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Proverbs 4:23

“Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.”

 

Moment to moment gratitude is the only host that ushers out the lies and ushers in that pure, moment to moment life with Jesus.

Gratefulness is where life change happens…were wholeness is had…where we finally see life as we were meant to.

  • Trees budding
  • Fresh flowers on kitchen table
  • $10 thrift store lamp that wife turns beautiful
  • A clean house in under two hours
  • Playing guitar on stairway in a quiet house
  • After school bike ride with Always Baby
  • Enjoying the authentic joy of my children laughing
  • “Rocket Ship” requests from Middle Angel as she gets into bed
  • Air that is neither cold nor warm…but just right
  • Looking at snow covered mountains in 70 degree weather
  • Walks with God…praying for patience as I wait in faith
  • Stella…the poodle…wanting to hug
  • Playing “the ballon game” with Always Baby
  • Snowflakes slowly falling
  • Snuggling on the couch with my kids
  • A clean kitchen counter
  • The soft silkiness of flower peddels
  • A empty dishwasher
  • Emails for Middle Angel that says “I miss you”
  • Children asleep, candles lit and no noise
  • Fingers sliding across guitar strings
  • Signs from HIM that say “I am still with you”
  • Cloudy, rainy  days that change to sunshine
  • Proverbs that remind me about faithfulness
  • Clean clothes folded and put away
  • Warm sheets on a cold night
  • Proverbs that remind me to seek wisdom
  • Long walk with my girls, holding hands
  • Whispers from Middle Angel that “I will be extra nice to my sister today”
  • Always Baby’s need to be engaged with meaningful activity
  • Young Boy’s ability to focus for 9 hours on a Lego set
  • Other’s painful life stories that encourage
  • Screams of joy from children on Christmas morning
  • Marriage that does’t break
  • Knowing that the Holy Spirit can guide me every second as long as I stay “awake”
  • Community who cares in the moments I don’t
  • Knowing that love, real love has not a thing to do with feelings
  • Learning what God’s definition of treasuring, loving and covenant are
  • Standing on the top of a central Oregon mountain top where there is nothing but beauty and silence
  • Wife’s Hand washed clean dishes put away
  • That I can pay my bills
  • Watching the neighbor children create games on the trampoline
  • The ability to work
  • Having new days after painful ones
  • Saturday morning dougnuts with the family
  • Laughing with Young Boy while playing Halo 4
  • A clean kitchen dirtied quickly by three small gifts from God
  • Warm sunshine through the window
  • Mahogany topped guitars that sing warmly
  • Tinsel on our mountain-cut christmas tree
  • Dogs that wrestle
  • Children to care for
  • Trading frustration for faith
  • Pumpkins to carve
  • Young Boy turning 10 years old
  • Children who obey
  • Discipline for children who are not obeying
  • The word of the Lord for morning fuel
  • The truth of Christ that changes perspective
  • New days
  • Children who are healthy
  • The smell of cinnamon
  • Warm stew on a cool, early fall day
  • Wearing a jacket after a long hot summer
  • Five year old girls learning to play soccer
  • Young boy starting to learn more about the importance of obedience
  • The choice to be grateful
  • Wisdom…how she paints new perspectives if you let her
  • Smiles from strangers
  • My old worn bible that shows, although a bloody mess, I know where to turn
  • Confidence in who I am in Christ, regardless of others thoughts and opinions
  • Birds whose songs are never the same
  • The ache or awaiting the movements of God when you know he’s working
  • Being “awake” enough to experience that ache
  • STONE
  • Sunshine through steal colored clouds wrapped in thunder
  • Conversations that are healthy and not hurtful
  • Bird feeders filled and welcoming
  • Solitude and quiet when children are occupied
  • A rock to sit on while watching daughters play by the lake
  • Friends who challenge and love
  • Pain the ceases and reveals that nothing is wasted
  • Commitment stretched and not broken
  • SWILL from 10 Barrel
  • Hope today, this moment in a God who always stays the same
  • Always baby asking to be snuggled early in the morning
  • Warn sun, clean porch, quite dog, birds singing
  • Perfectly cooked bacon resting
  • Orange juice, cold
  • Toast with jelly
  • Early morning reminders to be thankful…always
  • The discovery of new birds, with new songs to sing
  • Family playing baseball in the backyard, driven by smiles and laughter
  • New friends who appear in your backyard, unexpected
  • The warmth of the sunshine on my face paired with warm coffee in my throat
  • The music of Andrew Peterson and Andy Gullahorn
  • Improvising on my Santa Cruz OO guitar, discovering new songs
