Monday, November 08, 2010

november beach weather (#148-155 of 1000 gifts)

Our beautiful fall weather continues. Someone predicted, earlier this fall, that we were in for the roughest winter in years. If this is it, I'll take it!

My list of 1000 gifts continues with

148. My country Canada. After hearing some of the stories during the Restore Tour performance on Thursday night at church (these were teens and younger kids who were terrorized by and escaped from the Lord's Liberation Army in Northern Uganda), I so thank God for my peaceful country with its sane leaders.

149. Friends — to work beside, to do lunch with. I love you Gina, Noel, Marion, Mary, Ardeena, Ruth, Bonnie!

150. My church — the church as a whole. Our associate pastor preached a rousing sermon about the church in a series called "The Big Ones" (so far creation, the Bible, the supernatural, and yesterday the local church). If you're not sold on this institution, which the Bible calls Christ's body and Christ's bride — give a listen.

Blackie's Spit at Crescent Beach, South Surrey, B.C.

151. A November Sunday walk on the beach. It's not beach weather if your definition of that is a temperature compatible with swim suits and sunscreen. But it sure suited us and a whole lot of others.

Sea wall walk on Crescent Beach - South Surrey, B.C.

152. Chorizo Brekkie-Bowls for lunch at a favourite eatery.

153. A wonderful book on worship with stories behind some of the well-known songs of local and internationally renowned worship leader/ songwriter Brian Doerksen. If you haven't read Make Love, Make War: NOW is the Time to Worship you should!

154. Mandarin oranges. They remind me that Christmas is just around the corner.

155. Wonderful surprises - like this poem of mine, published in the December 2010/January 2011 issue of Vogue Patterns Magazine which came in today's mail. (I knew the publication was in the works, but whenever I see something I've written cleverly laid out by some talented artist, it's always a thrill.)  Is this gorgeous or what!

By the way, if you're a sewer, editor Kathy Marrone invites you to be a contributor to this beautiful magazine. In her words:

"Please accept our invitation to be a contributor to this magazine. If you have a technique, project or story you'd like to share with your fellow readers, email me  or write to Kathy Marrone Vogue Patterns Magazine, 120 Broadway, 34th floor, New York, NY 10271

If you'd like to join me and many others collecting One Thousand Gifts, please do. Some members of this gratefulness community post their gifts on blogs, while others list them in private journals. Instructions on how to join are here

holy experience


Violet Nesdoly / poems


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