Thursday, January 7, 2016

Celebrate! 17 Weeks of Learning to Live a Beautiful Life





It's almost over! This is Week 16 in my 17 Weeks of Learning to Live a Beautiful Life series.

I'm a bit late. I meant to be done with the series before the end of 2015, but it didn't happen. In fact, I have been trying to get this particular post up for a week!

Don't you love it when "life" interrupts your "life?"

For the past few months life has been happening around our clunker cars. Just a few weekends ago, we went through water on the road (we in Missouri experienced The FLOOD) and a car part blew off. The car (The Studly Muffin's Ford) got us down the road for a bit and then stopped.

In the freeing rain. And hail. 50 miles from home.

This weekend (our our way to church) we experienced electrical problems in the same car.

We didn't make it church.

Just this past month, my car (fondly known has Bessie the Buick) has had to have 2 new tires and a new windshield.

I don't have to tell you that we didn't have the money for any of it, but God provided and we are confident that He is going to keep on taking care of us.

Most of us have those day-to-day struggles that, if we are not careful, will suck the "life" right out of our "life."


We all know people who seem to float through life with just a little extra sparkle.

I'm frankly a bit phlegmatic (and a little snarky) for too much sparkle..but I sure appreciate those who seem to dazzle.

I have come to feel that we all need a little celebration in our day-to-day lives.

When I think of the word Celebrate I think about commemorating a special day or occasion.

If there is birthday cake involved...I'll be there.

The point is that I don't want to wait for those special days or occasions to celebrate my life.

I want to make every day a little special. I want to approach my life as "the occasion."

Of course, this translates itself in my life in ways that might be different from someone else's, but this week I want us all to think of little ways we can add a little "celebration" to our life.

This week I tried to do something everyday that was just a little special and sparkly.

Watched a ballet on youtube

Played a board game with Josiah

Soaked in peppermint oil and epsom salts

Made my family an extra scrumptious (but healthy) dessert and served it on china plates

Made 2 homemade cards

And tried to smile more than scowl...

Sounds simple enough. Right? I'm sure if you think about it you are already doing so many wonderful things to live a beautiful life. Just take the time to breathe them in and enjoy them!


My friends. I challenge all of us to Celebrate a little more!










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