This plate of mine is full. It's full of hectic, heaping helpings! I've whittled my responsibilities down to just those things that I know God has placed there with purpose, yet this plate is sooo full! God dips the spoon deep into his pot of needs to be met, and he puts them on our plates to meet them. Sometimes I don't think I have the strength, or the wisdom, or the know-how, but grace abounds and supernatural strength kicks in when I just don't think I can handle one more spoonful. And when I think I'm going to explode from all he has before me to do, I look around and see all he has given me to enjoy. There is so much more to enjoy in comparison to what is on my plate, and I find I'm nourished by the little moments in these big responsibilities I have. Today, I continue counting and giving thanks for all the blessings.
1348. Lynne. She is one of the aide's who takes care of Dad in Memory Care and Mom in Assisted Living. She loves them like they are her own and works with a smile and encourages and gives me comfort that they are in good hands.
1349. A third oil-filled radiant heater. We don't have central heat and adding a third one of these little heaters has made all the difference this winter.
1350. The Gratitude Journal app. I love it. It helps me keep my gratitude list going and up to date until I can list them here in this space. When I see or experience something I want to remember, I simply enter into my journal right on my phone. So easy. So convenient.
1351. A free chocolate shake surprise delivered by a thoughtful Chick-fil-A employee when I was having a bad day
1352. Jesus Calling, the devotional by Sarah Young. The words somehow speak right to me each and every day as hubby and I read from it before we pray together each morning.
1353. Finding out I had unused comp time and being able to use it while I was sick this past week with bronchitis
1354. Mom agreed to move to Assisted Living. Although it was a hard move, she agreed and that is a good thing.
1355. The transitional living center where Mom and Dad live. It has been a blessing these past two years and I pray that God will continue to provide for them so that they can stay there for the remainder of their days.
1356. Cough drops that salvage my throat during a bout of bronchitis
1359. And then the tough stuff for this really bad bronchitis, Tussionex
1360. Sister Schubert's rolls. Have you ever tried them? You should.
1361. Broken silence when the silence is deafening
1362. My husband's companionship
1363. Finding grandpa's Bible given to him by his mother in 1924
1364. French toast with butter and maple syrup, a rare treat
1365. A quick late night visit with Dad
1366. Sleep for healing and rest
1367. Carmex for a chapped nose from so much blowing
1368. Kleenex. What did they use before Kleenex? They must have had some reeeaaallly chapped noses.
1369. Watching my sweet 12 year old niece compete at her Bible quiz meet. She got first place!
1370. Advil Cold and Sinus for the tail end of this sinus infection that came after the bronchitis. Yes, I've been a walking pharmacy lately!
1371. Grape Kool Aid
A blessing captured . . . Grandpa's 88 year old Bible.
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