Saturday, May 5, 2012

Busy, relaxing Saturday

3 gifts before 9 am:
~Cozy blankets.
~Comfortable bed.
~Warm house.
(Yes, getting to sleep in. I'm still getting used to the amount of rest I need)

3 gifts in His Word:
~ 1 John 4:7 "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God."
~ 1 John 4:11 "Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another." 
~ 1 John 4:16 "  So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him."

3 gifts 
at 11 am: The local mother's market, I found some maternity clothes!
at 2 pm: A birthday party for a favorite little girl.
at 6 pm: Coming home to relax with my husband.

A gift in a sign: The sign on the community centre where the mother's market was (we were not sure where we were going).
A gift in a smile: Big sister in her new tent.


A gift in a snack: birthday cake. Celebrating a year of life given from God.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

So much grace

3 gifts tasted:
~Coffee! I can only have a bit each day and it makes it all that more of a treat!
~Raspberry thumbprint scone.
~Chicken nuggets.

3 gifts found in difficult people:
~ Grace to realize it's not all about me.
~ Grace to realize my hormones were dictating a really bad attitude in myself.
~ Learning to turn an unhappy customer into a satisfied one by going outside of myself and above and beyond for them.

3 gifts round:
~My breakfast bowl of granola and fresh raspberries.
~Crackers in my soup at lunch.
~A plate full of dinner made by my mother-in-law after a very long day at work.

3 gifts white:
~The clouds chasing each other across the sky.
~ Hot creamy milk being poured from a pitcher into a mug.
~ Soup suds from my body wash in my hot shower at the end of my long day.

3 gifts surprisingly found:
~ To really enjoy my "boring soup" for lunch.

 ~ Getting to spend the evening with my in-laws.
~ Seeing a ground hog right up close to the front door.

3 lines overheard that were graces:
~ A cheer and "we were having a moment!" from the kitchen at our youth retreat at march (yes, it has taken me a while to remember to watch for this one).
~ "Rain, rain, go away, come again another day." Sung by a little customer in line today.
~ "I'm good" sung by my husband this evening (Trip Lee). It's a comfort to know he knows and believes this truth that we are good no matter what happens because we are in God's perfect will.

I was so comforted last night to be reminded of the Lord of a truth He has continually reminded me of in the past:
"Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them." Psalm 139:16
What a comfort!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

At three, flat and green.

It's been a rough day for us. We are working at resting.
My husband found out today that his knee cannot be fixed until, well, maybe twenty years from now.
He has been in a lot of pain in both of his legs as one leg is compensating for the other's sore knee. But, the condition is just too poor to do anything for it. The knee cap is in very bad condition.

So then fear tries to sneak in and ask how our lives will be if he cannot do the job he is at now.
Not to even mention how hard it is to see him in even more pain than I have seen him deal with over the last five months with his jaw.
Yes, we've been through a lot.
But, I feel as if the other things had a light at the end of the tunnel even if barely seen.

What, oh what oh Lord are you preparing us for?

Psalm 71:14 " But I will hope continually
                     and will praise you yet more and more."

3 Gifts at 3:
~Laughing at how silly the baby is making me (goofy things come out of my mouth all the time).
~The pleasantness and joyfulness of my co-workers.
~Warm air. It feels like summer is coming!

3 gifts flat:
~The water on our lake this morning, dimpled with light rain.
~The lid of my new cup.
~A little bug scuttling across our flat windshield (another sign of summer).

3 gifts green:
~The smell of fresh cut evergreens.
~ The grass turning green.
 ~My camera strap.