going my way... {#108-118}

Life does a good job of teaching us that things won't always go our way. Sometimes a brutally good job.

Our job, it seems to me, is to manage how we handle these things that don't go the way we want them to... how we deal with it when life goes pear-shaped and the only thing we can control is our own reaction to the situation.

There are days when I handle these things beautifully, and can see how much I have grown...

...and then there are the days that drown those good days out simply by their sheer volume. Days when I react more like a spoiled child in a grocery store who wants the chocolate and will use whatever means she can volume-wise to get it.

But I am learning and growing—although some days it hardly seems so—in the grace of God. This grace that I need more than air, as I count the gifts given to me, heals my dry, cracked soul, one golden drop at a time.

One drop at a time...

* * * * *
Golden drops of grace...

108. The four pounds of coffee Dad brought me back from Guatemala that are making my office smell like heaven.

109. Even when I am completely alone, my God is still here.

110. The smell of lavender.

111. Incredibly creative people who help me think outside of boxes of my own making.

112. Crawling into a freshly made bed.

113. God speaking when I set my ears to listen.

114. A mini road-trip with good friends.

115. Farmer's market flowers.
116. Reconnecting with a good friend after too much geography and too much time have gotten in the way.

117. Planning my 'Welcome To Spring' party.

118. A phone call from Mom...


Erin @ Wild Whispers said...

We had a mini road trip this weekend! Sometimes it's the best medicine for a bored soul!

Craig said...

“I am learning and growing—although some days it hardly seems so—in the grace of God.” I could have written that myself. And my favorite from your list is 113. God speaking when I set my ears to listen. (although maybe he always speaks – but we only hear when we “set our ears”)

Thank you for this. God bless and keep you and all of yours.

donna rae said...

"One golden drop at a time"... what a glorious way to describe recognizing His gifts, grace, and faithfulness! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your list of gifts!

Cora from Hidden Riches said...

Yikes!!! I never thought of my soul as dried and cracked, but you hit it right on the head, girl! Here I am, just an old lady, and I envy all you wonderful young ones who are learning these lessons early in life. Grace!!!! It's something that never wears out it's welcome and He give more and more and more. . . . all throughout our lives. Don't ever forget that! And I won't soon forget the golden drop at a time, either! Thank you for that!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

One drop at a time... love that! Love the smell of lavender. Crawling into a fresh bed... wonderful! So *love* phone calls from my mom! Great gift list! :)

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful list. Thinking outside the box...I like being challenged in that way. So glad I stopped by.

Melanie said...

Beautiful list -- especially #109 -- clinging to that truth this week :)

I have some free Easter / "He Is Risen" blog buttons if you would like one to display on your blog during Holy Week! They are on my blog and free to anyone who would like one. :-)

Celebrating His resurrection,

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