Grateful for the end of winter

It was a week for planting spring vegetables. And then replanting when the dog ummm…redug the bed for me. It was a week when the word steadfast kept cropping up, in the Bible, in books, and in song.

3 gifts found:

  • A song my husband shared, that said “I am your steadfast, don’t be afraid” just when I needed it, and after I’d just done a study of the word “steadfast”
  • peace in the storm
  • board books my wee ones loved, to be read one last time before they’re packed away

A gift bent, broken, beautiful:

  • springs on our poor, worn-out couch
  • broken clouds with tiny patch of blue
  • beautiful sunlight, if only a few minutes

3 gifts in the kitchen (gifts for my kids who aren’t feeling well):

  • pineapple juice in frozen mugs
  • chicken noodle soup
  • gingerbread tea

3 gifts loud:

  • children, as they start to get better
  • husband’s juicer churning out ummm…interesting combinations
  • our dog, letting everyone know he’s here

3 gifts carved:

  • a few minutes carved out to read
  • boys working with Grandad on the pinewood derby cars they “carved”
  • studying amazing rivers and valleys of the world with my kids, carved by the finger of God

3 gifts in Christ:

  • “This hope we have as an anchor for the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast, which enters within the veil.” Hebrews 6:19
  • “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
  • “For of His fullness we have all received and grace upon grace.” John 1:16

3 gifts read:

  • “Righteousness is a a gift to be received, not a goal to be achieved. Christ achieved it, and I receive it! It is done by Him and offered to me. I cannot attain righteousness on my own. I cannot make myself righteous. I am righteous, but I didn’t do it, He did! It is of highest importance that we understand that the term righteous means right standing…Righteousness is a state of being. I stand before God righteous, or right with Him, based on who I am , not what I have done or will do. It is a positional reality, not a performance reality. One is either righteous–in right standing with God–or unrighteous. There are only two categories of people on the planet–righteous or unrighteous. There are no gray areas concerning righteousness, no percentages of righteousness. You either are or you are not. You have either received the gift of righteousness or you have not. Clark Whitten in Pure Grace.
  • “But there is something in Peter’s life that is much greater than his sin. It is his repentance. We all too easily relate to Peter in his sin, but few of us grasp the wonder of his repentance…His fall is a lesson in sin that requires no teacher but his repentance is a great lesson in salvation.” “Turning” by Henry Drummond in Bread and Wine: readings for Lent and Easter
  • “It is important to distinguish between two kinds of sorrow for sin. The one has to do with feeling sorrow over some wrong or sin we have committed… In this kind of sorrow, however, there is no real repentance, nor true sorrow for sin. It is merely wounded self-love. It is a sorrow over weakness, over the fact that when we were put to the test we found to our chagrin that we had failed. But this chagrin is what we are apt to mistake as repentance. This is nothing but wounded pride-sorrow that we did not do better…this kind of sorrow bears no lasting fruit…True contrition comes when God turns and looks upon us. For genuine repentance consists of feeling deeply our human helplessness, of knowing how God comes to us when we are completely broken. In the end it is God looking into the sinner’s face that matters….Only when we come to our Father in response to His waiting look can we be freed and forgiven. “Turning” by Henry Drummond in Bread and Wine: readings for Lent and Easter

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