Grateful for the First Week of Spring (though winter still hung on)

It was spring break at our house. As usual for Nashville, we had interesting weather–started the week with tornado sirens and ended the week with threat of snow flurries. But it was a week of rest, regardless of the weather…here’s my list for the week:

3 gifts red:

  • ruby-red strawberries
  • poppies on canvas
  • candles on the pie safe

3 gifts eaten:

  • sugar-snap peas sprouting in most surprising places (I’m not eating them yet, but I will in a couple of months!)
  • spinach right out of the garden
  • dinner with my grandmother to celebrate her 91 years

3 gifts that made you laugh:

  • news of an Ethiopian court date in April!
  • videos of that Ethiopian nephew
  • Girls’ Night In and a game of Bubble Talk:)

A gift salty, sweet, just right:

  • veggie chips on salad
  • watching my son delight in strawberry jam
  • a day spent mixing up and freezing enough breakfast to last until the end of the school-year

3 gifts found in His word:

  •  “But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
  • You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3
  •  When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:

     “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”

    “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

    Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

    “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” Luke 19:37-40

3 gifts found in women:

  • new mothers gently loving their babies
  • women meeting adversity with strength from above
  • women working together to get the job done

3 gifts spoken:

  • Long talk over lunch with old long-time friends
  • The din caused by 8 cousins (aged 14 to 3) celebrating their great-grandmother’s birthday:)
  • communion and sermon on rest and redemption. Thanks, Dale and Brian!
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