  • Long green grass that needs mowing
  • A clean kitchen on a Saturday morning
  • Children upstairs allowing this quiet time
  • Alway Baby reading books to the dog
  • A day to celebrate five years of Always Baby’s life
  • Fingers to play guitar with
  • Always Baby pretending to faint when opening present out of pure joy
  • The sound of my mahogany OO guitar, sweet and powerful
  • A rueben prepared perfectly
  • Practicing baseball with Young Boy
  • Middle Angel’s nightly cry for “one more hug”
  • Having the honor of disciplining Young Boy who challenges hard
  • Bike ride as a family
  • Sun setting on an evening at the park
  • Being there at night for Young Boy when he’s overwhelmed and tired
  • Always Baby holding her blanket in her now, only removing long enough to say “Good Morning Daddy”
  • Middle Angel’s morning hugs
  • The dog snoring
  • The song of birds through a window open
  • The sage laced mountain air, crisp and fresh
  • The sound of a guitar played
  • Parent’s coming to visit
  • “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus” when my mind is busy with fear
  • Your word spoken
  • Smiles from friends
  • Legs to ski with
  • Seeing the Deschutes river from the bridge
  • Tall pines fixed in dry earth
  • Slowly falling snow with sunshine
  • My children playing and laughing on trampoline
  • Innocence
  • That I have learned to apologize to my children when I need to
  • Remembering that love is not lust but sacrifice
  • Quiet moments at the table…simply being still
  • Cold water when thirsty
  • Fresh days
  • Quite moment on the front porch
  • Blessings to bless others with
  • A deep breath that calms
  • The crunch of my dog eating
  • A job that challenges, that fits
  • The peace I have knowing you are here
  • Your quite yet firm spirit when I am “worn”
  • My wife’s ability to create beauty our of the old and forgotten
  • Helping the man with the “sober and hungry” sign
  • The smell of the air when we went to the mountain
  • The way the sun and air were so warm yet the snow was perfect.
  • Realizing you are my home when I am home sick
  • My fullness of joy when I think of you and you alone
  • Knowing I am a part of your story, my children’s stories
  • New friends who love
  • A God who provides in a foreign land
  • A new church of God’s people
  • Mountain air
  • Sledding hills laced with children’s smiles
  • Anticipating a kill shot to an Oregon Elk
  • 60 degree sun at home on my February 3rd birthday
  • Knowing God provides what we need when we need it….and living confidently in that
  • New neighbors
  • Hiking a Butte and seeing mountain tops closer
  • Super bowl parties with other people who hate football
  • Acoustic guitars strings…new in box…smelling fresh
  • New friends who love…authentically
  • Grandparents who watch kids and like it
  • Parents who love and will miss us when we move
  • A warm jacket on a cold day
  • Newly installed trim, that I did
  • Hands to work with
  • Glasses that help me see
  • Making chicken and vegetables with wife
  • Friends that I am sad to leave
  • Hot tea on soar throat
  • New days
  • Fresh insight into the old
  • Children making funny faces
  • Repenting
  • Freshly washed blackberries
  • When God speaks clearly
  • Stillness in the early AM
  • Being a part of God’s story
  • New beginings
  • Your word, in my mind
  • The giver of all I need
  • Middle Angel’s eyes
  • Early morning quiet
  • Freshly fallen snow
  • Shoveled clean driveway
  • Young Boy’s energy
  • Middle Angel’s need for me, her Daddy
  • Dog always wanting to be close
  • Kleenex for dry nose
  • Airborne for plane rides
  • Fresh Coffee
  • Airplanes that fly fast
  • Dad’s who care, even when you’re 35
  • Your provision
  • Your Peace
  • Realizing you are my home…not MN not OR
  • Solid ground when weather is stormy, crashing
  • Standing stones of God’s providence when it’s time to “wait”
  • Free Coffee and a nice table to sit at
  • Smiles from strangers
  • Missing my children
  • Planes that land safely
  • Mountain air
  • Fog thick
  • Snow capped mountains getting brighter with sunrise
  • Communities
  • Small shops on cobblestone roads
  • Days new and fresh
  • Missing my wife and children.  Missing “home”
  • Dog wanting to be close
  • The “tick” of a clock
  • Crisp, late-fall rain
  • Piano notes sustained
  • Unexpected checks on the mail
  • Churches who act
  • People who give their time
  • Arms to hold Middle Angel when she cried
  • Lips to kiss the heads on my children.
  • Intentional simplicity in a day
  • Winter scented candles
  • Children seeping, bodies still
  • Knowing and “faithing” that God gives what I need, always, regardless
  • Hands that have been trained painfully to remain open to accept whatever it is the giver gives, knowing it will only be the best.
