The act of writing, of sharing the circumstances, the gifts and the graces planned and carried out by my Savior and God brings joy, peace, and contentment to know that He has my life in His hands. My prayer for those who read, who share in what I continue to learn each day, many times through my weakness, is that you will be encouraged to look for God's presence and grace in your life also.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Reflecting on God's goodness and grace

Every day is a good day to reflect on the goodness of God—today three verses in Isaiah help me see a little of what God's goodness and grace look like.

All thanks to my God and Savior Jesus Christ.

"The path of the righteous is level;
you make level the way of the righteous.
 In the path of your judgments,
  O Lord, we wait for you;
your name and remembrance
are the desire of our soul.
  My soul yearns for you in the night;
my spirit within me earnestly seeks you."
Isaiah 26:7-9

—Thank you that You take our hand and guide us through the hard places; the uneven places, the places with pot holes—making the path level.

—Thank You for Your perfect path for us that makes us look to you for help, that draws us to our knees as we slowly but surely learn to trust You and Your plan for our life.

—Thank You the path that certainly leads to your judgment but your Righteousness clothes me—covers my sin with the Righteousness of your Son who died for me.  Covers me so that you call me "righteous," and I am.  Wonder of Wonders!!!!

—Thank You for putting your Spirit within me so that indeed Your Name and Presence are the desire of my soul. 

—Thank You for night, darkness—the lack of activity or pressure or some thing needing my attention. Only in the night can there be a pure yearning for you—not in words but by my soul and spirit.  Only then is the real need communicated with honesty—through the Spirit.

—Thank You for the yearning that You have put within me.  The yearning that makes me look for Your work, Your creative power all around me.

—Thank You for my soul—empty without You, my soul wanting to be filled, crying out for its Creator and Keeper.

—And Thank You for the Word, the Revelation, the very YOU who is the only Way, the only Truth, the only Life to all who believe in You.

And continuing my list of 1000 gifts.......

#260.... a massage, almost forgotten, but needed

#261....sunshine....bringing brillance into west facing rooms every afternoon but subtle light to meet the morning complete with cup of tea and His WORD

#262...a friend with the promise of the best tomato plants to plant in a few weeks....

#263...grown children to share ideas with

#264...cards of encouragement sent and received

#265...the view in winter from the couch—a magnificent mountain—created by a magnificent God!

#266...Grains of Sand magnified....I had no idea of the beauty

#267...clouds....snow....fog.....who knows? But covering the foothills and Pikes Peak with Sunshine on this side. Spectacular!!

#268...ideas to cook, to make, to share, to encourage, to read, to love,.....it's called pinterest

#269...encouraging words from friends, family, readers who were touched by words written last week

#270...more flowers blooming inside to remind of what is to come...primroses

#271...my new cup "Love Came Down" to remind me of the Author of Love

#272....plungers.......indoor plumbling......running water

#273...music......to calm, to encourage, to sustain

#274...movies....."Smile" to remind about hurting children and parents

#275...coffee, Kenyan coffee beans, home roasted by my son.  Amazing....no need for flavors

And now to clean my house....and dwell with joy in the presence of the Lord.

"You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore." Psalm 16:11

Also connecting today to Ann at A Holy Experience.   

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