Monday, August 27, 2012

Multitude Monday, 8-27

Multitude Monday

Hebrews 12:28
Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe,

Dear Lord, thank you for these gifts:

~ That even in the midst of sorrow, there are blessings to count, like little girls in pigtails in the scorching heat at the country fair. And I give thanks for the eight consecutive years we've been to this fair--years that passed far too fast--at which I've been pregnant twice, held babies in a sling twice, watched three little ones take their first ride, and introduced four children to the wonder of cotton candy. And finally, watched an enthusiastic husband dine on fair food with all the joy of Templeton the rat, one of Wilbur's saviors.

  ~ That ten-year-old Peter allows me to comfort him. He loves the animals and the food, but the crowd? It makes him exceedingly anxious. He worries that one of the children will get lost. He holds their hands fiercely tight and makes sure everyone has a buddy. My heart aches for him in his anxiety, but I rejoice that I have prayer power and the ability to comfort him.

~ For pigs. Enough said. We love them!

~ For Paul's joy on the bumper cars...the first year he was tall enough.

~ For a little girl thrilled at her guaranteed win. We now have an inflatable dolphin loved by all, despite its pink color.

~ For the faces God put on all his animals. The faces intrigue me most.

~ Even those only a mother could love.

~ For spouses to cuddle next to, who comfort us in our sorrow and share our joys.

~ For the wonder of lizards.

~ For the quietness and gentleness of bunnies.

~ Kids who giggle at the lake, loving every second of the experience.

~ For a little girl finally gaining a pound or two. I had to buy her a 4T top and a matching bottom in size 18 months. She's tiny but getting her muscle tone and healthy fat back

~ For siblings to share the joys with. They teach us how to live in harmony with a spouse some day, and for that I'm forever grateful.

~ For a little girl who will finally bend her knees outside of the therapy gym. She is getting better, praise God. We pray that fall, winter, and early spring don't bring back the pain, weight loss, or muscle atrophy.

~ For the many grand cloud formations at yesterday's lake trip.

~ For the light and the One who created it and recreates it in us.

~ For the comfort of Bible verses. They speak love and strength and guidance into our frail hearts. What a gift to hide them in our hearts and be able to retrieve just the right one at the right time.

~ For a very sweet letter from our Divya from India.

Romans 15:4
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

Deuteronomy 29:29
The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.

2 Peter 1:20
Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation.

What are you thankful for today, my friend?

Linking with Ann today and other thankful ladies. What a gift!


Tesha said...

SO I am finally reading One Thousand gifts and "getting" all the thankfulness that is going around :) It is truly refreshing to see the little things and rejoice in them. So glad to hear a good report on Beth. How fun to visit the fair as a tradition.

Christine said...

Oh, Tesha. I hope you like it! What a blessing. Not an easy read, but worth the effort.

Alicia said...

Oh, these fair photos and thanks just make me smile! I grew up at the county fair with pigs and farm cousins and all the smells and sights and sounds. There's nothing like it :) Love your list this week!

Lisa said...

Love your list, dear friend. And rejoicing with you for answered prayers for Beth. :)