Monday, June 11, 2012

Light, Gladness and Thanks

"Light is sown like seed for the righteous and gladness for the
upright in heart. Be glad in the LORD, you righteous ones,
and give thanks to His holy name."
Psalms 97:11-12


Sitting in our backyard today the light came through the trees much like this photo shows.

As I looked up through the towering trees, I was at once caught up by the goodness of that light and how it spread across not only our yard but our neighbors' yards, and in fact all over our small neighborhood.

Just as the Psalmist says in these verses, the "light is sown like seed" -- the light's beams are thrown down from above to the earth below.  As I garden and plant seeds, often they are tossed down into the row with the hope that the seed will flourish.

God's light is sent down with the hope that it will plant a seed in a heart and flourish there too.  How can we not be glad in our hearts and give thanks to Him for all His goodness to us?

Continuing to count with the group over at A Holy Experience:

505.  Ordinary time at home.
506.  Successful shoulder surgery for our son.
507.  Our daughter-in-law's care for our son.
508.  Healing for a friend.
509.  Continued adjustments happening for family with nursing home situation.
510.  A warm sunny day to work outside.
511.  Study by Marlene Bagnull for Christian writers, Writing His Answer.
512.  A breakthrough in writing my memoir.
513.  Seeing God at work in our youth program.
514.  Our youth pastor's leadership.
515.  New children's ministries director.

Won't you join us in counting the gifts God has bestowed during the last week?

Linking up with the community at A Holy Experience 

and with Laura at 

and with L.L. Barkat at

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  1. Dear Sherrey

    Thank you for visiting me at Create With Joy and leaving such an encouraging note on my 1000 Gifts post! I am so blessed to meet ou and to read your post today. I host a weekly party called Inspire Me Monday and I would love it if you'd share it with us (and join us each week and share your inspirational writing!)

    I love your list - although it's personal it gives me a sense of who you are - and I love that you are writing your memoir. What particularly caught my eye, however, was your mention of Marlene Bagnull's wonderful study, Writing His Answer. I had the pleasure of working through this book 18 years ago with a writing group at my church when I first came to the Lord and Marlene's words that we are may never travel more than a few hundred miles from our homes, but our words may travel around the world and impact others for eternity remains with me to this day. Every time I see the map at the bottom of my blog I think about this and am blessed and humbled by the people God brings into my life.

    Have a blessed week & I truly look forward to getting to know you! :-)

    Create With Joy

    1. Thanks for dropping by and leaving such an encouraging comment. I appreciate your invitation to link up and I'll certainly consider doing that. I love the words you cited from Writing His Answer. We never know the reach of what we write or say, do we? Looking forward to getting to know you as well.

  2. This has left me with lovely thoughts of the Light. Thank you. :)

    1. So glad to have left you with lovely thoughts of the Light. Thanks for coming by.

  3. Stunning photo! Just love your writing. God has placed seeds upon my heart all morning...and now to come across this!! I LOVE how He speaks to us...

    Blessings & Joy,

    1. Jen, so lovely that you stopped by and left such gracious words. It's nice to know that God's planted seeds are taking root and growing as we blog across this cyberspace. I too love how He speaks to us . . . over and over again!

      Have a blessed week,

  4. I want to sit under the light in that photo! The bible study looks like a good one. And breakthroughs in writing are always a gift. Blessings!

    1. I wish you were close enough that we could sit under that light together and talk about our thoughts and feelings. Blessings to you and yours.

  5. I love photos that highlight light! Have you ever heard of Thomas Kinkade? His work is beautiful.

    Great reminder!

    Mary Beth

    1. Mary Beth, thanks much for coming by and I too love photos that reflect so much on light. And yes, I have heard of Thomas Kinkade. Years ago a friend gave me a Bible that included reprints of his paintings and a companion study that his wife had written. I still have both -- and enjoy using them because of the pictures of light.


  6. What a lovely reflection on God's gift of light...I'm glad I found you...I have been trying to find your blog after you visited mine...we were on a similar wavelength this Monday with light filtering through trees...Blessings, Sherrey :)

    1. Dolly, what a pleasure to see you stopping by my blog. Thanks for the gracious comments you've left. We were on a similar wavelength with light filtering down through the trees! Could it be -- are we kindred spirits, you think?

      Blessings to you!

  7. This is so lovely, Sherrey. I love thinking of God's light as a seed planted in my heart. How it grows when tended well!

    1. Laura, thank you for sweet words. Always look forward to sharing at The Wellspring.


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