Saturday, July 28, 2012

One Thousand Gifts: Soap, Friends, Birds, Music, Graffiti, and Pickles

“Eucharisteo—thanksgiving—always precedes the miracle.” 
― Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

Pear trees bursting out in a froth of blossoms

  • Whipping up muffins in the morning
  • The perfect sugar cookie: firm outside, fluffy inside
  • Messy remnants of good times
  • Chicken trucks barreling down our highway
  • My brother's "inside voice"
  • The carved table in my room--racetrack, palace, desk
  • Granddaddy's love living in the woodwork
  • An easy burden and a yoke that is light
  • The amazing power of prayer
  • An intercessor for all my weaknesses
  • High scores on college papers!
  • Bill Bryson's hilarious travelogue
  • "You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world." -1 John 4:4
  • Crisp white shirt on a warm afternoon
  • The swollen bud of a spring mayapple
  • Raindrop, almost invisible, turning the world upside down
  • I know that God is listening
  • A newly-made bed
  • A smile when it's hard
  • Sweaty morning exercise
  • Piles of muddy weeds
  • Clean socks, inside out
  • A scribbled Granny letter
  • Fuzzy snowflake pajamas
  • Fresh, warm bread
  • Frozen ginger snaps
  • Popcorn with my brother
  • Family photographs

The sublime majesty of Bierstadt

  • Talk around the campfire
  • Aaron's Pringle s'more
  • Fried bologna and memories
  • Romans 14:17
  • Ecclesiastes 3:1-11
  • Romans 8:28
  • Laughing Aubrey
  • Earnest Joyce
  • Generous Grandma
  • Funny stories about a friend now gone
  • The Aaronic Benediction--each night without fail
  • Tuneful harmonies from our little church "choir"
  • Time Spent Sweeping
  • The roots of little seedlings
  • Enamel on Copper designs
  • Coffee ring, hiding
  • Tiny green life under gooey earth
  • The never-ending birdsong
  • A beautiful Easter Sunday
  • The stone that rolled away from the tomb
  • Fingertip--beautifully stitched by God
  • Dogwoods in April
  • Creamy mayonnaise
  • Slippery, sudsy soap
“Stress isn't only a joy stealer. The way we respond to it can be sin.” 
  • Everything's not as hard as it might be.
  • Matthew 16:25
  • The smell of a fresh egg pie
  • Furtive animal crackers
  • A wooden cross
  • That last bite of Nutella
  • Out of bed in the pre-dawn darkness
  • Breaths of smoke billowing in the air

Sweet feathery blossoms

  • A beautiful golden sun
  • Cocoa dusted almonds 
  • A luscious fried poptart
  • An elegy's crushing chords 
  • Brand new, lipstick red, streamlined, ergonomic ray gun with a negative ion generator. Otherwise known as a hair dryer.
  • New year of life
  • Beautiful handmade birthday card
  • The tiniest alyssum
  • My brand new shirt from 
  • Turquoise--makes me think of Granddaddy
  • A child's smile
  • Rays of light smoothing the clouds
  • An adventuresome bird, reaching the tiptop branch
  • Greasy popcorn in a paper bag 
  • A lovely bone china tea set
  • Gold-gilded pages, filled with thoughts unwritten 
  • Counseling a friend 
  • Pesky mosquitoes
  • The notes of a chord
  • The world's smallest hooks on the feathers of birds
  • Hundreds of photographic slides: history come to life
  • The fellowship of the saints

Last red berries dangling on a twig

  • My Mom's big brown eyes
  • A slice of hot milk sponge cake
  • A handy-dandy flyswatter 
  • British coasters
  • New books for a new semester
  • Chocolate orange Pims in a cookie jar
  • Butterflies in my tummy
  • My awesome family
  • Brother sleeping in the next room
  • Fresh-picked strawberries shining in the sun
  • An iPod Touch that opens up the world
  • Touching every piece of clothing in the shop.
  • Cedar chest full of hopes and plans
  • Awkward fingers making music
  • Squalling Baby
  • The moaning, graffitied train
  • Painful mistakes and picking up the pieces
  • Luscious, vibrant autumn, captured in a lens
  • The word with no rhyme
  • Beautiful blanket flowers, finally blooming
  • Little seedlings, struggling through
  • Roly-polies and memories of childhood

“Gratitude for the seemingly insignificant—a seed—this plants the giant miracle.” 

"Food & beverages, books or magazines are not permitted in this area." 

  • Pretty package, done up in brown paper
  • A chunky, hand-knitted scarf
  • Tattered old bookmark
  • Crunchy sweet snow peas
  • Luscious lemon bars
  • Sweet sisterhood with interesting sisters
  • Words of wisdom from a crotchety old man
  • Forgiveness and forgetfulness
  • Lolling in bed looking at the sky
  • Tucked away in my nook, typing in the dark
  • Casting my anxieties on Him
  • My brother's witty sense of humor
  • Salty dill pickle
  • Perfect holiness

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