one thousand gifts {2841-2873}

“It is a great wrong to God when we bury His mercies in the grave of unthankfulness.”
{Charles H. Spurgeon}

God was so good this past week to let me do so many things I love, surround me with so many people I love, and let me share His love. Music. Cooking. Friends. Much Work. Laughing. Little Cousins. Serving. Old People.

All is grace.

2841. surprising friends with an unexpected gift
2842. silly conversation with little kids
2843. apple butter
2844. playing “someone to watch over me”
2845. running into a friend in the target parking lot
2846. ♪ You bore the wrath reserved for me–now all i know is grace ♪
2847. not stopping. sooo much better than bored!
2848. comfort food for dinner and peaches with pepper & cottage cheese
2849. warm layers on a frigid day

Cold.
2850. holy, holy, holy
2851. sharing laughs
2852. a sister quoting a memorized verse
2853. challenges to love
2854. a bad case of the giggles
2855. going out to get the office mail and coming back in with a starbucks thanks to my delivery dad

Starbucks Love
2856. catching up with a friend
2857. feeling like i belong
2858. a piper cd
2859. spending time in the kitchen & the smell of sesame oil
2860. half-price saul good brunch for a snow day!
2861. moments of hilarity–literally LOLing to myself
2862. making dinner, baking dessert, flouring noses, listening to learned hymns, and making faces with little cousins ♥
2863. {hard eucharisteo} Christ molding me into His likeness
2864. providence of God in a piccolo cleaning rod

Providence of God in Piccolo Cleaning Rod
2865. josie’s on 68 with kerry and sweetest waitress ever, lisa
2866. playing pep band tunes with the band fam

Kerry Pep Band
2867. hearing sweet ellen’s voice (she gives love a bad name ;))
2868. listening to older, much wiser sisters in Christ talk about growing comfortable in marriage with built-in forgiveness–so sweet!
2869. falling forward
2870. precious tried & true saints at the nursing home singing “Jesus Loves Me” with gusto & giving good hugs
2871. sweet times with kristen at krispy kreme

Kristen Krispy Kreme
2872. the faith of mrs. manoah {judges 13} listen.
2873. unity

“To see the glory, name the graces.”

Since reading One Thousand Gifts, I started my own journal of grace-gifts God blesses me with every day. I will spare listing all of them here, but I will try to share some of my favorites every Monday. 

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God’s Promises Should Be Used {Devotional Thought}

“Do as Thou hast said.”
{2 Samuel 7:25}

Charles H. SpurgeonGod’s promises were never meant to be thrown aside as waste paper; He intended that they should be used. God’s gold is not miser’s money, but is minted to be traded with. Nothing pleases our Lord better than to see His promises put in circulation; He loves to see His children bring them up to Him, and say, “Lord, do as Thou hast said.” We glorify God when we plead His promises.

Do you think that God will be any the poorer for giving you the riches He has promised? Do you dream that He will be any the less holy for giving holiness to you? Do you imagine He will be any the less pure for washing you from your sins? He has said “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

Faith lays hold upon the promise of pardon, and it does not delay, saying, “This is a precious promise, I wonder if it be true?” but it goes straight to the throne with it, and pleads, “Lord, here is the promise, ‘Do as Thou hast said.'” Our Lord replies, “Be it unto thee even as thou wilt.” When a Christian grasps a promise, if he do not take it to God, he dishonours Him; but when he hastens to the throne of grace, and cries, “Lord, I have nothing to recommend me but this, ‘Thou hast said it;'” then his desire shall be granted.

Our heavenly Banker delights to cash His own notes. Never let the promise rust. Draw the word of promise out of its scabbard, and use it with holy violence. Think not that God will be troubled by your importunately reminding Him of His promises. He loves to hear the loud outcries of needy souls. It is His delight to bestow favours. He is more ready to hear than you are to ask. The sun is not weary of shining, nor the fountain of flowing. It is God’s nature to keep His promises; therefore go at once to the throne with “Do as Thou hast said.”

-Charles Spurgeon in Morning & Evening, January 15 morning

Gathering Manna Every Morning {Exodus 16:21}

“They gathered manna every morning.”
{Exodus 16:21}

Labour to maintain a sense of thine entire dependence upon the Lord’s good will and pleasure for the continuance of thy richest enjoyments. Never try to live on the old manna, nor seek to find help in Egypt. All must come from Jesus, or thou art undone for ever. Old anointings will not suffice to impart unction to thy spirit; thine head must have fresh oil poured upon it from the golden horn of the sanctuary, or it will cease from its glory. Today thou mayest be upon the summit of the mount of God, but He who has put thee there must keep thee there, or thou wilt sink far more speedily than thou dreamest. Thy mountain only stands firm when He settles it in its place; if He hide His face, thou wilt soon be troubled. If the Saviour should see fit, there is not a window through which thou seest the light of heaven which He could not darken in an instant. Joshua bade the sun stand still, but Jesus can shroud it in total darkness. He can withdraw the joy of thine heart, the light of thine eyes, and the strength of thy life; in His hand thy comforts lie, and at His will they can depart from thee.

This hourly dependence our Lord is determined that we shall feel and recognize, for He only permits us to pray for “daily bread”, and only promises that “as our days our strength shall be.” Is it not best for us that it should be so, that we may often repair to his throne, and constantly be reminded of His love? Oh! how rich the grace which supplies us so continually, and doth not refrain itself because of our ingratitude! The golden shower never ceases, the cloud of blessing tarries evermore above our habitation. O Lord Jesus, we would bow at Thy feet, conscious of our utter inability to do anything without Thee, and in every favour which we are privileged to receive, we would adore Thy blessed Name and acknowledge Thine unexhausted love.

{from one of my very favorites: Charles H. Spurgeon’s Morning & Evening ~ July 16 morning}