Made for another world

"If I discover within myself a desire which no experience in the world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world." C. S. Lewis

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sister to Sister: Freedom

Welcome to Sister to Sister, a time every Thursday for Christian women to connect from the heart. Life is challenging and beautiful, most importantly it's meant to be shared. I've been inspired by many women, including you! Hearing stories of hope in hard times, joy in the every day, and freedom from fear lifts my heart!

Sister to Sister is the opportunity for you to write words of truth and honesty that bring encouragement to other sisters. It may be a personal story, a lesson God is teaching, or scripture you'd like to share. Be creative, be expressive, be real.

"He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love." Ephesians 4:16

Here's how it works:
* Every week I'll give a word to focus on.

* Try to keep your post under 500 words. 

* Link up bellow and spread the love! Visit other sister's posts and let them know what their words mean to you!

*Grab the code for the Sister to Sister link up button from the sidebar to the right, or copy and paste the image to the left embedding a link, and invite others to join.  

Are you ready? Join me this week in inspiring other women with your thoughts on:
Freedom...
Love of self kills our freedom in Christ.
"Do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh ; rather, serve one another humbly in love." Galatians 5:13
Conforming to the image others have for us, out of fear, leaves us prisoners.
"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." Galatians 5:1
Laws; self imposed, government imposed, church imposed, never lead to freedom.
"I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts." Psalm 119:45
 Searching for freedom in the face of another love is dangerous.
"He has sent me [Jesus] to proclaim freedom for the prisoners... to set the oppressed free." Luke 4:18b-19a
 Freedom on earth is a temporary truce, anything else is surrender.
"Creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God." Romans 8:21
 Pride tears down freedom, man never authors freedom he enters into it.
"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 2 Corinthians 3:17
 We don't fight for freedom, as something to win, we live in it. 
"In him we may approach God with freedom and confidence." Ephesians 3:12
 Freedom without responsibility or love is not freedom, it's petulant self-indulgence.
"Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil." 1 Peter 2:16
Freedom is everywhere, if we're looking for it. It takes eyes focused, not on ourselves, or others, but on the crucified and risen Christ Jesus. 

"For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality... Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory." Colossians 2:17, 3:1-4
Now that's freedom!

Do you live set free, in liberated joy? What's holding you back from living in freedom today?


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Women who Inspire: The Sisterhood

Sister -  (from dictionary.com)
adjective
12. being or considered a sister; related by or as if by sisterhood: sister ships.
13. having a close relationship with another because of shared interests, problems, or the like.

I have been undeniably blessed by precious women in my life. Some close family, some that lived before my time, some have rubbed me hard smoothing away jagged edges, some young, some old, some who know my heart deeply and still love me, some I've never met. But all sharing a common relation, fellowship birthed from the blood of Jesus. Sweet family, a gift. These women have so energized my Christian walk I just had to introduce some of them to you. (I hope you will post a comment and tell me about the women who have blessed your life.)


This week's sister:
I've wrestled with writing about this week's sister. Mostly because while highlighting her generosity it exposes my neediness. But I'm compelled to share her story of kindness in hopes we may all be encouraged to be more giving people, especially myself.

My family moved in with Terry, and her husband Mike, almost seven years ago. My son Max was eighteen months at the time, when we moved out he had just turned 3; Maggie was merely a dream. We lived with them for eighteen months as we searched for God's plan and work for us. God answered and we served for four years in ministry in Wyoming.

Five months ago, after our ministry ended, we moved back in with Terry and Mike. Now a family of four, we take up a lot of space, the entire basement as a matter of fact. It's a humbling position to be in.

Home is a big deal to women, and if you've read my blog for long you'll know, it's a really big deal for me. Our earthly home echos our heavenly home, it speaks of security and belonging. I don't have a home right now, my children don't either, and we feel it.

But Terry (and Mike, but I'm writing about sisters here) shared her home with us. You don't get much more personal than a home, to me that's amazing generosity! She gives us space, shares everything, plays with my kids, loves us. Maggie adores Terry (and Mike) she follows her around like a little shadow!

