Monday, November 7, 2011

His Values

Compassion Bloggers: Ecuador 2011

I come to the computer screen eager to read their posts. I am excited for them, thankful for them, praying for them - but, I confess, a part of my heart longs to be part of them. To go somewhere far from all that is familiar and comfortable and do something BIG in His name.

My mind understands that we are not all called to the same thing - of course it does. It understands that prayer is powerful and miraculous and a high calling. It understands that circumstances, those things that truly do come to us through His hands, don't permit all of us to go to those faraway places. It knows that the Father uses both big and small things to accomplish His greater purposes. But still there is this longing heart.

And into this heart He whispers words of love. He tells me of the plan He has for my life and assures me that it is good. He asks that I be content and grateful. He has given more than I can possibly hold in my hands. In my longing to give Him more, I must be careful to calculate it according to His scale. When I give Him all that I am, no matter how insignificant it looks in my eyes, He counts it as priceless. I give Him the gift of my heart, and He asks me to trust that He will use it well.

With contentment and gratitude:

- time spent with a precious daughter

- cool, clear days

- walks

- good books

- discovering a new library

- filling music folders for choir practice

- an evening with the kids and grand-kids

- granddaughter hugs

- the joy in my son's face

- a husband who gives selflessly

- answered prayer

- praying for family and friends

- a "v" of ducks flying overhead

- abundant provision

Linking to Ann's Gratitude Community today



  1. ~our service & gratitude is all Big in His name. Linda, thanks for sharing your eye-openers & joy-givers with us!

  2. I know how you feel, Linda, and as the years fly by, it seems more imperative, doesn't it? The longing.... But then, He has different plans. You are right. And I too must learn to be content. I love your list, my friend, and my heart flies with our friends too.

  3. my heart is always blessed by your words ...

  4. OH I know the struggle...but like you...learning to be content...just want to say yes to what He whispers to me...not to someone else...

  5. My timid personality keeps me from doing much for anyone; however, I do work every day, growing food for the world. I just need to learn to be content and I am grateful for His love.

  6. Oh, how my heart aches to be part of one of these trips. Aches.

  7. Yay for good books and a new library! Joy in your son's face is such a sweet gift. What a blessing to have a husband that gives selflessly. Beautiful list of gratitude Linda!

  8. So right! You are the gift that he wants and he is pleased with you. Rest assured he delights in your musings as we do!

  9. I too, Linda would love to be with them.... its not God's timing. Maybe one day I will be able to meet my/our sponsored children.

    God is still using us, Linda to spread the word .... He has changed my heart so much for the children.....

    I will be reading and following too.

    Much love;

  10. My daughter just spent 2 weeks in Africa.. lots of hard times and good times...I just adventure through her (o: