Second Week of Lent

Week two of Lent. I’m so thankful for the book Ann Voskamp recommended last year that is already a favorite of mine. Here is the list of the week, based on the Joy Dare. Thankful for this crazy dare to look for the gifts the Lord has given, sometimes in difficult places!

Three ugly-beautiful gifts:

  • schoolroom table cluttered with markers, glue, sequins, feathers, paper scraps–contentedly busy, creative children
  • piles of unfolded laundry–clothes we own that I didn’t have to wash in the stream (so thankful for my washer and dryer!)
  • my once green lawn, covered with puppy dog holes–ummm…maybe I won’t have any moles this summer?

Three gifts from the past–that help you trust the future:

  • What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Romans 8:31-32
  • Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. Examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22
  • Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His People, and God Himself will be among them,and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning or crying or pain; the first things have passed away.”  And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.” Revelation 21: 1-7

A gift dull, a gift shimmering, a gift a gift cleaned:

  • dirt floored but dry, roomy yet crowded crawl space to keep my loved ones safe in dangerous weather

    Waiting out the storm in the bicycle trailer, stuffed animals and flashlights (or a grill light) in hand.

  • rainbow after the storm
  • happy purple Flylady mop–used by my son to gather all the crumbs the dog didn’t eat under the table

Three gifts at 3 pm:

  • whisper of purple leaves on the plum tree
  • excitement born from a trip to home improvement store’s vegetable seed aisle
  • oldest daughter treating younger siblings to Russian chocolate

Three gifts green:

  • wee little shamrocks growing among the daffodils
  • green holly trees full of red berries and cedar waxwings–one day a year!
  • green leaves mixed with the lovely dutch iris my husband brought me for Shabbat

Three gifts worn:

  • scrubs to wear to work with the most amazing nurses ever!
  • thin brown sweater I love
  • soft flannel pajamas and bed to crawl into after work

Three gifts hard to give thanks for:

  • a son of the King, called home all too soon–How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” (Is. 52:70 I am thankful for the love and influence that he showed his students and he was willing to go where he was called, I really have no way of knowing how to be thankful for his death.
  • A weekend so full I’m starting the week quite tired. But, thankful for lovely people to work with and friends to plan with.
  • Wild weather that caused so much pain and loss to so many. Life is so fragile.

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