Friday, January 31, 2014

January gifts: teapots and testimony

Slowly catching up on all the blessings add to my 1000 gifts list. I write these on my calendar, and then as I have a chance I type them up to share here with more details, as a record for my family and another offering of thanksgiving to God. These are from January, 2014.

772. Glow pets
I was so desperate to finish a really good book (Eleanor and Park) that I commandeered Starlet's glow pet so I could keep reading in the car after it got dark, on our long drive to South Dakota to spend New Year's with B's family. Who knew a little kid's toy would come in so handy?

773. A knitted rose
I've never done any knitting, so it kind of surprised me when Blaze picked it up and actually finished some pretty long scarves. We found out about a 4H knitting group and know she's made all sorts of cool things, including a headband with a knitted rose (she taught herself how to make the rose from instructions off the internet) and a little knitted bunny.

774. A far away church with old friends
Our visit to the in-laws in South Dakota was really hard this time, because B's mom is getting so weak and is in so much pain, battling cancer.  Such a hard time, but found great spiritual encouragement from an old friend from Laramie, Lisa (M.) S.  who moved to the area... gave her a call and went to church with her and her family.

775. 1 Corinthians 15:58...your labor is not in vain.
When facing my first big test of 2014, I found great comfort in this verse: Always give yourselves fully to the Lord, because you know your labor in the Lord is not in vain

776. Packing teapots with a friend
My dear friend who lives in Colorado Springs (K.A.) shares my love of tea and books, and she has a big collection of teapots; I went down to help her pack for a move across town, and she, knowing how much I admire her collection, had me help her pack them up for the move... which was neat because I got to hear the story of each pot from her as we worked. Then she gave me my favorite one of the bunch.

777. Testimony at biker's church
During my visit with K.A. I also went to biker's church with her and her family. I just love how my friend is both an avid biker (leather coat with patches and everything) and also a collector of tea pots. While there we heard a soul-stirring testimony from one of the bikers of how Jesus saved him. 

778. Titanic in space
Read this wonderful book, These Broken Stars, which is similar in some aspects to the sinking of the Titanic - but set in space with a luxury space liner instead of an oceanliner.  Shared with my writer friend, N.L.W., how envious I am of writers who can take a famous story and put in a new setting or with some other new twist and turn it into a best seller. Then my friend shared a brilliant idea retelling of a classic story set in space, too! (maybe it will my turn next to get a good idea like this)

779. Remembering "see you in my dreams"
I already listed "see you in my dreams" (from the movie Crimson Tide) as a gift a couple years ago, but when my husband texted this to me again recently it melted my heart... that he remembered it

780. The "Mar" prayer team 
I have been making it to our ladies' prayer meeting Friday mornings (at 6:30 am!)  more often and one day the four of us "regulars" noticed that our names all started with M-a-r.  (Marilyn, Mariah, Margy, and my name). So we dubbed ourselves the Mar prayer team.

781. Wings in the Bible
We've been studying Ruth in my weekly Bible study, and Ruth 2:13 "May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge" prompted me to look up other verses about wings in the Bible. I discovered some amazing things - enough I think I will write a separate post on them!

782.  Brilliant love light
I loved this imagery from Sarah Young's devotional, Jesus Lives:  "As you wait in the light of my [God's] presence, my love falls steadily upon you. In this brilliant love light you can sometimes catch glimpses of the glory revealed in my face" (2 Cor 4:6)

783. Christmas lights all year round
It's time to take down the Christmas tree, but I hung a strand of the Christmas lights in my bed room, to remind me that when we take our suffering, frustration or sorrow to God, He can permeate any darkness with His light

784. Your soul can understand more than your mind
This is another thing I loved from the devotional, Jesus Lives:  "Your soul can grasp matters that are too deep for your mind's understanding"

785. Postcards from Alaska
My stepdaughter has been getting postcards from a "beau" who lives in Alaska... and I drool over them almost as much she does (I've always wanted to go to Alaska!)

786. Wild Americans in their natural habitat
My stepdaughter has started making these funny short videos: my favorite one is where she adopts a Steven Irwin accent as he's stalking wild animals, as she talks about going "in search of wild Americans their its natural habitat" - and then reveals she's just entered Wal-mart. Made me laugh!

787.  Five years later, still waiting on a promise, still hopeful
I was reading through old posts here, and I came upon this one from 2009, "May this dream come true" - a dream about my parents coming to know the Lord - a real, living relationship. This hasn't come true yet, and who knows if it will happen like in my dream, but I will never lose hope.

Couldn't resist this picture of Blaze and Dreamer riding with two of Blaze's friends and the spread of mountains in the distance (horses: Strike, Rebel, Tuffy and Spring). Blaze has looked forward to Hailee's visit ever since she moved away last summer.

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