Monday, February 11, 2013

One Thousand Gifts (Continued)

 "Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres"
(1 Corinthians 13:4-7).

This was the theme verse at the women's conference that I attended this weekend with my dear friends. The conference was entitled "Lead with Love".  These words from 1 Corinthians were read a few times over the course of the weekend. Whenever I hear this passage, I am reminded of a challenge given to me once- to replace the word "love" with my name.  It is a difficult thing to do, and one that cannot be done on our own.  I need God's help and His loving forgiveness when I fail so often.  I was blessed to spend time with my friends this past weekend and to be challenged to "lead with love" in all areas and relationships in my life.  I was reminded again of the ultimate gift of love: Christ's love for us as He gave His life as an atonement for all of our sins.

Continuing to give thanks...

-Christ's love for us
-spending time with my friends
-worshiping with hundreds of other women and followers of Christ
-the wisdom and humour of Dr. Kevin Leman
-the ministry of Crossroads
-fellowship and dining with friends
-movie night at our house with friends from church
-laughter and the perfect date night with my hubby (couples night out)

-how he gets so absorbed in his books
-his love for books

-taking time to sew a few projects

-enjoying Soupfest with my brothers and my hubby while supporting a great cause

-advanced notice of the upcoming storm (TWO read warnings!)

 -another snow day
-excited children
-Deborah, thrilled to have her siblings home for another day

 -safety on the roads when travelling Friday night

-the beautiful blanket of snow

 -how they can get along so well at times

 -not letting the snow stop a good game of basketball

-the children's excitement when their Dad brings home the snow blower
 -getting outdoors and blown by the snow from the snow blower
-LOTS of snow to play in

-how he enjoys everything that he does

-how the children all take turns playing with her

 -evening skating


dsblanchard said...

You posted right before me today at Ann's. This is such a great posting. I loved seeing your family in the snow and I loved that you got to see your sponsored child and I love that you are connected to Ann's site. Perhaps I will see you again as we both link up over there.

It's been good being here this evening. Blessings, Dawn

Heather said...

Aw, look at your little snow-children! Great pic of Paul--hilarious! I'm glad you had such a good time on the weekend. Can't wait to hear all about it! Tea next week? :)