Coffee with God – October 1, 2013

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Passages that stuck out to me in today’s reading  in The One Year Chronological Bible (NIV).  Today’s passages were on John baptizing Jesus, the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness, and the call of the first disciples.

John Baptizes Jesus:  Mark 1:9-11; Matthew 3:13-17; Luke 3:21-22; John 1:29-34

  • In these passages we see all three members of the Trinity present – the Father expressing His pleasure in the Son as the Holy Spirit descends on Jesus.

Satan Tempts Jesus in the Desert:

At once the Spirit sent Him out into the desert, and He was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan . . . and angels attended Him. (Mark 1:12-13)

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.  (Matthew 4:1)

The tempter came to Him . . . (Matthew 4:3a)

Jesus said to him, “Away from Me, Satan! For it is written: “Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.'”  Then the devil left Him, and angels came and attended Him. (Matthew 4:10-11)

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert, where for forty days He was tempted by the devil. (Luke 4:1)

Jesus answered, “It is written: “Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.'” (Luke 4:8)

These verses really resonated with me today.  For the past month or so I have felt absolutely exhausted, defeated, and pummeled by life in general, to the point of almost giving up hope that things will ever get better or that God – or anyone else for that matter – even cares.  If I can just be real for a minute, I’m not sure why God keeps letting so much crap happen.  I have to hold on to the belief that there is some sort of purpose in what keeps getting thrown at me.  But it’s getting harder and harder to see that, and the weight is getting heavier and heavier.  At this point, I’m just trying to hang on to hope and faith for dear life.  These verses give me some hope that this will end, and God will send someone or something to help restore my joy and give me some hope back.  I just pray it happens soon.

Four Fishermen Follow Jesus:

As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.  “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”  At once they left their nets and followed Him.  When He had gone a little farther, He saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets.  Without delay He called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed Him. (Mark 1:16-20)

As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew.  They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.  “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed Him.  Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John.  They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets.  Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Him.  (Matthew 4:18-22)

So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed Him.  (Luke 5:11)

I’ve never really thought about Zebedee in this story before until today.  What must he have thought?  I mean his sons were working with him.  They had a job to do for their father and their family.  Then some dude comes by, tells his sons to follow Him, and THEY DO IT.  They just up and LEAVE their father in the middle of the job they are supposed to be doing.  I can’t even begin to imagine what was going through Zebedee’s mind.  Actually, yes.  Yes, I can.  I worked with my dad when I was younger, and that would not have gone over well.  It would not go over well now if my son were to walk away to follow some random guy in the middle of a job I had given him to do.  

But the point is that Jesus called, and they obeyed.  Something made them drop everything – leave everything and everyone they had ever known  – parents, siblings, SPOUSES, CHILDREN, jobs, security, safety, comfort – and follow Him.  Not knowing where they were going or what would happen.  He called, and they answered.

They met the Son of God, and they couldn’t say no.  They couldn’t stay where they were.  Not after that.  Nothing else mattered.  Knowing Him – meeting Him – made it all worthwhile.

I want that kind of encounter with Jesus.  I want to know that it is all worthwhile.

 

It’s Friday. And it is GOOD.

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Five Minute Friday:  Broken

“He took the punishment, and that made us whole.” – Isaiah 53:5, The Message

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His brokenness means that I don’t didn’t have to stay that way.

My 1000 Gifts (2013)

91.  His wounds
92.  My healing
93.  Being made whole
94.  His sacrifice
95.  His life
96.  His grace
97.  My salvation
98.  His death
99.  My peace
100.  His victory
101.  My victory
102.  Death’s defeat
103.  His love
104.  His blood
105.  The price I didn’t have to pay
106.  The opportunity to become a NEW creation
107.  The ability to start over
108.  A great high priest interceding for me on my behalf
109.  Being made clean
110.  The righteousness of God
111.  Being made a co-heir with Christ
112.  Being adopted into the family of God
113.  Being chosen
114.  Becoming a daughter of the King
115.  Freedom from bondage
116.  Hope for my future, both here on earth and eternally
117.  The torn veil
118.  Direct access to the throne of God
119.  The writing on the wall for the enemy
120.  The empty tomb
 
STOP


Wanna play? Here’s how:
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.

