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Multitude Monday ~ One Thousand Gifts

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ejoice always,
pray without ceasing,
in everything give thanks;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

And so I continue to give thanks . . . .

309 ~ worship music preparing my heart

310 ~ a sermon piercing my heart

311 ~ a November hayride with my younger children

312 ~ potty training -even if it saves one diaper per day

313 ~ Pumpkin Spice Latte

314 ~ Finding a perfect fall sweater at Good Will

315 ~ A recipe from a friend hundreds of miles away yet we share it together

316 ~ Kids making homemade cookies and hiding some for me to have later

317 ~ Book reading & praying in the middle of the night
when sleep does not come

318 ~ Tucking my foot under my husband’s warm feet in the middle of the night

319 ~ Our veteran’s which includes my “two” dads.  My birth dad fought in the Korean war and my adoptive dad fought in WWII

320 ~ Dirty dishes – we’ve not gone hungry

321 ~ a coupon at the right time to get husband something special  🙂

322 ~ A week with no appointments on the calendar

323 ~ country aprons

324 ~ A day to stay home and not have to run errands or kids!

325 ~ Little ones asking “mama, can I help?”

326 ~ Nutella on a toasted English Muffin

327 ~ God doesn’t repay me according to my sin

328 ~ the warmth of a bonfire in the crisp autumn night

329 ~ Remembering Vick’s Vapo-Rub as a child with
330 ~ itchy wool scarves wrapped around us to hold it in.

331 ~ Thankful for Vick’s Vapo-rub today, WITHOUT the scarves!

332 ~ Breakfast in bed, made by one of my children just cuz they knew mom needed extra rest.

333 ~ Family Sunday Dinners

334 ~ Text pictures after right after my friend’s granddaughter was born

335 ~ The healing of true worship

336 ~ Caring comments ~ thank you

337 ~ giggling sisters

338 ~ a propane tank filled after almost on “E”

339 ~ The lingering colors of bright autumn mums

340 ~ Kids wanting to worship their Savior

(click to enlarge picture ~ our son Jayson is pictured in the top circle part of eight.  It’s quite heart touching to see my children worship in truth and humbleness. Picture taken from Passion 2010 and used for their promotion for Passion 2011 )


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In Other Words: Pressing Close to God

For at least when we express our anger to God, our wrestling keeps our skin pressing into His. God is still present. When we honestly expose our inflammation, express our soreness, we are still staking our commitment to our relationship with Him.” 

Ann Voscamp from her blog post,
Even if He doesn’t:  Learn to Lament

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s a new mom, the first time I heard one of my little boys tell me he did not like me or even “I hate you” and run away into another room was so heart wrenching.  So, I’d go seek them out, and we’d try to talk about why he was angry at me.  It would usually end in apologies and both of us in tears.  Even now, teen kids can kind of get into those moods, and it sure can get frustrating trying to figure out what is going on now, being gentle, and making things right.  As parents, we want to keep our kids hearts.  God is the same way, understanding many times before we do why we are angry, why we aren’t speaking to HIm, and why we even say things we really do not mean to.

When I first read Ann’s post which this quote came from, I so appreciated the personalness.  Though I have questioned God hundreds of times, I believe I can honestly say, I’ve not been angry at Him.  Situations, oh yes!  I have certainly poured out sorenesses, not at Him, but I know He understands rejection, pain and sorrow and though there are times I don’t know what more to pour out, He does not give up:

“In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”  Romans 8:26, 27

This verse always given me chills – when times are so low – and we really do not know how to pray as we should, but instead have the quivering deep sighs, with long silence, tearful nights, and seemingly, loneliness.  We can keep pressing close to Him, listening for that still small voice, and know, He knows.  He really knows.

Despite the hard times of life, the sufferings we may go through, there is always hope.  He keeps pressing closer to us, never leaving or forsaking, I am thankful suffering is not forever, though the road can seem long at times.  One of my favorite verses is,

” . . . weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”  Psalm 30:5 

Here is such hope, that we don’t have to go through sadness and suffering for a lifetime, but God wants us to have JOY again and what a testimony it can be as we share with joy how we were brought through a long night.

How has God stamped His personal claim on you, showing you without a doubt He loves you?  How have you known God’s presence, His pressing close to you?  Please join us in today’s In Other Words.  Just share about the above quote on your blog, then share your link by clicking the Mr. Linky below and feel free to leave a comment as well.  Be sure to visit the others listed with Mr. Linky for their thoughts on this quote as well.