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3 Gifts from My Friends

The problem I had with the JOY DARE today is that I am blessed to know some very strong women, and it was hard to pick just three. Here are the ones I have chosen:

67. Martha–Martha is a discerner of truth. We don’t always see eye-to-eye on everything, but if I am having doubts about a course of action, Martha can call it.

68. Donna–Donna doesn’t think she is strong, but she is. She is an artist, but I don’t just see her art in her paintings. I see it in how she consistently makes something out of nothing in her life. She faces life, and she deals.

69. Hannah–Hannah is also a very strong woman. She has battled cancer and survived. She even worked the majority of the time she was being treated, and she faces the future with a peace that inspires me.

These three women make me better for having known them.

3 Gifts That Might Never Have Been

Here are 3 gifts that might never have been, save for the grace of God:

64. my marriage–it’s a long story that I will probably never tell, but God did create beauty from ashes there

65. my son–I was in a head-on car collision when I was eight months pregnant with him, and those were pre-seat-belt days. I had toxemia, and when I went in the hospital to have him, my blood pressure (they told me later) was 210/170.

66. my relationship with my older sister’s family–God worked a LOT there to bring us closer.

Gifts around the Clock

Today’s JOY DARE was to find a gift before nine, a gift before noon, and a gift after dark. ¬†Here are mine:

61. before nine-got to school safely though the roads were icy, and a student held the door for me

62. before noon- a student I don’t even have in class anymore saw me, crossed the hall and gave me a big hug, and then went on his way. That was a God moment!, and

63. after dark–the laughs we share at aqua zumba, where it is OK for middle-aged women to shake, rattle and roll ūüôā

Borrowed, Found, Inherited

It suddenly dawned on me that, if I want to record a thousand blessings in a year, I should number them consecutively, which would make today’s 58, 59. and 60.

Here goes:

58. a grace borrowed–a green pen to grade stems quizzes. Grading kept me busy, NOT bored.

59. a grace found–this poem/song–Hymn to God the Father by John Donne, and

60. a grace inherited–my height. I am six feet tall. I was 5’11” when I was eleven, and I thought, for a long time, that my height was a curse. I can finally say that, at almost 57, I am at peace with it.

3 Things Blue

Today’s JOY DARE was to find 3 things blue, which you might think would be easy, but I had to look all day. Here they are:

1. the English hallway,from which I felt somewhat exiled but where I now spend all of my time

2. my winter jacket, courtesy of the daughter. 3/4 of my winter jackets are hand-me-downs from the daughter. What’s up with that? ¬†And finally,

3. Indiana’s “In God We Trust” license plate. Not every state has these, and I feel fortunate to live in a state that does.

3 Gifts Found in Christ

Today’s JOY DARE is to list three gifts found in Christ. Here are mine:

1.¬†Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15)

Boy, am I glad He loved us that much!

2.¬†Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)

Jesus made it clear that the only way to eternal life is through Him. I am thankful for that because I have tried (and still do, far too often) to find my own way, and it really doesn’t work out.

3. John 10:27-30

27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. 30 I and My Father are one.

Jesus keeps His sheep safe. Me included. I rest in that a LOT.