Tuesday, September 22, 2009

1000 Blessings Post 3

54. Rain falling softly hitting tree leaves gently...

55. Making it through more tests with my daddy. So glad to spend this time with him.

56. Compassionate nurses.

57. Friends who drive the miles to deliver a meal, or clean the house, or do some laundry, or do an errand, or mow the lawn almost 500 miles away or.... so many kind ones to be thankful for... so thoughtful, so loving... so much of Christ's agape in action.

58. The chance to trust God for my daily manna... every moment of every day. Finding the reality that I cannot do any of this on my own strength; and finding that to be a relief-- it's not about me!

60. Singing hymns as I drive daddy home from the hospital

61. Seeing many extended family wounds healing before my eyes-- wow God, you are so amazing!

62. 62- years my daddy has been on this earth!

63. The ability to feel... to cry... to grieve... to smile.. to laugh... to hold on to hope!

64. Driving with the clouds above, but totally protected from the storm.

65. Knowing he covers us not just in this physical storm, but in this bigger storm of our lives.

66. Filled with gratitude for his everlasting arms.

67. Knowing so deep down that through it all... he has and he will continue to provide.

Lord, thank you for being such an excellent provider. Please help us cling to you with all that we are.

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59. Mama working on walking again! Praises to the Lord for her healing in her bones.

Monday, September 14, 2009

1000 Blessings Post 2

38. Caring for them all

39. Deep sighs; releasing the burdens

40. Walking with my daddy, age 62... hand in hand to his first appointment with the oncologist

41. Hearing the news... 6-9 months at most... but with His support... holding on.... underneath are the everlasting arms.

42. Heartfelt prayers with the people that mean the most to me in all the world... daddy, mother, my dear husband... my baby sleeping nearby

43. Flowers: flocks, cock's comb, aster, petunia... the beauty of Indian summer

44. Sunrises shared

45. My rock steady solid husband.

46. Friends and family who demonstrate His love in action. True agape!

47. Picking them up to take them all home- two wheelchairs, one stroller, one faithfully solid husband.

48. Enjoying the sounds of the a summer evening in the country... the music makers of the night... buzzing bugs, chirping crickets...

49. Hearing his snore; knowing he's resting from a long day... bittersweet to hear that snore... thankful to get to hear it now.

50. Holding her hand... my mama...knowing she's grasping to wrap her brain around it all... knowing she doesn't know how to say goodbye... being able to point her to HIM who is I AM.

51. Feeling his strength rise within me... strength I most definitely do not have on my own. Knowing he's love is true... his love never fails... his love can be shown through me... Please Lord, may it be so!

52. Blessings in being without work?? We can be here.... Thank you God for providing in the unexpecting blessings!

53. Trusting God for the manna for today.

Father, please give me this day my daily bread.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Beginning... Today is Multitude Monday

1000 gifts Post number 1

1. I am overwhelmed by God's kindness in timing-- He has been so faithful over this last year and I have never felt far from his gentle hands-- even now

2. Sweet baby snuggles

3. My husband's tenderness

4. Ceiling fans

5. Quiet evenings before sunset

6. Cool breezes

7. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown Pictures by Clement Hurd

8. The voice of the young mouse

9. Neighbors to care for my parents like M

10. Friends like L who call just to see how we're doing...

11. Phone calls across the miles

12. My white adirondack chair

13. Crazy Love by Francis Chan

14. Quiet moments of reflecting on his goodness

15. A kind word

16. Friends coming to the front steps to pray with us-- so unexpected... I didn't know they loved us like that-- so humbling... incredible to see the body of Christ in action

17. sweet baby smiles

18. sweet daddy and baby daughter giggles... playing on the floor as I prepare the meal nearby

19. reading incredible books with my husband aloud

20. challengingly good conversations in our Sunday School class

21. Breathing a deep sigh of relief-- my life is not about me!!!! Hallelujah!

22. Music! Song in my head right now: It's all about you, Jesus... and all this is for you... for your glory and your name... it's not about me... as if you should do things my way... you are my desire and I surrender... to your ways!!

23. Leisurely walks

24. Exploring the uncharted path...

25. Challenging interval walks on crisp mornings

26. Releasing burdens I was never meant to carry

27. A shy wave from an older couple across the way

28. Greetings from a neighbor who doesn't talk much

29. The gentle chirp of the birds in the trees

30. Morning glories doing what they do best

31. Bright pink petunias

32. sweet little baby noises

33. Siblings playing on a bike

34. Beginning of Autumn!!!

35. The rustle of the leaves in the gentle breeze

36. The first smells from my autumn candles

37. Stretching my mind... learning how to put this button on here!! :) (Thank you to my husband for his help!!!)

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Creating something beautiful...

Deep within I feel the stirrings.. all around I feel the battle raging...

But more than all of this I sense a calling... a calling to something deeper, purer, truer... nobler... (Phillipians 4:8 comes to mind as I think on these things... things that are excellent. praiseworthy... the whole bit)

To feel deeply

To live purposefully

To love unconditionally

To hope fervently

To cling desperately to Him who sustains me

Lord I want more of you and I feel so humbled that you would be at work in and around me. I pray you would find me your humble servant and that I can agree with Mary... in Luke 1:38.

I am the Lord's servant. May it be as you say.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Show me your glory


Third Day

Lyrics from this Show Me Your Glory:

I caught a glimpse of Your splendor
In the corner of my eye
The most beautiful thing I've ever seen
And it was like a flash of lightning
Reflected off the sky
And I know I'll never be the same

Show me Your glory
Send down Your presence
I want to see Your face
Show me Your glory
Majesty shines about You
I can't go on without You, Lord

When I climb down the mountain
And get back to my life
I won't settle for ordinary things
I'm gonna follow You forever
And for all of my days
I won't rest 'til I see You again

Show me Your glory
Show me Your glory
I can't live without You

Oh Lord, I don't want to settle for ordinary things ever again. I want to follow you with all that I have and all that I am. Please make my life something beautiful that reflects you. Help people to see less of me and more of you. In Jesus name I pray it be so. Angela

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Life Theme

My scripture memory verse for September 1st... I basically know this verse already but I think it would be really good to continue to reflect upon it, so here we go:

"My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken."
Psalm 62:1-2