Skip to main content

Speak Love

The weekly reckoning...
1297. Brooklyn insisting on kissing Tobin when he cries. "Tobin, kiss? Muah!"
1298. That he's consistently gaining almost half a pound a week - his newborn sized onesies are getting tight!
1299. Finishing a couple of Valentine's Day gifts
1300. Two #fmfpartysnailmail letters at once - a delightful surprise :)
1301. The online phoneography class that Adam got me from Photojojo - I'm learning lots of useful things!
1302. Making my quota for the day on the second legwarmer
1303. Nice people who saw my need and chose to get up out of their seats to help me with a door. since I had the stroller
1304. An unexpected note with a verse I needed to hear
1305. Talented and generous friends
1306. Making muffins for breakfast with Brooklyn
1307. Our downstairs neighbor carrying Tobin-in-the-carseat upstairs for me - I don't believe I could have gotten both of them at once
1308. A beautiful day for a walk and some errrands while we were at it
1309. Finding the perfect Valentine card for Adam
1310. Spontaneous corporate prayer (the day after I acknowledge my need for more of that)
1311. Brooklyn's desire to hold the spice lids while we're cooking (she's good to give them back when asked)
1312. Getting a few notes written while Brooklyn played and Tobin sat in the bouncy saucer
1313. Him taking a long nap (with me holding him, but I got a little bit of a nap too)
1314. Adam getting home right when Brooklyn woke up from her nap, since I was still trapped on the couch with Tobin
1315. Laundry caught up and everyone packed today for our trip tomorrow
1316. Accomplishing some want-tos in with the need-tos
1317. Tobin developing a consistent enough sleeping pattern for me to leave for a little while, to get some writing done


I've enjoyed (and been stretched by) the tally of gifts I've been keeping for the past 14 months... a thank-you note to God, of sorts. But an unexpected side effect has been that, with a general upswing in grateful thinking, I'm also more proactively grateful toward the people around me, for what they do and for who they are.

As a kid I was terrible at writing thank-you notes - and then as an adult (without my mother's gentle but firm reminders) I often forgot to write. But over the past year, I've had an increasing desire to sit down promptly and write a note. (Also, if I don't hop to it, I am liable to forget to write one simply because I'm distracted by two Small Persons, but that's its own thing.)

But a recent post by a friend got me thinking about all of the notes I never wrote - the people I never thanked - and the small gestures that mean so much, but so often slip by almost unnoticed. There's so much discouragement and criticism surrounding us (why is it that we're quicker to voice protest than praise?) imagine how much better a place our world would be if we noticed the sacrifices and gifts of those around us, and acknowledged them.

Love and gratitude are an excellent pair - because when we cultivate an attitude of gratitude, it's easier to love. When we focus on the sweetness, the annoyances become smaller and less significant by comparison. And when we're expressing thanks, we're also building up the ones we love - and that's an act of love that will last far longer than a box of chocolate!

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. ---Ephesians 4:29

Comments

Amber Gutshall said…
I love, love this. I need to try this exercise.

Popular posts from this blog

31 Days of Unraveling Designs

It's that time of year again... the 31 Days writing challenge starts today! Bloggers from all over will be writing every day of the month of October on the topic of their choosing. This will be my fourth year participating - the first year I did 7 for 31, and spent a month going through Jen Hatmaker's book 7. The second year I did 31 Days of Sustainable Dwelling, and wrote about local and fair trade living. Last year I was busy but still wanted to participate, so I went the easy route with 31 Days of Everyday Beautiful.

This year I'm diving into my greatest passion: knitting! I'll spend this month looking at past designs and talking about the inspiration behind them, so there will be plenty of regular life mixed in with the stitching - and there may be discount codes for the patterns that I write about. You'll just have to read and see!

Pattern index:

Pageturner Mitts
Hogwarts House Tie
Urban Artemis
Shake
Gem
Graffiti for Humanity
Love Out Loud
Refuge
Strange Jacket
Eft
Junc…

Motivate...

In order to change your knitting, you must first change yourself. I've lost track of how many times I've said that, or how many people I've said it to. Frustrated new knitters wondering why their work is loose or tight or uneven or really anything less than perfect. But something I love about knitting is that it's a record of your inner dialogue. That swatch knit at the yarn store table with a cozy cup of coffee and a helpful (and more experienced) knitter nearby is going to be a lot more relaxed than the sweater begun a week later while sitting next to a hospital bed - just like the knitter.

Unfortunately, this also applies to my own knitting. For years, I was apparently unaffected by the shifts and turmoils in my own life, so I assumed that I was exempt from the rule - when the reality was, in fact, that I wasn't really experiencing any of those on anything deeper than a surface level because everything was deadened by depression. When I finally started to really…

Spark

A few years ago, I was introduced to the concept of replacing the traditional list of resolutions with a single word. It appealed to me - I am not a big list person, but I love language and words and meanings and etymology and metaphor and... ahem. Ennyhoo. I liked the idea.
I've never chosen the word. It's always presented itself to me - and last year was no different. Pacific was very insistent, even though I tried to argue with it. Pacific? What does that even mean? What am I supposed to do with that?
But I accepted it, and I'm glad I did. I learned about depth and calm, about storm and nurture, about faith and adventure - and about the unstoppable ocean of God's grace, that overwhelms to fill and cleanse and bring blessings unasked.
So I'm bidding pacific a very fond farewell, and welcoming spark and whatever lessons it would like to bring. I invited it in with a copper wire punctuated with tiny lights and wrapped around my mood board, and I've got an empt…