We are moving into the second week of Lent. I can’t believe the first week has gone by so fast.   I normally wouldn’t do this but, since this is a Lent Journey I’m going to share this passage that struck me today in my reading.  ” It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you. . . ” John 15:16.   It was the first thing I read this morning.

I picked up this little book written by  Pope John Paul, flipped to the first page and that’s what it said. We have so many of these books, and every now and then I pick one up to read it.  Well . . . if you know me, you know most of the time I don’t always read the whole book.  I thumb through it only picking out what strikes me the most. . . . but who knows I just might read this one.

 ” It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you. . . ” John 15:16. 

This  passage struck me so much that I wrote it down on a piece of paper.  I put it in my pocketbook and have carried it around all day.  I pulled out these words over, and over again to remember them. Some how these simple little words made me feel special.  I can’t tell you how but,  I can tell that they just did.

So anyway:

I’m playing this beautiful Lenten game with a few friends:  one off line and one friend from Faith Hope and Cherrytea  – Some of us are keeping a list of  the things  we are grateful for and  posting a photograph. Some of us are just posting a photograph  or maybe posting a full post. . .  for 40 days. It seems to be an easy task.  As I do with many of my thoughts and treasures I think I’ll keep my list here. And, since I haven’t picked up my camera in weeks I want to post a new photo each day with that list.  Please play along – it’s great fun and strangely freeing.

These are the rule. Don’t worry,  they are simple and we would love for you to join us: If you wish write down one or ten things you are grateful for,  add a photograph or not if would like.   My friend off line sends me 5 things she is grateful for. Faith Hope and Cherrytea is linking up with a  beautiful photograph each day. Some of us like poems, quotes whatever you want to do to show gratitude.   You can change it up from one day to the next if you wish. Feel free to jump in for one day or all the whole 40 days. There is no stress. Oh! Yeah, and  don’t forget to encourage others. We all love comments and nice words to each other.

Let’s inspire each other and share our love. Happy Lent Journey to you.

xoxo, Lisa

1.) I’m grateful thrilled I got two loads of laundry washed, dried and put away before anyone got up this morning. I feel like I can do anything today. Yeah, I’m on fire. 🙂

2.) I was so happy to talk to my old Martial Arts Coach today. Man I miss that guy.  I’m so grateful for what was and all those years I spent at the Karate School.

3.) I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to look out the window and see soon to be 17 year old Kathryn sitting in the tree house playing with her 7 year old sister. It’s  wonderful Kathryn gives Liz her time.

4.) When the weather is nice like it is today, I love the leave the doors open. There is a gentle breeze that blows through the house carrying all the troubles out the door.

5.) I know I have said this before.  But, I am going to say it again, and again and again. Because,  I am truly grateful to my husband. Even though he is not feeling well – he never misses a beat. He goes to work everyday. There are no excuses. I know he just wants to lie down and feel better. He tells me “the self employed must drive on”.  I know he keeps on going for me, the kids. . . us. AND MAN! am I grateful!

6.) I am grateful for the passage I found today.  ” It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you. . . ” John 15:16  I just love it so much.

Liz March 11 in blue darker

7.) I am grateful  to my seven year old Liz for always being my model as I work on my photography skills. I hope she can take the next 40 days.

8.) I am grateful  for the laughter we shared in my ASL class today.

9.) I am so grateful Stephen is home from his Mission Trip. I missed that big, messy son of mine so much. I can tell he is home because it looks like a bomb went off in the house. Stephen stuff is everywhere!

10.) I am grateful that all my kiddos, plus a few more friends,  are up stairs sleeping sleeping safe and sound.

AND Oh! did I say? My Stephen is home . . . and I’m so happy!

Wednesday Around the World


10 thoughts on “Lent . . . Day 8

  1. I love your approach to Lent! I feel like I haven’t been able to be so intention this year, but I know I can feel God drawing me to Himself through circumstances. That verse is an amazing one. I love how in causes us to draw our focus away from our works, and on to Him who is the author and perfecter of our faith. It’s all Him.


    1. Kim, That’s beautiful! Thank you so much for stopping by. Your encouragement means so much to me. You are exactly right about this verse. I think I’m going to hold it close to me for a few more days and just reflect on the verse and your words. Thank you so much!



  2. oh I know that joy of kids HOME! and I miss it with them all grown and gone…
    rejoicing that first one is moving back to ourhome city come May – God willing – along with wife & my 1st wee grandbaby =) HUGE Gratitude for that !

    thanks for keeping up with the daily challenge, Lisa – especially with the business of your household
    [sweet photo today too!]


  3. Hi Lisa, I have so enjoyed reading your posts and looking at your beautiful photos. Tell your daughter from me she must keep being your model – she has the most STUNNING eyes!


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