For a few very hard years this word was my mantra.
The word means
-undismayed; not discouraged; not forced to abandon purpose or effort
-undiminished in courage or valor; not giving way to fear
But the truth is, I was often dismayed by everything that had taken place, and I did battle discouragement. I battled fear and doubts. I hurt and was angry, and sometimes "undaunted" sounded more like a mockery than a mantra, and I was determined to be real about all of it in these posts, thus the name, Undaunted Reality. More than that, though, I was determined to live undaunted, not because I'm so great or strong, but because my God is, and no matter what this world looks like, He is the only reality that matters.
I pray I live the reality of Him beautifully undaunted.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Gratitude 21--A Few of My Favorite Things

It is a rare time when I can sit in the quiet and write, and as I settled onto my couch to pour forth something of consequence, nothing came to mind. Blank. Honestly, I find that assuring. I never want my writing to simply be about my day or whatever my fixation is at the moment. I want the words that come from me to be life.

Proverbs 13:24 says, "The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death."

Life only comes from God, though, so I need to make sure I'm in touch with Him before I get in touch with you. So I took a moment to connect the fastest way I know how--I said, "Thank you." Then I thought maybe that is exactly what I should share with you--the fastest way into a God-focused mindset is to be grateful.

These are some of the things that I enjoy immensely, a few of my favorite things, if you will, and for them, I am extremely thankful.

1. Earthenware coffee mugs. Nothing quite competes.
2. My Harley Davidson coffee mug that my son gave me for Christmas two years ago. Sometimes I get really radical, put some ice and Coke in it, and just enjoy the attitude.

3. Notebook paper. I don'ty have an explanation. I have unopened reems of it that I buy because when I'm gloomy, I like to buy notebook paper.

4. A big box of crayons with the sharpener. Even if I don't color with them, I look at the box, and it makes me smile.

5. Being 40 and admitting I still like crayons!

6. Chocolate milk.

7. Books. The Christian bookstore near us is having their home educators' sale while Anna and I are going to be gone camping, and I was highly disappointed. Robert said he and Daddy will shop for me, and I just mumbled, "But I like to touch the books. I like the way they smell." Some of you know what I mean.

And, yes, those are our bookcases.

8. A comfortable couch.

9. Warm blankets since Man of my Dreams likes it a lot colder than I do.

10. Small poodles that like to lie near me.

11. Fine point pens, blue.

12. Flavored creamer.

13. Cork boards that hold special memories so I can see them.

14. Pictures of people I love on the shelves where I can see them when I am being still and being grateful.

15. Clipboards.

16. Journals. The ones filled to overflowing...and the ones waiting to be filled.

17. Tape. I just trim emails and various printed copies to fit into my journal and tape them in. So much faster than rewriting!

18. Glue that dries on your hands and peels off. No, it isn't as cool as when I was in 3rd grade, but on a slow day, it'll still do the trick.

19. Precious friends who don't get the glue, but dig me anyway.
20. Socks...barefooted isn't for all of us.

21. Music.

22. Mute buttons.

23. Online bloggers that make me feel like we could sit together and speak volumes without having to say a thing.
24. The privilege of being able to homeschool.

25. Carol Colter. Professor. Beautiful lady. Loving heart. Purpose implanter.

26. Hoops and Yoyo.

27. Red hair.

28. Almonds to munch.
29. Ergonomic keyboards.

30. Rocking chairs...the creak. :-)

31. Sunshine.

32. Swaying trees that make me wonder what kind of symphony nature is lifting up to the King.

33. The vision of a smiling God who loves to hear symphonies...

34. My Bible.

35. My Greek Hebrew study Bible

36. Bible study books my dad left me.

37. The sound of my children singing...especially when it is Christmas songs in May.
38. The quiet filled with the voice of God.

39. That this is only a short list of all I have to be grateful for...


  1. How about friends who get the glue? ;-)
    Lovely thoughts. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Next time we visit, I'll bring the glue!

  3. I just told someone Sunday that the glue trick still makes me smile!!

  4. Jerri, it's always a treat to read your blog. I never know what to expect, except that I'll always learn something really nifty!

    I have a nicely sized bottle of Elmer's ready, if you happen to come up north. ;-)

  5. Jerri, your post made me smile!
    Hoops and Yoyo-yep
    Journals filled and to be filled, that was written so poetically!
    Chocolate milk and coffee mugs- me, too.
    Great post!