Monday, February 13, 2012

Heart Full of Thanks -- Continuing to Count One Thousand Gifts (321-331)

One word keeps buzzing through my head -- tired.  Tired of gray days, tired of this time of recovery, tired of the disruptions in my world, tired of just trying to get it all done.  Why should I be tired?  I ask Him . . . help me out of this tiredness, this state of mind, please!

The thoughts of tiredness bring me to my knees.  I don't know really tired . . . I've never worked that hard.  Oh, I've worked long hours before I retired.  But I've never done the kind of work that women in Third World countries have to endure, nor have I had to walk miles to fetch water for my children.  That would be worthy of the word "tired."

The problem as I see it is that I've lost my grasp on holding God's hand each day, and thereby allowing him to walk close beside me in every moment.  I need to regain that partnership, that pairing, that meaningful relationship of God's companionship, unconditional love, friendship.  How is it I forget?  Does God allow me to sense tiredness so that I'm unable to figure things out without him?  Possibly.
David wrote in Psalm 56 "[s]o I will walk with God in light among the living."  (Psalm 56:13; NCV).  Note the caption of this image, a link to a site called "God Speaks I Listen."  That's what I've done -- not only have I failed to grasp his hand and walk with him, I have failed to listen ever so carefully to his voice.  There are things God has to say to me that I need to here, and I will be rested and refreshed.

For this gift of God's ever blessing love I give thanks, and for so much more --

321.  The Bible
322.  God's patience
323.  The way God attempts to stretch me
324.  Knowing God is with me during difficult choices
325.  The beauty of spring breaking through the soil
326.  Camellia blossoms like the pink blushing cheeks of young children
327.  The knowledge that God is with my friend whose family has suffered a great loss
328.  Our pastors and the choices they have had to make
329.  A comfortable home
330.  The written word gifted to me by so many writers who love God too
331.  Joys of birthdays and celebrations

Visiting with Ann Voskamp today and counting the amazing gifts God bestows on us each day.  Won't you stop by for some comfort and counting?

A Holy Experience


  1. HI S.A. 78


    1. Big Brother of mine, don't know how you found me here, but it's where I do a lot of writing. I hope you'll continue to read . . . it's my way of sharing the stories I have to tell and the faith I'm following. Say hi to Eden -- hugs to you both!

      Your little sister, Sherrey Alice 78

      PS -- glad you liked the pix but very different from the ones you used to make. Maybe I'll use some of those one day in a post. :)

  2. Hi, Sherrey. I just read the comment you left on my post about living to be 100. And now I'm here to add my own heart full of thanks to your list. I wake up every morning with the knowledge that there are so many people in the world waking up hungry, almost naked, some without homes - and I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the necessities of life for me and my disabled daughter. Our duplex may be small, and I may wish sometimes for more space, but then...I thank God and tell Him that I want to be His hands in whatever way I'm able!

    Your list is SO uplifting. I'm sitting here wondering if *I* could do this to 1000. Awesome!
    Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror & Other Memoirs

    1. Ann, of course, you could do a list of 1000 gifts! Look at that beautiful daughter of yours to start with . . . and the book you've published. Have you read Ann Voskamp's book, One Thousand Gifts? If not, and you have time, you should. It's an incredible and refreshing read.

      I'm so glad you stopped by. I enjoy your posts and I'm looking to publish my own memoir some day, just like you!


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