Monday, March 19, 2012

One Thousand Gifts (con't)

"I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave"
(Psalm 86:12-13).

He sways to the music. He smiles from ear to ear. He closes his eyes as he sings with all of his heart. I sit in church behind this man with a difficult past, and tears well up in my eyes. He has such a passion for the LORD and he exuberantly expresses his faith. Why can't I share that exuberance and passion? Why do I just coast along in my faith, marriage, life, etc?

He sways to the music as we sing...

Not what my hands have done can save my guilty soul;
not what my tiling flesh has borne can make my spirit whole.
Not what I feel or do can give me peace with God;
not all my prayers and sighs and tears can bear my awful load.

Your voice alone, O Lord, can speak to me of grace;
your power alone, O Son of God, can all my sin erase.
No other work but yours, no other blood will do;
no strength by that which is divine can bear me safely through.

I praise the Christ of God; I rest on love divine;
and with unfaltering lip and heart I call this Saviour mine.
My Lord has saved my life and freely pardon gives;
I love because he first loved me, I live because he lives.
(text written by Horatius Bonar)

Continuing to give thanks...

-a day of rest
-another reminder of what the LORD has done for me
-Jesus- our substitute
-a nice visit this morning with a friend (fellow adoptive mommy) and her two little ones
-excitement while waiting for Deborah's friend to come over
-cleaning out closets
-visits to the park
-a nice day at St. Jacob's
-a husband who loves his job
-my job- which I love too!

-enjoying the outdoors at anytime of the day

-beautiful sunset outside of my kitchen window

-roasting marshmallows outside in March
-our first campfire of the year

-seeing grass as the ice rink gets taken down

-enjoying the warmth of the sunshine

-getting the pool out for the first time this year

-enjoying every minute of March Break

-a love for water

-warm temperatures

-spending lots of time together as siblings over the March Break

-another visit to the park

-cousins sharing the same passion

-reading books while swinging

-a crinkled nose while smiling

-lots of attention from her older siblings

-outdoors, outdoors, outdoors!

1 comment:

Heather said...

Awesome photos from this crazy March of ours!! Who would have ever thought the kids could swim at this time of year? It will go down in history, I'm sure.

As for the singing man, I'm so thankful God gives us glimpses of people like this. It's Him speaking and urging us to love Him deeper and worship Him with our whole hearts. Thanks for sharing.