 

Purpose in the Wait

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From Jesus Calling – Sarah Young

Make friends with the problems in your life. Though many things feel random and wrong, remember that I am sovereign over everything. I can fit everything into a pattern for good, but only to the extent that you trust Me…. The choice is up to you, and you will have to choose many times each day whether to trust Me or defy Me…. The best way to befriend your problems is to thank Me for them. This simple act opens your mind to the possibility of benefits flowing from your difficulties…. I will not necessarily remove your problems, but My wisdom is sufficient to bring good out of every one of them.

Frustration has been mounting lately.  Frustration at the lack of resolution to situations I never planned on or thought I would face.  Frustration at the complete and utter “couldn’t care less” attitude of people standing in the way of resolution – and me being able to move on with my life – just because they don’t feel the need to make the time or effort to finish what THEY started in the first place.  I’m ready to be free, and I’ve even begun pushing forward to try to make things – something – anything – happen.

It’s so hard to know when to sit still and when to move.  But time is running out, and there are things that I need to do that I won’t be able to until I am “officially” single, even though I have been unofficially single since last May.  And did I mention I was frustrated?  And, quite frankly, growing angry at the passive-aggressive-I’ll-show-you-who’s-in-control-by-not-doing-anything-to-finalize-our-divorce-so-you-can-move-on-while-I-do-whatever-the-heck-I-want attitude I’ve been on the receiving end of for almost a year.  

I’m frustrated.  And tired of the situation. And the disrespect. To me.  To our marriage.

Can I be real?  

I’m sick and tired of being married to a man who has been committing adultery for over a year.  And flaunting it.  

I’m DONE.

And I’m ready to not be nice right back.

And then God drops an anvil on my head again.  Or several of them.

Yesterday, I got this devotional from Proverbs 31 in my email:

There is Purpose in the Wait

“Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” Psalm 27:14 (NLT)

If we allow it, our waiting will bring us to an intimate knowledge of God that we would not otherwise have. Most of David’s beautiful and poetic psalms were written while in caves, caverns, and the wilderness, waiting on God.

God does not ignore the cries of His children. David cried and begged God for help, intervention, and defense. God never let David down.

Our waiting has a purpose for someone other that ourselves. It’s not all about us. Just think of how rich our lives are today because of the wait David endured. We have the comfort, compassion, hope, and healing of the Psalms. 

What awesome instructions David’s life gives for waiting! Waiting is less difficult and the future is brighter when we let God do His work in our waiting season. When we let our guard and defenses down, we’re open to seeing how faithful He is to bring His plans for our lives to fullness.

And He reminded me of the many, many blessings that I have received because of the length of time this has gone on.

My first response to waiting is usually to complain or become angry, especially since I feel like I am suffering needlessly at the hands of someone else due to his sin and selfish choices.  I am eager to move forward and leave the past behind, and I can’t because I have yet to be freed from my bond to one who has broken his bond and covenant with me.  I want to view this waiting as a good thing, since I have had to make decisions extremely slowly, and have had a lot of time to work on me and my strengthening my relationship with God first, so that I can then have healthy, strong relationships with others second.

I think there is both the potential to grow closer to God as I wait and also the danger of drifting further away.  Initially, I grew incredibly closer to God because of the heartache and pain I was experiencing.  Now that I am ready and eager to move forward, though, I am frustrated that He will not release me from this bondage that I am in.  I need to be proactive about trusting in His timing, while at the same time trying to prayerfully move forward toward a resolution while looking to Him for guidance.

Then, a second anvil hit today when I got this Proverbs 31 devotional in my email:

Either He Planned It Or He Permitted It

And I wanted to email this woman and ask her how she crawled into my head, because that was just freaky how she knew EXACTLY what I had experienced over the last year.