  • Freshly cooked beef
  • Light brown grass resting close to earth as it gets ready to sleep for the winter
  • Trees tall, vulnerable and awaiting their snowy apparel
  • New music
  • Dinner prepared for family
  • Slicing potent onion
  • The fireplace on
  • Emails from Mom
  • That ripe banana to satisfy hunger pains
  • Fingertips that can feel
  • Joy won, when fought for
  • A hand that reached out for help
  • Dreams of sharing
  • Showing Always Baby where her spine, ribs and brain stem are…all while tickling
  • Pop Tarts for over tired birthday party boys
  • A pile of rain soaked leaves snuggling together against the curb
  • Wiping dry wet puppy paws
  • Baking a cake for Young Boy’s 9th birthday
  • Bleach to clean
  • Overcast, cool, wet day
  • Power mixers that assist
  • Hands to scrub bathtubs clean
  • Patience practiced
  • Deer crossing street in a line
  • The head turning pull of a loon calling
  • A humble pastors heart
  • People who love authentically
  • The ability to chose
  • Jeans worn loose and comfortable
  • Fingernails clipped
  • Eggs to fry
  • Protein shake after lifting
  • Children building zip lines, together, no fighting
  • Wide brooms that catch the crumbs of a day lived
  • Cold water after lawn mowing
  • Sweat on my face and dirt in my hands
  • Times of peaceful powerlessness
  • Puppies finding new homes
  • The hum of the ice maker
  • Dust on the piano
  • Warn wood
  • Cancer gone
  • Bedtime patterns with the kids tired
  • Middle Angel’s consistent request for “One more hug”
  • Moments where my wife does not feel overwhelmed
  • Big booths at nice restaurants
  • Sushi
  • Creative desserts
  • Silent walks down sidewalks
  • Half moon aglow…appearing shy
  • Brother opening up his heart
  • Bathrooms to clean
  • Things to learn
  • A mothers honest “thank you”
  • Speakers that deliver beautiful sounds
  • The marathon mentality of a squeeze box
  • Quiet music while writing
  • Lunch with parents…recalling past and present blessings
  • Mountains large
  • The deep texture of a pin cone
  • Exploring a acorn by removing its cap
  • Lego sets and how they excite Young Boy
  • Sliced apples dipped in peanut butter
  • Dinner…just me and just Always Baby
  • A freshly mopped mud room
  • Single candle burning
  • Holding soft and firm, Middle Angel’s hand that was slammed in the door
  • Folding laundry listening to the silence of God
  • Swimming with my children
  • Smiles unconstrained
  • Journey’s unknown, yet not optional
  • Serving my children patiently, as best as I can
  • New days…
  • Always Baby using the center island as a stage to perform a show
  • Parent’s married fifty years
  • Cool fall air moving through open windows
  • Listening to a struggling friend…really listening
  • Realizing how much I miss my wife when she is gone, even for a night
  • Teaching Young Boy to move slowly…slowly
  • Making ice packs for Always Baby’s hammer bonked fingers
  • Having Jesus hold my hammer boned fingers after playing with that hammer….again
  • Always Baby climbing onto lap and resting against my chest
  • Sharing music
  • Lego-filled pockets of Young Boy
  • Quiet house as children play outside
  • Corn Chowder on the stove
  • Dog resting against my foot
  • Verses that jump at you when seen in a new light
  • Vacation days unplanned
  • Appreciation from others
  • Being a father to three unique creations
  • The challenge of discipline
  • Crisp apples
  • Cold oranges
  • Stout
  • Late night snack of carrots, apples and peanut butter
  • The slow uncovering of trees in fall
  • Rescuing family from the salamander in the yard
  • Cleaning for my family
  • Good pizza
  • A hoppy IPA
  • Chasing puppies
  • Birds fighting wind
  • Four foot tornado of leaves wrestling in a ditch
  • Patiently changing Always Baby’s tears to giggles
  • The 800 moments I was reminded today that when I stress and worry, I am really just doubting his providence.
  • Teams of leaves racing across road
  • Always Baby’s head securely nestled in my neck as she tries to awake for the day
  • Dirty kid feet
  • Young Boy proud of his math skills
  • Sharing a high-five with Young Boy when he succeeds
  • When my wife “see’s” the gift of the moment before her…and nothing else
  • The smell of my old piano
  • The audible width of a cello dragging a single note
  • Middle Angel and Young Boy raking leaves together, then jumping in
  • An unrestrained laugh, unplanned and unapologetic
  • Chapped winter lips coated in Burt’s Bees Wax lip balm
  • Wife’s hip not in pain, even for the few hours
  • Comfort in asking friends, real friends, for help
  • Sharing emotion and life with my Mother
  • The depth in my Father’s eyes when he asks, “How are you?”
