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Monday, January 23, 2012

One Thousand Gifts #36

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One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

Sometimes things just drop in my lap, beautiful things, and I have no choice but to share them.

As I woke up today pondering that it is Monday, which means for me here at New Nostalgia, it is the day to list the gifts, there was a feeling of heaviness in my heart.  In my personal life, right now there are so many gifts that I feel like my heart could burst.  It is a wonderful thing not taken for granted.  Pain in my own life is minimal right now, but in those surrounding me, those whom I love and even those whom I am just barely know, I see pain.  I hear need.

I tell my story, and it seems to free those up around me to tell theirs.  This is one of the best gifts given to me, that one would share deep.  I treasure these gifts.

~A lady at church, with fear and tears in her eyes, tells me of scans, tests and the hell of waiting for test result.  


~A story of a baby lost, the pain it wreaks in a heart and a marriage.


~Another story, one of depression, a dark hole that sucks the life out of a being and leaves those around feeling helpless.


~A beautiful friend, whose beauty can cause me to stumble, cannot see it.


~A mother, whose given love and her life to two precious foster girls, fears the very real idea of losing them. Court dates are coming, she asks for prayer.

I sit before my computer, feeling heavy.  I ask God for clarity as to what to write.  I start up my Spotify account, and before me is a recommended CD called "All Sons And Daughters."  The album design and song title catch my eye.  I click on it.  It is exactly what I needed to hear today, what I must share.



The above video is the story of the song.  I love how he says, "life is not always bubblegum." So true.  I love what she says at the end, the realness.



This above video is the song in full, with lyrics below.

If you have Spotify, click this All Sons & Daughters – Reason To Sing to listen to song.  The sound is a bit better than the above video.

A link to their website to know more about them.

All Sons & Daughters


When the pieces seem to shatter
To gather off the floor
And all that seems to matter
Is that I don’t feel you anymore
No I don’t feel you anymore
I need a reason to sing
I need a reason to sing
I need to know that You’re still holding
The whole world in Your hands
I need a reason to sing
When I’m overcome by fear
And I hate everything I know
If this waiting lasts forever
I’m afraid I might let go
I’m afraid I might let go
Oh Oh Oh
I need a reason to sing
I need a reason to sing
I need to know that You’re still holding
The whole world in Your hands
I need a reason to sing
Yeah
Will there be a victory
Will You sing it over me now
Oh
Your peace is the melody
You sing it over me now
Oh Lord
Will there be a victory
Will You sing it over me now
Oh Lord
Your peace is the melody
You sing it over me now
I need a reason to sing
I need a reason to sing
I need to know that You’re still holding
The whole world in Your hands
That is a reason to sing

#800-#804

~my home decorated.  Home decor given to me from a dear friend.  Old to her, new to me.

~late night vulnerable chats with a friend

~music. A reason to sing.

~community.  Relationships.  Hearts shared.  Pain shared.

~great blood test results.  A healthy body.

~a full silverware drawer.  My dad who reads this post, chuckles to himself, then surprises me with a trip to the store to choose a new set.  I smile every time I open my drawer.  My girl exclaims "what are we gonna do with all of those forks, spoons and knives?!"

4 comments:

  1. Love the list. Especially the full silverware drawer (and how it came to be that way). Thanks for sharing

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  2. Oh, I love story about your dad, too. So sweet! I remember no forks when we were growing up, too.

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  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE this. And All Sons and Daughters was what I ended up buying after that "what should I use my iTunes gift $$ on?" discussion on facebook. LOVE. Thankful for your heart, Amy.

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  4. I love the last one and the post it links to. The way you use so many specific examples is so endearing and make me think we could be friends.

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