Ordeals, hardships, distresses are permitted by God for our perfection. Either He permits them or He plans them. If God has intentionally laid out a troublesome path for us, He has a purpose. But it’s not always about us. God might place pain, suffering or distraction on our path to teach others about His love, steadfastness, and mercies. The way we react to stress reflects what we believe about God, and allows others to see His faithfulness.”

Either God sent it or He allowed it.

There is a purpose to this.  I think I know part of it right now, but I don’t know all of the reasons.  I just have to trust that He has plans to prosper me and not to harm me, to give me a future and a hope.

I’m trusting nothing I’ve gone through has been in vain, and also praying I’m close to the end of my path.

“Nothing compares to knowing and trusting the Lord is in control … especially when everything around me feels unstable. He won’t permit or plan something difficult for us to walk through without having a greater purpose behind it. One that will make us holier, more like Him, and shine His glory. Our experience is not in vain!”

 

My 1000 Gifts in 2013  
 
61.  Lunch and The Music Man with a friend
62.  Funny movies
63.  Kindred spirits
64.  Sales at Barnes & Noble
65.  My kid cooking dinner for me
66.  Coffee and creamer.  Lots and lots of creamer.
67.  Jeremy Camp CDs
68.  New Audio Adrenaline music
69.  WinterJam
70.  Lunch with a friend during the work day.  WHAAAAAT?!
71.  My kid passing his driving permit test and having a successful first driving lesson 
72.  Ballad of Serenity
73.  Facebook chats
74.  Kindred spirits
75.  Unexpected bonus at work
76.  Paying off a credit card bill
77.  Church league volleyball
78.  A quiet night in
79.  Pretty snow falling (but thankfully not sticking)
80.  Fantastic night of movies, food, and hanging out with a great friend
81.  Tiramisu
82.  Shrimp
83.  Fluffy new pillows for my bed
84.  Fluffy new floor pillows that I ended up getting BOGO because the price rang up wrong.  SCORE!
85.  Home group
86.  Pancakes and bacon
87.  Men who are willing to unselfishly sacrifice for their kids
88.  New CDs 
89.  Being trusted to borrow a friend’s treasured book
90.  Possibilities

Trust and Patience in the Waiting

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So, a two-week deadline came and went on Tuesday with no acknowledgement, so I am still stuck waiting.  I could feel frustration setting in again as I was reminded that the only person who benefits from this mess being over is me.  No one else involved benefits, so no one else involved is in a big hurry.

Thank God for His daily reminders that – even in the midst of my frustration and flashes of anger – there is a purpose to my waiting.

There is continued healing taking place.

There is hopeful expectation and gratitude for unexpected gifts.

Beauty being slowly born.

And, while there is still frustration in the waiting, those things make it bearable.

From Jesus Calling – Sarah Young

Trust and thankfulness will get you safely through this day.  Trust protects you from worrying and obsessing.  Thankfulness keeps you from criticizing and complaining: those “sister sins” that so easily entangle you.

Keeping your eyes on Me is the same thing as trusting Me.  It is a free choice that you must make thousands of times daily.  The more you choose to trust Me, the easier it becomes.  Thought patterns of trust become etched into your brain.  Relegate troubles to the periphery of your mind, so that I can be central in your thoughts.  Thus you focus on Me, entrusting your concerns to My care.

From Streams in the Desert – L. B. Cowman

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him. (Psalm 37:7)

Have you prayed and prayed, and waited and waited, and still you see no evidence of an answer?  Are you tired of seeing no movement? Are you at the point of giving up?  Then perhaps you have not waited in the right way, which removes you from the right place – the place where the Lord can meet you.

Wait for it patiently” (Romans 8:25).  Patience eliminates worryThe Lord said He would come, and His promise is equal to His presence.  Patience eliminates weeping Why feel sad and discouraged?  He knows your needs better than you do, and His purpose in waiting is to receive more glory through it.  Patience eliminates self-works.   “The work of God is this: to believe” (John 6:29), and once you believe, you may know all is well.  Patience eliminates all want.  Perhaps your desire to receive what you want is stronger than your desire for the will of God to be fulfilled.

