Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Occasional Glimpses

The other night I walked through our darkened home. I walked into the family room and turned on the lights. Their glow brought enough light that I needn't turn on any others. As I finished up in the kitchen I turned and looked into lit the family room.
At that moment I got a glimpse, a still shot, like a photo in a magazine. The room was far from magazine perfect. Pillows and toys were strewn across the floor, which needed a good vacuuming. All of the surfaces needed to be dusted, but still I got that glimpse that happens on occasion.
I stood to take it all in.
Along with the glimpse came a feeling of reverence.
This is our home. Ours.
We are the ones responsible for making it a place of comfort. It is a place where laughter abounds,
where friends are welcome.
A haven for memories.
A shelter from the storms of life.
A sanctuary for our family.
I stood in awe as I thought of how
our hands have created many of it's contents.
This is the same room I pass through dozens of times each day
but at that moment it felt different.
It seems that I get so busy with the day to day that
I lose sight of the wonderful details that are my life
. So when those occasional glimpses occur I try to take it all in,
cherish
the moment,
appreciate
what has been revealed to my soul
and express gratitude for the blessings I have been given.

For I am truly blessed.

29 comments:

lagirl said...

Yes, you are blessed and I think it's wonderful that you realize it and are appreciative. A thankful heart is also a blessing.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I know what you mean, Joy! It's like everything is as it should be.

Heather at Happy Chippy Junk said...

What a sweet post!! WE do forget to "stop and smell the roses" to often. Like decorating, for all the complaining we women do about our bodies..I think if we stop and think about the power of our "tools" that our body offers....we are in awe!! Thanks!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Yes, you are blessed! Your home is so beautiful...I love your white collection! I often, when alone in the evenings walk through my home and thank the Lord for everything he has given to me to enjoy. Comparitively, we live simply...but to me, it is a mansion!

AnNicole@Our Suburban Cottage said...

I often do the same thing. Rarely a day goes by that I'm not thoroughly grateful for the home I've been blessed with for my son and I. Lovely post.

Rochelle said...

Thank you for reminding us how blessed we are with what we have and for our families....
xoxo
Rochelle

Bon said...

Love this post and so beautiful!

Grandma said...

What a tender mercy God gave you! Thank you for sharing. It always helps to hear from another woman and remind us of all our blessings. You have a lovely home with lovely things but I think it is you as a mother, wife, decorator, nurse etc that really makes it a home. Thank you.

jojo said...

It is always humbling to step back and see the wonderful blessings we have in our lives...your home is beautiful and I can see that it is a place of love, I can hear the laughter and feel the joy. Thanks for sharing this with us. BTW...I have never seen so much milk glass in one place...beautiful!

Lisa said...

Your home is truly beautiful. You are definitely blessed!

'T' said...

what a great inspirational post. i stared at your lovely mapped out room for ages. gorgeous. i love the red walls. there truly can be moments of pure joy and happiness that you taste. i believe they are felt in the home, or the home of the Lord most always.

Just Rhonda said...

BEAUTIFUL room!!!!! And wonderful for you to stop and remember your blessings!!!

Ashlee and Nathanael said...

I just love your blog, you say things they way my heart feels them.

Richella said...

What a wonderful post! May we all stop to remember how blessed we are!!

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

Aww, so sweet. :)

~ Sarah

Red Door Home said...

Just discovered your blog. Thanks for reminding me to stop and look around and to be amazed at what my husband and I have accomplished in our home. Sometimes I am so busy thinking aobut what needs to be done next, that I forget to look back and see how far it has all come.

Cottage Rose said...

Hello Joy; Your post was just so sweet and lovely... I enjoyed it so very much,, you have such a beautiful home that you and your family helped to create... I love that... have a wonderful week.

Hugs;
Alaura

Darlene said...

I LOVE your home and yes, you are truly blessed!

Connie said...

Your home is beautiful. And, yes, it is a home (not a house). I expect it is the people who live there that we can call it a "home".
Home is where the heart is they say.

alittlefrenchloven said...

Your home is beautiful! Your a very blessed! I'm loven your red walls!
Michelle

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Great post. Love it. I am thankful too! For so much...blessed for so much!Great pictures, great post...great thoughts for today!
Blessings,
Debbie

Sandra said...

We are all truly blessed. Thank you for such a lovely post. God Bless.
Sandra

Kim said...

Ditto! I truly feel blessed as well. Life may have its challenges but our home is my haven.

Kerin said...

Having a place to call home is indeed a blessing.
Your home seems to be a place of comfort and very welcoming.
Our homes should be great big hugs for our families when they walk in the door; a refuge from lifes storms and a place where friends feel most welcome. You've accomplished that !
Have a wonderful day.

Allyson/HBMomof2 said...

This is such a beautiful post and you put into words what I often feel. I know that sometimes I get bogged down in the details and want to tweak something to make it that much better, but I would like to have this attitude more often. Forget that, I will have these thoughts more often. Wonderful and heartfelt post.

Ashley Schott said...

I love all your white pretty things:) You are very blessed and your home is so beautiful:)

Barntiques said...

We really are blessed in so many ways. I have at least one lit tree in my home at all times. I have a pink one for my breast cancer collection of little gifts that mean the world to me. I blended that white tree with the pink Valentine decors. I light it in the am on my way to the kitchen and I darken it on my way to bed. Many people ask why I still have a tree up (these are the people that don't know me well) and I say it is what grounds and calms me. It is all in the eye of the beholder. And you have a great way of sharing and showing us your grounding and calming areas. thanx!

Michelle said...

What a beautiful post. You are truly blessed!!!

It's a good reminder to remember all the blessings we take for granted without realizing it.

kermiefrg said...

Your displays are gorgeous and you should be proud of them! It's great to remember the small things like that to make you happy.

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