Monday, August 3, 2009

Endless Gifts

"Thank God every day when you get up that you have something to do that day which must be done whether you like it or not. Being forced to work and forced to do your best will breed in you temperance and self control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle will never know."
Basil Carpenter

I am late getting this post written because my well planned day took a turn - giving me a job do which I didn't necessarily want to do.

We have had a little leak around the faucet of the kitchen sink. It has gotten progressively worse, but we've checked and nothing was leaking under the sink. So, we thought we would put off replacing the faucet for a bit longer. However, today - after we got home from grocery shopping and had unloaded and put away the groceries, I noticed that it was indeed leaking under the sink. It had, in fact, been leaking for a little while.

So.....unload all that stuff - isn't it amazing the things you find lurking back behind the soaps and brillo pads - and begin the job of scrubbing everything out. I scrubbed and scrubbed with soap, disinfectant and then bleach just for good measure while my husband went to buy a new faucet and sink (he decided we may as well do it right).

I am thankful:

- that we can afford to buy the necessary things. We haven't found sudden wealth; it's just that it's easier to put money aside when the nest is empty.

- for a husband who is so handy and can do the work himself - saving us a great deal of money.

- for this home that is comfortable and houses so many precious memories

- for the shower we had the other day; it gives me hope that some day soon this terrible drought will end.

- for the beautiful flowers on my front porch - they make the whole house look prettier

- for praise music; hands lifted to the Lord; hearts united in worship

- for friends who call and invite me to a luncheon later this week

- for a Father who meets every need with wisdom and abundance.


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  1. something about the truth of your gratitude spoke to me
    and the balance of doing that one thing that will ultimately matter, vs the everyday bread making that counts most.
    you have good eyes
    I am looking forward to quieter days when school begins to quilt too!

  2. I am also thankful for a handy husband. It has saved us so much money.

  3. I too am thankful for many of the same things and am thankful for friend like you who remind to be thankful even if I'm not feeling it.

  4. I have a husband who is handy too! And, I am very thankful for that! And many more things as well. Great gratitude post Linda!

  5. i love to quilt too! :)

    your list is beautiful. shalom to you...

  6. I am so thankful for the wonderful people I have met already just through being thankful! How awesome!! I had a moment much like the leak you described just yesterday...except it was apple juice!! =) I should have been thankful as I was cleaning up nearly a gallon of stickiness off my floor and underneath my fridge!
    Your blog is beautiful as well as your heart!

  7. Linda, your comments at the beginning are to the heart of so many days... You give me much to think about ... a great example to follow the next time things like that pop up and change the course of a day.
    Grace & Joy ~ Maria