1. mwatanab

    Twenty Two


     This will be quick.

    Twenty two is how old I am today.  Which is funny, because at 22 I am sitting posh in Eastern Daylight Time at almost one in the morning while I was actually born at eight at night for Hawai’i Standard Time.  So maybe it’s not quite …

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    Give Yourself Away


    3 Gifts Given Away

    221. Time.

    222. Money.

    223. Words.

    3 Hard Eucharistos

    224. Vulnerability.

    225. Repentance.  It’s hard when the wall is up.

    226. Patience.

    A Gift Turned, Folded, Hung

    227. The Bible.


    229. My sins on the cross.

    3 Gifts Red

    230. …

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    To Round The Day


    3 Gifts Round

    215. My fiber casserole, or at least that’s what I’ll call it from now on.  So many beans!

    216. Pillows.  Oh my dear, gracious Lord, pillows are a delight when you use them as they were designed.

    217. Tying hair knots.  Knot…

    3 Gifts Found In Silence…

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    3 Gifts Carved

    203. I carved a little butt print into the carpet from working in that spot for so long.

    204. My name in His wounds.

    205. I LOVE WOOD CARVINGS.  Especially if they are sheep.

    3 Gifts In Christ

    206. I’ll be the first to tell you that …

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    On Failing and Flailing


    While I have failed miserably with trying to paint daily there are other parts of my the creative juices that are being scraped up and tossed into a blender.  I have been working on multiple projects that may or may not be related to an individual study.  I have continued …

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    Love Out Loud


    It’s finally here – the big 200!  200 gifts to be grateful for and not to ignore.

    3 Gifts Loud

    200. Shrill barking at 0730.  She’s alive and kicking, y’all.

    201. The parkway.

    202. The thub-thumping of my heart.

    When it’s loud I want to go away from the noise …

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    Shaken Up


    I’m shaking in my seat – literally.  The electrician is downstairs (probably right under where I’m sitting) drilling into his ceiling so that new recessed lighting can be put in.  I’m excited and terrified at the same time.  He’s working on putting lights into a part of the house that …

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    Finding the Gift


    3 Gifts Found

    191. A gift found in a friend – the work of the Holy Spirit.

    192. Babydog sleeping next to my drawing project.

    193. Starbucks, haha.  They’re deceptively difficult to locate!

    A Gift Bent, Broken, Beautiful

    194. Yoga Wednesdays.  PG and I miss each other so much that …

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    Yesterday was Girls’ Day!

    3 Gifts Wore

    185. I did not wear the silly little bobby pin with beautiful pink ribbons in it, but I wore the little turquoise ring I stole from my mom.

    186. I did not wear a kimono, or even a yukata, but I did wear …

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    3 Ugly-Beautiful Gifts

    173. Feet.

    174. Hands.

    175. Words.

    3 Gifts From the Past That Helps You Trust the Future

    176. I think the fact that I have a yesterday is gift enough.

    177. Grandparents.  Do I say this enough?

    178. World War II.  How often have I thought of …

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    3 Gifts Seen As Reflections

    169. Sometimes the best gifts that are given are the ones that are received fully.  You never give a gift with the expectation for anything in return, no matter how subtle things are.

    170. I guess I’m in a reflective mood, and have been recently, …

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    A Cry In My Heart


    3 Gifts That Changed Today

    157. I’ve had a new change where I’m noticing how sensitive I am to chatter.

    158. I need sleep, desperately.  Fridays have become my Sabbath.

    159. I learned that I love reading.

    A Gift of Tin, Glass, Wood

    160. Coke.  I rarely have coke.

    161. …

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    Corhaven: Reflections


    It’s been about a week since my day away and I need a reminder of what I learned or need to learn more about.

    Corhaven is a place of shelter and sanctuary for the heart. And this implies somehow the presence of God, for as St. Augustine said, “Our heart …

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    We Are Under Attack


    Things have been frightening and full of learning.  The Center is where I have found my new home.  We are called to explore our faiths, our relationship with Christ and advancing the Kingdom.  We are called to be a part of a community where no question is too big or …

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    Love Is God


    3 Ways You Feel The Love of God (133 – 135)

    So recently, because my heart has been all over the place, I am going to not listen to the dare and dare myself for more than three.

