Sunday, February 26, 2012

Thankful-Grace-Joy

Hello
I am recovering from a bout of the flu and so I am bound to my chaise lounge these past four days. Only an occasional trip to the kitchen for some tea, to bed to nap and back to the chaise to read have been my explorations this week. I am still bound to the chaise as I write this but feeling better enough to do some writing, so I am on the mend. It always amazes me the blessings I find in every circumstance. The past few days my body has needed repair but my soul even more...  with my body weak my soul is made strong by being nourished with Word. I rarely make time to sit and read, I usually am in the studio with ear phones on or the cd player going. It usually is a favorite message or inspirational word that is playing. But my mind is fixed on the task at hand with occasional  stops to fully digest what I am listening to. 
 Today however, I am absorbed in renewing the mind and spirit. It takes my body to be immobilized sometimes to nourish what really is needed... and for that I am thankful.
It snowed earlier this week and I managed to snap a few shots with my new camera, that I am still getting acquainted with.
I hope you find beauty in this...

All quotes that are not marked are from  One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp


One act of thanksgiving when things go wrong with us, is worth a thousand thanks when things are agreeable to our inclinations.
Saint John of Avila


I have to seek God beauty. Because isn't my internal circuitry wired to seek out something worthy of worship? Every moment I live, I live bowed to something. And if I don't see God, I'll bow down before something else.


And whether I am conscious of it or not, any created thing of which I am amazed, it is the glimpse of His face to which I bow down. Do I have eyes to see it's Him and not the thing?


And now this--that faith is not a once-in-the-past action, but faith is always a way of seeing, a seeking for God in everything. And if the eyes gaze long enough to see God lifted in a thing, how can the lips not offer thanks. The truly saved have eyes of faith and lips of thanks. Faith is in the gaze of a soul.


Moses who, "kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible." (Hebrews 11:27)
That is what makes us persevere through life, to see Him who is invisible. It is my prayer, O Lord, open the eyes of my heart, the eyes of my hands, the eyes of my mouth, the eyes of my feet... I long to live all eyes.


"And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them..." (Luke 22:19)  The Greek word here for thanks is "eucharisteo"
The root word of eucharisteo is Charis, meaning "grace". Jesus took the bread and saw it as grace and gave thanks. He took it as a gift.




But there is more, Eucharisteo, thanksgiving, envelopes the Greek word for grace, charis. But it also holds the derivative, the Greek word Chara, meaning "joy".
Deep chara joy is found only at the table of the eucharisteo--the table of thanksgiving.


"Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world." (Sarah ban Breathnach)



The only way to see God manifested in the world around us is with the eyes of Jesus within.



To sit in the theater of God and see His glory crack the dark, to open the eyes of my heart to see the fountain of His grace--thousands of gifts--I have to split heart open to more and more of Jesus.
"Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart..."



I ache-gaze on bits and blades of creation and all things created fade, diminish, and only the features of the creator shimmer, magnified. My eyes see through to Him.


Blessings,
Rebecca

16 comments:

  1. Dear Rebecca, I hope you are soon well. I have been under the weather myself this past week. There are times when I wonder if I am praying right...because I carrying on a conversation with God, we are great friends. I know it must be okay, because God has blessed me. Wishing God's blessings for you. Smiles, xo, Susie

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  2. hope you are feeling better!!! those photos are gorgeous!!!!

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  3. Oh Rebecca, I hope you are feeling better soon. And although I am not crazy about winter your images are just beautiful. I hope you are feeling much better by the time the weekend is over. xo Diana
    ps. If you get a chance pop over to my blog and check out my new word giveaway!

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  4. Awh sweet girl! I always love reading what you write! Hope you are feeling better soon!
    tot

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  5. very beautiful! I am currently reading that book. It is working on me!

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  6. I do find the beauty of the snow, especially when it is at someone elses house and not mine. However, God is sending us some of that beauty in the middle of the week!

    ~Bliss~

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  7. yuck! Sickness is not fun but you are right, It is our bodies way of telling us to SLOW DOWN:)! & usually we need it! LOVE One Thousand Gifts! One of my most favorite & inspiring books :). Thank you for stopping by & your words of encouragement! We are all adjusting to each other, but we are indeed thankful too! We are deeply blest & blessings to you... take care!

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  8. Feel better soon girl, and take special care of yourself....you don't want to end up like I did : D ...I am loving the snow pics, so peaceful.
    xx
    z

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  9. Feel better soon I feel bad when people are sick. The pictures are very pretty of the snow.

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  10. I found Ann Voskamps blog over a year ago. She is the most AMAZING writer. You truly see the world with new eyes. Feel better soon...miss your SWEET posts. www.aholyexperience.com.

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  11. Hope you are feeling much better by now. Praying for you sweet lady. Love your pictures and 1000 gifts....AWESOME! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  12. I can tell by your vernacular that you are reading the book ~do you not love it? It makes me think and dwell on what the Lord says about living a life of joy.
    I am doing better after a little relapse, hope you and the little man are too!
    The pictures of your Winter garden are quite amazing! I love your perspective!
    Hugs and much love,
    Donna

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  13. R.E.,
    Weren't we just talking about how we couldn't find time to sit still and "be". Amazing how He answers prayers...never how we expect.
    The words are more than letters gathered together. They're more like thoughts gathered into prayers and I love each and every quote..especially on looking at God's theater.
    Hope you are feeling much stronger both body and spirit wise. I am after reading this.
    Debbie
    P.S. I'm picturing you as Camille on your chaise!

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  14. What a beautiful post. So full of truth inspiration with photos that seemed to be the melody to those words. I've been out of the blogging loop for a while but am starting to peek in now and then on my google reader. Your words on quiet, undistracted focus were so timely for me and I had to smile knowing that I was meant to "just happen" upon this beautiful post today! Thanks for blessing my day!

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  15. Rebecca,
    I so enjoyed this post. Isn't it just like God to get our attention in this way? "Be still and know that I am God." I hope that you are on the mend, but am so glad that you had quiet time of reflection.
    Your snow makes me wish for some here. But it looks like winter has passed us by.

    All the best,
    Pax Christi,

    ♥charlotte

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  16. I bought the book, One Thousand Gifts. What a work of beauty. That girl writes like an angel! And so do you. Blessings and best wishes, Linda

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