Friday, July 22, 2011

Lessons at Breakfast

I think I might have been standing near the end of the line when God dispensed the gift of patience.  I understand that it's a fruit of the Spirit {Galatians 5:22-23}.  And God knows how much I adore Him.  But patience is one of the first things to go when I'm frustrated or tired.

Ask those who know me best.

Thanks to some very compelling insights from Ann Voskamp, I've learned this year that impatience springs from a heart where gratitude is not prized. 

I've been putting more focus on having a grateful heart.
I love what Ann wrote recently as she worked to create a pancake breakfast with her young children, "When we pour pancake batter into a griddle, they shape up like battered, misshapen hearts that sizzle and pop.

A little one looms dangerously close to heat.

A boy anxiously slops more batter. A lanky one flips prematurely, batter oozing, dripping. The sensitive child bursts into tears that the hearts are all smeared, the rings mashed. Oldest, with egg poised to crack, asks if I want more?

More? More? It’s all a bit too much. I sense a loudness, akin to a pleading howl, surging close to my lips" ... {finish reading}

God always has something to teach us.  He's always inviting us into something deeper and more substantial.  In the midst of the morning chaos.  During the demanding, exhausting child-rearing years.  And as we make our way through the many frustrations and hurts that are all part of living in a fallen world.

The big question - Are we willing to receive what He longs to give us?


bowl by Mai Autumn -


  1. 1,000 Gifts is an awesome book. I've been slowly reading it, trying to process it and apply the simple idea of being thankful in all circumstances in my day to day life and seeing all as a gift from God.

    I love her quote "When I realize that it is not God who is in my debt but I who am in His great debt, then doesn't all become a gift?"

    Even that milk spill on the kitchen floor or pee accident on the dining room rug, I can still be thankful for a kitchen to clean, a dining room to share meals with people and kids who bring laughter to my home...

  2. Cultivating a heart of gratitude has the potential to turn our lives and homes and relationships upside down! Counting our blessings seems to have faded as a lifestyle for many of us. It's surely time to re-visit this command, often, to appreciate what God is doing!

    Thanks for sharing your appreciation of this life-changing books ...


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