When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
~Johnson Oatman, Jr.
It's funny~ how easy it is to focus on the minutia of the day...
on the momentary "insanity"of the household...
on the seemingly important but oh-so-very-far-from-eternal...
This past week was a doozy... a doozy, in many ways, of my own making.
How thankful I am now to be on the other side.
Rejoicing in His Light, His Hope, and His Grace.
friends and family who love and encourage and remind me of Truth... who set me straight and wrap me in warmth... who care enough to drag me out of my pit-- to pray me out of my pit!-- and rejoice with me in His goodness on higher ground
His everlasting covenant with all who believe
her pink tu tu
his strong legs
their tired little bodies~ they keep chugging for more
until finally... rest
letters written in a foreign hand... with messages of life and hope and love
and return letters en route from our kitchen table to theirs... our simple offering... our chance to make a difference
Compassion International and their willingness, their desire, their success in sharing the love of Jesus
the Advent season
the attic now empty~ its treasures, its goodies... the memories unpacked
little hands and homemade decorations from years gone by
grand smiles of recognition
AND unbelief: "2002! I made this in 2002??!!!"
potty training success... and those precious 45 seconds she spends-- every single morning-- deciding which pair of panties she'll wear that day
"Pray, Mommy... pray!" ~Lollipop
the eyes of a child
Ann's Jesse Tree devotions... and our time in His Word, first thing each morning~ our countdown to Christ's birth
Christmas tree lights and candle-glow-warmth
cinnamon scented pine cones
hot apple cider
chicken noodle soup
a Santa hat with Goofy ears-- a souvenir from our Disneyworld vacation, seemingly so very long ago
3 of my favorite little elves
and God's generosity... His abundance... His grace
"I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
I will glorify your name forever."
and the list continues...