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gifts of grace | week of 03.23.14

“We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing.” – Psalm 39:6

Busy rushing pretty much sums up my life. And my attitude towards life. Hurry up! This has to be done now! I’m a girl that likes a schedule and will always choose to rush to be early than to be late.

A couple of months ago, I read Ann Voskamp’s ‘One Thousand Gifts’. I highly recommend that you read it, if you haven’t already. She says, “I can’t think of a single advantage I’ve ever gained from being in a hurry. But tens of thousands broken and missed things lie in the wake of all the rushing. I thought I was making up time. It turns out I was throwing it away….. Hurry always empties a soul.” Wow. Hurry always empties a soul. That’s powerful.

In her book, she explains why she started to make a list of all of the things she was thankful for and her goal was to list one thousand gifts. The gifts of grace that God blesses each day.

I started my own journal of thanks. When we stop to give thanks for the little moments, that otherwise go unnoticed, we start to realize that God is IN every moment. And every moment is a blessing from all of His grace. When I focus on His moments of grace, I am overflowed with joy.

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#139 – his love for reading

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140 – white irises growing in my front yard

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The one below looks as if it’s dancing, with arm bent over,  like a ballerina.

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141 – discovering the sweet smell of an iris

142 – hearing the song ‘Iris’ on Pandora as I walked inside from taking pictures of the irises in the front yard!
The song ‘Iris’ by the Goo Goo Dolls is me and my husband’s song from when we were dating
This was God just showing off 😉

143 – him reading an entire book in one day

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144 – her joy at checking the mail

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