How do you thank some one who has offered such kindness? I can't. I praise God that in his mercy he shows compassion and I want to live with humble generosity in response.

Have you been humbled by someone else's generosity in your life? How did you respond?

Terry and Maggie enjoying Lakeside together
{Don't forget to come back tomorrow for the Sister to Sister link up where we share words of encouragement with our online sisters. Hint, tomorrow's prompt so you can be thinking ahead is: Freedom}

Monday, August 29, 2011

A Basket Full of Thanks {Mondays}

My life, and I imagine at times yours, can feel like a continuous wrestle. Eyes lock on the storm brewing up ahead, or wave poised to crash. Events like hurricanes, earthquakes and a tough economy remind me how small I am. My sin nature raises it's ugly head and I fight a battle for holiness once again. Life is hard. I was reminded on Saturday that eyes on the storm produce fear, eyes on God produce bold faith.

 1 God is our refuge and strength,
      always ready to help in times of trouble.
 2 So we will not fear when earthquakes come
      and the mountains crumble into the sea.
 3 Let the oceans roar and foam.
      Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!
                     Interlude
 4 A river brings joy to the city of our God,
      the sacred home of the Most High.
 5 God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed.
      From the very break of day, God will protect it.
 6 The nations are in chaos,
      and their kingdoms crumble!
   God’s voice thunders,
      and the earth melts!
 7 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
      the God of Israel is our fortress.
Psalm 46:1-7

I love the last verse "The Lord of Heaven's Armies is here among us!" Eyes on the prize, what a promise to one day say the Lord is here among us! True his Spirit dwells with us now, God is ever present. But I'm longing for a different dwelling, a perfect face to face one. It makes my heart skip a beat!

Today, I'm thanking once again, counting joy, looking for beauty. A heart fixed on Jesus, with eyes ready to see, always finds what it's looking for. Last week I saw:

141. My family with eyes shining full of love, ready to give, ready to receive.
142. A little boy with a sense of humor, a tender heart, a growing mind, a forgiving spirit. Oh how I love him!
143. A husband who is faithful, tender, patient. Mine!
144. Laughter
145. A princess, in all her pink finery, what a delight.
146. Baptism, celebrating new life.
147. Community; hard work, holy ground.
148. Cool morning breezes floating through open windows.
149. Hugs
150. Word of God, speaking to me, changing me, setting my mind on truth.

Are you in a place of struggle, is life shadowed by storm clouds brewing, or are you enjoying a calm place of peace? Then praise him, always praise. Linking up with Ann Voskamp for Multitude Mondays.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Beauty Through my Eyes: The Best Thing in the World, by Browning

"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
morning rose
Taking time for beauty makes us better; whether observing the beauty of creation, being moved by great music, seeing the world through poetry or being transported by a painting. There is joy to be found in the organic rhythm of beauty all around us. The more we open ourselves to appreciating beauty the more we will see it. Let me share with you a taste of the beautiful, I hope it will touch and enrich your heart.
dewy leaves
The Best Thing in the World
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
What's the best thing in the world?
June-rose, by May-dew impearled;
Sweet south-wind, that means no rain;
Truth, not cruel to a friend;
Pleasure, not in haste to end;
Beauty, not self-decked and curled
Till its pride is over-plain;
Love, when, so, you're loved again.
What's the best thing in the world? 
-Something out of it, I think. 
dragonfly visiting a lily pad
May this weekend hold delight in nature, truth that doesn't cut but lifts up, self forgetting beauty and love returned. Most of all may you have a heart that sees the good in these things yet knows an echo of so much more is behind the sweetness of them all!
reflecting light

Friday, August 26, 2011

Five Minute Friday: Older

I'm linking up with Lisa -Jo for Five Minute Friday. Where we write for five minutes, unedited, for the joy of it. If you've never joined in give it a try. Today's prompt: Older

Go

I watch as Summer's dance winds down to a halting stumble. Overtaken by Fall she's growing older, unable to keep up. She sheds her dress and slips away, old and tired. Making way for her fresh sister season.

