Gratitude Day 105 – A Simple Cover

Sat., Aug. 25, 2018

Acts 2:28 – You have shown me the paths of life; your presence will fill me with happiness.

Today, I am sharing about something relatively new in my life. Something that I didn’t expect to bring me so much happiness. Something so simple, it’s crazy.

I have a new cover for my cell phone. And I am in love.

A couple weeks ago, I shared how I had problems with my cell phone and ended up buying a new phone in the same day. Very unexpectedly with the goal not to lose the information I keep stored on my phone. With the new phone, I accomplished this.

Awhile back, I bought a wallet cover for my previous phone. After reading a blog written by a woman who LOVED her phone cover, I found one online and ordered it. It took just a little getting used to. This phone cover was bulkier and a little bigger than I would have preferred. But it worked.

When I purchased this new phone, I knew I wanted another phone cover. I feel the cover protects the phone a bit from when I occasionally and accidentally drop it. I went online and ordered this one.

cover front

Grey has been a favorite color for years; long before grey was hip and in style. Like all the way back to high school. I was not sure about the cognac leather-looking material with the grey. But the pretty stitching that matches the cognac material makes the cover look high-end, even though it was not very expensive.

cover back

I ordered one and waited. A couple days later, it arrived. Anxious, I took it out of the mailer and my heart sank. It was not the right size. Apparently, I clicked on the wrong phone when I ordered it. A couple e-mails later, I had instructions to return the wrong size and reordered the correct size.

When the second cover and right size arrived, my heart was filled with happiness. The phone fit just right. I moved the couple cards I carried in the previous case into the new one. I was off and running.

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Is it crazy when a silly phone case makes my day? Yes. It’s kind of like the parchment paper.

Recently, a couple people asked me how I like my new phone. Honestly, I am more in love with the cell phone cover than the phone. A $10 cell phone cover.

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The past few months, I have chosen to focus on a few small things that bring me joy and happiness in my life rather than looking for some big event that will “change” my world. I am convinced that the world becomes a brighter and happier place when we celebrate little wins in our lives. When we find one, small opportunity that makes our heart sing this day, it is a good day.

Too often, we put a lot of energy into finding some “right” thing that we think will make life “better.” I tend to think it’s the small, daily choices we make day in and

Choosing to spend a little time with a dear friend.

Reading a book for even a few minutes.

Taking a 20-minute walk to clear your head.

Looking at a new cell phone cover and feeling happiness.

What is one small way you can find happiness in today? Celebrate something that brings you joy? Remember that life is really more about a whole bunch of small, little choices that add value to our lives than big events that may or may not reach our expectations?

For little things in life that bring us joy and happiness, I am grateful.

Almighty God – it is so easy to think that a huge change will make everything better. Yes, we read stories of people whose lives were dramatically changed by a single event. But we can also see joy and happiness daily in little choices and opportunities in our lives. I pray we celebrate these as small, daily wins; ways we see your presence in our ordinary lives. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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Gratitude Day 95 – Phone

cell phone

Sun., Aug. 5, 2018

Proverbs 24:12 – For God, who knows all hearts, knows yours, and he knows you knew! And he will reward everyone according to his deeds.

Saturday turned out completely different from what I expected.

I didn’t wake up thinking, “Today, I’m going to get a new cell phone.”

But this is what happened.

Hubby Rick and I were taking in a water ski show in a nearby community. We arrived in the park and planted out lawn chairs just as the show began. Part way through the hour-long show, I checked my cell phone. It seemed to be on, but the screen remained black. Not a thing showing.

I checked later. Same thing.

And again later. No change.

My phone was not new. I’ve had it several years. A couple years ago, I accidently dropped it. While the backside cracked, I put it into a wallet phone case and no one ever knew the difference. Business as usual!

Until now.

After the show, Rick called my phone. It rang, and I could see something on the screen, but it flashed in and out. It was different colors. It didn’t last long. There was a serious problem with my phone.

Afraid of losing all the information stored on my phone, later, we headed to the cell phone company. A nice man told me said something was wrong with the screen. The cell phone company could not fix it. I could take it 30 minutes away and try to get it fixed. Or, he could see what might be available at the store.

About 90 minutes later, I walked out with basically a new phone. Someone purchased this phone and returned it within the 15-day grace period. Because of this, it was marked down and is now my “new” phone.

Relatively new technology allows for transfer of date from one phone to another phone to be super easy … if both phones work. For a few minutes, my old phone behaved, and the new phone was able to get a remarkable amount of information from my old phone. All my contacts, photos, text messages (yes, all 10,000+ of them!). This information transferred relatively quickly to the new phone. The nice man said it was a good idea we got to the store so quickly. This allowed for so much information to be transferred.

