Friday, November 25, 2022

Porch #70 * Simple Gifts

a soft place to land
a calm weekend haven
a gentle pause from life's busyness
so we may experience
the tender lovingkindness of Jesus
as we do life together
in community

Every evening this past week, I've been jotting down 4 random happenstances that have sparked gratitude in my expectant soul.  No overthinking or analyzing.  Serendipitous gifts that remind me again that God is in the details of life's dailyness.  All the details, all the time. 

smart chickens that quickly outwitted a menacing hawk

a quiet afternoon car ride with hot chocolate in hand

adding an overflowing autumn basket to the mantel

windchimes clanging loudly on a gusty, starless night

warm woolen socks for chilly feet on a frigid morn

ferreting out the best bargains for the food pantry

the calming scent of a honey-crisp apple candle

the company of spiritual companion Henri Nouwen

iron-sharpens-iron relationships

God's kindest grace when memories of Mom are triggered

walking the labyrinth praying 1 Samuel 3:10 & John 14:27

chowing down the best bbq ribs ever

my childhood blanket warms me on a short beach walk

Christmas lights glow on windowsills

reconnecting with old friends

a doorstopper of a new novel

Spirit's presence at an awesome worship service

Thanksgiving chicken pie picnic on the porch

the welcome sound of laughter & little feet running through the house

sheer joy of an afternoon nap before more pies take center stage

'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free,
'Tis the gift to come down where I ought to be;
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

When true simplicity is gained,
To bow and to bend we shan't be ashamed;
to turn, turn, will be my delight.
Till by turning, turning we come round right.
Joseph Brackett
1797 - 1882

I can't wait to hear about your Thanksgiving week, the simple gifts you've given and received, your thoughts as Advent begins, and all little miracles that have come from the hands of our gracious God ...  



  1. Your week was certainly filled with extra-special blessings, Linda, and you took the time to acknowledge them, as we all should. Being grateful is a continual state of mind and heart.
    May your Advent season be blessed!

    1. Martha, yes please to continuing to cultivate thanksgiving ... it's helpful to see it in black and white, pen to paper.

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    1. Can you believe it's that time of year already? Last time I looked it was summer ...

  3. "a quiet afternoon car ride with hot chocolate in hand" How do you manage to drive with a hot chocolate in hand? Do you have a coffee/hot chocolate maker in the car? I want one. But she refuses to come driving with me because she says I go too fast and it spills the hot chocolate all over her.

    God bless.

    1. Victor, I'd LOVE a deluxe hot chocolate maker in the car. I'd make good use of it when my personal chauffeur carries me around town. As always, you come up with the most brilliant ideas ... but whoever 'she' is sounds like a REALLY wise woman.

  4. Love the idea of writing down four thankfuls every evening. Reminds me of when I did Ann Voskamps 1,000 Gifts idea years ago. I counted up to 1387 gifts and then just stopped for some reason. I need to get back to it!

    1. 1387. Wow, Jerralea. Yep, it all started with Ann's 1000 Gifts, me, too. If you get back to your list, I hope you'll write about it. Please let me know!

  5. So… what’s the door stopper???? Inquiring minds!

    1. Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark (hear or read a sample)
      I'm about 1/3 of the way through. So far, I'm giving it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. Let's see if that holds.

    2. ooh ... and it's set in Maine!

  6. God is in the details of life’s dailyness…so true. Have a lovely weekend, Linda!

    1. You, too, Pam. Can you believe Advent is about to begin?!

  7. I agree, there is always something to be thankful for! I can't believe how quickly Christmas is coming.

    1. And you get to celebrate in your new home! May it be a very special year of preparation.

  8. love, love, love this list, especially afternoon naps and Henri Nouwen.

    1. There is something so very satisfying about a list or two, isn't there.

  9. What a delightful week though had Linda!

    We don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia but I love the idea!

    I'm grateful for so many blessings in my life, one being the blogging community!
    Bless you, Jennifer

    1. Amen to the encouraging, uplifting community the Lord has woven us all into. I couldn't be more blessed.