Friday, December 18, 2015


I have decided not to wait until the new year to make a resolution.
My life has taken a different turn recently and it's a very good one.
In the morning I like to wake up and thank God for all my many
blessings.  I have been faithful about doing this recently and it's 
made a huge difference in my life.

I just take the time to say thank you and each day I have been feeling
a flood of peace, calm and contentment.

Too often we (myself included) fuss over little issues that just are not
important.  I don't know why, but we do.  

Certainly gratitude is not a new idea, yet it's one that up until recently I neglected 
to do.  Now I cannot imagine starting my day without thanking God for
His many blessings. 

No matter what is lacking in your life, focus on what you have.

Carry that feeling of peace with you all day long and remember to
share it with others.

Wishing you peace and happiness today and always.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


  1. Yes, I too have been striving for more peace and I related so well to this post.I'm planning on having more time with Our Lord this new Year.I'm figuring it out now and early morning counting My blessings sounds like a good start.I love all the photos of Your precious Christmas decor. Blessings and hugs Your way- Denise

    1. Early morning is a great time to spend a few minutes with God. You will find that your day will run more smoothly and your spirit will be lifted all day long. Blessings to you as well dear friend.

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    1. We are indeed! I am especially blessed to have you in my life. You brighten each and every day for me!

  3. I AGREE with you 100% ,Susan. When we are grateful and acknowledge our gratitude towards God, then it helps us to regain our sense of WHO IS really in charge of our lives, as well as who it is that we will ultimately answer to. Our admonition in the Bible is to "Let the Peace of God Rule in your hearts .... and Be ye Thankful!"
    So Thank you for reminding us of just how important practicing gratitude- IS! :D

  4. What a wonderful and timely post.
    I really needed to read this.
    Peaceful is not how I have been feeling lately, but I know what it is like to feel that way.

    I wish you every single blessing this Christmas represents.

    Aren't we blessed? Yes, we are.

    White Spray Paint

    1. I think it's easy to feel stressed in the world we live in. There are outside pressures and the pressures we impose upon ourselves. The minute I have a little chat with God in the morning and let Him know that I appreciate all He has given me, all those external and internal pressures melt away. I am glad if this helps you dear friend.

  5. So true Susan. I have been focusing on the blessing I have and not on what I don't have or need. With my husband struggling to find employment these past 10 months it is hard some days to feel blessed with the stress of no income. However when you let go and know God has a plan it just gives you such peace. Sometimes you just have to feel good about each day and take it one day at a time. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

    1. Don't worry Kris. God's time table is not like our own. Keep believing and things will end up better for you than you expected. I know this is true. God bless dear friend.

  6. Hey, don't leave us in suspense over your good news!

  7. We have been through so much this year. Each day is a true gift a real blessing, and your blog adds to that blessing.

  8. Oh Susan, such a touching and timely post. Important words, especially this time of year. Hugs to you and Bentley. Jane

  9. Susan, to focus on the positive things in life - and the blessing of life itself - is what God wants us to do. I listen to Pastor Joel Ostein now and then and he had a great message the other day and it was to take control over your life, own it - claim it. I am glad that you start your day out on a positive note. Sour grapes can take poison our spirit. God provides..and he loves for us to notice and be grateful.

    On another note, I am so enjoying the photos of your beautiful home. It is amazing!!


  10. Love your outlook and your decor. I see so many wonderful vintage items that remind me of my childhood.
    May you have a week that is Merry and Bright!

  11. Thank you for a lovely post! You are right. There IS always something to be grateful for . Thank you for reminding us. Have a Very Merry Christmas!

  12. Gratitude is a good word/thought to keep in our minds. We forget how much we really do have. I wake up and read from Joyce Meyers daily thoughts and now will include what I am grateful for! Thanks for the inspiration and wondering what you good news is?

  13. My alarm wakes me with The Lords Prayer. I have several versions and love them all. Great way to start a day.


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