Gratitude for changing seasons

It was a week to get back into the routine, post-vacation and get into a new routine of me working more and my husband having days at home in charge of school. And one by one, the kids all came down with the respiratory virus going around. But the leaves and our lives are changing with the seasons and my cool weather crops are growing. Here’s my gratitude list for the week:

3 gifts reread:

  • “…and thou I am able to do nothing else in this life, except only seek, my life to others a vie manquee (translation is a life missed), yet it will not be so, because what I seek is the goodness of God that waters the dry places. And water overflows from one dry patch to another, and so you cannot be selfish in digging for it.” Elizabeth Goudge in The Scent of Water
  • “So as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another and forgiving each another, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in work or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” Colossians 3:12-17
  • “He did not believe in capricious fortune, but in a carefully woven pattern where every tightly stretched warp thread of pain laid the foundation for a woof thread of joy.” Elizabeth Goudge, in Gentian Hill

3 gifts burning:

  • smoke swirling cozily above Mennonite farm houses
  • red and yellow leaves against fall-blue sky, down a country lane, burning it’s way into my memory
  • sunset burning through  the clouds behind the Tennessee hills

3 gifts ugly-beautiful:

  • ugly: coughs and snot and bad-feeling children; beautiful: the chance to serve cheerfully those I love so much
  • ugly: sounds of the emergency helicopter landing on the hospital over and over and over, all day; beautiful: knowing hurting people are getting help when they need it
  • ugly–frustration with other people; beautiful–Holy Spirit gently showing the log in my own eye

A gifts shared, saved, surrendered:

  • conversation via phone with Beth
  • pictures of our beach trip saved
  • my will (again)– “You are not your own, you were bought with a price…”

3 gifts unexpected:

  • grandparents taking the kids to Tennessee History festival and the hours to myself 🙂
  • end-of-fall flowers
  • royalty checks in the mail

3 gifts unconventional:

  • fall leaves mixed with baby spinach
  • being stretched by  “floating” to an unfamiliar unit
  • how good my bed felt after a long day

3 gifts undervalued:

  • a Sabbath rest–really, really taking one
  • my husband
  • an uninterrupted nap

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