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40 Things Money Can’t Buy

It’s been another busy week. As I am finally settling down to relax, my mind shifts to my surroundings and I think of all the money I have spent on ‘stuff’. Stuff that really has no other purpose than to make my home feel aesthetically pleasing.

I look around and realize that most of the “stuff” I have I don’t need. I can live without the mirror in the hall, I don’t have to have a picture/photo on every wall. I really don’t need all these trinkets/knickknacks on every shelf. I don’t even need the shelf.

No Money

This made me think of things that I don’t spend money on and how much joy I have by NOT spending money on “stuff”.

  1. Feeling the warmth of the sun on my face.
  2. Listening to the leaves blow on the trees
  3. Seeing “The Kid” smile
  4. Spending time with my mom and dad
  5. Listening to dad tell a funny story
  6. Listening to mom talk about her siblings
  7. Laughing with my sister
  8. Listening to music with my brother
  9. Seeing a beautiful sunset
  10. Having a great conversation with one of my cousins
  11. Learning something new
  12. Spending time in prayer
  13. Watching my great nephew play with his Papaw
  14. Watching the ducks/geese play at our local park
  15. Sharing a meal with a loved one
  16. Accomplishing a task  
  17. Helping my neighbor with a chore
  18. Opening up the windows and doors on a beautiful spring day
  19. The smell of a freshly cut lawn
  20. Watching the success of my niece and nephew
  21. Listening to my Mom’s siblings sing from old recordings
  22. Hearing a great sermon preached
  23. Taking a long hot shower
  24. Going through old photos
  25. Singing, even though I sound terrible
  26. Dancing in the kitchen with “the Kid”
  27. Making my mom laugh
  28. A good night’s rest
  29. A good day’s work
  30. People watching
  31. Making my “To-do” lists for the week
  32. Quiet time to reflect
  33. Taking a drive…..Yes, I know I spent money on the gas.
  34. Taking photos on my drive
  35. Taking a walk
  36. Writing a blog
  37. Seeing my family having fun and making memories
  38. Getting organized
  39. Listening to music
  40. Being surrounded by God’s creations.

As I write this, my house is open, the sun is shining through. I hear cyclist on the bike path, children playing on my street. A soft cool breeze is blowing through the house. I smell someone grilling out for the first time this year. I also smell one of my neighbors baking a cake or cookies. I hear “The Kid” laughing in his room while he plays an on-line game.

I have heard a great sermon and listened to some great music. I have made mom laugh today. I have achieved a few tasks and now off to fix food for my loved ones.

Could my day be any better?  I don’t think so. And I didn’t spend a penny. I have had a full enriched, joyful day. The best part, it’s not over yet.

How do you find your joy without spending any money?

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Christmas Music: Part Two

Christmas music

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!

I hope you are having the best Christmas ever my friends.

Enjoy some music and don’t forget the reason for the season.

Mark Lowry: Mary Did You Know:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXmfkFoX-PE

Michael Buble: Cold December Night:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGpvLR-XKcA&list=PLdakRkpsmtJE_kafGRK4QwjAF2u2TaHvN&index=12

Anthony Burger:  Hallelujah Chorus:        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUBpff5zrV4


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Christmas Music

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Sorry I don’t have a regular post for you. It’s been a hectic week. I will share next week about the new job.

Christmas is just 2 days away. I hope you have all of your shopping done. Happy to say mine is done.

 I do enjoy Christmas music. Here are a few that I can’t go without during the Christmas season.

 Michael Buble & Shania Twain:  I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Upx15Gpv5NM&list=PLdakRkpsmtJE_kafGRK4QwjAF2u2TaHvN&index=4

Charlie Brown Christmas Dance:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1LUXQWzCno

Anthony Burger: Sleigh Ride:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEoFh6Otfk4&index=1&list=PLGGZQ7jbz1a076BQeEAdCaCgMOmRH4DQB


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Music Monday: Gayla Peevey-Christmas

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Here’s a fun song to start the week. Have a great week. Sorry if this song gets stuck in your head.

 

Gayla Peevey – I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEmjp5P23nA&list=PLyn1b86Ad_a5sgiXKIyLwB2WIxQGndU9q


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Music Monday: David Phelps-Christmas Music

Christmas music

For the month of December I’m posting Christmas music. I love Christmas music, traditional and not so traditional.

Be prepared for more music this month. I think I will post Christmas songs throughout the month and not just on Monday.

Here is another one of my favorites. David does such a beautiful job on this song.

Remember: Christmas is not about the gifts, it’s about Christ. Remind yourself of the little things that Christ has done for you and rejoice knowing He is there to take care of you.

David Phelps: O Holy Night:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElJ0fiD0lkc