Monday, January 24, 2011

1000 gifts in orbit (268-283 of 1000 gifts)

While much of eastern Canada shivers in a deep freeze, here on the west coast we're toying with spring. On a walk this week I saw the first blooms of forsythia and heard spring birdsong. Spears of bulbs are breaking the soil. We have a few more minutes of sunlight every day (268-271)!

Here are some more blessings I counted this week:

272. A neck that normally swivels without pain. (On Monday and Tuesday for some reason mine didn't. Ouch!)

273. Buying books for the Kindle e-reader (they shouldn't make it so easy!)

274. A walk on a cool, grey afternoon, perfect for calming restless thoughts and using up nervous energy.

275. A lo-o-o-o-ong dental appointment — done!

276. Freezing. Can't imagine going through the jack-hammering that happened in my mouth without anesthetic.

277. Lunch with friends. Old friends. I met the lady part of our friend duo twenty years ago when our 5-year-olds were in music lessons together.

278. A break in the rain so we could walk.

279. Green upon green upon green.

280. Golden-crowned Kinglets (identified by our more-expert-than-us ornithologist friends).

281. This moving song.

282. Being one of the crowd. At our Wednesday women's meeting someone spoke of God reassuring her that it was important, too, to be just one of the crowd. After all look how the crowds served Jesus — with news spreaders, hosanna shouters, palm wavers, children singers, generally lots of buzz.This week I've loved being part of the crowd that has helped launch Ann Morton Voskamp's One Thousand Gifts to the stratosphere of No. 11 on (on Saturday). Way to go Ann — and all glory to Jesus who foundations the gratitude lifestyle.

283. Discovering the gorgeous poem that begins:

What is it makes a church so like a poem?
The inner silence – spaces between words?

The ancient pews set out in rhyming rows
Where old men sit and lovers are so still?

Or something just beyond that can’t be seen,
Yet seems to move if we should look away?

Read the entire poem here...

If you'd like to join me and many others collecting One Thousand Gifts, please do. Some members of this gratefulness community post their gifts on blogs, while others list them in private journals. Instructions on how to join are here.

Ann's book One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are is out and selling like hotcakes. Get your copy! 

Violet Nesdoly / poems
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Julana said...

I bought Ann's ebook, too. I think it was up to #7 at one point, then I saw it at 12. It keeps moving.

You're so fortunate to have harbingers of spring already.

Nina said...

Hmm, looks like someone had a nice walk in the woods!

I'm happy to be part of the crowd, too! Several of my friends have now ordered Ann's book after seeing my post about it on Facebook, and I'm just thrilled that more and more people are learning about it, and are going to be blessed by what they read.

Have a great week, violet!

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