It was daunting to realize how much information was on this 3” x 6” piece of equipment. Basically, it contains more information about me than any other source.

The one exception? God. God knows more about us than we know about ourselves. Amazingly, God doesn’t forget the three different passwords for the three different e-mail accounts we have messed up. God distinguishes us from others who might look somewhat like us. No scrolling is necessary for God to determine if everything is there or something is missing.

The good news? Before the information was transferred, the nice man asked if there were any apps or programs that I didn’t want transferred to the new phone. I could not have them transferred. I chose a few, including the scrabble app I sometimes play.

In the grand scheme of things, getting a different phone was relatively easy. Is this what I had planned? No. But this is what happens in every day life. We choose whether to let one little bump in the road upset our day or if we can let it be a teachable lesson for our benefit.

I’m going to let this teachable moment remind me how God keeps track of all the information on me and a bazillion people. I don’t have to wonder if God remembers something about me. God knows it. I can’t imagine everything God knows about you, me and every other person, past and present. It really is quite remarkable and amazing.

For God’s knowledge of me and everyone else, I am grateful.

Almighty God – it’s easy to forget just how much information you have on all of us. No file transfer is necessary. It’s already there. Thanks for carefully handling all this information. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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Misplaced or Lost?

Wed., Mar. 1, 2017

Matthew 18:14 – That’s how it is with your Father in heaven. He doesn’t want any of these little ones to be lost.samsung-galaxy-s7-gold-platinum-964x750

Monday night, I misplaced my phone for a few hours. Notice, I said “misplaced.” Not “lost.”

I worked late at the church. When I arrived home, I put away the groceries, got the mail and sat down to sort through it. A couple hours later, I realized that I didn’t know where my phone was. I searched my purse, my work bag and the car. No phone. I retraced my steps. Still no luck. Maybe I left it at church? It was late when I went back at church. As I turned the light on in my office and saw no phone on my desk, my stomach got an empty feeling.

Did I leave it at the grocery story? I couldn’t remember. I’d worn a fleece jacket and my phone had been in my pocket most of the day. It wasn’t there now. Where did it go? Another walk through of the places I’d been since getting home. Still no phone.

By own, it was late into the night and I was trying not to panic. I could use the alarm on the clock next to Rick’s side of the bed. Surely it would show up before I left for my part-time job in the morning? I just didn’t know when. I’d searched for over an hour with no success. By now, I was very annoyed with myself. I really do not want to be “one of those people” who is always misplacing and loosing things. How could I be so irresponsible?

One last thought. I sat in our snuggler when looking at the mail. The snugger is bigger than a recliner but smaller than a love seat. And it reclines. Hands down, our favorite piece of furniture in our TV room. Rick is forever losing his phone in the snuggler. He loses cups, glasses, pencils, the paper and a myriad of other things in that little space between the cushion and the outer edge. I literally ran down the stairs into the TV room and put my hands along the edges of the snuggler. There was my misplaced phone. It slid out of my pocket while reviewing the mail.

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Lent is a specific season on the Christian church calendar for believers and seekers to draw themselves closer to God. To be more mindful, more intentional and more disciplined about how we seek and live God in our daily lives. Challenged by another Christian recently, my focus this Lent is “mindfulness.” I know there is a God. I know God loves me. What I do not do a good job of is making sure I am mindful in how I plan my day, make decisions and depend upon God to help me make the best choices possible. Rick and I often wonder whether the hundreds of little decisions we make daily are clutter on God’s desk or important to God. What I do know is that far too often, I blow through the day without mindfully including God in the things I say and the actions I take. I certainly do not want to be held responsible for the time I waste and the distractions that sidetrack me.

Misplacing my phone challenged me to think: how often do I misplace God in my daily life? How much time do I spend searching for God when I’m feeling challenged or overwhelmed? How can I be more mindful about not depending upon only myself in my daily life but making sure I share the yoke with God? This Lent, I want to be mindful. I don’t believe I’ve lost God in my daily life. I sometimes just feel I’ve misplaced making sure God is involved and a part of all the decisions and opportunities before me each day.

My goal is to say this one line many, many times a day to help keep me more mindful of God’s presence in my life: “God, slow me down and help me mindfully see you in my life right now.” When I do not include God as I would like, I pray that I have enough good sense to go hunting for God and keep searching for God until I reach down and feel him in my soul.

Lord God – Please forgive me for the thousands and millions of times I walked through my life without fully depending upon you. Place it upon my heart the great ways we can work together to achieve great things for your kingdom. God, slow we down and help me mindfully see you in my life right now.  Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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