Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Express Mail From God

      I absolutely love the looks of joy and excitement when I surprise my kids with a fun outing, a new pair of shoes, or even something as simple as a pack of chewing gum.  Just the act of giving a gift of time, service, or an item can change the course of their day and mood.

     This verse popped out at me this week:  “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”  Matthew 7:11 (NIV)

     Why am I always surprised by all the God-gifts that fill my own days?  After all, God delights in His children, and I think He gets the same pleasure out of watching us delight in His gifts.  So as we’re busy wrapping presents for those we love, take a moment to unwrap one for yourself sent Express from your Maker!  It may not come in the packaging you expected, but it’s still exactly what you need.

Continuing my list of 1,000 Gifts this week:

36.  Making memories with friends while constructing gingerbread houses

37.  Heartwarming Christmas carols in a hot tub on a very cold night

38.  Baking day with my momma and 4 little elves

39.  12 miles on a steep incline of a spinning bike just so I could eat extra 7-layer cookies

40.  Walking into a clean house and flowers on the table from a thoughtful husband

41.  Christmas movie marathons late at night because who needs a bedtime during this fun season

42.  Girlfriends who can jump in conversation from hair color to international adoption plans without skipping a beat

43.  Fundraiser plans coming together as a reminder that God is our Provider

44.  Positive medical exams and blood work to make sure we’re physically fit to welcome more children home

45.  Notes from kiddos instructing us to empty their piggy banks so we can get their new sisters or brothers home fast

46.  Times with extended family that remind us that family times really are the happiest times

47.  Grace under pressure and peace that passes our understanding

48.  Simplifying this Christmas so we can truly celebrate Christ

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