"Our family will base our success on one thing...our impact for the Kingdom of Christ." -Rick Burgess

Monday, August 29, 2011

Meaningful Monday

Today I'm doing some reflecting. I've gone back to my little spiral notebook journal where I wrote my first Eucharisteo. I didn't start out counting them. I've decided to do that. I think I'll list them from the beginning (April 10, 2011) until now.

I thank you God for...

1.Thankful that You take the wrong things people do to us and make them right. Thank You for bearing our burdens. Psalm 55:22
3.cool temps
4.quiet time to study God's Word
5. Kimberly Sowell
6. Kensley's independence
7. feeling good
8. joy
9. the sound of the wind in the trees
10. Peace that comes only from God
11. Thankful that Christ rose on the third day
12. headache is gone!
13. for quiet
14. again for  sunshine :)
15. for my 1/2 finished house and the dirt it sits on (and the fact that it's paid for!)
16. that my kids have two sets of grandparents that are alive and well
17. the safe community that I live in
18. for freedom and the men and women that make that possible
19. for God delivering me from depression without the use of medicine and that He taught me something from it, and used my experience to help someone else.
20. for spending the day with my girls....so thankful for that quality time.
21. for finally being able to get a haircut!!
22. for not having to cook supper last night
23. for my Sunday School Class
24. for beautiful landscapes to photograph, and for the time to do it. (and for my hubby who bought me the camera to photograph with!)
25. for praying friends
26. for new opportunities
27. for Your mercy, grace, and love
28. for Jennifer Anne Rodgers who was born on this day (April 27) 35 years ago
29. for rain
30. to own a copy of God's Word and for the ability to be able to read It.
31. for Jeremy and the fact that he wants to be home instead of working out of town (thanks You God for sharing that piece of wisdom with me)
32. that the school year is almost over
33. for my church family
34. for His perfect plan and timing
35. for Jacque
36. for Your love that is unending.
37. a beautiful day
38. no headache
39. that Jeremy has work
40. a safe day for the girls
41. Kaylee's experience with cheer try-outs
(42-50 are what Ann Voskamp  at aholyexperience.com refers to as hard eucharisteo...these are the thanks that God showed me the day my husband had to leave town for work)
42. for the ability to communicate with God through prayer
43. the "job"
44. the roof over my head
45. $ to pay the bills
46. friends
47. health
48. God's Word
49. safety
50. ability to help people
51. my girls
52. the chance for Jeremy to have a job
53. rain
54. air conditioning
56. quiet time
57. God's patience with me
58. Jeremy's visit
59. good health
60. insurance
61. Bro. Headly's message
62. singing
63. music
64. choir
65. books
66. Kaylee fixing Kensley's sippy cup of milk this morning
67. sleep
68. prayer
69. good moods
70. answered prayer
71. donuts and coffee
72. silly songs
73. lemons in my tea
74. paper and crayons
75. school supplies
76. Kensley's blanket
77. freshly mowed grass
78. the few moments when everything is clean and put in it's place
79. warm cups of coffee in the morning
80. hot showers
81. packed lunches
82. crisp apples
83. soft light
84. tricycles
85. warm cookies
86. a sweet note from Kelsie
87. the smell of ripe bananas
88. my little one's words
89. trust from a tween daughter
90. growth (especially spiritual)
91. prayers of loved ones
92. feeling God's presence in new stages of life
93. that the stamps that Kensley used as "stickers" came off the page unharmed and still sticky and able to be used.
94. for play-doh
95. for Mike Tucker and his gift for baking!

Wow...didn't realize I had that many!

I encourage you to start your own list of thanks! It is amazing what God will reveal to you through something as simple as thanks.

God Bless!


"do not cease to give thanks..." Ephesians 1:16

Friday, August 26, 2011

Older....Five Minute Fridays

This was my challenge from The Gypsy Mama....

Let’s write, shall we? Without wondering if it’s right or not.
Take five minutes and remember what it feels like to weave words together for the simple pleasure of how they sound. Without worrying about how they’re edited or perfected.
    1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking. 2. Link back here and invite others to join in. 3. Get a little crazy with encouragement for the five minuter who linked up before you.
OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes on:



She will be 3 years old on Sunday, August 28th.
3 years ago she was one of the biggest surprises of our married life.
3 years ago I was in shock....not planning for another child.
My youngest was 7. We were done.
3 years ago our blessing in disguise was born.
She came in to this world ready to be heard. I, however, wanted silence as I battled post partum depression.
3 years ago, I was in a hurry for her to grow up...to be older. Ready for walking, ready for talking, ready for solid food, ready for her to feed herself, read for her to be potty trained.
Well I got what I asked for. She's older....3 years older. I'm healed, she's 3.
And everyday she gets a little older. Because now to me 3 = 2 years til kindergarten.
I thank God for these 3 years....years of growth for my sweet girl and for me.

<>< Tracey


Friday, August 19, 2011


My 5 minutes on Friday...



Well I just (literally JUST) finished watching "Soul Surfer" so I have a whole new perspective on the word "NEW".

Facing new challenges, learning how to do things in a new way, feeling like you're in a new body (not new as in Jesus is back and transformed you, but new as in different, stranger in, new), facing your fears and embracing the new life God has in store, making the best out of whatever situation you are put in. New life, new body, strength in that newness only through Christ. Favorite quote was "I don't need easy, I need possible."  WOW! New and endless possibilites when you walk daily with God by your side. What "new" are you facing in your life today? Giveit to God and walk forward, head high, knowing that the creator of all is walking with you and cares about you and your "new".

Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." AMEN!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

these hands

these hands

Lessons Learned

Thankful for...

Lessons learned...

After a couple of warnings(thank you officers), finally today, the lesson...written in black and white in the form of a Sunday School lesson on "Recognizing the Lord's Authority".

The following is an excerpt from the  Sunday School lesson...."We've all had experiences that remind us our personal authority has limits. One day I was driving to an appointment, and I was late. Temptation got the best of me, and I pressed down on the accelerator more than I should have. Yes, I knew I was exceeding the speed limit. However, I rehearsed in my mind all the excuses typically used while arguing with oneself about such a breach of the law: The appointment is important. The road has few cars on it. I'm a careful driver. No one's watching. The first three excuses were true statements. The fourth one proved no to be true when the dreaded flashing blue light appeared in my rear-view mirror. I was caught, and I couldn't ignore the police officer's signal to pull over and stop. I had been reminded of the limits of my personal authority. The lesson challenges us today to acknowledge our own accountability to the Lord."

Message received Lord! STOP SPEEDING! Literally...stop driving too fast.

So I'm thankful for this meeting with God, for this teaching, for the speaking to me everyday in different ways. I'm thankful that He shows me that I need to be faithful to Him not only in the BIG things but also in the little things....like driving the speed limit. These are the little things that my girls are watching and learning from.

"giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light." Colossians 1:12 NKJV

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Because it's Tuesday

Thank you Lord for....

warm cups in the AM...
hot showers...
packed lunches...
crisp apples in a bowl...
soft light...
little red tricycles...
warm chocolate chip cookies for an after school snack...
even more for answers...
for bricks that will hold a house together(physically)...
the "I LOVE U MAMA" label, printed by 9 year old hands and stuck on my shirt before going to school this morning...
school mornings that aren't hurried...
time...for showing me how to take my time...to slow down...to appreciate the moments that are gone all to quickly.

"We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is and who was and who is to come..." Revelation 11:17

Friday, August 12, 2011

The Little Things

I love airport reunions....while we waited for my husband's plane I watched as other people waited for their loved ones. I felt like I was eavesdropping on their reunion, but it was so wonderful to share a small part of that moment with them. All the emotions you see....sheer joy, smiles, laughter, tears, laughter through tears. It's an amazing thing to witness. So much love.

And then it was our turn. I was holding them back, like horses ready to speed out of the gate. They spotted him in the corridor. I explain to my three year old that she may jump up and down and shout all she wants, but under no circumstance may she cross the "DO NOT ENTER" line. I hold her hand to insure that she doesn't bolt out of excitement. Then after what seems like an eternity he reaches us and we have our very own airport reunion for on lookers to share in. Two months is a long time. And we all breathe a collective sigh of relief. Thank you Lord.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A New Day

Kensley waking up in a good mood! Answered prayer, Krispy Kreme donuts and coffee, for the theme song from the Disney show Fish Hooks (can't stand the show, but the song makes me laugh), for lemons in my tea, for a huge roll of paper and crayons scattered on the floor that equal my daughter's "masterpiece", for clean, pressed, and organized school uniforms, for new school shoes and supplies that signal the start of a new school year and remind me of the wonderful summer that I shared with my three KP's, for the sight of Kensley as she puts her freshly laundered blanket (Pippy) to her little nose and inhales it's familiar, comforting scent, for grass that's just been mowed, for my two oldest girl that love to cook and are making me supper(details to follow on the condition of my kitchen), and for the few moments when everything is clean and put in it's proper place.

Acts 28:15
"...When Paul saw them he thanked God and took courage."

Monday, August 8, 2011

It's Monday!!

So I woke up this morning struggling to find something to be thankful for. I pushed on and put pen to paper. After a few pauses, the "thankfuls" started pouring out.

For quiet time alone with God, for a copy of His Word, for His patience with me, for Jeremy coming home for a visit, for good health, for insurance, for Bro. Headly's message yesterday, for singing...music....choir, for books, for Kaylee fixing Kensley's morning sippy cup of strawberry milk (today I am MOST thankful for this small act of kindness from my sweet girl...it turned my mood around) for sleep, for prayer.

Luke 17:15-16

Friday, August 5, 2011

Here I go....

First of all I'm asking myself what in the world am I thinking starting a blog. I don't really have anything to say that will WOW the world or be life changing. Not to mention that my girls think this whole idea is absolutely ridiculous! But I've been kicking this idea around for a while now and woke up today and decided to jump. I told a friend recently that I wouldn't make a very good blogger because I have all these thoughts jumbled up in my head and I just start typing and they come out in random order. So there's your warning label! This will be a blog of random thoughts....and maybe, just maybe, I'll find some fellow random thinkers out there that will be able to follow me and glean some sort of encouragement from my rambling. FYI what may come across as rambling is intended to be eucharisteo. Eucharisteo (yoo-khar-is-teh'-o) - 1. to be grateful, feel thankful 2. give thanks.

Because it's Friday; for the cooler temps after the rain; beautiful beaches to visit; a healthy little girl walking around in her big sister's boots; Nutella; cell phones that keep me in touch with my husband = a few of the many things that I'm thankful for today.

"And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks..." Matthew 15:36