    God loves me because He puts me into safe situations, and when …

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    Getting Your Ashes On


    Today, well, yesterday now that I’m typing at three in the morning, is Ash Wednesday.  At four o’clock I went over with my friends from the BCM to my friends over at the CCM and partook in their service.  This is the second time I went to a service …

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    The Hours


    I’m so painfully behind…

    A Gift at 1130, 1430, 1830

    112. Waking up.

    113. Not having to go to anthropology.

    114. Laughter and dreams.

    A Gift Broken, Fixed, Thrifted

    115. A heart.

    116. A spirit.

    117. Ugly sweaters.

    3 Surprise Gifts – Unexpected Grace

    118. M&M games.  Oh gosh, more …

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    My Dear


    I am so very behind again, apologies.

    3 Gifts Found In Writing

    100. So I noticed that it’s really peaceful to be typing everything that comes into my brain.  It is pure bliss when you have a pen and you can write on paper and just let the thoughts bleed.…

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    On Being Loved


    It has been difficult finding time to devote to doing anything physical (running, painting, writing, etc.) daily – even my eating habits are all over the place.  This is a dangerous place for an introvert to be, especially when my graduation hangs on the line.  After organizing a Souper Bowl …

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    Hello, February


    3 Old Things Seen New

    88. Bricks on old buildings.

    89. Eighty-three year old eyes.

    90. The moon.  Its quiet presence.

    A Gift On Paper, In Person, In A Picture

    91. Paper transfer from my roommie to my waterbottle.

    92. Three-hour long conversations.

    93. The past captured in too many …

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    3 Graces Found In Friends

    82. That learning can happen in a group.  That groups facilitate discovery.   That groups are safe.

    83. Laughter.

    84. Differences in opinions is welcomed.

    A Song Heard, A Soft Word, Light Seen


    Also, there’s a new Josh Groban album coming out :]

    86. with …

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    Dinah’s In The Kitchen With Me


    fredericksburg (va) sunset

    3 Gifts in the Kitchen

    79. My friend just baked cookies from scratch.  Oh my goodness cookies straight from the oven are amazing.

    80. Rice.  Microwave rice cooker.  Riceeee.

    81. Colorful kitchen tools and gadgets.


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    Jesus Christ


    Good gosh this has taken me a lot longer than anticipated.  I do hope to be better at updating.  Also, I think that there is a theme change in the near future!  I say this a lot but I do hope that things change and that they change soon.  Wordpress …

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    Life Is As Beautiful As Jupiter


    3 Gifts From God’s Word

    These are a few of my favorite verses:

    52. The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  (Lamentations 3:22-23)

    53. It is the LORD who goes before you.  He …

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    Three Plus More


    A Gift Bringing Laughter, Prayer, Quiet

    49. Have you seen The Dark Night Rises?  I finally did.  Twice.  In a row.  Holy smokes!  I’m in love.  As sobering as a lot of the movie was there were still a lot of lighter moments that were so surprising that it …

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    Give and Wear


    A Gift Worn, Given Away, Shared

    43. I’m wearing a dark blue nail polish (essie) given to me by one of my closest friends.  It’s gorgeous.


    45. Today was absolutely beautiful.  I got to spend an evening sharing life together.  One person and I gushed about our …

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    God’s Graces


    3 Startling Graces of God

    40. He aligns our hearts even when we are far away.  He sets books, places, and people into our lives for us to find at a later time – in His time (a.k.a. the right time).

    41. His timing is perfect.  The fact that one …

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    Me, Myself, Melinda


    3 Things About Yourself You Are Grateful For

    37. I have functioning senses.  I can see parts of me going downhill at a slow pace, but at least I still have them.

    38. Eyes.  They are the one feature I notice remains pretty constant in all my pictures.  They share …

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