Monday, April 30, 2012

a gift given, made, sacrificed

Praise God from Whom ALL blessings flow…

#386   given invitation to our family reunion…having been over 16 years since I had seen most of them.

#387  potluck meal at reunion…some mean cooking made and oh so blessed with so much food!

#388   Visited graveyard in the small,  town.  My great-great grandfather who fought in the Civil War and all other blood-relative who sacrificed their lives to fight for our freedom, including my grandfather who fought in WWII.


Thank God for family…close and distant…messy and blessed…simple and complex.   Family.

Story after story.

Picture after picture.

Memory after memory.

Wrinkles and freckles.

Kids climbing on rocks, swinging in hammock.

Chilly and damp spring evening but warmed with fire in pit and fellowship.

Tummy sore from eating too much and laughing so hard.


Until next time…










Sunday, April 29, 2012

3 gifts in dirt

#382  children…dirt on hands, under fingernails, stained on clothes, smudged on face that wears a big smile.

#383  the sphinx moth cocoon found in the dirt in our neighbor’s yard


#384  the “bug and butterfly house” that now homes the sphinx cocoon…along with many other critters found in the dirt.

#385  freshly tilled, damp dirt in vegetable garden…rows formed and ready for planting


Saturday, April 28, 2012

3 gifts orange

#379  bowl full of oranges… a favorite fruit


#380  the orange color peeking out of flower


#381  orange breast of robins seen all around this spring

Thursday, April 26, 2012

3 gift moving


Praising God today for these gifts!  #374  We see God moving all the time, everywhere…

#375 lambs and kids galloping and moving in dirt when we went to Cedar Rock



#376 bubbles moving and twirling outside


#377 leaves on branches moving in wind

#378  storms moving out, sun moving in

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

a gift wood, a gift cloth


#371  an original wooden crooked cross a friend gave our family

"The Crooked Cross is purposely imperfect; handcrafted without use of measures or patterns to remind us how unique, individual and beautiful we all are. As our creator, God in Heaven made each one of us in His Image, we are His children and perfect in his eyes, as He does not make mistakes."  

Bruce Carey, founder of The Crooked Cross Ministry

#372  picking up sticks outside with daughter on the first day of sunshine after a few days.

#373  fresh, clean sheets on bed

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

3 gifts fragile

#368 grandma's china


#369 a friend's hope…battling cancer…a hard eucharisteos.

#370  another friend's baby born today 7 weeks early...but prayer is strong.

Monday, April 23, 2012

3 gifts reflecting

#364    daughter wanting to start her own Joy Dare…(hopefully a little bit reflecting her mom’s same desire to hunt for joys and a lot reflecting Jesus’ joy!)  Her joys were 1) saving a lost dog   2) eating ice cream with a new special friend.

#365  We reflect the glory of God!

The hope and joy to live with…here on earth we will see a poor reflection - in heaven you will see clearly.


#366  reflection in waves and water

#367    “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all REFLECT the Lord’s glory, and being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”                                                          2 Cor. 3: 17-18

Sunday, April 22, 2012

3 gifts close

#361  seeing raindrops close up on new roses and spring leaves.



#362  daughter looking close at marker and paper


#363  the feeling of close.  Don’t we all desire to have the feeling to be close to someone or something?   And the core of that feeling starts when God creates each of His children.  He created us with the need to feel close…to be intimate with Him…to be closer to Him than any other person or thing on this earth.

Friday, April 20, 2012

1 gift stirred, 2 gifts still, 1 gift stashed

#357   the Spirit stirred at church as college students sing praise to God! 


#358 looking out the window and seeing a bunny being still in the back yard, especially when I got closer with the camera.


#359  it is a gift to “be still and know that HE is God”   Psalm 46:10

#360  the desire to have God’s Word stashed inside hearts…

Thursday, April 19, 2012

3 gifts square

Gifts in our home that family and friends have blessed us with:


#354 the square stool in the sunroom that holds the door open that leads into the screened-in porch.  That square stool allows the spring breeze and birds’ melodies to flow inside our home…thanks sis!

#355  the square pillows on the couch in the sunroom…thanks sis-in-law!


Almost daily they support my back as I rest on the couch in His Word.

#356   The square frame from a friend hanging in our stairway.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

3 gifts inherited

Thank you Abba for making me, and all believers, the inheritants of Your splendid rewards!

