Counting Gifts/ FAMILY

One Thousand Gifts #6

holy experience

**For an update on my chemo session/doctor appointment today, please see my Caring Bridge journal.

93~ The crunch of leaves under foot
94~The chorus of my 3 little ones singing “Trick or Treat!!”
95~ A timely song, to remind that I am never alone
96~ Chemotherapy, and the signs that it is working!!!
97~ A sister who dresses as a “bald pirate” for Halloween in honor of me. 🙂
98~ Warm coats, gloves and hats
99~ Chili in my crockpot, made by my Ann

Because this is number 100, I will name one that stretches me.

100~ Pain.  Pain reminds that “when I weak, I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10  I will speak this and write it, and He will be faithful to make it true in my heart.  It is a gift I don’t want, yet it is a gift.

NIV Version:
Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

The Message Version:
7-10Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me,  My grace is enough; it’s all you need.  My strength comes into its own in your weakness.
Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.

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  • Felicia
    November 2, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    I just finally read this today and wow – God is good! I really needed this scripture today. I continually pray for you and your family and the doctors. Thank you for sharing this with us. You are a gift from God!

  • billi
    November 2, 2010 at 1:45 am

    Thanx so much for sharing!! We all need to know someone else knows what it’s like. It helps to know you’re not alone in a struggle. If we aren’t going through something now, we know someone went before us. Thank you and God Bless = D

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