Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday's Fave Five

Suzanne at Living to Tell the Story hosts this carnival every Friday for people to list their five favorite things for the week.

1. I'm grateful that we frequently do see the goodness of God in the land of the living. (Otherwise I would despair, as the verse says.)

2. I'm grateful for sleep.

From the greats:

Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleave of care
The death of each day's life, sore labour's bath
Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course
Chief nourisher in life's feast.
~William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Now, blessings light on him that first invented sleep! It covers a man all over, thoughts and all, like a cloak; it is meat for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, heat for the cold, and cold for the hot. It is the current coin that purchases all the pleasures of the world cheap, and the balance that sets the king and the shepherd, the fool and the wise man, even. ~Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, 1605

And from the not-so-greats:

Sleep is a symptom of caffeine deprivation. ~Author Unknown

3. I'm grateful for Thanksgiving and some really good, good friends who are coming into town to spend it with us! (We are SO HYPED to see them!) I cannot find a good image of people yacking their heads off to share in this post. However, when these friends come, about all we do is talk, talk, talk, talk, talk. And we never get bored.

4. I'm grateful for good reads like The Silent Gift.

Last week I had a book to giveaway to a friend. This week, I have TWO copies of The Silent Gift, by Michael Landon, Jr. to give away. (Click on the title to read the review and enter the contest if you like.)

5. I'm grateful for my little family who mean the world to me.

Until next week,




Islandsparrow said...

I love your sleep quotes - especially Miguel de Cervantes's lines. I feel that when I lay down in bed at night - so grateful!

That book looks interesting - I'm going to check it out.

We are having supper with good friends this evening - and we're just like you and your friends - we chat and laugh non-stop all evening long.

May you and your little family enjoy God's goodness this weekend.

Barbara H. said...

Amen to #1! And I especially like Shakespeare's quote about sleep.

Getting together with good friends is a wonderful blessing. We're overdue for time with ours.

Jerralea said...

We must be kindred spirits -- I love sleep, too!

Thanks for sharing this: "I'm grateful that we frequently do see the goodness of God in the land of the living. (Otherwise I would despair, as the verse says.)" I needed to hear that today.

Susanne said...

Love the Don Quixote quote.

I love a good read too. Having access to books is such a blessing. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm definitely entering.

Sandy@ Jesus and Dark Chocolate said...

I also love those sleep quotes! Yes blessing and light on him that first invented sleep! Amen! :)
Thanksgiving is always great when spent with special friends! :)

Lisa notes... said...

This is kind of weird - this morning it has been on my mind that we should never let the 'badness' of men keep us from seeing the 'goodness' of God. So I was thrilled to see you mention seeing God's goodness.

I looked up your verse, Psalm 27:13, so I could post it as my e-mail signature, but when I went to my e-mail, the signature verse I was already using is the very next verse: Psalm 27:14! I love when things like this happen. :-)

So I leave you with that one:

"Wait for the LORD;
be strong,
and let your heart take courage;
wait for the LORD!"

PSALM 27:14

Jewel said...

I have been seeing in an incredible way this week how God knows my needs, and how He provides for them everyday. How AMAZING is that? We serve a Good and Perfect God.

Wednesday night I went to sleep feeling so discouraged, and Thursday morning I received an encouraging email from a friend that writes to me very rarely. That was only the first of 4 or 5 encouraging things that happened yesterday, and I know it was God using others to lift my spirits.

Just thought I would share that little testimony with you. :)

Thanks for stopping by my page! The book was sad.. until it came to the end and Narnia read it's PERFECTION! (A good display of what will be the glory and perfection of Heaven!)
Your son likes elephants?

Stephanie Kay said...

O Sleep! Blessed, blessed sleep! I never get enough. :)

TXDidi said...

The quote from "Macbeth" has always been one of my favorites because it just rings so true. Enjoy your upcoming Thanksgiving holidays. It sounds like you have a real blessed treat in store for you.

Brenda said...

I am grateful for sleep as well. Especially when I am able to sleep long and hard. . . it feels so good!

Jean Stockdale said...

Thanks for stopping by. I am so pleased my dil is willing to decorate my tree. I am not that great at it, and hers looks great. She has quite a knack for it. Plus I ill get to play with the baby while she does it. Good trade off!!!

I do love to scrapbook but I think I must simplify this before it overtakes me. I will keep you posted on the blog as I explore the digital world. Blessings.

nikkipolani said...

That #1 is one of my favorite verses, and esp in the NASB as you've quoted. Your Thanksgiving sounds like it's going to be GREAT!

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