It's been quite a week -- one that keeps my head swirling and heart pounding. From the get-go, I needed to stay on top of it before it got on top of me. So last Saturday I called a family meeting to get a gameplan. With pencil and paper in hand, I blocked off chunks of time to accomplish the mission ahead -- the typical stuff that fills up a family week -- school projects, piano recitals, hosting multiple ministry events, gymnastics classes, and adoption stuff just to name a little.
Thankfully we kept on track, but I was reminded that it's not the big ticket items that make life so sweet. While great joy is found in scheduled plans, life is really made up of all the God winks in between. I've been on a journey to find God in the midst of the daily good and bad - when things go as planned and when they go amuck - when I'm looking eyes wide open and even when I'm burying my face in the pillow. Because that's how God's grace is. It's found in the ordinary, and it opens up the joy windows no matter what swirls around us.
I've been making a list of God's gifts, and the act of recording them has awakened me to what living really is about. I was challenged by one of my favorite bloggers, Ann Voskamp, to begin making a list of everyday gifts. You can read more about this beautiful project HERE, and I invite you to join me in discovering God's personal touch in every single moment of your life.
In celebration of Ann's newest book, One Thousand Gifts, she created this wonderful montage of living fully right where you are. If you have just 5 minutes, be inspired by spending them here:
And my list of 1,000 Gifts continues:
49. Words on pages that write on my heart
50. Pizza & movie nights cozied up together
51. Clearance sales to clothe growing bodies
52. Salty tears
53. Blue-eyed babes lined up for TB tests to prove their readiness to grow our family
54. Anticipation of another precious nephew
55. Spin bikes that pedal away tension from long days
56. Connecting through texting
57. Dreams of God-sized ideas
58. Heat in our home
59. Fire in our hearts
60. Child-whispered prayers
61. Muddy shoes
62. Grandparents love
63. Burdens that keep me running to Him
64. A clean van
65. Lists to keep me on track
66. Joy in His faithfulness