Monday, November 5, 2012

One thousand gifts and still counting (3492-3510)

Finishing up the study on Putting on a Gentle and Quiet Spirit by Elizabeth George. What I thought might be a book on keeping cool when sucked into bickering with kids or not getting mad easily or often, turned out to be a look into suffering, among other things.

This quote grabbed me Sunday afternoon ... a quote by missionary Adoniram Judson to another missionary, he writes, "I can assure you that months and months of heartrending anguish are before you, whether you will or not. Yet take the bitter cup with both hands, and sit down to your repast. You will soon learn a secret, that there is sweetness at the bottom."

I am thankful, Lord,

3492. for the bitter cup
3493. and discovering the sweetness at the bottom
3494. teary eyes with a friend before she heads north to visit her mama
3495. pink sunsets through my room with a view
3496. home fires burning
3497. luxurious heat
3498. socks for my kids' feet
3499. and hats for their heads
3500. secret handshakes between sisters (karate chop--oy, oy)

3501. food in the fridge
3502. that heat rises
3503. seventeen years of knowing Shane, our first date late November 1995
3504. trusted friends
3505. a day with Denise
3506. Anita's wave to Lanie as she drove down our street
3507. the train display at the mall that Erin couldn't wait to show Shane
3508. a coffee date with a neighbor
3509. marshmallow roasting with the kids on a Sunday afternoon
3510. my days in Your hands

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