Monday, November 21, 2011

:: Multitudes on Mondays: A Beginning ::

I'm currently working through Ann Voskamp's book, "One Thousand Gifts."  Talk about entering into a sister's Journey-moments!  If you haven't read it, let me give you a warning: Friend, this piece isn't one of those "candy books" that you read through in a couple days to satisfy your craving for a good word and move on.  It's a "chew it over" book.  I can't get very far because I find myself going back and re-reading the same sections over and over again and each time I do, I'm overwhelmed with a new fragrance of God's love and Truth.  I honestly cannot tell you how long it will take me to get through it - but, I will push through because I know that in the pages, God will meet with me.  He will use the life experience and turns in the path that Ann has walked around to bless and encourage me.  I'm anticipating those pages - excited and nervous about what He is going to teach me.

Here are the words from one of those pages that flew up and grappled with my heart this week...

"The root word of eucharisteo is charis, meaning 'grace.'  Jesus took the bread and saw it as grace and gave thanks.  He took the bread and knew it to be a gift and gave thanks.
But there is more, and I read it.  Eucharisteo, thanksgiving, envelopes the Greek word for grace, charis.  But it also holds its derivative, the Greek word chara, meaning 'joy.'  Ah...yes.  I might be needing me some of that.  That might be what the quest for more is all awbout - that which Augustine claimed, 'Without expection...all try their hardest to reach the same goal that is joy.'"

As part of my work through "One Thousand Gifts," I've decided to jump on board with the community of fellow Travelers who take a few moments each day/week to "give thanks."  Each Monday, they link up and there you can find encouragement and peek into another's Offering of Thanksgiving.  Nothing is off limits in the "thanksgiving" department - nothing too small...we are to give thanks in everything, right?  (1 Thess. 5:19)

Here is my humble beginning of "embracing eucharisteo"...

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The HeartSong concert - balm to my soul.
The community of new friends at church.
An interview this week for my Quiet Man - encourages his heart.
Work giving me flexibility to stay home with my Little Lion Cub.
New pulled BBQ chicken recipe that was a hit.
A new nest to call "home."
The happy dress my Quiet Man bought me for the wedding.
A Dad who knows cars and can help when things go wrong with them.
My new pillow sham that is truly my inspiration piece for the bedroom.
Swiffers - honestly, love them. 
A dad who blesses my family with his footsteps of faith along The Journey
Laughter at the genius of Tim Hawkins - good medicine
Miles of pavement and yellow lines with my Quiet Man - sweet fellowship
My Lion Cub's ability to adapt to anything - hotel, car, new places
The blessed union of two friends - weddings are such a sweet reminder of the gift
Forgiveness to cover quick words and misunderstood hearts
New jeans - comfy and cute
Words - on paper, on screen, in speech - He made us to be communicators 
Cool, fluffy hotel pillows...mmm
Bags of laundry - reminder that I have clothes to wear and a family to work for
The happy surprise of bumping into mom at the library
Rediscovering the joy of melody and rhythm intertwined to praise
Sweet squeeks coming from my Lion Cub as he learns to "talk"
Funds to restock the fridge after lost power
Chocolate fondue with dear friends after a long absence
Future-dreaming and goal-setting with my Quiet Man
The igniting of the creative spark - another piece of being an Image-Bearer
Watching the Lion Cub learn and grow by leaps and bounds this past week
The stretching of steel over wood to make music (I love my guitar)
The humble accountability I share with mom
The anticipated joy of my Little Lion Cub starting cereal
Bumping up 2 spots on the Relevant '11 Waitlist (please, God - send me a ticket)
Rearranging furniture in our nest and my Quiet Man's muscles to get the job done
Finding a store that sells Moda fabrics nearby
My new $8 consignment find for a "celebration tree"
Adding in a mantle (no fireplace) - so excited to decorate
2 new skirts and 3 tanks in the mail on their way to me
My Quiet Man's second interview at a better job - please direct us, Lord
Watching past seasons of Chuck - love this show...makes me want to be a spy
A fresh start to the school year at work and the new mercies He gives
The unexpected blessing of a ticket to Relevant '11 - He is so good
A restful, do-nothing, wonderful 3-day weekend with my Quiet Man and Lion Cub
Consignment shops full of clothes and toys for my Lion Cub
The new-found love of Letterboxing and the anticipation of new memories being made
Sweet smiles from the Lion Cub each time I walk into the room - I feel like a rock star
Late night design sessions for blogs with sweet Kristi
Seeing His hand on this journey we're taking of sharing our music
Falling in love with the outdoors for the first time because of my Cub's love of nature
Still mornings to wake up and worship Him before the start of the crazy

What are you grateful for today?