Patience eliminates all weakness.  Instead of thinking of waiting as being wasted time, realize that God is preparing His resources and strengthening you as well.  Patience eliminates all wobbling.  “He touched me and raised me to my feet” (Daniel 8:18).  God’s foundations are steady, and when we have His patience within, we are steady while we wait.  Patience yields worship.  Sometimes the best part of praiseful waiting is experiencing “great endurance and patience . . .  joyfully” (Colossians 1:11).  While you wait, “let [all these aspects of] patience have her perfect work” (James 1:4), and you will be greatly enriched. – Charles Henry Parkhurst

I Am With You / Not Alone

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From Jesus Calling – Sarah Young

I AM WITH YOU.  These four words are like a safety net, protecting you from falling into despair.  Because you are human, you will always have ups and downs in your life experience.  But the promise of My Presence limits how far down you can go….Instead of bemoaning your circumstances, you can look to Me for help.  You recall that not only am I with you, I am holding you by your right hand.

Because we all need to know we are NEVER ALONE.

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Stuck Waiting

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From Jesus Calling – Sarah Young

Remember that I can fit everything into a pattern for good, including the things you wish were different. Start with where you are at this point in time and space, accepting that this is where I intend you to be. You will get through today one step, one moment at a time. Your main responsibility is to remain attentive to Me, letting Me guide you through the many choices along your path…..you are on the path of My choosing, so do not give up! Hope in Me, for you will again praise Me for the help of My Presence.

I’ve been struggling with being stuck in limbo lately.  There are things in my life that I am ready to move on from, but I haven’t been released from yet because other parties haven’t bothered to do what they need to do for my situation to be resolved.  And I don’t like the helpless feeling I get knowing that it is out of my hands.

Waiting on others to do their part is hard, especially when you are just ready to get on with it already.

I’ll be completely honest.  And I’ll warn you that this may not sound like something you thought you’d hear on a Christian blog.  But life is hard.  And things happen that you have no control over.  So:  The fact that I am still married to a man who walked out on me and betrayed me 8 months ago infuriates me, as does the fact that I seem to be the only person who cares that this is the case.  I’ve asked God many times why it just isn’t over already.  Why I can’t just be free, since he’s obviously living his life as if he were already single, and has been since the day he left?

And I am stuck here, knowing that I can’t go backward (nor do I want to), and that though God has brought great healing over the past 8 months, I also can’t completely move forward and get on with my life.

And I’m more than ready to leave the past behind and do that.

But right now, though I don’t have a husband, I am still legally married.  And I made vows to God – and to him – that I MUST honor until the day that is no longer the case.

Even while he isn’t.  Even while he has brought dishonor to both me and, especially, to God.

And that infuriates me.

It doesn’t anger me because I want to be free of my vows so I can do certain things.  It angers me because I am covenant-bound to a man who has broken covenant with me.  A man who willingly walked away from me, our child, our home, and our life – all of which were good – and destroyed himself and any testimony (albeit small) to run after garbage – dung – that the world offered to him.

And then it hits me.

And I can just picture God nodding and saying, “Mmmhmmm.  Bingo.”

Isn’t that just the same thing humanity has done I have done over – and over- and over – to Him?

Ouch.

He has promised me Himself. Himself.

HIM. SELF.

God says, “I AM – Yahweh, creator of the universe, eternal, everlasting, alpha and omega – give you ….. Me.

And I am awed and astounded.

Until something new and shiny comes along to catch my ADD attention, and off I go chasing after rabbits again.  Pursuing the creation instead of the Creator.

When will I learn that nothing I can pursue here – fleeting, temporary, fading, ending – will compare to pursuing HIM?

So maybe it’s not that I’m stuck after all.

Maybe it’s that He’s holding me still to protect me from running after something else too quickly instead of seeking His face.

Psalm 27

My Stronghold

Davidic.

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom should I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom should I be afraid?
When evildoers came against me to devour my flesh,
my foes and my enemies stumbled and fell.
Though an army deploys against me,
my heart is not afraid;
though a war breaks out against me,
still I am confident.

