Jehovah was not in the wind. And after the wind, an earthquake: Jehovah was not in the earthquake.
And after the earthquake, a fire: Jehovah was not in the fire. And after the fire, a soft gentle voice. (1Kings 19:11-12)

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Grace

After a week of seemingly barely keeping my head above the water,
and fumbling,
and falling,
and failing,
Tearing down instead of
Building up,

I am reminded . . .

I am forgiven.

I am His child.

I am loved.

Not becasue I deserve it,
nor by any merit of my own . . .

It is His grace.


But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
(2Co 12:9)




Monday, April 12, 2010

In Everything Give Thanks

Yes, I know it. The stink of perfectionism. Doubt is lingering, circumstances are paining, sticky messes are bothering. How can I get it all done? Why can't I get my act together and do everything I want to do perfectly. It's defeating, so I will sit and turn away from all that I still haven't got done on my list and, turn it to praise, to thanksgiving.

(It has been a long time since I posted my thanksgiving and I have kept a list on paper, but I will continue here from where I left off on paper)

245. Silence in the house on a Monday afternoon - one baby now sleeping and two other children at swimming lessons with husband.

246. a healthy 'new' (2 months new) baby girl sleeping


247. baby smiles and sounds

248. safe delivery and fairly decent recovery

249. help during the tough first weeks

250. hot meals and frozen meals prepared for us

251. gift bags overflowing and cluttering up my living room floor from a church baby shower held for us yesterday with new church friends


252. big sister loving little sister


253. big brother loving little sister


254. seeing husband delight in his little girl

255. the servant heart so evident in my husband

256. piano festival - two golds and a silver for big sister

257. fun evening at talent night with old church friends

258. coloured egg shells that will now become little pots to plant seeds for garden


259. books lying around

260. answering machine to take messages when busy

261. children's artwork submitted to artshow

262. dishes in soapy water dirtied from simple meals today

263. food to prepare simple meals

264. laundry in washer and dryer and folded on chair

265. baby baths

266. little boy knees dirty from helping Daddy

267. little boy humour that keeps us laughing

268. tender girl heart - oh so tender

269. four year old on two wheeler


270. help from my mom

271. brown battered dirty mixer ~ birthday cake for our almost 9 year old

272. noises on a Monday afternoon - baby now awake and children and husband home from swimming.

273. phone calls in the evening



Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17

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