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Thankful for the ability to be where my hands are, just for today.

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peterpan66gm1I feel like Captain Hook every day.

I hear the tick tock of an invisible clock, and at times, it’s nearly audible. When I’m nursing my baby, and she decides to turn meal time into play time, I hear the ticking, telling me that there are three people waiting for me to return their calls and emails. When I’m checking my newsfeed on Facebook and take a moment to “like” my friend’s photo of her adorable, chunky toddler playing with his new tractor, I hear the clock ticking, tying strings to the index fingers of my mind, reminding me of the stack of homework and bills atop my desk.  When I’m reading poems by T.S. Eliot (which, by the way, I’m still proposing be removed from the list of American classics), I hear the clock ticking, reminding me of the stack of laundry waiting to be folded.

The clock is…

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Day 20–Becoming a vessel

*Thank you, Debra Dickey, for serving as today's guest contributor as part of the "28 days of love" project this February. Debra's a regular contributor to this blog; I'm thankful for the wisdom she shares and for her friendship, too.* [Online ‘Dictionary’ of vessel]  Rare: a person regarded as an agent or vehicle for some… Continue reading Day 20–Becoming a vessel

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Day 15–Loving what I do

*Thanks to my sister Sarah Crowder for writing today's post about how the love of her life has supported her in her journey to do what she loves for a living. Check out her photography business home page and her Facebook page, too.* I am grateful for every single day. When he tells me all… Continue reading Day 15–Loving what I do

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Day 11–Five thankful people

*Special thanks to Mary Agrusa for writing today's post for our "28 days of love" project. Be sure to check out her blog as well.*   Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 107:1 Five categories of people who should give thanks to God are listed in Psalm… Continue reading Day 11–Five thankful people

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Day 10–Dearly loved

*Big thank you to my friend Kelly Booy for agreeing to contribute to the "28 days of love" project!* I have had a consistent prayer for contentment these last couple of years!  My awareness of this need came one summer day in 2009 while on a walk in the Dutch farmlands.  A quiet, picturesque moment… Continue reading Day 10–Dearly loved

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Day 3–The delicate dance

*I've known Jessica since college, and I feel privileged to have watched her evolve into who she is today. Our journeys aren't identical, but I relate to much of her story. Check out her blog!* Gratitude and love. Topics that seem to go hand in hand with lines blurred as to where one ends and… Continue reading Day 3–The delicate dance

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Day 1: Sharing the treasure of gratitude

*Today begins my "28 days of love" project on this blog, a project to explore the connection between love and gratitude in our lives. Special thanks to Linda Unger for sharing her spiritual insights on how to share gratitude as well as a bit of her wonderful photography with us today.* For me, gratitude comes… Continue reading Day 1: Sharing the treasure of gratitude