10/18/11

captured

like a prairie hawk in a fowler's net
my restless heart struggles
angry at times
other times, holy and content
once in a while, both
and the whole drama beautiful somehow.
How strange
how incomprehensible this work of Yours
but this wild and dirty little gypsy girl
You love her somehow
I am convinced of it
how else this grace, all this Grace?
love more than imagination can wrap itself around
intimately, deeply, oh so painfully
heavy euphoria
sanctification.

10/11/11

A Patchwork of Thanks



In honor of Thanksgiving Day yesterday, here are some of my gift listings since the last post.


#358 A sound sleep

#360 Unexpected joy

#368 Warm campfire sleepiness

#370 A baby climbing into my lap uninvited, uncoaxed

#374 Curiousity

#375 A boy with a big voice to proclaim scripture to passersby

#380 Tiny frogs

#385 The chance to tell someone, "Jesus Christ is the difference!"

#387 A mechanic for a father!

#397 A friend who will always be one

#399 Being told I am missed

#400 The way prairie grasses ripple in green waves, an ocean of wild freedom



#406 That they are going even though I can't

#411 A mockingbird rejoicing on the TV antenna

#417 An unasked for downpour

#421 Midnight crickets

#429 Joyful black baby faces

#432 Djembes at the campfire

#438 The evening sun shining back from the windows of a farmhouse

#442 Sharing french press

#440 Dishtowels that make me laugh
(http://www.comparestoreprices.co.uk/images/ed/eddingtons-oven-mitt-danger-men-cooking.gif)

#459 The story of the white horse
(http://www.facebook.com/#!/note.php?note_id=10150406571696562)

#463 New songs to learn!

#470 Watching the sun go down past the graveyard fence

#474 The smell of warm peaches

#477 Anticipation, like an almost inaudible hum through the day

#479 Picking out roses for Oma

#485 Little girls in knee socks

#488 Testimonies of physical healing

#495 Cheese and spicy pickles on crackers at midnight

#497 An absolute certainty that the stars are there and they are shining, whether screened by clouds or not

#501 Messy beginnings that hold grace-potential

#505 Campfire sparkles

#507 The dance of flight, the view from over a waterfall, glimpses of home

#514 A kind query from someone who wants to listen

#517 Heart unloadings on the dock

#520 Tamarack - church, concentrated

#527 An uncle and aunt I am so proud of; so honored to be their niece

#528 Constellations spinning over dew-wet grass

#535 A job to wake up to



#538 Wild September apples

#541 Students hyper-excited to learn =)

#542 Some idea of what I'm doing!

#543 Getting a latte coffee-priced for my evening drive with a Spurgeon soundtrack!

#546 Getting serenaded on my birthday by 10+ men from my church in the driveway =)

#548 Fork discussions

#549 Soul-hungry friends

#559 Old-timey preachers

#562 Wilberforce Christianity

#565 Tiny black-eyed boys with long lashes and un-ending "why?"s

#573 The moment of being engulfed in my huge cousin's embrace

#575 Bridal shower prayers

#578 Oma always with her grandkids' arms around her

#587 Four-part female harmony

#593 The weight of a sleeping baby

#595 Jeans after a busy week of dressing up

#599 A little "cow" tagging along after me... 'moo, moo, moo'

#605 Sky blue puddles

#606 Pay stubs

#608 Sun in the raindrops

#614 Bloopers that turn into embarrassing jokes

#620 Christian at the cross, his burden rolling into the empty tomb



#624 Little girls who tie their tights into knots during naptime and get stuck

#629 Sister hugs

#633 Moonlight on the ripples of Lake Ontario

#648 A dad who loves enough to get worried

#649 Time to mow the lawn

#650 A father's love that won't let go (Courageous, opening scene)

#658 The green and purple of berry ink

#665 Dimples

#671 The mysterious glow of a young pregnant mother

#674 Men behind the piano at church

#680 The joyful hope of Cassie's smile, tucked deep in my heart

#681 Goosebumps

#684 The way my pastor's voice turns soft when he talks of the hurting

#685 Guys who hold open doors

#688 Ships and reflections at the pier

#693 "That you are allowed to set your eyes on God"



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