Rare and Simple Gifts…

Rare and Simple Gifts…

Yesterday was a long day…I will spare you the details…but if you read my post last week about being discouraged you know that I have been waiting for a few weeks to find out just what is wrong with me…truly I know that it is nothing fatal but it is difficult to not have any answers.

So at the end of that long day, Carl and I sat in the living room, dinner completed, although dishes remained, the newspaper scattered to the four corners, the kids spread in and outside of the house, I happened to catch a familiar twosome walking towards our house…

It was our friends Tom and Kim…and they brought me this:

It was a Ghana basket filled with all sorts of happy including some raspberry honey.  Definitely what the doctor ordered as we were down to our last two smoothie worthy bananas and a shriveled lemon!  Tucked inside were two mini cigars for Tom and my Carl…we girls scooted them outside…while I lounged on the love seat and Kim found a chair to hang out in…we talked about anything that came to mind as Caleb played cars on the floor and kept assuring us that he was not in the least bit tired…it was sweet precious time…You see friends come into our bathrooms with cleaning supplies on their counters (unused) and they don’t even bat an eye…friends just walk into the messes of our lives…hug you and just want to hang out.

The last few weeks have been so different than I would have planned them…I have learned I still need to work on patience and waiting and the unknown and trusting and contentment…but God continues to remind me that He is faithful and good and enough AND that I have been blessed with such wonderful friends and family…

Today is my 2 year blogging anniversary…to say that this little blog has exceeded my expectations is true. I want to say thank you to all of you that have left me comments and sent me emails and have just kept me typing when I felt a bit timid at times.

I also want to say thank you to my family, friends, blogging friends during this recent time…thank you for all the love…the comments, emails, texts, calls and goodies…thanks for calling your own loved ones to gather together and pray for me…it is a priceless gift to me…it doesn’t look like words escape me but new words do…something that has never been expressed before…that is what I would love to say to you…

Each one of you has had a hand in filling my basket…you have been God’s very arms to comfort and steady me.

This morning I read Psalm 27…

“The LORD is my light and my salvation–
whom shall I fear?

The LORD is the stronghold of my life–
of whom shall I be afraid?”

“One thing I ask of the LORD,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble he will keep me
safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle
and set me high upon a rock.”

“I am still confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living.”

Psalm 27: 1,4,5,13

You all are a bit of that goodness that I can see before my eyes in the land of the living!

And at the end of this day…I was also grateful to gaze upon the beauty of His creation…courtesy of a Farmer’s Market.

There is not one thing unknown to Him…what baffles man and causes us to scratch our heads and feel a bit stymied…is completey visible to our Savior…and today that is quite enough…in fact it is a relief!

May you know the measure to which the Lord loves you and may you know how grateful and humbled I am by you as well,



6 thoughts on “Rare and Simple Gifts…

  1. What a lovely fruit basket! That raspberry honey sounds yummy.

    I hear you about having friends that you are comfortable having to your house anytime 🙂 That’s great.

    And Happy Blogging Anniversary! You are an inspiration to many, including me.

    Love you girl and praying for your health and well-being. Keep writing and keep trusting.

    Your friend,


  2. Well first of all, what beautiful pictures of God’s bounty, second, happy blogaversary! And third, I am praying for you for your healing, for doctors’ wisdom, and for the Great Physician to restore you with energy and wholeness. I want to go to the farmer’s market! Love to you, Annette


  3. Helen, I am so proud of you…two years already….and countless people that you’ve encouraged by your writing. You are a gift to me!

    PS-Now I want to go to the farmer’s market and fill my basket. 🙂


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