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Do you ever feel STUCK? In 2000, I began looking for answers to some tough questions in my life. I'd searched high & low and finally conceded to search the promises found in the Bible. Those promises have sustained & guided me through the loss of a parent, the struggle with anxiety & depression, the loss of a valued relationship and so much more! I've found joy amid the pain. And, I want to share it with you!

31 October 2015

sunrise thoughts 31 October 2015

SUNRISE THOUGHTS... What comes to your mind at the beginning of the day?

It was nothing special; rather mundane; pretty boring. It wasn't what I was hoping for on the last day of my
#write31days posts.

But, this morning's sunrise brought me a new day with new opportunities...

* for loved ones to be near,
* for good things to happen,
* for things to be accomplished,
* for me to learn, grow and change,
* for me to make a difference in my world.

Whether we wake up with a gorgeous sunrise or with a sky full of black clouds with wind & rain pounding against the window, each new day is a gift. Whether we wake up with a full calendar or an empty slate, each new day is a gift. Whether we wake up grieving from what happened yesterday or bursting with joy over what yesterday brought, each new day is a gift. The beginning of each new day represents a gift being placed in our hands. 

Are you familiar with the old saying...
"Don't look a gift horse in the mouth."

Well, a gift horse is a horse that was a gift, quite simply. When given a horse, it would be bad manners to inspect the horse's mouth to see if it has bad teeth. This can be applied as an analogy to any gift: 
Don't inspect it to make sure it
matches some standard you have,
just be grateful!

Enjoy the gift that's given to you with each new day. Today is a gift... that's why it's call the present :)

Here are a few pics from my GIFT...today. I worked beside the LOML for over 8 hours in our barn getting a winter retreat ready for our laying hens. I'll post pics of the completed project in the next week or so... 

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  1. Wow girl! You get a lot done in a day! I loved your post. Every day is a gift for us to embrace. And thank you for the history lesson as well - I didn't know that about inspecting his mouth! This was an encouragement for me.
    We did it!!! So glad I met you, Caitlyn, I've enjoyed your series! :)

  2. Again, a beautiful ending to a perfect write31days of sunsets and sunset thoughts. Those girls are gonna love their new winter digs!!! I think Ruthie Gray, you and me need a girls retreat after this month. Bring it on!!!