I feel like tired, old Summer sometimes. Body showing signs that I've been here so much longer than my fresh faced daughter. Mind wiser, but not as quick as it used to be. And yet my soul, encased in this garment of fraying flesh, is being renewed.

One day I will slip out of this old skin, this old world. Metemorphosized, shiny and fresh. In the meantime, as my own season, like summer, grows slowly older a mystery is unfolding inside. Dead comes to life, blind eyes are opened, stone heart pumps blood stronger than ever before.

Inside the dieing me, a miracle of life is taking place. A miracle brought on by the One and only. A miracle of life that scoffs at time and death and age. It's hard to see sometimes, but faith gives sight to wondrous life, overcoming time. Age mysteriously enfolds a whisper of ageless grace.

Stop

How have you been renewed by God's powerful grace in this life? 


{If you haven't already downloaded a free copy of my new ebook Sister to Sister; A Mentor's Handbook let me invite you to do so. I write about my passion for connecting with other women and offer truths to help you invest in the women in your life. Get a copy today!}

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sister to Sister: Serving

Welcome to Sister to Sister, a time every Thursday for Christian women to connect from the heart. Life is challenging and beautiful, most importantly it's meant to be shared. I've been inspired by many women, including you! Hearing stories of hope in hard times, joy in the every day, and freedom from fear lifts my heart!

Sister to Sister is the opportunity for you to write words of truth and honesty that bring encouragement to other sisters. It may be a personal story, a lesson God is teaching, or scripture you'd like to share. Be creative, be expressive, be real.

"He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love." Ephesians 4:16

Here's how it works:

* Every week I'll give us a word to focus on.

* Try to keep your post under 500 words. 

* Link up bellow and spread the love! Visit other sister's posts and let them know what their words mean to you!

*Grab the code for the Sister to Sister link up button from the sidebar to the right and invite others to join.

Are you ready? Join me this week in inspiring other women with your thoughts on:

Serving...

Today I was stroking my daughter Maggie's hair while she sat beside me watching television. She tilted her head back and in her 3 year old lilt told me, "I love your hands." I smiled and chuckled at her, "I love your hands too," I said. She grinned and as I stroked her head she sang, "I love your hands, I love your hands, I love your hands." 

Why? Why did Maggie say she loves my hands? Because I had conveyed love to her through my touch, through caring for her, through stretching them out to her, every day. People around us are hungry for our hands to reach out and show them love. 

When is the last time our hands held an elderly person's, or tied up a package to send to a friend's son serving our country far away, or wrote a note of encouragement to a sick person?

Touch is powerful and mentioned repeatedly in the New Testament. Jesus touched lepers, the blind, demon possessed, men, women, shamed, sick, and needy. Where there was a need "Jesus reached out his hand and touched" people. (Luke 5:13) Even as he was being arrested he touched and healed an injured guard. When he rose from the dead he identified himself to his followers by saying "touch me." (Luke 24)

I was moved by Maggie's little diddy today. Am I looking for lives to extend my hand to, offering compassion in the form of a touch? Sometimes service can be as simple as a touch. Hearts will sing "I love your hands" when we touch like Jesus, and just maybe it will be his hands they feel instead of ours.
Who have you touched lately and what was their response? What are some of the tangible ways you are serving others?

{I randomly selected one person from last week's link up to win a sweet treat from me as a thank you for participating. And the winner is Nicole! Congratulations!}

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Women who Inspire: The Sisterhood

Sister -  (from dictionary.com)
adjective


12. being or considered a sister; related by or as if by sisterhood: sister ships.
13. having a close relationship with another because of shared interests, problems, or the like.

I have been undeniably blessed by precious women in my life. Some close family, some that lived before my time, some have rubbed me hard smoothing away jagged edges, some young, some old,
some who know my heart deeply and still love me, some I've never met. But all sharing a common relation, fellowship birthed from the blood of Jesus. Sweet family, a gift. These women have so energized my Christian walk I just had to introduce some of them to you. (I hope you will post a comment and tell me about the women who have blessed your life.)

