Monday, November 30, 2009

One Thousand Gifts (continued)

114) thoughtfulness of someone tucking in the cat

"The LORD knows the thoughts of man" (Psalm 94:11).

115) angels watching over me (a little gift from my little angel)

"For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways" (Psalm 91:11).

116) words of thanks from the heart

"Just as you received Christ Jesus as LORD, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness" (Colossians 2:6-7).

117) sun rising trying to warm the cool air

118) completed errands

119) sharing laughs with a friend

120) prepared meals (thanks, Mom)

holy experience

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Mood Booster

"Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ"

(1 Corinthians 15:57).

Shopping... chocolate... candy... pills...alcoholic beverages...food...etc. These may seem like they work to boost one's mood, but I beg to differ. While moping in my chair, I felt God telling me to "give thanks, give thanks, give thanks". I rose from my chair to get my camera and find something to take a picture of that I am thankful for. Indeed, watching our youngest play with his sister's things in her room and watching them getting along so well for a surprisingly prolonged period of time was something to give thanks for. Thank-you, God for my many blessings, and forgive me when I fail so often to recognize them.

Monday, November 23, 2009

One Thousand Gifts (continued)

101) myriad of colour
"O LORD, our LORD, how majestic is your name in all the earth" (Psalm 8:9).

102) poinsettia details
"I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders" (Psalm 9:1).

103) shipping season
"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven... a time to plant and a time to uproot" (Ecclesiastes 3:1,2).

104) my hard working man!
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the LORD, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the LORD as a reward" (Colossians 3:23-24).

105) musicians?!
"Praise the LORD. Sing to the LORD a new song, His praise in the assembly of the saints" (Psalm 149:1).
106) family pictures with the poinsettias
107) pastors
108) guest pastors
109) reminder yesterday that God does not keep us from the fiery furnaces, but that He is in the fiery furnace with us
110) reminder yesterday that God has His invisible army watching us and protecting us
111) my gifted sister on the organ (our dad would be proud! next time I'm bringing the camera!)
112) family game time yesterday
113) sunrising through the thick fog

holy experience

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Tea Time

"If we walk in the light, as (God) is in the light, we have fellowship with one another"
(1 John 1:7).
One prefers trying to beat his mom in mini stick tournaments, one prefers to cuddle with his mom in the mornings, and one prefers just to be listened to! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to my daughter last night as we had tea (juice) together and began a Bible study together. Although the treats were definitely a perk, we both enjoyed diving into Scripture together, praying together and answering questions together. Spending time with my daughter was delightful and her answers were inspiring. In our first lesson, we praised God for creating us and making us special. We were reminded from various Scripture passages how wonderful it is that God made us. It is my prayer that as we continue with our "tea parties" that our mother-daughter bond will be strengthened as well as our walk with the LORD. We're already looking forward to the next one!

Friday, November 20, 2009

National Adoption Day

the Ethiopian flag
"I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone" (1 Timothy 2:1).

Today is National Adoption Day. The Adoption Council of Ontario sent an e-mail inviting all those who have been touched by adoption to take some time today to celebrate their connection with adoption. I would like to do that through prayer.

Our devotional at breakfast this morning, was based on the passage of 1 Timothy 2:1. It challenged us to pray for all people and to do so specifically. Pray for specific things such as wisdom, strength, happiness, guidance and that God will work in their lives.
As I celebrate adoption today, I give thanks for the blessing of making such wonderful friendships through this process and I rejoice for those families who have brought their dear children home! I pray for the many families that are waiting to be united with their children that God will grant much patience and perseverance. I pray for our little girl whom God has chosen for us that she will be kept safe, well fed, well cared for, and loved. I pray for her biological parents that they will experience the peace that comes from God as they make an adoption plan for their baby girl. I lift up all the workers of our agency as they strive hard to speed up time lines and as they renew and build relationships. I pray for the many volunteers who are giving their time to help our agency get reconstructed. I pray for wisdom and strength for them.

I am thankful to God for this whole experience so far. It has taught myself and my family many things. Praise be to God!

Monday, November 16, 2009

One Thousand Gifts (continued)

91) Little fingers making music
"I will make music to the LORD, the God of Israel" (Judges 5:3).

92) Helicopters falling from trees
"My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs?" (James 3:12)

93) Joyfully catching helicopters falling from the tree
"Then the trees of the forest will sing, they will sing for joy before the LORD, for He comes to judge the earth" (1 Chronicles 16:33).

94) Appreciation for creation

"Remember your Creator in the days of your youth" (Ecclesiastes 12:1).

95) Busy little hands
"The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied" (Proverbs 13:4).

96) a successful school bazaar

97) numerous hard working volunteers
98) numerous loving donations

99) frost decorating the grass this morning
100) restful sleep

holy experience

Friday, November 13, 2009

Adoption Update

Adoption Update
"Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our LORD Jesus Christ"
(1 Corinthians 15:57).

When all seemed lost this past July with the bankruptcy, we are pleased to read the report prepared by the new Board of Directors from our agency, Imagine. A few representatives from our agency recently returned from a trip to Ethiopia and were pleased to meet their goals. One of the accomplished goals was signing two new two year contact with two orphanages! These orphanages also gave the Board confidence that referrals will start sooner than anticipated (we'll keep praying for that and continual patience). Also, working relationships with key staff members on the Kids Link (Imagine's former name) management team were re-established. We continue to praise God for the progress being made and we pray that enough clients return their new retainer agreements and renewal fees by the end of November.

Monday, November 9, 2009

One Thousand Gifts (continued)

76) Flowers- "Just Because I Love You" from my hubby
"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins" (1Peter 4:8).

77) Angel notes from my little angel
"Encourage one another and build each other up..." (1 Thessalonians 5:11,14)

78) creative creations
"LORD, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us" (Isaiah 26:29).

79) Excitement
"(God) will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy" (Job 8:21).

80) Leisure time for reading
"There will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed" (Ecclesiastes 3:17).
81) God's faithfulness to my father-in-law as he celebrates another birthday
82) God's faithfulness to my sister-in-law and brother-in-law as they celebrated 25 years of marriage
83) a spring day in November
84) spiritual mentors
85) God's unfailing promises
86) Lego characters all over the house
87) mud on the stairs from our 9 year old son coming upstairs to kiss me good-bye this morning
88) markers, crayons, paper, and creative "master pieces" spread across the dining room table
89) hugs before the bus comes
90) memory work

holy experience

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


"The wise heart will know the proper time and procedure. For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter" (Ecclesiastes 8:5-6).
Church, school, community, and home -all need workers and volunteers. I need more time in the day! I am struggling with trying to find the proper balance in my life. I love being at home, I love time for leisure and hobbies, but I also enjoy the volunteer work that I do. I pray for wisdom to know how to spend my time and that whatever I do, the LORD's name may be praised.

Monday, November 2, 2009

One Thousand Gifts (continued)

61) Leaping in the Leaves
"'Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven'" (Luke 6:23)

62) Growing season
"See how the lilies of the field grow" (Matthew 6:28)

(or poinsettias!!)

63) Our humourous eldest

"I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live" (Ecclesiastes 3:12).

64) Our precious princess

"Daughters of Kings...All glorious is the princess..." (Psalm 45:9, 13)

65) Our lovable lion

"You are a lion's cub..." (Genesis 49:9)

66) pretty wispy clouds God placed in the sky this morning

67) beautiful fall weather

68) cousin reunion

69) baptism this weekend- the reminder of God's promises and we belong to His family

70) baby Denver's life and God's hand in his life since before he was even born

71) healthy children!

72) God's love and comfort

73) light

74) playing games

75) God's provision in our lives

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