Posted by: mmstanger | February 2, 2010

Gratituesday and Time Out Tuesday: Love and Birdseed

Beach Wedding

We used the Love reading at our Betrothal five years ago...

Today, I am grateful for love, plain and simple.  One of this week’s Sunday readings was 1 Cor 12:31—13:13.  Even if you don’t know your Bible verses, you’ve surely heard parts of this one:

Love is patient, love is kind.
It is not jealous, it is not pompous,
It is not inflated, it is not rude,
it does not seek its own interests,
it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury,
it does not rejoice over wrongdoing
but rejoices with the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails.

These words are so timeless and so rich in lessons, reminders and encouragement.  Along with the fuller reading they are a part of, they make such a great impact one me each time I read them.  From love from, for and of God, to spouse-love, to Mommy-child love, to love for fellow humans… I am filled with gratitude.  I am moved to recognize love in all its incarnations, and to treasure it.  Truly, love never does fail!

gratituesdayShould you want to see what others are grateful for, please check out the links at Heavenly Homemakers, where you will be inspired and amused by things great and small.

****************************************************************************time out tuesdayBrrr! 

It’s been frigid outside lately.  Thus, the kids and I took some time this weekend to fill one birdfeeder and make another.  What fun it was to witness Luke and Nina giggling and guffawing as the overflow of seeds they poured from cup to bird feeder bounced off the “catch tray” and onto the table and floor!  How I marveled at the kids’ naturally inquisitive minds as they gathered up spilled seeds to begin yet another one of their experiments – “planting” them in a recycled can of water to see if the birdseed will grow there!  And, what a messy, but good time it was to make our own peanut butter birdfeeders with pine cones and pipe cleaners, toilet paper rolls and ribbon.

Once I dashed outside to hang all the birdfeeders, it did not take the birds long to find them.  The kids were so excited to spot the first of these feathered-friends visiting, telling me that “it worked” and we were helping the birds.  They have since enjoyed trying to identify the birds that come with the Local Bird Bingo chart I made them as we put together a birdfeeding kit for their friend – with Luke naming titmice, chickadees and cardinals.  Plus, yesterday, as we read our morning daily prayer, which speaks of being kind to all creatures, they volunteered that they are doing just that by feeding the birds.!Feed the Birds, Nina

Feed the birds, Luke

Simple pleasures.  So much goodness!

Please share your own simple pleasure, by taking a time-out today to reflect on moments of this past week where you stopped for an hour, a few, a whole day, just to enjoy and appreciate life.  Leave me a comment about your own Time-Out Tuesday.  Wishing you many blessings.

PLEASE NOTE:  For some reason the category links below do not bring you to related posts in this blog.  if you want such posts, use the catgory links in the right column.  Thanks! 🙂



  1. Love the bird-feeder idea and enjoying nature with my kids!

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