Monday, April 26, 2010

1000 Gifts: Putting on the New Self

He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside still waters, He restores my soul.  He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
Psalm 23:2-3
0313. A last minute getaway to my favorite oasis, a place in the mountains, to see my BFF and her parents.
0314. A three hour drive, alone in the car, listening to music, lectures, and quiet - to be alone with my thoughts.

0315.  The surprise of a special treat taken to friends who have been without Bruster's ice cream  because of distance.

0316.  A husband willing to keep the boys at home and care for them so mom could get some rest.

0317.  Hearing the words - strong and convicting though they may be - that insecurity and fear are unbelief.

0318. Commissioning each other - committing to one another and encouraging one another to be what God has intended us to be - (Love you, Heather!)

0319.  "Mom, I'm so glad you're home!  We missed you!"

0320.  Another 5 year old boy, wanting to make the drive three hours, to come home with me - to see my boys and visit our home. :)

0321.  The generosity of the Wagners - always willing to open their home to me and treat me like family - THANK YOU!

0322. New plants from an expert's garden -- generously given to brighten up our outside.

0323. A new resolve - remembering that I have been changed and bought with a price... and this time to start living like it again. 

  Ephesians 4:22-24  
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. 


Heather said...

As soon as you pulled out of the driveway, N. said, "I sure do like, Gretchen!" And as soon as Chris and the boys came home last night, he raved, "Guess who I got to play with this weekend?? Besides Grandmom & Pops??!" Looks like you have another wedding in your future :) (Is it possible for you to marry two of my boys??)

Anyhoo, siesta-- please hug Jeremy for me with a very hearty THANK YOU... for his selflessness and sacrifice this weekend. He's the best!

I had a wonderful time... thank you so much for making the effort. I had a blast... LOVE YOU, tremendously!! And PLAN to see you in Richmond in June!

Lona said...

Stopping over from Holy Experience to see what you're grateful for. Good reminders...

Craig and Bethany said...

LOVE the apple picture. My mouth is watering! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I really enjoyed your gratitude list.

Natalie said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment on Monday! It sounds like you were at the Beth Moore Simulcast. I just LOVE her. Her ministry has made it on my gifts list, too :)