One Thousand Gifts in2012
February Joy Dare–capturing these gifts and joining Ann Voskamp at A Holy Experience.
“Joy is always a function of gratitude — and gratitude is always a function of perspective. If we are going to change our lives, what we’re going to have to change is the way we see.”
a gift found at 11:30, at 2:30 and at 6:30
at 11:30 am — fresh vegetable juice from the Farmer
at 2:30 pm — littlies sleeping
at 6:30 pm — safely arriving home
3 things over heard today all gifts
“Temper your expectations so you aren’t overcome with discouragement”
Chorus from a song — “God will make this trial a blessing though it sends me to my knees, Though my tears flow like a river yet in Him there’s sweet relief, There’s no need to get discouraged there’s no need to talk defeat, God will make this trial a blessing and the whole wide world will see”
“I put 30.00 worth of gas in the car today” the Farmer
3 gifts found in writing
Linking with Five Minute Friday and being reminded that Jesus and His sacrifice is Real
An excerpt from Streams in the Desert February 1, This Thing is from Me
In my devotions; Proverbs 16:23 “The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips”. ever striving to have “the law of kindness is in her mouth.”
3 gifts found when bent down
I have difficulty physically bending down, so in my heart I am bowing:
A gift while bending low in devotions I found: Proverbs 17:8 A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it: whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth. In the center column for ‘a precious stone’ I read ‘a stone of grace’.
Receiving the gift of forgiveness while bending low in saying I’m sorry.
When bending down, little hands reach up.
One gift stitched: A quilt as a memento of our Journey across the USA
One gift , hammered This shed hammered, nailed, sawed, painted by my son and his friends became my pantry, office supply station, yarn and fabric stash home, daycare storage, and pile it place. Thank you!
One gift woven: The love of a daughter and mother can have woven together
3 gifts found outside
The front porch deck
Just after the deck was finished, October 2010
What the deck looked like in July, 2011
A row of iris blooming happily in their new home
The green leaves of bulbs heralding the coming of spring
3 gifts red
The Words of Christ
A new-to-me sweater
A red almond M&M
a gift broken, what I brought to Christ – a broken and contrite heart
a gift fixed, the foot control for my sewing machine by the Farmer
a gift thrifted — a long sleeved blue flat knit sweater I’d been wanting to use to layer
3 gifts that were surprises — unexpected grace
“Would you like to do something Tuesday?
How easy Christ’s yoke has been regarding a need that seemed so hard!
Last year’s hyacinth re-blooming
3 times you heard laughter today
My three daughters laughing at something I said.
During Sunday’s message at an example of Christian living that rang true, lemons trees and lemons
Friendly laughter while visiting an ill friend
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