of the things that I am thankful for is cell phones with cameras. Why, you ask? Because if I would have had one 40 years ago I'm pretty sure I would have some cool pictures of us squeezing thru that rock!!! I would probably have pictures of all the times we went fishing in the summers and put fish in the freezer for future meals. There would be pictures of my grandparents coming off the hill, riding in their mule drawn wagon going to Jesse's Store for feed. There would be pictures of going to the farm where the sorghum was being "freshly" made, ohhh yummy!!!! There would be pictures of us swinging on great vines in the trees behind the house!!! There would be pictures of us catching june bugs, grasshoppers, lightening bugs, and scooping up tadpoles. I would have tons of pictures of all the fun visits to our grandparents houses. There would be pictures of all the cars that used to sit out in our parents driveway. At any given time, there could be 10 or more and then when my brothers started getting married, the vehicles thinned out a little. I remember one time, a neighbor stopped just to see what was wrong because there was so many cars at the house, he thought maybe someone had died. No, it was just Thanksgiving and everyone was there and there was about 14 or 15 cars in the driveway and yard. There would be pictures of us romping thru the woods, picking blackberries, shucking corn, skinning squirrels and rabbits. There would be pictures of all the clothes lines full of clothes for 8 people and what ever else that was washed that week. There would be pictures of us playing basketball down in the lot or softball in the back field. There would pictures of the many many cookouts that we had. There would be pictures of us climbing trees and maybe even one or two of some falling out of trees, hehehe. There would probably be a video or two of one of my brothers cracking up laughing!!! When he did that, you knew someone was hurt!!! I don't think he meant to be laughing at someone hurt, that was just what he did. He will still laugh about it today. There would a picture or two with someone having their tongue stuck, frozen, to the car with the school bus coming up the road!!!! Yes, that happened!!!! Why do people do that? Who knows, but people still do it. There would be pictures of all the Saturday afternoons when my brothers and their friends would skeet shoot all afternoon. There would be pictures of my brothers coming in from work with the local farmers, and oh how nasty they would be! But they learned a work ethic that still sticks with each one of them to this day. There would be pictures of them out in the yard and driveway taking care of their first set of wheels, washing, waxing, and shining up those cars!!!! There would probably a picture or two of some of the fights that took place......just sayin'. Keepin' it real and all that!!! hahahaha Oh there would be all kinds of pictures. There are some pictures of some of the fun stuff that I mentioned and they are to be cherished for sure. I sure am thankful for all the good memories and there are so many more. Just like I know that all of y'all have great memories too. It's fun to take the trip down memory lane every once in a while and just be THANKFUL!!!
I am so thankful for all the many forms of crafting and arting that is available to us today! I am thankful for the types of media that we have that let us watch others crafting in real time!!!! Would you have thought that we could do that 40 years ago? I would have said "No way!!" But, yes way, we can do it and we do it all the time. Would you have ever believed that this great big world would become so small that people from all over the world can watch at the same time in real time and converse with each other while watching? Well, that's what we can do now, and a lot of us do just that. How fun is that? We live in a day and age of instant gratification, don't we. I try not to take all the good stuff for granted, but I know I do sometimes. It is totally fantastic that we can find any technique imaginable just by googling!!! hahaha No one even asks what "google" is anymore, it's such a commonplace word now. Oh, do you remember the phrase, "do you yahoo"? and the goofy music and singing that accompanied that commercial? Now we don't even think twice when we hear a new word, we just automatically know that more than likely it's referring to the google-net. hahaha I just know that if I want to learn a new way of arting or learn something new, all I have to do is go to the computer or tablet or cell phone and the world is at my finger tips. I love to get in my craft room and turn on the tv to you tube and find some of my favorite peeps and just have a great time crafting with my friends while I am having a good time crafting myself. Who knew we would be able to do that? I don't know about you, but I am thankful for all the many forms of technology that we have that makes our crafting and arting more fun and brings friends from across the world right into our homes, via the the google-net!
I have been making some Sculpy clay pieces that I will turn into pins. I have them painted thus far. I just used watercolor paints with shimmer in them. Just a real cheap set that you can get at Joann's for sure, and possibly some of the other stores. I forget off hand what brand they are, but I will just take a spray bottle and spray all the paints till I get them really wet and just start using colors, all different colors and blending in a little bit. I love the looks of the swirling shimmery colors and when I get finished with them and get the clear coat on, aka...clear nail polish, they will really shine and just be beautiful.
As I leave you this evening, let me ask you, "what are you thankful for"? I know you are like me and you have much to be thankful for. Do you thank Yahweh for all that you have to be thankful for? Lets take the time this season to be purposefully thankful and thank Him during this "30 Days of Praise". When we take the time to be purposeful, we will be more likely to remember to be thankful. When we thank Yahweh in all the small things all the time, then it will become easier to be thankful during the tough circumstances of our lives. We have to start somewhere, so start with the small things and then it won't be long till you will find yourself being thankful in the tougher times. Paul teaches us with our prayers and supplications to be thankful in all circumstances and situations. Paul had learned to be thankful in all his life situations, whether in chains or free, even with his thorn in the flesh, he learned to be thankful in all situations. I hope and pray that during the "30 Days of Praise" that we can learn to find all kinds of ways to tell Yahweh that we are thankful to Him for His grace and mercy and thankful that He has provided a way for you to be in right relationship with Him thru Yeshua, Christ Jesus.
I hope and pray that y'all have a wonderful night of refreshing sleep and rest and that you awake in the morning ready to start a day filled with thankfulness. Tell someone tomorrow that you are thankful for them. They will be happy to hear such sweet words. Let me start right now by telling y'all that I am thankful for each and every one of y'all. I appreciate your visits with me and I love your comments. So, till we meet again, right back here, Yahweh loves y'all and so do I!!!! hugs and love, Patty