#351  inherited love of roses from my mother…today my roses opened for the first time this year! They woke up this morning to a shower.img_6871


#352  the pearl necklace daughter inherited from great great aunt

#353  Promises of His Word

“Open the eyes of their hearts, and let the light of Your truth flood in. Shine You light on the hope You are calling them to embrace. Reveal to them the glorious riches You are preparing as their inheritance. Let them see the full extent of Your power that is at work in those of us who believe, and may it be done according to You might and power.”           Ephesians 1:18-19



Tuesday, April 17, 2012

3 gift woven together

#347  the scarlet cord I was given to be a reminder of Rahab’s redemption

#348   We are woven into God’s family...with the family of believers…woven into Jesus’ lineage.  

Woven…interlacing threads…vessels. 

Beautiful yet twisted.

Just studied the end of the book of Ruth.  Her lineage was part of Jesus’ heritage and lineage…along with Tamar and Rahab.   Women known for being a poor foreigner and  prostitutes, whose lives were woven into Jesus’ lineage.

Woven like a scarlet cord.


Scarlet is woven throughout Jesus’ lineage

In Egypt, the slaves, who became God’s chosen people - the Israelites, put a scarlet mark with blood on their doors and posts so God would pass over their homes and save their lives from death under Pharaoh's rule.

Scarlet was an essential color in the fabrics of the curtains around the tent or tabernacle where God was worshipped and sacrifices were offered as Moses and God’s people wandered for 40 years.

The scarlet blood was shed from many animal sacrifices.

And then there was Tamar.  Her son, Perez, who was part of Jesus’ lineage, wore a scarlet thread around his wrist when he was born so Tamar could know which of her boys was born first. (Genesis 38)

And not long after than, Rahab threw a scarlet cord out her window so Joshua’s spies and soldiers redeemed and saved her and her family as they began to take over their Promised Land (Joshua 2).

Matthew records in his gospel that a scarlet robe was put around Jesus as he was mocked by the Romans and they prepared for his crucifixion. (28:27)

And then, the final sacred, scarlet sacrifice of God’s Son was accepted…was offered…was given…was complete.

All of those scarlet cords of identity and sacrifice were woven through history.

And that scarlet cord is still what keeps Jesus’ lineage flowing.  God’s story is not over.  His genealogy continues. 

Because they trusted God, Ruth and Rahab’s lives were significant even though they didn’t see it that way.  But even if they didn’t realize it, like we may not realize it… we need to trust that that scarlet cord woven in our lives will also be extended past our lifetime.

The scarlet cord of blood vessels are woven into the depths of our bodies…and our souls.

As I write this, I remember my redemption story.  The time when I asked Jesus to rescue me…to be my kinsman-redeemer.  It’s when I found out I had to have brain surgery because there were many blood vessels twisted around a main vein in my brain causing me to have seizures.  Twisted…messed up.  Yet God took something twisted in my life and made it beautiful.  The beauty of redemption.

#350  Redemption flowed through my scarlet veins woven throughout my soul.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

a gift wore, washed away and in words

#342  enjoying lilies neighbor gave us last year to plant in our yard…and today planted more lily starters she dug up for us again.


#343  lilies wore drops of water


#344  finally time to wash away pollen! 


#345  daughter…dear friend…dolls…words of imagination


#346  words to worship song this morning… singing a song about looking for 10,000 reasons to thank God for His goodness!

You're rich in love, and You're slow to anger
Your name is great, and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I'll worship Your holy name”

(Matt Redman  10,000 Reasons)

Friday, April 13, 2012

3 gifts bright

#338  flash from camera while taking pictures of children at school

#339  bright sun shining through window at breakfast

#340  once again coincidence?…reading the Bible this morning about Tamar.   One of her twin son’s name was Zerah, which means “Bright”!   And today’s hunt is to find gifts that are BRIGHT!  Thanks God for your sense of humor!


#341  bright pansies on front porch

Thursday, April 12, 2012

3 gifts worn

#335   all faces wore smiles - both kiddos have great report cards!

#336  our wedding bands…worn for almost 15 years.  Amazing gift…amazing joy!


#337  comfortable pajama pants! 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

7 gifts budding and blooming


#328  exploding with colors…tulips


#329 Carolina jasmine


#330 verbenas


#331  Yoshino cherry blooms


#332  Quanza cherry blooms


#333 wisteria blooming


#334 azaleas blooming







Thank you God for all of Your beautiful blooms on our street to enjoy this spring…