Food For Thought on Thanksgiving

Our lives are a gift. Our faith is unearned. Our prayer is given to us with no strings attached.

Why does God give us, as ungrateful as we are, so many pleasures, so many graces, so many delights?

I don’t know.

What I do know is that there is joy in giving to someone you love.

What I do know is that when we gratefully receive God and God’s way of life, we give God pleasure.

What I do know is that in gratitude we become more alive, more free, and better able to love others.

{Mark Yaconelli in Wonder, Fear, and Longing.  Emphasis mine.}

Thankful Thursday: Unpacked Treasures

Our stuff arrived on Tuesday evening! Tim and I watched our empty spaces become stacked high with boxes and furniture.  The resulting landscape was a bit daunting, but the idea of having an actual bed to sleep on, kitchen equipment, and bikes to ride overshadowed much of the foreboding linked to having cardboard mountains in our living room.

Eight hours of unpacking later and our mountains have become hills.  Progress is being made.  Our little abode is slowly becoming a reflection of its two occupants.  In the process, I unearthed some things that put a smile on my face.  I am grateful for these little treasures, reminders of people, pastimes, and pleasures that make life sweet.

  • Owl Salt & Pepper Shakers: It all started with a purse – a purse shaped like an owl.  Once I started toting it around, I became an owl girl.  I have owl earrings, owl clothing, and owl measuring cups.  By far my favorite owl objects are these vintage salt and pepper shakers.  My mom bought a whole box of owl figurines at an auction in Central New York for a dollar.  The cache included this set.  I adore their expression and brownware-esque color.
  • Keurig: We are coffee addicts and have spent way too much money purchasing our caffeine out on a daily basis.  My coffee with almond milk and sugar-free vanilla syrup has never tasted so delicious as it did this morning.
  • Books:  A solid third of our boxes are filled with books.  We had credit at an amazing bookstore in Pasadena (Archives Bookshop) and added to our large library the week before we left for Idaho.  On my growing “to-read” list, these have moved to the top.
  • Goggles: Tim and I can’t wait to swim at the Kroc Center!

Thankful Thursday – Timmy

Amidst the pressures of the present and uncertainties of the future, I often loose sight of God’s good gifts.  In an effort to maintain a firmer grip on the reality of God’s love, I have committed to use space on Primitive Roads to reflect openly on one of His treasures.

For my inaugural Thankful Thursday*, I present a treasure very near and dear to my heart.  Not everyone has a brother they can call a friend, a confidante, a protector.  I do! Tim (yes, hubs has the same name!) and I were fortunate to have close sibling relationships modeled by our mom and uncles, so after 25 years, we remain close and connected.

Among other things, my brother helped shape my taste in music, influenced the way I view God, talked me through a few panic attacks, moved me into my college dorm room, interpreted my husband’s first Facebook messages, and walked me down the aisle on my wedding day.

A few words to describe Tim:

tenderhearted . witty . GQ . genius . trivia minded . artistic . sensitive .  handsome . solitary . contemplative . strong . avid reader . a typical . sarcastic . loyal . current . quotable . high maintenance . scholarly . thoughtful . passionate . history buff . hooligan . anglophile . intense . strong willed

Tim is getting his Masters in Public History from the University of South Carolina in Columbia.  He is 2,577 miles away and I miss him greatly!

Words from his favorite theologian:

Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.

{Martin Luther}

*A note on Thankful Thursdays:

I finally delved into Ann Voskamp’s lovely and challenging book, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare To Live Right Where You Are.  (It’s a must read!)

Her charge to infuse gratitude into the one life we are given inspired me to make my reflections public.  Plus, if you read the “About” page,  you’ll know that I’m a sucker for alliteration – thus, Thursdays were the appointed day to broadcast my thanks.