Thursday, September 20, 2012

Crisp Fall Air

Many more gifts.

3 gifts you gave today:

3 gifts loved:
~Time spend (by my mother-in-law) teaching me how to make beet borscht.
~My husband working so hard though this busy season to provide for us.
~The youth that God has given me to work with and serve.

3 gifts read:
~"Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.'” Luke 10:20
~ "I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs." Luke 11:8

~“Behold, God is my salvation;
    I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for the Lord God is my strength and my song,
    and he has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2 

3 gifts of persistence:
~God's unending grace.
~God's mercies, new every morning.
~God's love for me, always pursuing. 

3 gift's of enthusiam:
~Excitement as we look forward to attending the national Desiring God conference along with seeing Andrew Peterson in concert.
~Anticipation of my baby shower and getting to celebrate our little miracle with so many.
~Looking forward to actually meeting this little one and learning what she will be like.

A gift of challenge: 
God challenging me to change and to move out of my comfort zone.

A gift of conflict: 
God using one to show ME MY flaws and teaching me I don't have to give in to my feelings regardless of pregnancy hormones.

A gift of change:
Trusting Him and His Sanctifying work to make me more like Him.

3 gifts water:
~Watching fall rain drops gently land on the lake.
~Hot water for the many cups of tea I've had this week.
~Having plenty of water to wash laundry and bedding with.

A gift of Rhythm:
New Andrew Peterson Album.

A gift of Rhyme:
The new LeCrae album (just a little different from each other ;) )

A gift of Reason:
Such a rest and trust in the Lord when we cannot see our future because He is our loving Father who does all things for His glory and our good.

3 gifts in weakness:
 ~Truth from the Gospel to lead.
~Friends who lift up tired arms.
~Family who wrap around us.

3 gifts in jars:
~New fall candles.
~Cold medicine to help us both heal.
~Honey from a friend's wedding for my tea.

A gift of life:
The changing of the seasons.

A gift of growth:
God's growing my husband and I in trust of Him.

A gift of decline:
Nights of less sleep, getting me ready for our new wee one.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Welcome Fall

It seems like someone flipped a button on us here, but I for one sure am not complaining! The cool weather feels wonderful to this warm, pregnant lady.

3 gifts in someone older than you:
~and Love that a certain woman of God (Mrs T) brings into my life.

3 gifts in fabric:
~The many blankets in our living room that bring a cozy atmosphere, comfort and warmth.
~Sweater brought out to keep off the new chill in the air.
~My handmade, reliable wallet.

3 gifts framed by a frame:
~A wedding picture.
~Pictures of our dear friends.
~Pictures of the youth.

3 gifts eaten:
~My breakfast of egg in the eye.
~Crab apple jelly that I got to help make.
~Candy corn (how I always celebrate the fall).

A gift small: Little bag of new pumpkin chai tea.

A gift big: God's provision in our lives.

A gift just right: New pumpkin lotion.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Broken Open

3 gifts that are difficult:
My heart, God showing me how
~Selfish and me focused in tired pregnancy and hard times;
~Ignoring others and their needs;
And yet
~How justified I felt in feeling hurt and defensive in how others responded.

His grace is so huge.

I am so grateful that God has the grace and mercy to reveal this to me, to break me open and heal me again.

It's been coming together how I've been living in this way, and God just finished opening my eyes as I read Ann's blog today, with tears.

It's funny how God uses things in multiples in our lives sometimes. The song Ann talks about in her blog "Oh how He loves" has been brought up a couple of times over the last few days in various ways.

It has such truth from the Gospel in it. And it's something that I need to be reminded of often, especially when I feel as if I've failed others.

Please forgive me friends.

A few more gifts:
3 gifts from your dad:
~A belief that the right thing is always the right thing.
~My belief in the value of modesty.
~The importance of doing things well.

3 gifts from your Heavenly Father:
~His Soverignty over every detail of my life.
~His enabling strength over every detail of my life.
~His enabling me through past pain to better love.

3 gifts you became today in serving:
~A prayer covering.
~Love (as I make baby girl's quilt).

3 gifts growing:
~My belly.
~Sections of the baby quilt.
~Food items in the freezer for after the baby is born.

A gift bent:
Finding out a friend has a serious illness and being able to have great compassion and love.

A gift beautiful:
Ultrasound of our beauty.

A gift loved: beign able to help a friend raise money to attend YWAM.

3 gifts found in light:
~Light shed on my beading board so I can bead.
~Light reflecting the beginning of the change of season off the lake.
~Light of the Gospel shared in the service yesterday.

3 gifts around a table:
~Tea to sooth my cold.
~Water to keep me hydrated and hopefully kill this cold.
~My little calandar to help me keep track of my abundant life.

A gift in water:
Fall rain, providing water for plants and for us.

A gift in words: Ann's blog today, sharing God's grace.

A gift in white:
My sturdy mug.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Happy Labour Day

3 gifts summer:
~Soft Serve Ice cream cone from local shop.
~Fresh cucumber from a friend's garden.
~Cool breeze on a hot day.

A gift in faith: Being reminded by my husband's preaching that I am safely under His mighty Hand.

A gift in family: My husband finally feeling the baby kick! (little stinker, I feel her LOTS, she always stops when he tries to feel).

A gift in freedom:
Freedom to worship God publicly.

A gift in red: Tomato sauce on my gnocchi.

A gift in white: Comfortable tank top-my non-maternity ones were starting to cut off my circulation ;).

A gift in blue:
Bottle of tums. I don't know how I would survive without my tums right now!

3 gifts of sand:
Memories of growing up near the ocean
~Building castles.
~Laying on the warm sand.
~So many walks on the board walk.

3 (more) gifts in summer:
~Iced tea.
~Refreshing dips in the pool.
~Time spent soaking up sunshine.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

September Begins

I cannot believe it is September already!
And I am still catching up on Ann's listed daily dares. Here are a few more:

3 gifts in what you are reading:
~Joy in reading a beloved childhood book (little women).
~Rest as I read.
~Knowledge about pregnancy and birth.

3 gifts empty:
~Bowl that had my cream of wheat in it.
~Diaper covers washed and ready for use.
~Muffin tins with the muffins popped out of them.

3 gifts that made you really smile:
~Silly little girl.
~Very distinct belly kick when I lay down to give myself my shot.
~Husband being silly late at night.

A gift at 8: awakening from a good night's rest (after a not so great sleep the night before).
A gift at 12: lunch with my girlfriend and her little ones.
A gift at 2: baby clothes lent to me. Oh the cuteness! Those tiny tights kill me!

3 gifts painted:
~Unique artwork on my walls.
~Art for baby girl's room (prints of a friend's paintings).
~ painted finger and toe nails (yes, I can still do it! :) )

3 gifts full:
~Cup full of a fruit smoothie: healthy and delicious!
~Heart full of joy and anticipation for our little girl.
~Mug full of coffee as I had a mommy chat with a friend.

3 gifts smelled:
~Left over frangrance of the rice cooked the night before.
~The comforting smell of a cup of tea.
~Clothes fresh off the line.

A gift unexpected: to be totally sucked in to making a baby quilt.

A gift unwanted: a deeper look at my heart.

A gift unlikely: To enjoy a day at home without the internet and my computer.

3 gifts from His Word:
 ~ "'And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.'" ~Mark 11:25

  ~"Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away." ~Mark 13:31

~ "...Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man." Ecclesiates 12:13