sunday sunshine

one of my favorite things is enjoying a quiet morning with the sunshine coming through the window, a puppy cuddling in my lap, and reading my devotional or a good book. add to that a husbuddy-made chai tea and gluten free blueberry muffins, you get the best morning ever!

since going gluten free a couple weeks ago we’ve been doing a lot of experimenting. one of our new cookbooks is by the writers of this awesome blog: noglutennoproblem. the recipe included dairy, so we had to work around that… we were a little nervous but determined to try it out this morning.day5

let me tell you, these gluten free/dairy free muffins were a winner! (because trust me, there are plenty of losers in this on-going experiment!)

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we’ve lived in apartments now for years and years, it can get kind of depressing when our apartment doesn’t face the right way to get any sunshine. (this colorado girl needs her sunshine, people!) luck was with us when we moved into our jersey apartment. i was so excited to find out that the sun shines through our bedroom window in the mornings. GLORIOUS! o the simple joys of life.

it’s that simple fact, sunshine coming through my window, that makes the weekends so wonderful. see, on most weekdays, I don’t get to see the sun coming through the window because we’re usually on the way to work when the sun really comes up. but weekends are fabulous because I get to spend a little time, sitting on my bed, tea in hand, with a puppy in my lap, reading the word or another soul-encouraging book and just enjoying the sunshine. it’s a beautiful thing.

this morning was peaceful, and i’m thankful for those moments. i’m thankful for the cuddly little guy who keeps me warm. i’m thankful for the sunshine that makes me smile. and i’m thankful for a real word being spoken into my life. the word this morning was about being thankful for the simple things in life, and this thankfulness leads to contentment (consequently, my word of the year!). i can’t give away the whole book, but it is so good and i’m so thankful for everything it’s teaching me in the little weekend moments

here’s a quote from the book to finish off today’s post:

“The only real prayers are the ones mouthed with thankful lips… Prayer, to be prayer, to have any power to change anything, must first speak in thanks: “in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (phil. 4:6 NIV)…Prayer without ceasing is only possible in a life of continual thanks. How did I ever think there was another way to enter into His courts but with thanksgiving?”

Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts {pg.60}

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