Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tuesday Grace Notes – Small Things that Bring a Splash of Joy + A Give Away

They don’t say, “it’s the little things” for nothing. Sometimes a cliché is just a cliché, but sometimes a cliché rings loud with a little bit of truth.

When the daily grind presses too hard; when the road less travelled becomes dark and foreboding; when life throws you a case of the mean reds and nothing feels right, it’s sometimes those little things that lift your spirit and remind you that joy lurks in unexpected places.

This is likely the explanation why I own such an extensive collection of little things – pens, notebooks (you’ve all heard about those, right?), scarves, books, more lotion than I have body to cover, long necklaces galore, and more pens.

Sometimes when I’m in a place of discontent, having a play date with the pretty things can bring a smile to my face. I realize it probably sounds a bit shallow to say that smiles come from things. I should probably mention my favorite Bible verse or the women I turn to when I ask for prayer. I should mention my favorite devotional or a piece of uplifting music.

I should. Sometimes these are my 1000 Gifts.

Psalm 27:13-14, Tracy-Amy-Heidi-Karrilee-Tonya-Kim-Jen-Jenn-Kaitlyn-Sarah Jo (and so many more), Our Daily Bread, Bach’s Suite for the Cello No. 1 in G Major (preferably by Yo-Yo Ma).

But I’m not going to lie. There are days when wrapping a filmy, colorful scarf around my neck perks my mood right up. And getting a whiff of a favorite scent can transport me and bring up memories (that again, make me smile). And books. Goodness. There aren’t enough – there can never be enough – and the written word will always transport me. Sometimes, these are my 1000 Gifts.

I’m looking forward to sharing some of these favorite small things with you this week. They won’t fix the ills of the world. They won’t change your circumstances. But I hope they will make you smile and bring you a splash of joy.

One winner will receive a lovely navy scarf with polka-dots (it’s a wonderfully long size that you can drape and wrap to your heart’s content), a copy of 365 Pocket Prayers for Mothers (in lovely shade of lavender with a bird on the cover – you know I had to get this one!), and finally, a travel size bottle of Maui Mango Surf lotion from Bath and Body Works (one of my favorites in their new line).

Contest will be open until midnight (PST) on Friday, April 3.

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Tuesday Grace Notes are an opportunity for me to share a small bit of harmony amidst the other things I write about. Truly, they are meant to be shorter than my usual pieces (laugh with me here), and just a little something to add a touch of beauty to my life and yours. One week it might be a wonderful book I’ve read and can’t put down. Maybe it will be one of the movies I love (or its soundtrack). You might find a favourite recipe here. Or the new soap I’ve just discovered. You’ll find that many of them are inspired by my mother and the things she taught me about living a gentle, elegant life. I hope you’ll join me as more things are shared.

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  1. I love you so, friend! I hope that one day we'll get to meet up face to face and chat over tea (for you) and coffee (for me) for a very, very long time.

  2. Oh yes, there is joy to be found in the little things -- sipping caramel mochas with a friend, VOXER messages from faraway friends that keep me looking up, my son's dimples. So many more!

  3. I can't say enough how very much I love you my friend !!!! I have found such peace and comfort in the little things.

  4. I am a firm believer in the little things! Tea and scarves and bath bombs and pretty paper and pens...

  5. It's one of the things that I love about you and that you brought into my life - permission to love all the pretty, smelly good, soft, colorful, warm, things.That we have so many of the same obsessions was a bonus. I am glad God brought us together to be forever friends.


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