Monday, May 31, 2010

Weathering the Storm

On Wednesday, Lord willing, Rob and I will have been married for nine years. That may seem unbelievably long for some; it's unbelievably short for us. We have been blessed with many things and frustrated by a number, too. In retrospect (all we have, really), none of our storms have been huge though at the time some seemed insurmountable. I was reminded of this earlier this week when we had a huge thunderstorm come through. It went on for hours and even after I couldn't hear the thunder anymore the lightning continued to flash. It was beautiful if a little frightening. Our marriage is something like that. Huge storms come through, frightening and beautiful in the growth they bring. Sometimes the flashes of those storms remain for years. By God's grace we have weathered our storms and by his grace we'll weather more. This week I'm grateful to God for many things. I'm also grateful to my husband for the many years of love and faithful service to me. What a treasure you are! (And yes, everyone, I'll tell him in person, too! I just want him to know that I want everyone to know!)

Thank you Lord, for:
371. Thunderstorms
372. The morning after a thunderstorm
373. Children's clipped fingernails
374. Children sitting still for said clipping
375. Pancakes
376. Family portraits
377. Village-wide yard sale
378. Great finds!
379. A neighbour going home to be with the Lord
380. Being able to apologize. Again.
381. Volleyball with church friends
382. Marriage
383. My husband

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Washing Up

Dirty hands. Dirty feet. Dirty chicken feeder. Dirty floors. Dirty laundry.

Dirty soul.

Washed hands. Washed feet. Washed feeder. Washed floors. Washed laundry.
I spend all day cleaning.

Dirty soul.

Holy Spirit-Cleanser washes


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Monday, May 24, 2010

Quick Thanksgiving

Headed for bed, but not before giving thanks for the many blessings of this week:
355. It's the last week of softball.
356. Parents visiting
357. 6 still-alive chickens, now living outside
358. Pentecost
359. The Holy Spirit
360. Sewing time
361. Renewed prayer
362. Spiders, even big ones
363. Last weeks of school
364. Not being unmarried (I'm so over highschool.)
365. Independent bookstores
366. Conscience pricks
367. Coaching
368. New playset for the kids
369. Playing with those same kids!!
370. No new cavities at the dentist!

There is much to be grateful for. =)

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Monday, May 17, 2010

"In everything give thanks
In every situation
Lift your voice and sing
And praise Him from your heart"
~ Psalty Song

Life here in the garden has not been all roses. People are hard, or rather, relationships are hard. We've been separated for quite some time for travel reasons, then returned to extended family visiting (which we love!), and finally we've been struggling through some tough issues in our church home. All of these require relational work. Much growth is happening through that work, but it sometimes seems harder to give thanks in this time. To that end, I'm up early this morning to just do it!

341. Ladies improving in softball
342. Dance parties
343. Church unity
344. Family visits
345. Flying kites
346. Highschoolers coming to play with the kids - just because
347. The local creamery
348. Ralph and Larry stories
349. Sleep
350. A new fabric store
351. The circus
352. Garden beds full of dirt
353. Frogs
354. A brother willing to help

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