I have asked one thing from the Lord;
it is what I desire:
to dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
gazing on the beauty of the Lord
and seeking Him in His temple.
For He will conceal me in His shelter
in the day of adversity;
He will hide me under the cover of His tent;
He will set me high on a rock.
Then my head will be high
above my enemies around me;
I will offer sacrifices in His tent with shouts of joy.
I will sing and make music to the Lord.

Lord, hear my voice when I call;
be gracious to me and answer me.
My heart says this about You,
“You[a] are to seek My face.”
Lord, I will seek Your face.
Do not hide Your face from me;
do not turn Your servant away in anger.
You have been my helper;
do not leave me or abandon me,
God of my salvation.
10 Even if my father and mother abandon me,
the Lord cares for me.

11 Because of my adversaries,
show me Your way, Lord,
and lead me on a level path.
12 Do not give me over to the will of my foes,
for false witnesses rise up against me,
breathing violence.

13 I am certain that I will see the Lord’s goodness
in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
be strong[b] and courageous.
Wait for the Lord.

 

Embrace the Present

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From Jesus Calling – Sarah Young

If you believe that I am sovereign over every aspect of your life, it is possible to trust Me in all situations. Don’t waste energy regretting the way things are or thinking about what might have been. Start at the present moment – accepting things exactly as they are – and search for My way in the midst of those circumstances.

This week I have been surrounded by reminders to live NEW, anticipate blessingsand slow down so I can embrace the present.

This one came via @jonacuff:

Another came in an email devotional from Proverbs 31 titled A Fresh Start, which included these AWESOME thoughts:

The word forgive has different meanings in Scripture, and one of them is kaphar. That’s a Greek word meaning to purge or pitch. It originates from the Hebrew word for atonement, which means to cleanse or cover.

Why is this meaning so important?

By beginning the process of forgiving, I was purging or pitching the entanglements of the past in order to begin anew. . .

The kaphar gift of forgiveness offers the opportunity for new chapters  . . . and a fresh slate upon which the words can be penned.

No regrets. No looking back. No dwelling on the past.

No worries. No anxiety. No fear of the future.

Embrace the present. Look for the blessings.  Expect miracles. Search for Him in all circumstances.

So be it.

My 1000 Gifts in 2013  

31.  Surprising discoveries

32.  Chance meetings

33.  Weekend outings

34.  Being trusted to do important jobs

35.  Hanging out with my home group family

36.  Silly antics of crazy dogs

37.  Getting rid of old things and bringing in NEW things

38.  Refreshingly crisp, cold fruit

39.  Sinking into my soft, warm, comfy bed after a long work day.

40.  A boss who is understanding and supportive of me as a single mom 

41.  Finding out there wasn’t anything wrong with my car, and my mechanic not charging me to check it out

42.  An invitation extended and the courage to accept it

43.  Comfortable periods of both conversation and silence

44.  Respect given, resulting in respect earned

45.  Feeling SEEN

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Anticipation

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From Jesus Calling – Sarah Young

Come to Me, and rest in My loving Presence. You know that this day will bring difficulties, and you are trying to think your way through those trials. As you anticipate what is ahead of you, you forget that I am with you – now and always. Rehearsing your troubles results in experiencing them many times, whereas you are meant to go through them only when they actually occur. Do not multiply your suffering in this way! Instead, come to Me, and relax in My Peace. I will strengthen you and prepare you for this day, transforming your fear into confident trust.

Anticipation can be either a blessing or a curse, depending on what your focus is.  I must admit that I have always been prone to rehearsing various scenarios in my head, usually thinking of the worst possible outcome.

And it always leaves me drained.  In knots.  Anxious.  Worried.

Rehearsing your troubles results in experiencing them many times, whereas you are meant to go through them only when they actually occur. Do not multiply your suffering in this way!

There was just something so FREEING in those sentences this morning.

My circumstances aren’t making me anxious, I am making myself anxious by focusing on them instead of on Him.

