The tag line under the One Thousand Gifts book states "a dare to live fully right where you are." Well...right where I am is at home, at church, at work, in the garden, in my car, at the grocery store, sharing a meal with my family, in the choir loft, riding my bike over to visit my parents, in my quiet time place, in my sewing room, in my kitchen or laundry room, in a doctor's office with a friend... All of these are simple places, nothing exotic like a fancy cruise ship or a remote tropical island. Yet in all these places my heart's desire is to be fully there so as not to miss one single JOY He has for me. I often pray and ask the Lord to make me focused and fruitful. In the busyness of life, the simple joys are what keep me on center, and this week has been one of just that---blessed simplicity.
675. We celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary last Monday on June 11, and about mid-morning the receptionist called me to the front of my office building...be still my heart. My sweet husband sent me 35 of the most beautiful pink roses I have ever seen. I counted every one! Thank you sweet man of mine. God graced me when He brought you into my life...
676. Let me tell you about Ashley. I had 30 guests at my home this past Tuesday as I helped hostess a bridal shower for this sweet young woman. When I first met Ashley I noticed her blue yarn bracelet and was prompted in my spirit to ask her if she was going through the Beth Moore "Believing God" Bible study. (If you've done the study, you know what the blue bracelet represents.) She was, and we bonded instantly - sweet mercy it was wonderful. She and a group of cheerleaders from the University of GA (she was Captain) didn't have the accompanying DVDs which are such an asset to the study, so I loaned them to her from our church's women's ministry library...and we bonded even tighter! I love her - she gives me hope for the future generation of young women who are believers in Jesus Christ.
677. Zeke came for a visit and a heavy rain the night before left the most wonderful puddle, so we "ripped and romped" as my Granny used to say. Yes we did. There was no mud, just a big deep puddle over a low grassy spot...pure JOY!
678. A day of celebration spent with my dearest friend Lanie. I accompanied her to the oncologist who gave her yet another good report. She is two years free from ovarian cancer. Hallelujah to our Great Physician. We celebrated and shopped all the way to Atlanta and all the way home...with a stop at our favorite quilt store, A Scarlet Thread.
679. Our little Jackson Boy spent a week at the beach with his parents (my youngest son and his wife) and his other grandparents. They had a wonderful time together and my daughter-in-law got some great pictures - she always takes the best pictures and I'm so thankful she shares them with Gran Jan.
680. So blessed by simple family time over pizza and salad and fun around the table. Could these two be any cuter? Cousins born 2 weeks to the day apart. I can't wait to see all God has in store for them as they grow up together...Jackson and Miss Madie Ruth.
681. A visit to the farm always includes some time seeing the moo cows. I love it that the boys were dressed alike. My daughters-in-law have great minds and they are great moms. :)
682. It's magnolia time in Georgia. If you've never inhaled the scent of a magnolia, I can tell you that our Creator did as HE said, "He saw everything He had made, and it was good." I have two trees and they were gifts from some of the women in my church. I love that.
683. While driving home from my day in Atlanta with Lanie, a thunderstorm was brewing as I got closer to home. I am so thankful for the much needed rain. I could see this one coming and we ended up with 2 inches of rain and some great puddles...for little grandboys and Gran Jans.
684. This picture in our blueberry garden is of all five of my men: my husband, my two sons, and my two grandsons. We have certainly had a great harvest this spring, and not just in blueberries...
685. Jackson and his Pop. Sweetness.
686. I enjoyed some time with my youngest sister Jo this weekend. She is also the mom to two sons and a great mom she is. I really enjoy her company and it was good to sit on the porch with her and with our parents. She loves to come get fresh vegetables from the gardens. More simple times, family times.
687. Thankful for my Pastor and the wonderful Father's Day message he preached yesterday. Counting gifts of grace in my life include my own father, my husband who is a wonderful dad to our boys; and my boys, who are wonderful dads to their children. Blessings to the next generations.
688. My husband and I had a sweet time of prayer yesterday at the end of our church service...hearts full, thankful for our two sons and the fathers they are becoming. They are raising our grandchildren up to know and love Jesus and His Word. We were just pouring our hearts out in praise to the Lord for this week of celebrating 35 years of marriage and God's Grace in our lives with our boys and their wives and our grandchildren. Gifts of JOY.
689. And I am most thankful to report that my church family sponsored all 80 of the children that Compassion sent to me for our Compassion Sunday two weeks ago. I love my church family so much. Thank you all for helping release children from poverty in Jesus' Name.
Love and Blessings,