Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Counting my blessings


I have been richly blessed in my life. Abundantly so. Starting from my very beginning. But maybe not in the way you might be thinking...

You see...I'm adopted. By these two right here...they chose me! ME!!

My Mom and Dad. My first blessings.

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Then there's that special, wonderful man that I shared my life with. I know the Lord hand-picked him just for me! And what a blessing he was...each and every moment of our life together. And while it is my life's greatest sorrow that he is no longer here, I treasure what we shared and I await the day when I'll see that precious face once more and hear the words, "Hi Sweetheart..." Oh...

My Sweet Hubby...My Prince.

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Our children! Nothing is ever the same once you add children to the mix - it's like even the quality of the air is different somehow! Days are more magical and the mundane is once again fresh and new! And grandchildren? Well, don't even get me started!! I well remember the day each of our grandsons entered the world and how my Sweet Hubby and I could not stop smiling with sheer joy!

Blessing upon Blessing!

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My Lulu. It's no secret to those who know me that I love dogs. I love them. Dare I confess it here? There are some days I even like them more than people! Why? Gosh, just look at the news headlines! Because they don't lie, they don't hurt. They are pure, devoted and loyal. Yeah. I love dogs. And I love this one in particular!

My girlie...

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My friends. I can't count them in the hundreds like maybe some can, but the ones I have are tried and true. They have seen me at my worst. I hope they have also seen me at my best. I won't be posting any pictures because I'm afraid if I do, I'll have to take a recount! But you know who you are and I hope you know how very much you're loved, appreciated and prayed for every single day!

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My faith. I don't have words for this, so I'm not even going to try. Just suffice it to say that without it, I'm nothing at all. Nothing. With it, I'm still standing. Thank you, Jesus - to you be all the glory - always and forever! By the way, if you don't know my Jesus...drop me an email (you can contact me through my profile) - I'd love to introduce you to Him - He's been waiting your whole life to get to know you!

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**In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I'd like to have a little giveaway.
Won't you indulge me, please?!**

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Remember a while back, I attended an Extraordinary Women conference with my friend JJ? Well, as always, you - my bloggy friends - are never far from my mind!

These are for you!


The Power of Praying Through the Bible by Stormie Omartian signed by Stormie, just for you.

And yes...I truly bought it with "you" in mind. And I will be praying over this book until it leaves my home for yours. I hope it richly blesses you as you find power, strength and the love of our Savior as you read through His Word.

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As well as A Woman's Path to Emotional Freedom by Julie Clinton, also signed by Julie.


Julie is the President of Extraordinary Women and the host of the conferences. She is so soft spoken yet uplifting and absolutely charming! I love the question on the back cover of this book: "Do your emotions sometimes control your life?" HA! Well, I don't know about you, but I can sure raise my hand! This book was not available at the conference - it hadn't come out quite yet...but I ordered copies soon after. Again, I ordered an extra copy with one of you in mind. And just like with Stormie's book, I will be praying that the recipient of this book will find, as it says on the cover, "God's Promise of Hope and Healing."

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Here's how to enter:

1) Simply leave me a comment about how you've been blessed in your life.
2) One blessing per comment please, but no limit on comments! Let the blessings flow!
3) Wanna link to your blog? Great, be sure to leave a comment telling me you did so!
4) The same goes for Facebook...just be sure to leave me a comment that you linked my blog!
5) Just started following my blog? Be sure and leave me a comment!

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Comments will remain open through December 1st and I'll select two winners sometime Thursday, December 2, 2010. As always, I'll be using this.

**Note: I would like the books to go to separate people, so should the same name be drawn twice, I will use this to draw again until I get a different name for the second book. :)

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May God richly bless each and every one of you and yours this Thanksgiving. If you're traveling, I pray His mercies over you both going and coming. Don't forget to offer up an extra prayer of thanks for the men and women of our Armed Forces who are away from their families taking care of our Nation's business and keeping us free.


Would you know who is the greatest saint in the world: It is not he who prays most or fasts most, it is not he who gives most alms or is most eminent for temperance, chastity or justice; but it is he who is always thankful to God, who wills everything that God wills, who receives everything as an instance of God's goodness and has a heart always ready to praise God for it.
~ William Law

So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up.
Galations 6:9
NLT

20 comments:

JJ said...

I have been blessed with a patient & loving husband (who puts up with me) and 3 beautiful healthy children....I love them dearly.

JJ

JJ said...

Most importantly, I am blessed that I have developed a personal relationship with God. You know what a journey this has been and you have been there every step of the way.

JJ

JJ said...

I am blessed with my wonderful family, including my mom & dad, sister, niece & nephews (they certainly are a blessing), my in-laws and all of my friends.

JJ

JJ said...

Gigi,
I am blessed to have had you in my life the past 13 years. I have seen you at your worst and seen you at your best, and love you either way.

JJ

Jody said...

I am blessed with grace upon grace(Jhn 1:16) every single day, from that grace flows everything else God has abundantly provided. Happy Thanksgiving Gigi.

Janice said...

Hi Dear Gigi...I loved this post. Beautiful. Your parents are precious. And I am impressed at how you loved your man...you were surely put together by the Lord. I would like to experience that in my life.
I am thankful to be a 9.5 year Ovarian Cancer Survivor! Where has the time gone?

Janice said...

I am so thankful for my job. I was unemployed for about 15 months in '08 and '09. My job is answer to prayer. I really enjoy it. It fits like a glove!

Janice said...

I am thankful for old friends and new friends. My church is a blessing and I love my friends there...and the 9th grade girls I spend time with at BIGHouse Youth.

Janice said...

I just got home from a fun 7-day cruise with my brother and sister and their spouses. I am thankful that we were able to spend that time together. Family is a blessing. After all these years and living in different parts of the country, I am thankful we still make time for each other.

Janice said...

I am thankful for the ways God humors me and specifically shows me that He loves me. I need to hear it and see it again and again. I am thankful for the ways He reigns over history and that His timing is perfect. That Jesus, our once-and-for-all Passover Lamb, would be crucified at Passover...and that this time was planned from the days of Moses...what an amazing God we serve!

Jody said...

Thankful for blogging friends whom I've never met face to face but feel we would have a great time together if we ever did meet.

Jody said...

Thankful for an abundant dinner table, all my children around it and friends to share it with.

About Nancy said...

What a treat to visit your blog. I found you through Katie and am glad I stopped by. Blessings dear lady!

nancygrayce said...

MANY days I think I love my dogs better than people. I have been blessed that God chose me to be His even though I certainly don't deserve Him!

Jess said...

It's no secret that I am blessed beyond belief to have went through a valley of divorce and for God to put me on the mountaintop in bringing Jason and I back together. A family reunited in HIS love....amazing!

Jess

Jess said...

God has blessed me with the most precious little girl in the world (to me of course). She was a miracle, and a big surprise and she makes me smile every dingle day. I couldn't imagine life without her, and as you know a mother's love how wonderful it is!


Jess

Jess said...

Gigi you have been/are a blessing to me. Anytime I have needed someone to listen, someone to cry to, someone to fuss to, or needed prayers...you have been there...through all the stress trying to keep a failing marriage together, through the heartbreak of disaster, helping to pick me up and put the pieces back together, sending me goodies to cheer me up, and rejoicing as God answered our prayers...you my friend are a blessing!


Love you!

Jess

katiegfromtennessee said...

Hey Gigi,

I've been completely blessed with my baby girl this year!:)

katiegfromtennessee

Jody said...

I am thankful that all the inches upon inches of rain we are getting yesterday and today is NOT snow.

Jody said...

Thankful for a beautiful new header on my blog.