The Grace of Relationships . . . 1,000 Gifts

What a week I had last week.

Way too many worries, frustrations and unfinished projects littered every day. The discipline of gift-gathering became a lifeline as I put one foot in front of the other and tried to make it through the end of the week.

Sometimes life is tiring, isn’t it?

I’m glad I’m learning to look for good in the midst of . . . not-so-good. It’s a discipline, and it’s going to take more time than I’d like for me to truly get it. Seeing through the mess to God’s grace is the task we’re given if we want to live full lives here on earth. Thank goodness that we can share what we’ve learned from Him with other people. On Friday morning, when it seemed the pressure was as high as it could go, friendly faces burst the dam and were glad to sit with me as grief overflowed. How grateful I am that the Lord has blessed me with women who understand and care when everything is just more than I can carry alone!

And that night we gathered to share dinner, God’s gifts and Ann Voskamp’s amazing book, One Thousand Gifts.
Our book club has been meeting for over two years, but this was our biggest turnout ever!

I found some cute little notebooks at Target for everyone, so now I can carry my list wherever I go!

#386-456 . . . He loves me . . . He loves me . . . He loves me . . .

from bed, hearing sound of coffee brewing in the kitchen *promises in His Word *other’s examples of faith in trial *photos preserving the truth *reminders of happy *spring around the corner *voice behind me saying, “This is the way” *child knowing “I don’t say things like that” *shoulders to cry on *listening ears *good advice *the Russian ballet *date days *husband making breakfast *baby yelling “Mommy!!!” when I come home *change in me–possibilities *hum of ladies’ voices abuzz in my living room *serving plates of chocolate to friends *jar of honey–straight from a friend’s hive! *raspberries hidden in chocolate cake *Book Club!

*Adrian *Charlotte *Karen *Kirstyn *Kristi *Lisa *Lucy *Maureen *Nicole *Patti *Shawne *Stacey *Vicky *lives changing *burdens shared *tears *stories *time *teenagers who listen and learn *memories *dishwasher running as I sit *blue ink *new books in the mail *sunny daffodils *flower buds on seedlings I grew myself! *seeing from new angles *rhinestone tiaras *Tchaikovsky *flowers on sale *angel chicken *books *church

*music *hugs *Russ dancing with his guitar *kids’ friends *leftovers on Sunday afternoon *creek *sunlight on the water *baby happy to see me (again) *flowers in the yard *Mickey antannae *light and shadow *dense trees *orange juice *cookie dough *sleeping baby *warm cookies, cold milk *keyboard sound from boys’ bedroom *weather nice enough to play in

Understandably, I’m not worrying about being able to reach 1,000 by Thanksgiving anymore! The best thing is knowing there are others learning the same lesson. What a wonderful conversation we had! In fact, this is the first time we plan to keep reading, and discuss the second half of the book together once again next month. It’s just so full that it can’t be rushed.

Thank the Lord for His grace to me in the faces of my family and friends. Good gifts, all.

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5 Responses to The Grace of Relationships . . . 1,000 Gifts

  1. Southern Gal says:

    The book club is such a wonderful idea. And a small book for your pocketbook? That’s something I want to do now.

    • admin says:

      Yes! A small notebook is great because it’s fairly unobtrusive and I can bring it along! Target had quite a large clearance section when I was there. And the tiny notebook still had room for some 1,600 gifts! 😉

  2. Cora says:

    I loved “change-in-me possibilities!” Nothing is changeable until we first SEE them, is it? I, too, am just beinging to see. Carrying the notebook helps a lot! Your group sounds so inviting and I just loved the picture. Wish I had a group to discuss it with and be accountable to. So glad I stopped by today! It was such a blessing to me!

  3. Mindy B says:

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  4. Sarah says:

    Delighted to meet you today. Hope you don’t mind if I splash around a bit to get to know you a bit more.

    Splashin’
    Sarah

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