Over the next months, I would like to occasionally add a blog “So Very Thankful” as I find that the more often I think about the blessings in my life, the better off I am. When I find myself being more negative, pulling out my “Thanksgiving Journal” and beginning to write is a sure fire way to boost my mood. The things I am often thankful for aren’t earth shattering. Actually the more “mundain” the item, the more items I can be thankful for. The more items I’m thankful for, the more I see how truly blessed I am. If I can feel gratitude for birds’ trill and the sun glinting through the trees; and if I can see a friend’s text or the smile and wave of a neighbor as a gift from God, then I am doubly blessed. I try and keep a “Thanksgiving Journal” to record such gifts. I began the journal several months ago when I was going through an extremely difficult time. God brought the book “1000 Gifts”, by Anne Voscamp, into my life – and it transformed the way I see the ordinary! Truly! So, I begin my “So Very Thankful” blog column by mentioning the two courses I am currently taking through WordPress right now – Blogging 101 and Photo 101. Through these two courses, I have met some wonderfully talented people, and I have traveled the world so to speak while sitting at my computer. I have learned so much already and look forward to so much more!
I’m learning about all sorts of technical stuff in regards to writing blogs. I never knew what a “widget” was or for that matter how critical it is to a blogger until a week ago! Who would have thought! I understood “tags” for Instagram, but was clueless for blogs. I am also learning that blogging isn’t just about journaling my thoughts, it is about meeting people and learning the how-to’s. The classes are only half over, but I have gained so much already. For that I am truly thankful to God. For he is the giver of all good gifts – he is the one who prompted my heart to take these courses in the first place.
Lesson 9 for Blogging 101 (yesterday) was to refer to someone else’s blog. I would like thank my long-time friend Vanessa, and fellow blogger, because her courage to begin blogging about a year ago prompted me to begin this adventure just a few weeks ago. I highly recommend her blog, Tapestry Chronicles. She is a young homemaker who loves Jesus and tries to incorporate him into every aspect of life. She writes on a myriad of topics from book reviews to favorite recipes to how Jesus is working in her life. She is very interested in the more natural ways to live – cleaner living, and writes on her adventures in making soap and things of a similar nature. I would also like to thank Melanie Allred Flowers for her encouraging suggestions to make my post more visually appealing. Hope you like it, Melanie! I took a look at Melanie’s blog tonight, and it is very visually appealing, and I appreciate that she spoke from her heart about how God is working in her life right now – being there for hurting friends, and waiting on God in the middle. I really enjoyed the article I read.
As far as Photo 101, I am being challenged daily through being given specific topics to photograph. This is new for me as I usually photograph whatever my heart fancies – often ‘gifts’ I’ve discovered. For Lesson 9, we were to use light in a striking way that highlights the thing being photographed. I was able to get two photos this past week of our two pets – Holly (the dog) and Nami (the cat). I am so thankful for them as they both bring so much life and laughter to our home! Nami is rather a new member to our household (a Christmas present for one of our sons) and Holly isn’t sure what has transpired! Holly is a very social creature and has always wanted a playmate, but Nami won’t play on Holly’s terms. Poor Holly! They are learning how to live peacefully; Nami learning when to run and when to stand her ground, and Holly learning that life won’t always be seen through a puppy dogs’ eyes!