#167 the dull pencil lead… the kids are wearing down from school work
#168 our eyes shimmered when dad got home from work as said, “Let’s go out to eat tonight!”
#169 the bathrooms are cleaned!
…that which is ugly transfigured into beautiful…
#161 metamorphosis …when an ugly worm or caterpillar is confined to a tomb, which it spins for itself. Then when it appears to be lifeless and formless, out immerges a beautiful and radiant butterfly with wings to soar.
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
I too was a worm and there was nothing good in me. But one night a metamorphosis occurred in my life and when the process was completed, I emerged no longer a worm … the worm died but a New Creature in Christ Jesus! I have not yet fully developed into all I will be…I am still on my journey… but I thank God I am not what I used to be!!!
#162 a cross
#153 morning walk on the beach with friends
#154 ocean wave mist
#155 cool, silkiness of sand between toes
#156 sun shines so bright on water it’s blinding
#157 girlfriends through Christ
#158 laughing so hard it makes your sides hurt
#159 sharing childhood memories
#160 holy seashore experiences
#147 listening to rain on a tin roof
#148 glass pitcher holding water beside the glass vase with spring daffodils
“Drink this water, and your thirst is quenched only for a moment. You must return to this well again and again. I offer water that will become a wellspring within you that gives life throughout eternity. You will never be thirsty again.” ~ Jesus John 4:13
#149 the gift of all the woodworking my father and father-in-law have handcrafted.
#145 daughter was sick in the morning but felt better as the day went on.
#146 my new respect for people who can sew…because it was quite a challenge for my daughter and me today sewing a puppet for a project!
#147 words about Lent…
“Lent. It’s the preparing the heart for Easter. Like going with Jesus into the wilderness for forty days, that we might come face to ugly face with our enemy. Our sacrificing that we might become more like Christ in His sacrifice.”
“Lent isn’t about forfeiting as much as it’s about formation.”
~ Ann Voskamp
#140 walk in the snow
#141 making snowman with my kids
#142 received a white envelop with keys in it to the beach house a friend is loaning…our conversation was also a special gift
#143 constant matchless white socks
#144 "Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow" from "Jesus Paid It All" by Kristian Stanfill
#131 stringly, stretch-arms-wide grilled cheese sandwiches on a cold winter day
#132 safe drive home on icy road
#133 big snowflakes for the first time this winter
#134 listening to the little ice pellets plinking on the porch
#135 singing one of my favorite songs at worship “The Revolution Song”
#136 Ruckus family game night
#128 the first words I read on this day… ones underlined in my bible with a big “P” beside them. “P” = promise…there are several “P”s marked in it.
“Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel, and afterwards,
You will take me into Glory.
Whom have I in heaven but You?
And earth has nothing I desire besides You.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.”
#129 “Remembering is an act of thanksgiving, a way of thanksgiving, this turn of the heart over time’s shoulder to see all the long way His arms have carried. ‘Gratitude is the memory of the heart,’ writes Jean Baptiste Massieu, but gratitude is not only the memories of our heart; gratitude is a memory of God’s heart and to thank is to remember God. “ - Ann Voskamp One Thousand Gifts
#130 Seeing at sunrise through our window this morning the paper stuck on the refrigerator with the kids memory verse of Romans 12:10 “Love each other deeply. Honor others more than yourself.”
#125 making biscuits for breakfast for teachers at school
#126 the joy of opening our home to our life group each week, our kids’ friends… anyone who want to come!
“As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
#127 having our out of town family visit for the weekend…good times!
#123 the shadows of the 8 children in our home who were reading the bible together, talking about the storms in their lives together, praying together…being brothers and sisters through Christ together.
#124 “Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me,
for in you my soul takes refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings.