Counting Gifts/ FAMILY

One Thousand Gifts #14

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One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

{354 through 369}

~retreating with the women at my church Women’s Retreat

~sharing my story with these women and keeping composed while doing so

~same women, whom I am joined to by His body.  Their hearts open and beautiful–they hear, receive and hold my heart.

~my pastor’s wife. Her eyes & face–so pretty. Eyes flooding and full of compassion, care & concern.  In them, I see a pure love for me.

~waking to the scent of coffee & waffles made by loving hands

~Gina.  Her song and her guitar.

~late night word exchanges while lying under top bunks. Life’s hardships discussed and reflected upon.

~fresh fruit salad…its bright and brilliant colors and shapes.  God’s art.

~revelation of pride, selfishness, unbelief and worry–Yes, Lord.  I agree.  Please take it from me.

~church bells on a sunny Sunday

~being fully known and fully loved by God

~a hurting heart and hope. I know He will heal.

~green tea with hints of citrus

~physical fatigue and emotional pain forcing me to cancel plans and be still.

~a sound of a lawnmower, reminding me of spring growth and how far He has brought me.  Church bells mix with its sound, playing “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”

~that I can place him & her & them & that & this –all safely in His hands.

~a new week, with nothing cancer related on my calender! (oh.. except to go get my port flushed…that is easy}

~a retreat walk, my camera captures cross kisses.

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  • Nicole
    April 7, 2011 at 4:59 am

    I’m glad you had a good time at the retreat. We loved having you, you were so encouraging and such an inspiration. You’re a beautiful woman and we’re blessed to have you in our church family.

  • Wonder
    April 4, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    stopping by from 1000 gifts. Love how you captured the crosses. beautiful! thank you for sharing this with us :).

  • Rebecca
    April 4, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I just started reading this book yesterday…I’m about 50 pages in…and I am amazed at how absolutely beautiful it is and how clear her insights are into our struggles and the things we do that get in the way of JOY.
    Thank you for sharing it!

  • Danielle
    April 4, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Love the cross pictures! Thanks for sharing, stopping by from Anne’s!

  • Brenda
    April 4, 2011 at 7:34 am

    I’m so glad. Sounds beautiful. Glad the retreat was wonderful.

  • Anna
    April 4, 2011 at 5:34 am

    Awesome. Refreshing. A few moments of peace.


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