Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thursday Thoughts

I have been reading an incredible book by Ann Voskamp, "One Thousand Gifts".  I must tell you, I think it's about to change my life.  Does that sound dramatic?  Yes, but true.  I know as soon as I finish it, I will start it over again.  It is not an easy read, at all, but worth it.  It requires full attendance of your mind to absorb the truths written.

Since I have been ill for the past two weeks, not much has gotten done at my house, ok, nothing really.  I have custom quilt orders to fulfill, a house to clean, groceries to buy.  One sentence from the book keeps interrupting my thoughts today, "Life is not an emergency".

a sneek peek of Monday's Sewing Christmas

So, read the Word, make some coffee, grab a pen, make the list.  What needs to be done today, what needs to be done in the next few days.  Eliminate the wants for now, focus on the needs.  Life is not an emergency, much can wait.  Don't forget to notice that the snow is melting and I can see green grass for the first time in months.

Plan a good meal,  I haven't hardly cooked in two weeks and the family might like a little love from the kitchen.  Above all, be thankful.  Give thanks for feeling better, for choices, for fabric and patterns and fun and a good God that loves us and showers us with good gifts, daily.



  1. The book sounds good!
    I'll look for it.
    Glad your feeling better and the snow is Melting...
    We lost about a foot so far, need to melt another foot before we even can think about seeing grass!
    Happy weekend to you!
    xoxo~Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  2. Renee my daughter gave me that same book. And you are right, it is NOT an easy read. I've gotten bogged down in it, and finally had to lay it aside for a while. I too was so sick that my poor family was having to do everything for me. But life is not an emergency, right? Take care.

  3. Sounds like a book I need to read. Glad your feeling better. Your stack of fabric is beautiful but you're right to focus on the needs today...the wants will still be there tomorrow. Many blessings sweet friend, Patty

  4. You post was very uplifting. Glad you are feeling better and the book sounds great, I must look for it. Thanks.

  5. I just started that book. . . & even in the first few paragraphs - I could tell it was going to challenge & have a huge impact on me . . . just that strong feeling.
    Glad your feeling better. . . a gift in itself! ;o)
    xo, Bren

  6. Good Morning Renee. :o)
    So good to hear you are feeling better and your attitude is as precious as can be. What a challenge to live in the moment. I hopped over to Amazon and read about the book and immediately added it to my "wish list". Thank you for sharing your heart with us. You are such a blessing and a joy! :o)
    Have a lovely day my sweet friend and enjoy spying your sprigs of grass, hot coffee, and God's sweet word. :o)
    Sincerely, Trish

  7. Again Ann Voskamp... I have hearing a lot of her lately. I should seriously do some googling.
    Your pins are ADORABLE, especially the pink ones and so is your cushion.
    Enjoy a terrific Thursday, Renee xxxx

  8. i hope you're feeling better, renee. i'm going to look for that book. thanks for the recommendation.


  9. Love the fabric stack! I am sew pleased you are all starting to thaw out and spring might actually be on it's way:oD

  10. I have been reading Ann's blog for quite some time and love her writing. I'm looking forward to ordering her book soon.
    Glad you are feeling better, have a great weekend!

  11. I have heard so much about the book by Ann Voskamp so finally bought it. It is sitting on my desk waiting to be read. I had to finish another one first so planning on picking it up later today. I am excited.

  12. I've been really interested in that book, I need to request it at the library. I hope you're feeling better. I love that stack of fabric!

  13. your blog is soooooo adorable. i just love it.

    glad you are feeling better.

    think spring! ~*~


  14. Thankful you're feeling better, and you're right...Ann's book is to be read slowly and let seep into your soul, but you know what's even better? Reading the book chapter by chapter while listening and watching Ann herself explaining even better in person each chapter...check her out at the Bloom Book Club on Facebook!
    Stay blessed!

  15. I don't comment often but I want you to know I look forward to each post. You always say something which speaks to what I need to hear and be reminded of. I've ordered a "sample" of the book for my Kindle - I'm looking forward to checking it out. I do love your quote, "life is not an emergency." I get in high gear far too often and forget to enjoy the journey. blessings, marlene

  16. I've heard this book mentioned so many times....I must check it out.
    Hope you are totally back on your feet soon!

  17. aww My dear I wish i was close by and help you in any way! i HATE being sick! so glad you are feeling better though :)

  18. Well hello Renée, I am happy for you are feeling better. And what a cute blog you have! Great style, very comforting to visit. Have a great weekend,
    love Maaike

  19. What a beautiful post! I have seen that book often and wondered about it. I am going to have to hit B&N and buy it.
    I hope, hope, hope that you start feeling 100% soon. It is so hard to be down for so long. But, she is right- Life is not and emergency- Great to take with us everyday.
    Love and Prayers,

  20. That book is on my "need" list. It is a must read for me. Also was intrigued by the sewing book you pictured and googled it. Do you recommend it. Loved the cover and the fabrics...curious minds, ya know.
    I'm really working at joining Sewing Christmas this month. We'll see.
    Your list making inspired me, Renee.

  21. I just received the book from Amazon this past week and only cracked it open and read the first 4 pages. I can see that this is going to be a powerful book.

    Hoping you get to feeling better.


  22. I just requested the book from my local library and I cannot wait to begin it! Sounds like medicine for my overly control freak, type A soul ;-) Glad you are on your way to feeling better.


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