Monday, October 26, 2009

1000 Gifts: His provision

"Rejoice always;
pray without ceasing;
in everything give thanks,
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

1 Thess 5:16-18

Not always easy to do...
Especially when daddy's away on business.
And the housework threatens to overwhelm.
And sickness overtakes our bodies.
And the sun just doesn't seem to shine.

Yet the beauty through it all...
God-- in all His goodness-- provides.
And day by day, hour by hour, the blessings flow.

So this morning, after one doozy of a week, I offer thanks...

two wonderful grandmoms... who selflessly help, who selflessly give, who selflessly love

Sickness gone. Healthy bodies once again.

daddy home after a week of travel

vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds... as far as the eye can see

well-crafted stories... that captivate, mesmerize, and inspire

one child teaching another... with patience, encouragement, and understanding

devoted mamas, gently leading their young, just as the Father intended

glorious sunshine & cloudless skies after five long days of rain

those five long days of rain and garden-life restored

a family reunion... for Mosby!

8 energetic littermates
+ their very sweet mother
a wonderful play date at the doggy park!

"Is there anything I can help you with, Mom?"

growing bigger every day

"Don't forget to say your prayers," from one tired boy to his brother

new challenges to strengthen & stretch us
new challenges to teach us to depend on the One who made us

and this great comfort:

"The LORD will fight for you;
you need only to be still."

Exodus 14:14

holy experience

and the list continues....


gretchen said...

I can't wait to see you guys! Love the list. I have tons to share with you!

Kristy said...

Love your list!
Love the idea of a doggy reunion - how sweet!

Carrie said...

I don't know how you come up with such inspiring words every week! Your pics are great and sweet, too! Glad you are all better and Daddy's back home!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your wonderful pictures and list. That verse was printed for me today.

Anonymous said...

As always your list made me smile.

Shayla said...

I LOVE number 114!!!

Your list is so lovely- the pictures are perfect :)

...they call me mommy... said...

Great list...beautiful photos! :)

Jennifer said...

Oh the sun after that long stretch of rain! I'm rejoicing with you. : )

Glad to hear of sickness gone...

deb said...

What a treasure to scroll through here, honestly.
And I know the traveling husband thing well. But my children aren't as young of course..
Thanks for taking the time to share the things that matter most...
and for such sweet words on my list, you made me smile right throught.

Linda said...

What a precious list - all the more so because you found gratitude even in the difficult moments.
I'm so glad all is well now.

Sarah Dawn said...

Doggy reunions and growing bigger, delightful.

And delighted to meet you today and share in the multitude of God's Grace.

Joyfully His,
Sarah Dawn

Trina said...

What a beautiful list you've shared today, thank you. Focusing on what we're thankful for always makes the trials seem less trying :) Love #19

Anonymous said...

Love the lists, the photos and the special cherubs in them! Love to all, Gmom. P.S. Mosby's friends are anxious to see him. They have abag of bones to share!

Michelle said...

Oh my...I came by to take a peak at your list of gratitudes...and I'm leaving with conviction.

So many things on your list, I'm blessed with...and yet I didn't think to be thankful:)

Thank you for that.

Leslie said...

I'm sure in your next list, you'll include "encouragement right when I need it" n'est-ce pas, Soccer Mom? :)