1,000 GIFTS, #615 to #638

Monday, May 28, 2012

Multitudes on Mondays (and knowing that His Grace abounds every other day too). Just keep counting...just keep counting...just keep counting...

615. Mercy - His Mercy. Mercy that triumphs...still relishing the Bible study on James

616. Granddaughters...turning two. TWO years of Madie - of JOY. A Gift from His Hand.

617.  Grandsons...turning two. TWO years of Jackson - of JOY. A Gift from His Hand.

618. Praying and believing God for a special word and then when my Pastor gets up to preach and reminds us that "the Power is in the Word," and then being blessed as God delivers that special word to my heart.

619. Anticipation...
620. Delight...

621. My oldest son and his children, (my two oldest grandchildren) came and stayed with us for a week while my daughter-in-law was out of the country visting her sister who is a missionary. He shared at church that Sunday that "you always need your mom."  It was Mother's Day and I was blessed by that.

622. Getting to hear my son preach the Word. I can't adequately convey what that does to my heart. It stirs me up and I'm thankful for the grace that abounds in our lives.

623. Especially thankful for my mom and my two sisters who are also moms...
624. Picking blueberries and eating them right then...

625. The Super Moon this month.
Psalm 8:3-4, Amplified Bible

3  When I view and consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which You have ordained and established,

4  What is man that You are mindful of him,
and the son of [earthborn] man that You care for him?

626. Dusk, my favorite time of day. This evening was especially nice with a cool breeze and these two to enjoy the pond with us...

627. The Garden...for me, it is always the garden, and only because of the Master Gardener who makes it grow, and that He knows my name...

628. Sod...yes, sod for my garden. It was a gift to me and I am very grateful to my hard-working husband who has built my dream garden for me.

629.  Dirt roads in the country...

630. Praying for a little girl not yet born as I sit to work on a baby quilt for her. She is a long-awaited, much prayed for baby girl...due next month...always in His time.

631. Seeing my Dad get much joy from restoring a farm tractor, and much more importantly, seeing him grow in his faith. Zeke had to try out the tractor too.

632. Thankful for a husband who knows how much I love to see the birds come to my feeders.  He took this picture of a goldfinch through our kitchen window and sent it to me...JOY

633. It's fence painting time at the farm. The wood has now cured enough to receive the paint...it is a process - just like everything, it takes time (Ecclesiastes 3). Thankful to our son Jonathan for his help.

634. Last day of preschool - seeing my son Jeremy with his son Zeke...stirred memories of my boys and their JOY at the last day of school...

635. Eight years of marriage celebrated by my oldest son and his bride, Carrie. Thankful for their commitment to each other and to their family and their ministry. 

636. When the weatherman says "scattered showers," I always hope that the scattered showers water my flowers...so thankful for the random rain and a quiet evening at home.

637. These old-fashioned reseeding petunias had their beginnings in my maternal grandmother's garden. I am grateful for a gardening Granny who passed her love on to me.

638. On this Memorial Day Monday I am very grateful for a day set aside to honor our fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives. I was raised in a military family with a Dad who served 3 tours in Vietnam. We live in a military town and are blessed to see and worship and fellowship with living heroes.  With all the problems that abound, I'd still rather live here in America than anyplace else I know. This picture was taken just this morning here at our farm. Those are my father's flags. He is a living hero too.  
Gran Jan

Consider the Lilies

Saturday, May 12, 2012

I love gardening very much, I always have. Although it can be hard work, it is very relaxing to me. My earliest garden memory is planting some corn when I was a very little girl, about 4 years old. I remember how proud I was and how I tended it and how it grew tall over my head. I've always found solace and peace in the garden. There are many garden themes all throughout the Bible - and of course we know that God is the Master Gardener.   
Genesis 2:8
And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east...
Can you just imagine God planting a garden? I absolutely love to think about that. May and June are my favorite months in my flower garden because of the daylilies. This song has been running through my mind the past few days...
  Consider The Lilies
(Joel Hemphill)

Consider the lilies, they don’t toil nor spin
And there’s not a king with more splendor than them.
Consider the sparrows, they don’t plant nor sow,
But they’re fed by the Master who watches them grow.

We have a Heavenly Father above
With eyes full of mercy
And a heart full of love.
He really cares when
Your head is bowed low.
Consider the lilies and then you will know.

May I introduce you to this friend of mine,
Who hangs out the stars and tells the sun when to shine.
He kisses the flowers each morning with dew,
But He’s not too busy to care about you.
No matter what you are going through or dealing with - Our Father is not too busy to care about you. The Master Gardener who creates such beauty knows every detail of your life and every desire of your heart. Just talk to Him - He knows and He cares.

Consider the Lilies...



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