Paper is a bit of a passion of mine. My face begins to break into an uncontrollable smile when I walk through that aisle in the craft store, and I rarely leave empty-handed, therefore I rarely go. The prettiest papers make the prettiest journals, and this is what I had decided - being thankful for His best called for writing it down on my best.
The best I speak of is His grace. According to Ann Voskamp in One Thousand Gifts, "All is grace." Yes, even the trials, even the pain, even the rain, even the abundance. If I have anything at all, it is from the Giver, our Lord and Father. Not what I deserve or what life owes me, but what is bestowed because He chose it for me ... because He is good and He defines good and if He puts something in my hand and calls it good, who am I to say it's not?
Jesus took some bread in his hands and gave thanks for it. He broke the bread and handed it to his apostles. Then he said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Eat this as a way of remembering me!” -Luke 22:19
He gave thanks for the bread. Thankful for the whipping. Thankful for the punches. Thankful for the sharp crown. Thankful for the nails and the spear and the mocking and the spitting and the shame and the weight of my sin. Thankful. He. Gave. Thanks. Thankful for the death. Thankful for the victory of Resurrection. I wonder how many of those went through His head when He broke that bread.
And I am thankful too. For all of that and for every day more and more grace. More and more gifts. More and more blessings, and yes they are all blessings. Even the trials are blessings. Because He defines Good, and He only gives me Good.
Like these ...
- Miss W.'s class - tiptoeing down the hall with smiles, each one
-Mr. B saying K has a lot of my mannerisms - an observation he makes gladly and I take heavily - oh how I want to be a good model-mom
- the lyrics of "Even If" by Kutless
- the privilege of being my husband's listener
- the dark, rich green color the grass turns in the fall, a perfect bed for all this glorious leaf massacre
- the again (?!) struggles and attacks, and Your faithful answer of patience, another portion of forgiveness, and another helping of hope to overcome this again
- Isaiah 40:31 in the Amp. version - waiting on the Lord in expectation to be renewed
- Paper - lovely in pages of books and crafts too.
This has been Thankful on Thursdays. Join me for your own eucharisteo [thankfulness for grace - and all is grace] ... ?
(and if you'd like a pretty journal of thankfulness too? ... let me know ;) )