“Blessing is found in cupped and opened hands. Blessings are sown in open hands.”

Blessing In The Ordinary & Mundane

Five Minute Friday

“Thanks is what multiplies the joy and makes any life large, and I hunger for it.”

Ann Voskamp -One Thousand Gifts

Happy Friday Dear Readers!

Today finds me in the midst of packing, sorting medications, and reassuring Lola she is traveling with us (in the back seat much to her chagrin-I. Mean. That. smile). Today was the day I had planned to unplug, taking a week of Sabbath rest. Can I tell you how much I need it, we need it?

Before I go, I could not pass up the opportunity to come and meet with you today. Why? One word, BLESSING. The past four years in the wilderness, in the unholy hard, has been where I have been blessed abundantly. Feathery whispers of grace are found everywhere in this dry and barren land. 

I hope you will join me as I share a few with you. 

Stepping into the unknown, disease without a cure, through opening my hands and searching for the gifts, Gifts of Grace, I was able to take one blind step at a time. In the ordinary things, I fell in love again. I fell in love with a God who gives His blessing of tender mercy and grace when we are walking the unholy hard.

It was there I discovered it was not a matter of surviving but a place of thriving.

Plump Mourning Doves cooing their sorrowful song beneath the feeders.

Blueberry bushes ripe for the picking. 

Adults bent low, loving on precious hearts, serving tirelessly at Vacation Bible School

Mountain roads and mountain views

Small towns and trains

Outdoor cafes

Retirement life with my Sweet Man

A television free home 

Stacks of books

Lola, our furry friend who loves unconditionally

The Good Book and Birkenstocks

Ann Voskamp in her book One Thousand Gifts says this:

“It is one thing to choose to take the grace offered at the cross. But to choose to live as one filling with His grace: Choosing to fill with all that He freely gives and fully live-with glory and grace and God?”

I want to be filled with the feathery whispers of grace found in my everyday ordinary and mundane. I want to be filled with His grace in the unholy hard of the wilderness. I want to keep my hands cupped wide open to catch the gifts.

The blessing.

Gifts of Grace

PS: I’ll be sending out my June Bookshelf later, be on the lookout!

I’m blessed to serve you in this place, to share with you the Gifts of Grace as I journey through the wilderness. I picture you across the table, hands wrapped tightly around your cup, sharing life, and laughter, and tears. As I share with you my own daily struggles, I long to hear what yours may be. Sharing the realness of life. You can do that by commenting below or reaching out to me here.

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