Tag Archive | 1000 gifts 2012

Bearing Fruit

There is only one week left in October, and Southwest Kansas has not had a killing frost. I have never had this amount and variety of garden produce to harvest this late into Fall. Zucchini, spaghetti squash, tomatoes, peppers – banana, bell, cayenne, cherry, green beans, and a lonely red beet were awaiting me this morning. Plus, the cayenne and cherry pepper plants are loaded with peppers still ripening.

fresh picked

Each year I marvel at the results of planting a tiny seed and giving it a bit of TLC. However my greatest enjoyment is the harvest. I love serving and eating FRESH produce. I also thoroughly enjoy “putting up”. I fill my big upright freezer first, and then can the rest. Freezer and shelves are both loaded for serving and eating home grown summer savory goodness all winter.

canning

It’s like that with our lives. Seeds are planted, but what we do with that seed determines the growth and quality of our fruit. In John 15, Jesus refers to himself as the “true vine”, and we are the “branches.” Jesus says, in John 15:4-5:

“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” NLT

Much the same as Paul prayed for the Christians of Colosse, today I pray for you.

“…[I] ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. [I] also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy always thanking the Father…”        Col 1:9-12 NLT

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2012 Glimpses of Blessings

2012 has been a year that I have intentionally looked for, took notice of, and gave God praise for His abundant blessings. It was not a year perfect in every way, yett even in the difficult times God was ever present. I welcome 2013 and can’t wait to see what God has in store. To God be the Glory!

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10 Things…

Isn’t God amazing! He blesses us over and over even when we don’t deserve it or take time to notice. Ten things I recognize as gifts of blessing to begin this month are:
Apple Picking is one of my favorite things about Fall. Picking on Monday took me down memory lane as I thought of all the times My Children and I picked at the local orchard. I couldn’t help smiling as I heard Laughter from excited youngsters hidden behind a row of trees laden with gorgeous, juicy apples.
A Dear Friend is a grandma again. This New Life is a handsome little boy.
God has allowed me to hang out with and minister to several Young Ladies. I love watching how they grow and mature in life and in their relationship with God. It also helps keep me young. 🙂
A Garden that is still producing! Will it get zapped by frost by weeks end?
This morning my phone chimed with a new text message…a LOVE Note from my hubby. ❤
It took a 30 year reunion to Rekindle Friendships~ Sally and Shelly, I am so excited that we have reconnected!
The Desire to learn and grow. Sometimes it is easier to simply let life happen, and I have spent too many years of my life doing that. Yes, the desire to learn and grow is a blessing from the Lord, and I have so much yet to learn.

I continue on this journey of intentionally counting 1000 Gifts in 2012- The Joy Dare. If you are not in the practice of intentionally looking for God’s blessings I’d encourage you to begin today. If you would like to follow the list I’m using for October click HERE. A few gifts we’ll look for are: 3 gifts prayed for, a gift baked/stirred/eaten, 3 gifts on time, a gift surrendered.

How is God blessing you this week? I’d love for you to leave a comment and share your joy!

June Gifts of Joy

Can you believe 2012 is half over already?! The past six months, I’ve seen God and His blessings in some very unexpected ways.  Counting 1000 Gifts in 2012 – The Joy Dare continues to open my eyes.

Some gifts of joy for the month of June were:

  • A gift in conversation – family devotions on the beach.
  • A gift ugly beautiful – new grass shoots poking through blackened soil from spring prairie fire.
  • A gift empty – empty arms. Though I miss cuddling my young children, I praise God for the wonderful adults they have become.
  • A gift unexpected – Rain! Glorious Rain!
  • A gift smelled – the scent of my daughter’s perfume as I walked past her room. Yes, Daughter-on-the-other-side-of-of-the-world is home!
  • 3 gifts that are difficult – 1. My sis in-law was in a head-on collision. God saved her, but she will have a long, long road to recovery. 2. Surgery for sis in-law was postponed, and she received a very disappointing prognosis. Praising God that things aren’t worse than they are. 3. Being so far away from Hubby’s family. I wish I could be there to visit, encourage, take dinner to the family…yet I can pray across the miles for my dear sis in-law.

Though we may not understand, and the road may be long and difficult; God promises to never leave or forsake us.  That alone fills me with JOY!

Won’t you join me on this Joy Dare? Start intentionally looking for God’s gifts of grace and joy today. HERE is the link for the gifts we’ll count in July. JoyDare Be blessed!