One Thousand Gifts :: Snow

However many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts. - John Calvin It's been an upside down winter. We've watched Texas, Tennessee and Washington, D.C. receive lots of snow. Yet, up here in Michigan, where it is supposed to snow, there had been very little. Winter finally arrived this week in the north. And it was beautiful. Gratitude is easily expressed amidst such splendor, is it not? 220. snow day! 221. snow blanketing evergreens 222. quick morning walk to capture the beauty 223. reminder of warm summer days, even … [Read more...]

He Loves Me Very Well

He is patient with me. He is kind to me. He does not envy me. He does not boast. He is not proud. He is not rude to me. He is not self-seeking. He is not easily angered. He keeps no record of my wrongs. He does not delight in evil; he rejoices in truth. He always protects me. He always trusts me. His love always hopes. His love always perseveres. His love never fails. Yes, my husband loves me! Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to … [Read more...]

Because I am Expecting Something Big

Insecurity. I've been thinking much about this lately. Perhaps it is because I had been awaiting the arrival of Beth Moore's latest book, So Long Insecurity: You've Been a Very Bad Friend. I received my copy the other day and am now waiting for the opportunity to begin reading. I don't want to rush through it. I want to be able to read slowly and let its words speak truth to my soul. I want to be able to pray through it, and work it out with God. I have high expectations that require more than a casual reading; it requires engaging the material and being changed by it. When asked about … [Read more...]

From Duty to Passionate Pursuit :: A Heart Change for Scripture Memory

What makes a heart want to do what it knows it should do? Should is knowing what you ought to do. It's knowing that you ought to eat healthy and lose weight. It's knowing that you ought to floss your teeth every day. It's knowing that you ought to spend time with God through prayer and His Word. Should is knowing that you ought to memorize Scripture. A should left undone riddles one with guilt. The scale that climbs higher after indulging in sweets. The dread of the dentist's chair because you hadn't become a "born-again flosser" since your last visit. {I wouldn't know anything about … [Read more...]

My New Passion

It began as a challenge from Beth to memorize Scripture in 2009. Just two verses each month. The moment the challenge was offered I knew I had to take it. I had always wanted to memorize Scripture. I even tried a few times in the past. But my feeble attempts always fizzled and left me feeling like a failure. Perhaps this time would be different. Perhaps this time I would succeed in planting God's Word deep into the recesses of my brain. :: This time was different! By His grace, I met the challenge. By year-end I had memorized those verses. All twenty-four of them. Truthfully, I … [Read more...]

One Thousand Gifts :: Manna

Yet he gave a command to the skies above and opened the doors of the heavens; he rained down manna for the people to eat, he gave them the grain of heaven. Men ate the bread of angels; he sent them all the food they could eat. - Psalm 78:23-25 207. God rained down a dusting of snow that seemed to me to be as near a likeness to the manna that once fell as I'll ever see. I wonder what it looked like... 208. the daily-ness of God's provision 209. never having to experience the pains of hunger or thirst 210. because of the Bread of Life Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of … [Read more...]

Finding My Voice

Back when I was being remiss {I'm trying so hard not to be this again}, I shared all the things that were happening in my life that were *not the least of which* why I had been remiss. Then I hinted that there was another reason that was probably the *most of which*. Well, here it is. {I know you've been on pins and needles waiting, haven't you?} I've been trying to find my voice. My writing voice. Up until this blog, this most recent writing that I'd done were business letters and articles for my church's newsletter. And long, long before that it was papers in college. I've never … [Read more...]

One Thousand Gifts :: The Catch-Up Edition

Gratitude as a discipline involves a conscious choice.... It is amazing how many occasions present themselves in which I can choose gratitude instead of a complaint. -Henry J.M. Nouwen I have had much to be thankful for during the last month. And so I continue to count. 158. replacement miniature light bulbs found 159. burned out bulbs replaced 160. eating cookie dough from another evening of baking 161. snowflakes gently falling 162. a fun get-away 163. Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup with pretzel bread 164. parades and fireworks 165. returning home in time for … [Read more...]

Helping Haiti

The images are almost surreal. From thousands of miles away, in the comfort of our sturdy and safe homes, it is hard to imagine the magnitude of the devastation in Haiti. Here's the big picture view. Here's the up close view. Shocking, isn't it? And heartbreaking and mind-boggling. But there is hope for Haiti...if we all help. A small donation goes a long way when it's added to thousands of other donations. Together we can make a difference for Haiti by praying and giving. If you have not financially supported the relief efforts yet, I want to encourage you to do so. There … [Read more...]