Thursday, October 8, 2009

An Opportunity for Praise

O God, I will tell the wonders of your ways...

The line from the song "Praise, I Will Praise You Lord" stayed in my head long after I heard it. Do I really tell others the wonders of His ways, or is this something I am not doing enough of? I do want to tell of Him, but as someone who is naturally reserved, careful to speak, and a lousy promoter of anything, it was no wonder this line stuck in my head. It stuck not only in my head, but in my heart.

When I think of the wonders that God has worked in my own life, they are often intensely personal and would be too awkward to share unless you've had similar circumstances of your own that could compare. But it's always been my belief that God works wonders in the common, everyday ways too. The little things that mean so much, not only the massive miracles. Like how he protected us for months after we unknowingly bought a house with very unsafe electrical wiring which took forever to rewire. And all the while, we were safe. So ever since that line got stuck in my head, I've been keen to witness God's work in a common and yet phenomenal way. And then it happened.

This morning while sitting at my desk at the library, I was reading a message from a woman whose ministry I had been praying for. This woman has been building a ministry from scratch where she organizes trips to Russian orphanages, with doctors in tow, to treat children who often have a range of maladies that require osteopathic treatment and therapy. Some of the children have very basic learning disabilities or minor physical ailments for which they receive no help. Some have never seen a doctor. It's so exciting to see how the Lord has answered prayers in order for these mission trips to take place. As I was sitting here trying to read the latest report on the most recent trip, several people bumbled into the office causing a commotion with large bags and loud voices, disrupting my concentration. The bags they were carrying are full of squares knitted by volunteers, which more volunteers assemble into blankets. The library freely gives them out to those who need them. It's an enormous year round project, and at any moment of the day my equilibrium is thrown off by veteran crochet ladies bursting into the office with bulky blankets and yarn. So, as I tried to refocus on what I was reading, what do you think I read next? This lady's plea for washable blankets to take along and give out on her next trip to Russia. In an instant, I knew where our next batch of blankets were meant to go- Russia! Of course, I messaged her right away and assured her that our volunteers could easily fill a suitcase for those children, and we could send baby hats, too. And that moment had nothing to do with volunteers or blankets or me sitting at my desk at the right time but it had everything to do with the wonder of His ways. So I just wanted to tell of it.

In the Kitchen: So many delicious apples now for eating or baking. I love the honey crisp for a snack, and the less conventional ones for baking. It's surprising how much we've missed our favorite soups and casseroles, too. I'm still putting away beans and hot peppers, probably until first frost.

Around the Home: Piles of lovely fabric await the beginning of my winter sewing tasks. There's so much to catch up on.

In the Garden: A pink morning glory vine that has ended up blooming and thriving in the compost pile, either because I weeded it so thoroughly that it was transplanted there, or because I just threw some of its vines with seed pods still attached on the pile. Either way, it sure makes our pile of garden debris more pleasant to look at!


  1. I really don't think you realize how MUCH you tell others the wonders of His ways. There's more than one way to convey a message - not always speaking. You do it with your posts in which we can see the kind of life you lead; with your generosity; with your encouragement (wink wink); and with your positive spirit. You are a wonderful messenger!! Have a great evening ~ ♥

  2. Thank you for the link to the zuke recipe. Always interested in new ways to use the 'common' old zuke!

  3. I received my goodie box yesterday and love it all!!! I started book 1 and am already 1/2 way through it. I just love it. Thank you so much for hosting the give-a-ways and for blessing me with the books and soap.

    ~Mrs. M

  4. I received my giveaway package two days ago and it is wonderful! I love it all! I used my soap that night in the shower and it smelled so good!

  5. Me again, wanting to let you know I thought is was great that you knew EXACTLY where the blankets were to go. God never leaves us clueless, does he? Always gives us direction, right when we need it!

  6. I received my prize book, The Long Road Home by Pablo Yoder, a couple of days ago. I can't wait to begin reading it!

    Thanks so much. I will pass it along for another to enjoy when I am through with it, unless it turns out to be one of those books I love so much that I want to keep it. If so, I will forward the blessing to another by purchasing one to pass on.

    Thanks again!


  7. Thank you ladies for letting me know you received your prizes. I am so glad that you are enjoying them!


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