Desert Travels & Happy List Gratitude

Being that I’m a girl who loves lush, green, mountaineous scenery, I am always pleasantly surprised by how beautiful I find the desert.  (I’m here visiting family, and its been a glorious respite.)

I took a walk this morning, and was drawn into the beauty of the desert landscape.   I never thought I’d discover such beauty here–the vibrancy of the burgundy hue in the mountains, and the absolutely cute lizards walking along the cacti landscape beside the sidewalk.  (Random question: WHY on God’s green earth am I so deathly afraid of any kind of snake, but slap some legs and a tail on it, and I think it’s the cutest thing ever?)
I’m on my way soon to lunch and a movie and good times with my family out here–my sisters, brother, his girlfriend, my Father and stepmom.  I am filling up with rest and energy, and excited about the things God is revealing to me in my little moments of ‘desert epiphany’.

I thought it was high time I share some more Happy List Excerpts–little snippets of gratitude are always there for the taking if you want to find them.

—>  Reading wonderful books.  Current titles include The Shack, and It’s All Too Much. I recently finished an incredible read,  Eat, Pray, Love and am almost finished with Anne Lamott’s Grace Eventually.

—> Eating LOTS of tomatoes (My Mom & Grandpa are in heaven chuckling at that one…).

—> Watering plants.

—> Emails on facebook from tour buddies.

—> Trusting the Lord and believing in the GOOD

—>   “Lord of the Starfields, Ancient of Days, Universe Maker, Here’s a Song in Your praise, Voice of the Nova, Smile of the Dew, All of our yearning only comes home to You! Oh Love that fires the sun, Keep me burning…”               -Bruce Cockburn

—> “Walking on the water with Jesus seemed like the most natural wy to cross a lake, and Mack was grinning ear to ear just thinking about what he was doing.”  —The Shack

—> “I went on a date in Houston, and we went to a rodeo–he had box seats…down in the manure..” -my friend Nancy reminiscing about a high end date. 🙂

—> Praying for a new friend to get a job he really wants.

—> Hearing THICK Texas accents at the airport.

—> Introducing new friends to the wonder that is Skype.

—> Downloading new songs (to me) onto my ipod and blog.   I heard most of these downloads on my current favorite TV show, So You Think You Can Dance.   My current vacation soundtrack includes: Everything and Whatever It Takes by Lifehouse, Hometown Glory by Adele, Quest by Bryn Christopher, Mercy by Duffy, Going Whichever Way the Wind Blows by Pete Droge, and The Wolves by Bon Iver.

—> Worship at the Village Church last Sunday.

—> my friend Dani’s shooting an independent film in Philly with Tim McGraw’s half brother.  🙂

—> A perfectly manicured lawn, and an ice cold pool in the heat of the desert.

—> Going to my brother John’s baseball game, and watching him pitch–their team won by 3!–with my sweet family.

—> Having thoughts that feel like epiphanies while in the shower, then journaling about them later.

—> Not having to be on a schedule.

What are you grateful for these days?

One comment on “Desert Travels & Happy List Gratitude

  1. I made the blog!!! Yippee!!!! 🙂

    Hey girl — I miss you since you have no cell phone!!! 🙁 🙁 🙁 But I’m SOOOO happy to see you enjoy your time off, and Praise Jesus that you have a return engagement for the tour!

    Blessings, blessings, blessings on your life!!!


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