  • The feel of a warm dry cloth after washing dishes
  • Holding a freshly dried load of laundry against chest
  • Scented soap on hands, tailored for specific seasons
  • Always Baby’s eyes as I show her how a guitar string vibrates to cause the noise she hears
  • Three cranes rustled from their nest as I pass, fly straight up
  • Yellow lab, head out truck window, ears flopping in the wind
  • Old hymns on hard days
  • Miracle of fall leaves changing on the drive home
  • Encouraging Middle Angel as she weeps in my lap, hands over face, feeling that she failed: Encouraging her that she hasn’t
  • When wife and Middle Angel make up and cry together
  • The delicate tension of a hammered dulcimer
  • Laughing: “From your core” laughing with good friends
  • Listening to silence while folding clothes
  • The way my grandfathers house smelled of wood burning stove
  • The slush of boots in the wet snow
  • The high pitched giggle of Middle Angel as I approach to tickle
  • The light dance of a snow flake on tongue
  • Lotion on dry skin as winter creeps in
  • Seeing tenderness, even for a brief second, in Yong Boy’s eyes
  • Clean shoes
  • Blankets on laps
  • Clean, warm jeans going on
  • The metallic “pull” a slide makes on a guitar
  • Putting on slippers in the cool of the morning
  • Friends who love Jesus and walk with you in your life
  • Always Baby’s legs that grow like weeds
  • The tender heart healing of Middle Angel
  • That squeeze that can only come from Middle Angel when I get home
  • Warm soup as fall arrives
  • Patience in gratitude as I wait to hear what’s next
  • Dr Wieneger’s firm hand shake as he help Young Boy
  • The warmth of a fireplace that warms the body
  • Drying clean dishes with a warm, clean towel
  • Folding clothes
  • A clean sink
  • Warm apple crisp, so warm the vanilla ice cream starts melting immediately
  • Hugging friends
  • Embracing my wife when she is overwhelmed
  • The crunch of dry fall leaves under foot
  • The way food “tastes” like fall
  • My red-faced cool-skinned children coming in from playing in late September
  • Seeing Young Boy discover how he loves drawing cartoons
  • Building bike jumps with Young Boy
  • The excitement in Always Babies face as she tell me how she is in a dance recital
  • Feeling Always Babies head on my shoulder as she tries not to be tired
  • The little arms around my neck at bedtime
  • Arising after a lake drive to the first breathe
  • Flower gardens dancing with the wind
  • Always Baby making a friend
  • Tears
  • Dog laying on the front porch
  • The smell of fall coming
  • The awkward call of a Canadian goose
  • The crunch of eating lettuce
  • A perfectly ripe avocado
  • Playing “Daddy chase us” at the park
  • Rewarding my children.
  • Moist cool, pre-storm air
  • Chipmunks thinking they are not seen
  • The “click” of my wife’s jaw as she eats; it is familiar
  • Friends who hug
  • Snow flakes on tongue
  • Challenges conquered with Christ by my side
  • Confident steps towards opposition
  • The smell of concrete wet
  • The tenderness of Middle Angel when she apologizes
  • How Always Baby runs, jumps and squeezes my neck like she never wants to let go
  • Young Boy saying “Yes Dad” and meaning it
  • The power summer lightning storm
  • “Best part of your day” stories at dinner
  • A cow’s “Moo”
  • Winter air in lungs
  • Putting children to bed
  • Clean teeth, fresh mouth
  • The smell of almond
  • Slippers on cold mornings
  • Towel fresh from the dryer
  • Fall pies
  • Middle Angel’s love of “family dinners”
  • Seeing an authentic smile on my brother’s face
  • Pumpkins carved
  • Warn pumpkin pie nestled with cinnamon ice cream
  • The icy-snow that circles your wrist between jacket and glove after playing in the snow
  • Dry skin nourished
  • Trimmed fingernails
  • Fresh painted walls
  • Cigar smoke rising
  • Hot coffee crossing lips
  • Sand in swimming trunks
  • Freshly washed sheets
  • Dirty feet after playing
  • Coffee beans roasting
  • Her stew on stove
  • Guitar case latches opening
  • Smell of cut cedar
  • Watching Middle Angel do cartwheels in grass
  • Rubbing Alway’s Baby’s back as she tantrums to sleep
  • Bird perched on tiny, swaying branch
  • Bright greem back of a hummingbird
  • Piano music
  • Cool air threw nostrils
  • Books with stories of hope
  • You in absolutely everything
  • The smell of opening an old book
  • Biceps tightening when they lift weights
  • The power of choice
  • Young Boy’s need for me
  • The strength of a grasshopper
