Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thankful Thursday

- Today I am thankful for the blackberry bush in our back yard.  There were a few berries that had turned black, so I took Ina over there to pick them.

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She happily shoved them in her mouth and after she finished each berry she quickly said, “nother one!”  She ate all the black ones, then all the red ones with a little bit of black, and then all the red ones that looked like they might be turning black soon.  I am also thankful for the swing set which prevented a full lack-of-blackberries-meltdown.

- I am thankful for the guy who caught my neighbor’s dog for me yesterday as I was running after it.  Why would I be running after my neighbor’s dog?  Good question, let me explain.

Dan sweetly told our neighbors we would watch their dog while they were out of town, which translates to me watching their dog. While Ina and I were getting ready to leave for the day, I tried to take the dog inside and it escaped my grasp and made a run for it.  

This resulted in me grabbing Ina and sprinting after the dog in my work clothes and shoes, through my neighbor’s back yard yelling “dog!” because I don’t even know this dog’s name.  

Ina thought it was absolutely hilarious- like a game.  The dog probably thought it was a game.  I did not think it was a game.  

Finally, after running through about 20 yards, we reached a house where two men were working on a deck.  One took pity on me and tackled the dog.  I wanted to kiss him I was so thankful.

- I am thankful for my mom who watched Ina while I worked from home and made me lunch

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I would eat salmon for lunch every day if it tasted like that!

- I am thankful for a beautiful evening to run

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I was supposed to do sprints on the treadmill yesterday, but couldn’t miss the beautiful weather we have been having for one more day.

- I am thankful for roasted okra (cut down the middle, slice in olive oil/salt/pepper, roast at 425 for 15 minutes)

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I ate so much okra that I didn’t even want the rest of my dinner.  #csaproblems

- I am thankful for Philippans 4:8: 

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

I have read that verse many times - but recently our pastor told us to use this as a filter for anything we do, see, watch, or say.  If it doesn’t pass the test, if it isn’t true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy, it needs to be removed from my life.  

Simplifies things quite a bit, doesn’t it?

What are you thankful for?

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