Who Could Have Known?

October 21, 2008 at 11:07 am 3 comments

God has been so good to me yesterday and today.  Hearing from Mom on Skype and knowing family were taking care of here gave me great peace.  I have moved a bit slowly, but joyfully.

In small moments of time, God has given me so many small things to let me know he is near, and he knows us intimately, and he cares deeply for us.

Who else could know my favorite shoe, and give it to me near-new for a dollar in a twenty minute shopping trip?

Who could know I’ve never read The Trilogy of the Rings, or The Hobbit, and would give us those for $.25 a piece–in the same stop?  How blessed and fun our bedtimes were again last night!  I bought a lamp today just so I could see better to read it was such fun.

Who else could know I’ve always sort of wanted a rolling backpack for family outings to hold all our gear, yet give us a break when backs ‘break’?  A great pack brand, near-new, $2, same trip.

Who could know how much my kids relish in a new comic book…and I found a great one for them for $.25.  It’s huge!  It will occupy them in their “private time” (the bathroom) for a long time.

Happy things.  Not expected.  Not sought ought.  Just freely there.  To surprise.  Delight.

Same trip…who else could know Red’s roller blades broke last week and I was looking for a replacement pair?  They had one pair, boys, a great navy and grey, slightly used, slightly big (fine for roller blades for kids…they strap down well and you don’t move heel to toe anyway, but side to side).  $2.00.

The list goes on to gifts for others, but I’ll stop here.

One twenty minute trip.  With the energy I had to get out for the day.  Hair not even fixed, cap covering a multitude of hair fashion sin. We won’t even describe that.

God is so incredibly good to those who seek him, to those who need him.

He knows what will bless our socks off.

And he can do it in His time.

One other thing.  While there, I picked up a small, hardback book called “Praying for You” because it had such great quotes in in from author’s I have read before and respect.  The one I loved for the day was a Max Lucado quote:

Hope is not a granted wish or a favor performed;  no, it is far greater than that.  It is a zany, unpredictable dependence on a God who loves to surprise us out of our socks.


Don’t you know that said they’d just threw that book in the bag, “for free”?

No joke.

I smiled about the only half-hearted smile my energy has this week.

Because I know something.  I was paid for already…by One I can trust.  One who knows my heart, and who takes care of each one of us in his own special way.  He is  “near to the broken-hearted and saves all who are low in spirit”.  (Psalms)

A heart of thanksgiving fills my heart today.


I got to hear from Mom last night.  She had a very long day signing a LOT of papers and forms.  Today, she had to be up by like 3AM to begin the day, so she stayed at the hotel last night and called a few of us rather than going out to visit local family.  She will get her physical, do breathing tests, and possibly overseas shots today.

Entry filed under: Everyday.

Gifts Wednesday

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Theresa  |  October 21, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Hurray for great prices. I’m sure you were at the store that my Mother loved to go to. I kid you not, that woman never had to wear the same clothes more than twice if she had wanted to because that store kept her in clothes. She refused to buy them anywhere else and why should she!

  • 2. gchyayles  |  October 21, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    God’s favor is great. I’m so grateful that He brought you to a place of joy today. You needed it. Love you.

  • 3. graceisenough  |  October 21, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Praying for you!

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