Friday, July 15, 2011

With Eyes Wide Open

When my world gets
upside down, inside out and backward

I get very still and quiet.

I remember
how much God loves me
how He blesses me everyday.

In the busyness of being me I overlook so many of His
small everyday blessings.

The ones that make my simple life special
me just me.

I did not thank Him for so many of them
I forgot to celebrate them.

 A surprise Armenian cucumber in the garden.
How can an eighteen inch cucumber be overlooked?
Pure joy!!!

Mango sorbet that almost did not happen
 I put away the ice cream freezer tub months ago
I could not remember were I put it.
You would never guess where I found it !!!!

Being greeted each new day by smiles from the pink mallows
large as dinner plates blooming in the garden.

A phone call from my son while I was thinking about him.

Finding Picnick's site with easy instructions on how to made your photos into a collage
it really is easy.

Finding on Storybook Woods the perfect
 way to fill the wide mouth mason jars I found at Goodwill.

Looking in wonder tonight at the beautiful full moon
it paints everything with its pure silver light
the morning breaks.

Oh Lord! Teach me to see with my eyes wide open
to the wonder of the blessings you have set before me.

Thank you for celebrating my blessings with me tonight
helping me to turn my world right side up again.


I am linking to Thursday's Simple Pleasures.


  1. Life is soo much sweeter, when we are always seeking little blessings. I hope you like the cobbler!! Clarice

  2. How lovely! The moon photo with the church is beautiful. Have a wonderful weekend friend!

  3. A phone call from your son when you were thinking of him, and finding your ice cream maker, are things you are rightly thankful for. By the way, where did you find the ice cream maker?

  4. If only we could keep things simple, simple and more simple. It is so much easier when it comes down to it. I think that is why I like to go camping so much..just me, Larry and our dog...unplugged!

  5. Gratitude is the very best way to turn a world right side up... Dottie, this is such a beautiful post. I'll be making my own list... blessings ~ tanna

  6. Lovely post! Thanks for sharing your blessings. I have found that counting my blessings always chases away the blues, ends my pity parties and helps to calm my frazzled mind.

  7. What a lovely post...and such beautiful pictures. Have a great weekend.(-:

  8. We all have our moments - and God is so faithful and loving to be there to reinforce that all is right with the world - I have had similar thoughts and am thankful for the everyday graces we get!

  9. I am glad you found the time to be with God and reflect on your life...we all need to take the time to do that! Thanks for reminding me to do it as often as I can.

    Take care and best wishes for a wonderful week!
    Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me.

  10. Wonderful post, Dottie! and your pictures are just beautiful!!

  11. Hello, Miss Dottie. I"m so glad you stopped in and said hello. I see we share a love for vintage. Nice photos, by the way.

  12. So beautiful, Dottie, as always.

  13. Beautiful thoughts and images. The blessing of blogging has allowed me to see the world with eyes wide open, always seeing simple beauty in the world around me. Best wishes and blessings to you, Tammy

  14. Hi Dottie,
    what a wonderful post, you are so right we can sure miss the lil blessings of God when we get too busy or are just not tuned into the Lord the way we should be.
    The Lord shines his blessings all around us each and every day we just have to look for them......

    Thanks for sharing your simple pleasure blessings, they were great............

    Blessings Abundant,

  15. Oh Dottie, that was an awesome post. You are an excellent writer and photographer. Lovely thoughts. It's so good to be thankful to our Lord for hte little things. Thanks for the reminder.Susan

  16. Just lovely sentiments and beautiful pictures. "Open my eyes, Lord..."

  17. Hi Dottie,
    What a beautiful post.Your words and photos are lovely.Thanking God for all his blessings is one of my favourite things to do.

    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  18. Your pictures are as beautiful as your words.

    Blessings, Debbie

  19. Dear Dottie,

    Ah, yes, the simple things! Thank you for the reminder to stop and enjoy the pleasures of summer.