This week's sister:
Words can mark us for good or bad. Years ago I had a professor in college use her words to inspire me. Dr. Matthews was a professor of psychology. She was tall and blonde, looking back I realize she was young, though at the time I didn't think so. I respected her, what she said mattered.

One day I was interviewing her for an article in the school newspaper. I don't even remember what the article was about now. As we were finishing up the interview and had moved on to personal conversation she said something I will never forget. She said essentially, "I teach hundreds of students and every so often one stands out among them as special. You stand out to me and I expect you to do great things." Wow! I was so moved and encouraged by her words. More than anything else I wanted to live up to them.

I don't know if she said that to all of her students, I wanted to believe she didn't. I also don't really know what she saw in me at the time. What matters is over the years those words have come back to me. I remember her powerful words of confidence and belief, focused on me. I have measured myself by them and question if I have lived up to them. Those words have pushed me to take risk, to try harder, to raise the bar. I am better because her words have nudged me to be better.

How do you use your words? Do you speak words of favor, belief, hope, life, courage, truth into other people's lives? Or do your words weigh down with criticism or negative feelings? How can you use your words today to lift another's heart?

{If you would like more tips on how to influence the lives of young women download a free copy of my ebook Sister to Sister; A Mentor's Handbook today!}

Monday, August 22, 2011

A Basket Full of Thanks {Mondays}

I'm counting my blessings once again this morning. Looking for grace in the everyday. I'm visiting my sister, her family and my parents for a couple of days. We've descended to welcome her son Boone into our family. New life brings new hope, wonder and thanks.

131. Visiting family to welcome new life. Baby Boone is delicious!
132. Seeing little cousins dress up in fancy tutus and cook in a play kitchen together.
133. For blue eyes that see the world full of possibilities.
134. Amazing, miraculous, only God could do that, answered prayer for a friend. 
135. Pink cowgirl boots, I've said it before but I must say it again, everything is better with boots!
136. Cupcakes
137. Heart to hearts with my true love and rediscovering our heart for us.
138. Exquisite mustached spidery friend.
139. For wonderful crisp, cool mornings whispering a hint of fall.
 140. Grace lifting us up, a beacon for our lives.

What gifts are you celebrating?

Linking up with Ann Voskamp for Multitude Monday's.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Five Minute Friday: New

I love linking up on Friday's with Lisa-Jo and all of her friends to write out of pure joy and creativity. Five Minute Friday is a time to write for five minutes on a prompt without editing or over analyzing. Then link up with other's and spread some encouragement. If you haven't tried it, why not?! You can visit here, linking messes up my page, http://thegypsymama.com/. This week's prompt: New

Go

This world is tattered and frayed around the edges. Shattered right down deep to the heart. Worn out, lovely as it is, one day it will be cast aside like an old shoe. 

And yet in the wearing out we see glimpses of new, of God's re-creating. It's in the delicate shimmer of a butterfly wing. New creation unfolding, wonder.
 It's in the swell of life, hidden in a robins blue treasure. New hope ready to burst forth and take flight. A reminder of life to come.
 It's in the unfurling sweetness of a tiny pink bud. Fresh and new, spring triumphant once again. Mantel of hope flung across the world.
And yet I know instinctively I am not home yet. I'm traveling to my new home. A place of recreated beauty where gossamer wings never droop and fade, where bird songs don't fall silent, where the bloom doesn't loose it's blush. 

Isaiah says it better than I, "See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy." (Isaiah 65:17-18) Each glimpse of beauty here makes me hold my breath in anticipation for the better beauty to come. All things new, re-created.

Stop

{If you haven't already downloaded a free copy of my new ebook Sister to Sister; A Mentor's Handbook let me invite you to do so. I write about my passion for connecting with other women and offer truths to help you invest in the women in your life. Get a copy today!}

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Sister to Sister: Fear

Welcome to Sister to Sister, a time every Thursday for Christian women to connect from the heart. Life is challenging and beautiful, most importantly it's meant to be shared. I've been inspired by many women, including you! Hearing stories of hope in hard times, joy in the every day, and freedom from fear lifts my heart!

