GRATITUDE: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness....more

Giving Thanks

November is traditionally the month everyone lists what they’re thankful for. Since I’m not one to do things just because everyone else is, I’m going to close the year by giving thanks each day in December.This has been a challenging year for me. There have been many overwhelming changes within the church I attend and I’ve been struggling to find peace and balance within my marriage. I believe with all my heart the challenges I’ve faced this year are meant to draw me closer to God....more

December Challenge

xoxo,Marciwww.lifewithjoys.blogspot.comPhiippians 1:27 - Live your lives in a manner worhty of the gospel of Jesus Christ....more

Birthday Blessings: 10 Things I'm Grateful For and Giveaway

 I think October is a fun and special month - fall is kicking in and the weather cools down, leaves start to turn and then the month goes out with a bang on Halloween.  Another reason October is a fun month for me is because my birthday is celebrated during this  month.  This year, I felt even more grateful for my birthday and felt blessed to celebrate and grow another year.  ...more

My Friend... My Teacher... Greg

 After a 6 hour drive, we arrived at our vacation rental house in Mission Beach. It was exactly what the pictures depicted. Just steps to the beach and walking or biking distance to anywhere we wanted to go. Right away, we went for a quick visit to the ocean to say hello and announce our arrival; as if the ocean had been expecting us.  ...more

Survivors Retreat brought Blessings

Women seemed to think my art retreat was safe, healing and empowering. It is a joy (mixed with sorrow and anger about their abuse) to do these retreats for survivors of sexual abuse. Watching connections being made and healing moments occuring is such a blessing for me. Their doing the art work openned up space for deep sharing.   I got so much support during my healing process, and it feels redemptive to give some back. ...more

28 Days of Celebrating Thanks

Have you ever looked back on a year and thought about everything that you really should be thankful for? Things you should have celebrated at the moment but just didn't have the chance (or the time for that matter) to actually sit back and be truly thankful for what has been brought into your life? ...more
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Second Chances

Damsel in Distress??

     Have you ever had one of those days? You know, the ones where within the first few minutes of being awake, you know that your best course of action would be to go back to bed and avoid the day all together? That was how my day started. I just knew that leaving my house was probably the worst mistake I could make today, but I had to....more

Bare Piggies

  Dear Ones: It is late as I start this post, but I know I won't be able to sleep a wink until I get it out. I have titled it bare piggies for a couple reasons. The obvious one being after the blogs namesake. The obscure reason being I just had my socks completely blessed off, and I need to bare my heart. For the past three days I have been fiddling with my blog....more