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.”
February 11 3 gifts found in working
The gift of a job well done
The gift of accomplishment for persevering when learning a new knitting pattern and finally figuring it out.
The gift of rest after hard toil
February 12 3 hard eucharisteos
The estrangement and the healing between my daughter and I.
The losing of our business and home, opening the door to new possibilities.
The illness I experienced when at 19 the drs. gave me a week to live; married 15 months with a premature daughter. The Lord giving me the promise in Psalms 91 with long life I will satisfy ….44 years ago.
February 13 3 gifts you found behind a door today
The gift of a straightening after finding a mess in the cupboard where we toss empty plastic/paper bags
The gift of a fresh morning after opening the front door for the first time this morning
The gift of opportunity to create when I open the door of my Stash Home.
February 14 3 ways you feel the love of God
I feel God’s love in every sunset.
I feel God’s love in the Farmer’s arms.
I feel God’s love as I bow before Him in prayer.
A gift in losing something — During my first miscarriage I learned God could take me through what I had feared and ‘the anchor holds’.
A gift in finding something — finding ‘contentment in whatsoever state I’m in’
A gift in making something —
February 16 3 gifts in shadows
Care — Psalms 17:8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,
Comfort — Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Hope — 1Corinthians 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
February 17 3 gifts giving/serving
The gift to be able organize the planning, preparation and serving of the yearly Church of God fellowship meeting meals.
The gift of hearing ‘this is tasty’ when serving a new recipe.
The gift of being able to care for my mother-in-law occasionally.
February 18 3 gifts on paper
Gift of instructions to learn how to knit, I taught myself initially, and since all the written patterns and books I’ve read that increased that knowledge
Gift of the first birthday card I received from the Farmer on my 18th birthday, “Fun being young, wasn’t it!”
Gift of books, books, books, all kinds — children’s, novels, poetry, devotionals, instructional, cookbooks. . .
February 19 3 gifts that were “plan B’s”
I haven’t consciously set goals or made definite plans for my life that have failed. I mostly have just taken life as it came and tried to do the best I could. That is the Gift I was given, acceptance.
This isn’t a picture of me, just the attitude I strive for.
February 20 a gift at breakfast lunch and dinner
The gifts of my favorite foods:
Breakfast – Chicken Fried Steak at the Coffee Pot (no longer in business, but it wasn’t my fault).
Lunch – Bacon, tomato and avocado sandwich with a cup of tomato soup.
Dinner — recipe from Mom — meatloaf !