So, the NEW me, the me that is choosing joy and counting my first 1000 gifts this year, is going to guard against anticipating negative outcomes and circumstances.

Instead, I will choose to look around in thankful anticipation for the blessings – no matter how small or how large – that He sends my way each day.

I will choose look forward in joyful anticipation to new friendships, hopes, dreams, and possibilities.

I will choose to wait with expectant anticipation as He reNEWs my strength (Isaiah 40:31), my inner person (2 Corinthians 4:16-18), and my life (Psalm 23:3).

I will choose to live with hopeful anticipation as His plans for me unfold, knowing that they are plans to prosper me and not to harm me, to give me a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).

My 1000 Gifts in 2013  

21.  30% off discount from Kohl’s that I used to buy some much-needed NEW decor for my home, including this:

22.  Boss telling me to order a NEW LaserJet printer that I desperately needed.

23.  Feeling seen and appreciated for my ideas and wacky sense of humor by friends and co-workers.

24.  A weekend of 70° weather in JANUARY.

25.  Finally seeing Skyfall!

26.  Spending a Saturday evening sharing an awesome movie, excellent Thai food, and wonderful conversation with a great new friend.

27.  Cute new tennis shoes bought on clearance (of course!).

28.  ReNEWed hope.

29.  Continued healing.

30.  God’s unending love.

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Slow Down

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Been feeling stressed and anxious lately because I’m BEYOND ready for certain things to be over and done with so I can really move forward into the NEW. Today’s Jesus Calling devo came right on time. Looking back, I can see how the time this is taking has ultimately been for my benefit.

But waiting in limbo is hard.

From Jesus Calling – Sarah Young

Much, much stress results from your wanting to make things happen before their times have come. One of the main ways I assert My sovereignty is in the timing of events. If you want to stay close to Me and do things My way, ask Me to show you the path forward moment by moment. Instead of dashing headlong toward your goal, let Me set the pace. Slow down, and enjoy the journey in My Presence.

It’s difficult to know when to act, and when to just sit and wait.  I guess all I can really do is pray about it, and seek the counsel of others who are wise and strong in the faith.  Then act if I feel compelled to do so, and wait if I don’t.

Even in the waiting, though, I need to be diligent about making sure my spiritual walk is moving forward, even if my earthly walk is at a standstill.  I want to always be moving forward with Him, and never going backward to where I used to be.

Big decisions coming up in the next few weeks.  Whether you are a regular visitor, or just stumbled across my blog today, I’d appreciate your prayers on my behalf for wisdom, patience, and peace.

That I won’t rush into anything that isn’t His will.

That I won’t fall back into old habits or ways of thinking.

That I will listen to His voice and His words spoken over me, and not those of the enemy trying to steal my hope and confidence.

That I won’t try to project into the future by worrying about or focusing on what may or may not happen

That I won’t ascribe things or feelings to other people by projecting my thoughts and imagined conversations on them when I don’t know what they are thinking.

That I will take things one day at a time, daring to find joy in each day by focusing my eyes and my attention on my 1000 gifts and the Giver of them all.

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
– Jeremiah 17:7-8

Do not be anxious about anything,
but in every situation, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 4:6-7

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My 1000 Gifts in 2013  

7.  New RAM for my laptop!

8.  The genius of C. S. Lewis.

9.  The amazing truths in Mere Christianity

10.  Doctor Who marathon with my boy.

11.  The privilege and responsibility of teaching the Gospel Project to high school girls

12.  Hanging out with the FBC media crew on Sunday mornings.

13.  Double coupons and BOGO deals at Publix. (Yay!)

14.  Getting back together with my home group after the holiday break and great fellowship and friends I have there.

15.  Lunch from Applebee’s on the company!

16.  Reese’s pieces!

17.  Boss bringing in breakfast from Chick-fil-a. (Yum!)

18.  Laughing with friends at work.

19. Coming home to my son making dinner so I don’t have to.

20. Spending a restful evening on the couch hanging out with my boy.

Linking up with One Word 365Only a Breath, and A Holy Experience.