Sister to Sister is the opportunity for you to write words of truth and honesty that bring encouragement to other sisters. It may be a personal story, a lesson God is teaching, or scripture you'd like to share. Be creative, be expressive, be real.

"He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love." Ephesians 4:16

Here are the guidelines:

* Every week I'll give us a word to focus on.

* Try to keep your post under 500 words. 

* Link up bellow and spread the love! Visit other sister's posts and let them know what their words mean to you!

*Sadly the code for my button is not working. So, copy this button image and paste it in your post. Then select it and chose link in your tool bar and link it to http://beckfarfromhome.blogspot.com/
Are you ready? Join me this week in inspiring other women with your thoughts on: 
Fear...

I've been thinking lately about all of the what ifs in my life. If I play all of the what ifs out to their possible conclusion then what? What if my husband never gets a job, what if my son doesn't like his new teacher, what if I really do have a chronic illness, what if I never have my own house, what if my novel is never published, what if so-and-so doesn't like me, what if no one joins this blog hop, what if? What are what ifs other than fear?

There are so many things in life to be afraid of if we let ourselves. As I thought about my what ifs, my fears, I realized that even if one or all of them came true it wouldn't change what's most important. That "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells." Psalm 46:1-4

God himself is our refuge even when it feels like the very ground we're standing on is shaking. "The city of God, where the Most High dwells," for those who trust in Jesus, is our final destination, our guarantee. All of my what ifs can't take that away, can't even touch it.

How about you? Is the ground rolling beneath you, do you struggle at times to regain your footing? Do you question yourself or your circumstances? Turn your eyes to Jesus, he is your refuge, he is present and the future he has prepared for you is beyond your comprehension!


{As an added bonus, when you enter this blog link up, you get the chance to win a sweet treat from me to you! So hop on in!}

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Women who Inspire: The Sisterhood (late)

Sister -  (from dictionary.com)
adjective

12. being or considered a sister; related by or as if by sisterhood: sister ships.
13. having a close relationship with another because of shared interests, problems, or the like.

I have been undeniably blessed by precious women in my life. Some close family, some that lived before my time, some have rubbed me hard smoothing away jagged edges, some young, some old, some who know my heart deeply and still love me, some I've never met. But all sharing a common relation, fellowship birthed from the blood of Jesus. Sweet family, a gift. These women have so energized my Christian walk I just had to introduce some of them to you. (I hope you will post a comment and tell me about the women who have blessed your life.)

This week's sister: 
With the debut of my ebook and traveling all day yesterday I didn't have time to get my regular Tuesday post up. Initially I was just going to let it pass and pick back up next week. And then I saw her. My heart was moved, throat constricted, eyes puddled. I had to name her beauty, I wish I had a picture to show you. Instead I'll use my words.


Our family was sitting at a table in the mall food court happily munching Chick-fil-a, our Tuesday night ritual. When she walked up, or should I say stumbled, small hand clasped by her daddy's larger one. She must have been about eight or nine. Two tight plastic braces encased her legs up to the knee and disappeared into blue sneakers. They sat at an adjacent table, backs to us. Her honey colored braids perched high on her head, one with a pink band the other green. A pair of little glasses were set on her small nose, held in place by a strap. 


She looked at him sideways for help and conversation, sometimes with a sweet smile. A smile that made my heart ache. My completely perfect daughter, with ringlet hair, strong legs, brilliant blue eyes, saw her. Her little hand pointed, "Look at that friend mommy, she's so pretty!" I could contain it no longer, the tears fell, out of compassion for one girl and pride in another. One beautiful and the other recognizing it!


They finished their meal and her daddy pulled her up with his strong hand and helped her walk. I watched them leave, her golden braids swinging with her lopsided lope. My heart breathed a prayer. "Father, sing a song of beauty over her life. When other's taunt or jeer, protect her fragile heart and the beauty hidden inside by your love." Today I saw beauty in her eyes and I'm better because of it. But what delights me most is so did my daughter.


