3 gifts from your savior

Thankful for a grace-filled Savior, and for the moments where I humbly receive his grace through the flesh-and-blood, dear people in my life who are treasures to me.

Thankful for the words of Ann Voskamp during a gray season: You will be experienced as a blessing — to the extent you have first experienced yourself as blessed.  These words are slowly coming to my mind time and time again, when I am unsure of myself or feel weak or incapable.  God has poured out love and blessing, and I want to soak it all up like a sponge.

Thankful for a Thanksgiving Psalm:

Psalm 100:

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
     Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he who made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Thankful that we are his sheep, first and foremost.  Fun facts about sheep: there are over 1 billion sheep in the world, sheep and shepherds are mentioned 247 times in the Bible, and sheep have best friends. One very special animal, if you ask me. 7035673575_e01c506b96_z

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A gift honoring, humbling, happy

Thankful for little hands and big watering cans that honor the seeds I planted months ago by giving them the water they need. What a gift! It’s not everyday a 3 year old helps me with my chores from miles and miles away.IMG_0972

Thankful that the shedding of (many, many) tears leads way to conversations that need to happen, and that bring much needed light and truth into my struggles.  Humbling and hard, but worth it.

Thankful for determined and thirsty puppies. Makes my heart happy!IMG_0982

3 gifts framed

Thankful for memories from last year and an abundance of experiences and treasured moments to come.  A couple of random frame-worthy favorites:

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new friends!
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excited for new teammates!
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almond milk lattes, charleston and sweet loosoo

A gift made, masked, marvelled

Thankful for homemade sunflower seed butter. That stuff is good. 

Thankful for masked Much Ado About Nothing characters and watching Shakespeare movies for homework.

Thankful for marvelous growth that I can see with my own eyes and scripture that makes it so real: 

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IMG_0885 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 1 Corinthians 3:7

 

 

 

3 gifts given

Thankful for the good gifts given to each of us, every day, that are ours to capture and savor:

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Spontaneous Washington DC reunions in Georgia, complete with a mini Washington monument.
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Texts with happy pictures of “small bites” that make me smile time after time after time. Love these people.
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Grace, to myself. On monday, I said: no more coffee. The caffeine makes me too irritable/headachey/wired. Monday at 10:30 am, I caved. But thats OK–I’m only human, and Happy HG needs to be happy and give herself some grace daily.

3 gifts growing

Thankful for my growing obsession with candles.  I’ve been lighting them left and right, and am loving the ambience + the compliments on how good our place smells all the time. 

Thankful for the person I am growing into, and that I am not the same as I was one, two or three years ago (and that is a good thing!) Love this quote from Donald Miller:

“God designed you to grow from a baby to a child to a teenager to an adult and even after you’re an adult you’re designed to continue learning about God, about love, about each other and about yourself.”

Thankful for the Clemson library, illustrations, and a love for books that I hope to never grow out of. IMG_0926

3 gifts autumn

IMG_1596Thankful for Friday night high school football games that feel like fall…and make me feel like Tami Taylor cheering on the Dillon Panthers/East Dillon Lions.

Thankful for that warm, familiar, autumnal feeling I get whenever I walk into Starbucks. What is it about that place? I suppose it just reminds me of my treasured early morning routine from last fall: oatmeal and coffee and quiet in Starbucks. Miss those days.

Thankful for September birthdays that are starting up in full swing this week.  Love that birthdays are an excuse to make mountains of crunchy granola goodness.