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Monday, February 28, 2011

One Thousand Gifts . . .

This thousand gifts.  Sometimes it is easy.

But sometimes it is hard.  Diligent.  Like treasures underneath rocks where the soil is moist and easy to tap - but out of sight and easy to forget.

In the moments, in the moments where I dig places that dirt covers the treasure - in those moments where soil must be brushed off to reveal beauty - in those moments results yeild easy if I try.

And isn't that what each breath is?  A try to find what brings joy. 

And when I find it, easy or hard, I must acknowledge and thank. 

Because isn't that what each breath is?  Thankfulness.  For nothing is ours.  Not our hearts or body or mind or soul. 

And when it is hard or effort tired or the thanks feels forced I must remember that Heaven's rain washes all things clean.

My list continues . . .

water bottles turned into banks to collect pennies for a well

a dozen Cracker Barrel biscuits

blanket on a trailer, legos scattered

rocking on the porch

lemon icebox cake

a game of airhockey with Max - he lets me win

Mama's little notes in church

toys that need batteries

a card in the mail from a dear friend

a long phone call from Penny

sock puppets

double solitare

screens on windows

ceiling fans

70 degree breezes

Angela's tea glasses chilled in the freezer

orange sticky notes

a daughter still in pain - but less, and less brings even more hope for the good days that will be

the rest in Jesus in the bad days

those who are what I could never be

all that pray when I seek

prayers answered

Then there is the gift that is crystal clear.  Not even a thin film of dust to blow away.  Clear as Ma's blue eyes.

This gift . . . just one long week later.

My list, #'s 516-537.


Greg and Donna said...

BEAUTIFUL baby! What a miracle from the Lord. I was doing ok through the video till the hand started stoking his little head. I am praising the Lord for answered prayers. How awesome that he lets us experience them and we can show our children these miracles! Love you friend and I enjoyed talking with you at Keepers. See you on Thursday at sewing!

KTElltt said...

What a great list. Have you heard the Jars of Clay/Leigh Nash song With Every Breath? It makes me think of the intro to this list...

Craig said...

I’m here from Ann’s again – and I know it’s Wednesday and Multitude Monday was – well – Monday – but I am determined to keep reading these – what – 40,000 gratitude linkies…

And I come to yours and I am smiling. Because I know that after storms – come rainbows.

And you might remember I always pick a favorite from the list – and mine today, from yours is: the rest in Jesus in the bad days (because when it storms we can stand there and take it – or find a place to rest – and He is rest – amen)

It was really nice reading you today.

God Bless and keep you and all of yours

Drawing of me losing my cool courtesy of budding artist, Izzy.

Have a dressed up day!

. . . put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Colossians 3:12