Have you seen beauty in unexpected people lately?

Friday, August 12, 2011

Five Minute Friday: Beauty

I'm linking up with Lisa-Jo at Gypsy Mama. On Friday's we write for five minutes, unedited, for joy, linking up we encourage other writers. Her prompt this week is Beauty. Lisa-Jo has been writing heartfelt truths this week about rediscovering beauty. If you would like to participate in Five Minute Friday, and I highly encourage it, head over to her site http://thegypsymama.com/ (I don't add a link because it messes up the format of my finicky blogger site.)

Go
My wedding day. Fresh, hopeful beauty.
Doesn't every woman ask the question, "Am I beautiful?" It oozes out of her actions and influences her thoughts and relationships. I know it has mine.

What do I know of beauty? My limited earth language struggles to find the tune, garbling the words. But I'm learning. I've had amazing teachers. Singing the song of grace sure and strong over me. Word of God speaking, Holy Spirit molding, godly women loving, little children caressing, and a husbands steady, strong love.

The definition of beauty in my mind has shifted, slipped, metamorphosized, even bloomed. As a child my sense of beauty was wild and untamed. Plaid was paisley's friend, flowers and borrowed high heels went with everything. Of course it didn't last.

The tangled terrain of youth choked out the true song of beauty. It's taken many years to turn my eyes from the lie and look full faced into truth. I am beautiful because He says so, my Creator, and wouldn't he know! I look close and I see it too, beauty growing, rooted deep in the soil of His love.
Now. Mature, stretch-marked, seasoned beauty.
Stop

(I confess this took me a little longer than 5 minutes, it's hard to tell. I kept being interrupted by a little beauty and her beautiful brother!)


Now it's your turn. Tell me your story of beauty.

{One last thing. If you'll look to the side-bar on the right you'll see a shameless plug for a couple of new features coming to Beck Far From Home!}

Monday, August 8, 2011

Women who Inspire: The Sisterhood

Sister -  (from dictionary.com)
adjective
12. being or considered a sister; related by or as if by sisterhood: sister ships.
13. having a close relationship with another because of shared interests, problems, or the like.

I have been undeniably blessed by precious women in my life. Some close family, some that lived before my time, some have rubbed me hard smoothing away jagged edges, some young, some old, some who know my heart deeply and still love me, some I've never met. But all sharing a common relation, fellowship birthed from the blood of Jesus. Sweet family, a gift. These women have so energized my Christian walk I just had to introduce some of them to you. (I hope you will post a comment and tell me about the women who have blessed your life.)

This week's sister: 
I'm on vacation with my family this week. We're enjoying some much needed time with extended family. This week I'm taking some time off from blogging. 

So let me hear from you. Many times, my dear blog friends, your words encourage me. Will you share in the comments below a brief story of a 'sister' that has uplifted your heart? Pour out your beautiful words. Perhaps it was a family member or friend, a teacher or coach that has shown love, honor her. Who is it that you are grateful for?

A Basket Full of Thanks {Mondays}

This has been a hard week. My husband, Chris, got word that a job he was hopeful to be interviewed for passed on him. So we're back to square one and on month four without income. It seems that the stakes for praising God in the hard times gets harder every week. Yet the harder it gets the more necessary praise becomes. A thankful heart pleases God and changes my perspective. So here I am, once again, saying thank you.

121.Flip flops and red painted toe nails.
122. Dark chocolate M&Ms and taste buds to enjoy them with!
123. A fuzzy friend to observe and chuckle over. (He's now cocooned in a bug house as we await his immersion as a moth.)
 124. A beautiful drive through the countryside of the north-east.
125. Arriving at the end of that long drive at grandparent's house for a visit.
126. Jeweled webs, drops of light sparkling in the sunshine.
 127. Grace spread thick over my life, whether I deserve it or not, which I don't but I'm thankful for.
128. A word of truth at just the right moment to keep me going.
129. Sweet treats made by sweet hands, lamb cupcakes just for fun.
130. The laughter of cousins becoming friends.

I'm linking up with Ann as I name gifts.