  • Dew on toes
  • Morning symphony of birds
  • Roses housed upon thorny weapons
  • Morning doves
  • Bright sun peaking over clouds
  • The eeriness
  • Fire red sunset through oak trees
  • Florescent tree frogs clung to windows
  • Slivered moons
  • Riding bikes with Little Angel (Pretending they are Harley’s)
  • Morning doves talking
  • Bright sun peaking over dark clouds
  • The innocent eyes of a child
  • Notes from a piano
  • Books with stories of hope
  • Cool morning air through my nostrils
  • Rose standing tall
  • Dew on toes
  • The symphony of nature noises
  • The strength of a grasshopper
  • Young boy’s strength
  • Daughter’s joy
  • The warmth of a rock on my hand in the summer sun
  • The intense stillness of a hummingbird
  • The crackle of a campfire
  • The smell of fresh cut grass
  • Always differing clouds
  • My dog’s unconditional love
  • The silent power of tress
  • Daughter’s giving heart
  • Dusk: As the day dims and there is that short time of transition from light to dark
  • The “1,2,3 swing game” a child plays between the hands of adults
  • The smell of fish plucked from a lake
  • Love letters from my little daughters
  • Acorns
  • Good, dark, strong coffee
  • The limpness of a child who fell asleep on the floor
  • Swollen muscles after lifting weights
  • Warm sun on my neck while working in the earth
  • The softness of dog fur
  • The sound of frogs croaking and crickets chirping
  • The toughness of my finger tips from playing guitar
  • The sound of an old man playing the blues
  • The rage and intensity of young boy
  • The “children mess” on floors
  • That all my limbs work
  • That I am not sick
  • The feel of cool dirt between fingers
  • Heads bobbing of swimming children
  • The “man-stink” of hard work
  • The way a baby smells at birth
  • The “flop” of a flip-flop
  • The gracefulness of a deer
  • Carrying all three of my children up the stairs to bed at the same time
  • Wife’s logic
  • Flowers to smell
  • Music to experience
  • The “blup..blup..blup” of an idling Harley
  • Pictures that capture
  • Community of friends
  • Birds that calm
  • Mice that scare
  • Driveway talks with good neighbors
  • Hard bark on tress
  • Wild berries to pick and eat
  • The crunch of a cucumber
  • Wind against my ears
  • Water splashing
  • The creativity and innocence of a child
  • The moments when young boy peers into his man-skin
  • Your design for us to live with you
  • The blooming flowers of a potato plant
  • Bicycles passing
  • Dirt bikes screaming
  • Young Boy’s smile
  • Young Boy’s sense of justice
  • Young Boy’s engineering mind
  • Young Boy’s quick passion
  • Young Boy’s left dimple on cheek
  • Young Boy’s ability to lead…and not even know it
  • Young Boy’s gift of making friends
  • Young Boy’s love for building things
  • Young Boy’s “extremeness”
  • Young Boy’s drawing
  • Young Boy’s ability to calm and comfort himself
  • Young Boy’s sense of protection and love for his sisters
  • Young Boy’s ability to jump into an adventure, simply because it’s there
  • Young Boy’s gross humor
  • Young Boy’s ability to focus when he decides he wants to
  • Young Boy’s negotiation skills
  • How Young Boy cups his hands over his face when he is overwhelmed
  • How Young Boy sleeps on his side, legs pulled up thumb in mouth
  • Young Boy’s need for me
  • How young boy mimics me
  • Helping author young boy’s life story
  • Tea at night
  • A baby’s hiccups
  • Family camping stories
  • Buttered shrimp made at home
  • Wife’s fingers next to mine
  • Helping someone
  • Paintings
  • Well written lyrics
  • Quiet nights and early mornings all alone
  • The trickle of a stream
  • A light mist landing on ta stream
  • The challenge of a mountain
  • Eye contact with those I love
  • Comforting a child
  • Tuning up my children’s cycles for a Sunday ride
  • Watching my children concur a challenge
  • Raindrops on windshields
  • The panting, fallen tongue of a dog
  • The wag of a “happy” tail
  • The smell of barley
  • Frying eggs
  • Toast with jam
  • A shower after a day of hard work
  • Clean cold water after mowing lawn
  • A clean garage
  • The stature of a sunflower
  • The smell of fresh mint in the garden
  • Dirt on pulled up carrots
  • The crispness of a pepper
  • The dropping floor of a well played harmonica
  • The presence of an upright bass
  • A fishing boat paused in the distance
  • Old friends made new again
  • The robotic movements of a squirrel scared

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