What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
Remember: "When God closes a door, He always opens a window!" You never know what might be out there waiting for you!

Monday, November 21, 2016

"Tiny Treasures" along the way... UPDATED

Going back through previous posts from a few years ago I discovered this one from 11/23/13. Since this is a busy week preparing for a house full of guests for Thanksgiving, I most likely won't have much time for blogging...or even for watching for those "tiny treasures strategically placed along the way."...But it is still such good advice...and perhaps there is someone out there who needs this message today.  In the midst of your hectic preparations for family gatherings and travels, take a moment to recognize those special treasures that God has placed in your path. It could truly brighten your day and help you relax and enjoy the "ride".   Happy Thanksgiving!!
These were the "tiny treasures" I found today...holly berries have turned red and look so pretty outside my bedroom window.

This was originally posted on 11/23/2013:
First thing this morning I read the following thoughts in the little devotional book , Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young, on the page for today's date, November 23:

"As you go through this day, look for tiny treasures strategically placed along the way.
I (Jesus) lovingly go before you and plant little pleasures to brighten your day.
Look carefully for them, and pluck them one by one.
When you reach the end of the day, you will have gathered a lovely bouquet.
Offer it up to Me with a grateful heart.
Receive My Peace as you lie down to sleep,
with thankful thoughts playing a lullaby in your mind."

 Shortly after reading this passage, we took an early morning walk in the woods.  I almost forgot to take along my camera, but quickly ran back into the house to get it before we had gotten very far. I'm so glad I did, because otherwise I would have missed the first "tiny treasure strategically placed along the way."  This perfect Golden Silk Orb Spider web, "strategically placed" directly in my path.  There was no way to get under it or around it, so we just had to turn around and go back a different way.  I wasn't about to destroy it!
 Can you imagine how difficult it must be to get all those silken strands so perfectly lined up in complete circle? Such amazing creatures!  You have to admire the skill of these spiders even if you don't particularly appreciate the spider itself!
The next treasure (not quite as tiny) that I discovered today was this sink! You may not think much of this old well used sink...but it has been in my sights actually for awhile...left over from a local church yard sale sitting rather forlornly under their "van-port" (where the church van sits), and it kept beckoning me to look a little closer.  I am sure you are wondering why I would want this old (very heavy cast iron!) sink...well,
I have my reasons...thinking of an outdoor sink for my son the carpenter to wash up brushes, hands, equipment...and also a place for doing some flower potting, washing up after working in the yard...LOTS of uses!  So I contacted the Pastor's Wife and asked how much they wanted for it...and she said, "It's yours! Come get it!"  And so I did...rather my son and I did. Thank goodness! I had NO idea how heavy that little cast iron sink would be!  Now to get him to build a potting bench/workbench to place it on...
But don't you agree this is a treasure?
As I walked around our back yard I noticed the next tiny treasures..These two sweet little blossoms on my Louis-Philippe Rose bushes, which were a gift from a dear friend who has since moved away and they are here to remind me of her kindness!  The Louis-Philippe Rose is also known as the "Florida Cracker Rose".  They are finally starting to bloom a little more freely, and their sweet delicate little faces make me smile.
 It smells so nice too!
Especially I am happy to see  this one blooming, because I recently transplanted this plant to a new location so that I could plant my new "Don Juan" rosebush birthday gift from my sister in its former spot so I could see it from the window.  I was afraid it wouldn't bloom again after transplanting it, but here it is!!!

The day is not done yet...and I may add more "tiny treasures" before the day is through.  But I wanted to take the time now to offer these up to the Lord with a grateful heart!  He knows how to bring joy to us in the simplest of ways.

What "tiny treasures strategically placed along the way" have YOU discovered today? Why not share them with others and be a part of the lovely bouquet being offered up to Jesus with a grateful heart full of Thanksgiving?


  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!

    1. Thank you Mary...and the very same to you and yours as well!!

  2. Tiny treasures are some of the best, Pamela. Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Yes, aren't they though? Just gotta take the time to look for them and appreciate their specialness! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours as well!!

  3. Yes tiny treasures can be so uplifting! Just want to wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    Blessings and hugs to you!

  4. Yes tiny treasures can be so uplifting! Just want to wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    Blessings and hugs to you!

    1. So wonderful to hear from you Nancy! Thank you! I pray that you and your family will have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving as well. Please let me know if you are going to be in FLA anytime, and I will TRY really hard to meet you!

  5. Just beautiful, Pam! Sometimes you have to stop or at least slow down to see those tiny treasures and that makes them even more special. Have a blessed day.

    1. Thank you Melanie...yes...I need this reminder to myself...I'm kind of running fast and hard to get ready for Thursday...and then I need to remember that these people are family and good friends...they won't care if my house isn't perfect. So slow down and enjoy the ride! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  6. Hi Pamela; Love your little treasures and a reminder to stop, slow down to see them. Being you asked, here is my recipe for Pumpkin Spice Pancakes:


    1/2 cup pumpkin pie filling
    1 eggs
    1 cup milk
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1-1/2 teaspoons white sugar
    1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/2 pinch ground nutmeg


    Whisk pumpkin pie filling and eggs together in a bowl until smooth. Add milk, flour, baking powder, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg; whisk until batter is smooth. Heat a lightly oiled griddle over medium-high heat. Drop batter by large spoonfuls onto the griddle and cook until bubbles form and the edges are dry, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook until browned on the other side, 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter. NOTE: Should serve 5

    Happy and blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours dear friend.


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