Sunday: 1000 Gifts (247-278)

October 26, 2008 at 11:01 am Leave a comment

  • tiny hands on communion cups
  • the glow of the communion plate on The Hub’s face
  • children elated over the size of their communion piece
  • the hub waking me when my alarm didn’t go off
  • help singing again, “My soul, my soul must sing” (last Sun. night, my theme song)
  • playing praise band with my brother
  • getting to wear my new-used shoes, thank you, Lord!
  • fall pants that fit comfortably
  • sunshine
  • ribs in the crock pot, ready to BBQ, prepared yesterday for today
  • guests for lunch today
  • shared pains in Sunday School
  • hugs
  • space
  • warmth
  • purple
  • red hair on the kitchen floor
  • mom having taught me how to cut my boy’s hair
  • jumper cables and someone who knows how to use them
  • extra dessert when the cake burned yesterday
  • help when the spaghetti jar hit the floor for the top shelf of the fridge–glass and sauce all over the kitchen floor
  • laundry caught up
  • treadmill with cell phone music (my favs)…phone sits right on the treadmill panel without budging
  • concert tonight anticipated
  • no “sticky-uppies” for Red today (hair having to be slathered down with water)
  • nephews to give outgrown pajamas to
  • friends who are just there and show up…their very presence cheers me, even when we do not speak
  • the church, singing loud
  • a “prayer shawl” ministry starting up, what a blessing that will be–how I’ve loved mine
  • quiet in the house for a few moments to reflect before the lunch buzz begins
  • bottled water & chocolate chip granola bars–fast breakfasts when you need one on the go
  • the word of God preached, instilling faith in us all, patiently.


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