The week has been filled with gladness and sadness, hope and discouragement, but through all of it, it's been filled with God. A week ago I shared about all the heaping helpings on my plate. I haven't had time enough to post since then, but making the time to acknowledge God's hand in everything is time I have to take. So, here again I find myself sharing the count of gifts and blessings. This morning I began to think about all the things I list. I list about being thankful for the thunderstorms during drought, but do I list the drought? Am I thankful for the drought? Yes, but I don't want to be afraid to list it here because I know the drought (or what it represents) brings parched land that causes heartache for some. But really, I'm thankful for the heartache if Jesus is found there, when Jesus is found there. I'm thankful for all that God brings into my life that also brings me into a fuller understanding of who he is. So in the week ahead, I'm going to try to not just passively see God's gifts in the difficult but look for them as I did this last week when Mom was struggling with depression and words seemed significantly insufficient but God used them anyway. When we look for God we will find him in all of it.
1372. Thunderstorms in this drought
1373. New rituals for new habits
1374. Learning to pace myself and not live life like it's a race. As Ann Voskamp says, "Life is not an emergency it is a gift."
1375. A back rub after a long day
1376. Photography inspiration from Kim at Picking Poppies
1377. Finding myself in losing myself
1378. A pink cupcake horizon topped with gray fluffy icing clouds
1379. Hearing some kind, heartfelt words from my mom
1380. My hubby coming home with one scoop of chocolate almond ice cream for me, actually a gift from my step-son
1381. Home smoked pork roast and beef roast
1382. The husband who smoked the roast
1383. Ministering to Mom in a lonely moment
1384. Memories of Mom and being a kid while folding laundry at the table
1385. Homemade cup of hot chocolate
1386. That husband who made the hot chocolate just for me
1387. A couple of hours of quiet time in the middle of the afternoon
1388. Examples of imperfect people in the Bible, like Abraham
1389. Courage to pray for healing in what seems like an impossible situation
1390. What is impossible for Man is possible for God
1391. All things are possible with God
1392. Realizing that my dreams are no better than God's
1393. I can live without those dreams, but not without Him
1394. He really does know what he's doing. ; )
1395. Revelation of Christ in the Old Testament, page after page, after page
1396. Slowing down and being okay with it when not every item on my to do list is checked off at the end of the day
1397. Being able to look for the gift in difficulty and then seeing it
A blessing captured . . . folding laundry and the laundry that needs folding. The memory of Mom folding laundry at the kitchen table while I ironed pillowcases for 25 cents each.
Getting much use out of my phone camera! I could have taken this with my DSLR and it would have been much better, but it didn't occur to me! I'm still struggling with photography inspiration and dragging out my big camera. I'm asking God to help me make time for it in my jam packed days. For more cell phone photos you can follow me on Instagram at @adefinedlife. Check out the links at the bottom of this page for DSLR photography at Flickr and Picassa.
Today I'm sharing with Ann Voskamp and others at Multitude Mondays.