How to Keep in Time with God

There wasn’t a morning that she didn’t flick off her bedroom light and find it right there on the edge of the table outside their bedroom door.

One round vitamin C that he’d leave out for her, before he went to the barn and his udder-dripping sows.

Like he thought she could just take it and keep the day from being infected with grief.

Like there was a way to ingest light and lower the bloody pressure of the dark.




She’d swallow that flattened vitamin globe.

She’d cut one of the grapefruits right in half.

She’d use the tip of her knife to fling out the pits and she’d watch the sun rise.

What if her son wrapped the rusting metal of his Honda around some indifferent trunk of a maple tree on the way home from school? What in the world was worth getting ready for dinner for the 82, 369th time?

And how could she raise these kids to be parched for God and care about anything more than their own skin and  how can your gentleness ever be evident to all before it’s first obvious to one small, large-eyed kid right here? 

She didn’t know who had been trying to soft-sell that potion to the masses:

Mothering is no second-rate ministry for the spiritually and intellectually mediocre. 

Mothering is a Christ-rated ministry for soul and mind sculptors and what could ever be substandard about passing on Christ’s standard?  

She prayed for whatever sharp edge truth was needed to extract a thousand more pits.

When the oldest girl came in from the barn, the girl went straight to the piano, and played the notes like a vitamin of her own.

And the mother stood there at the fingerprint-smudged window with a bowl in her hand, listening to the steady beat of those notes that decoded something in her.

She had heard it once, how a piano teacher had once stood over the white keys and had whispered it to a muddled protege: “When you are a musician and you stop counting? …it’s like running around in the forest, in the dark without a flashlight.”

When you’re a musician and you stop counting — you’ve lost the song’s way.

When you’re a follower of Christ, and you stop counting — you’ve lost your way.

When you are a believer — and you stop counting blessings? It’s like blindfolding yourself and wondering why everything’s black.








And the dog came in from the cold and she knew there was definitely a more brilliant way to live than the simplicity of the cynics who complain and rail about the obvious dark.

She opened her journal and she just took the grace that was laid out for her everywhere. 

She kept deliberately counting, gift after gift, and it was mineral to her.

The only way to keep in time with your Beloved — is to keep counting blessings.

The most brilliant way to live is to always look for the light.

And there at the piano, her daughter kept count in her head and made music in the world.



{more of the One Thousand Gifts (#4, 519-#4,520):

this trailer : this post :  this community 

: a son who wears a bowtie out the door : a daughter who plays & plays that piano : a farmer  who leaves out a vitamin every morning to nourish his wife : Romans 1 on the chalkboard  :

the call of motherhood : fresh paint on walls : fresh mercies today :

The only way to keep in time with your Beloved — is to keep counting blessings…. }


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1. Grab January’s Free JOY DARE Calendar with 3 daily prompts to go on a scavenger hunt for God’ gifts … {or write down any gifts you choose. Use the free app.} 2. Count 3 gifts a day and you have over #1000gifts in 2013. Jot them down in the  new numbered One Thousand Gifts devotional journalThe Farmer’s writing in his with a red pen and daily – the numbers in the journal already there! Motivating…  3. Share your gifts everyday in our beautiful Facebook community to enter everyday for the monthly $100 Amazon draw (or link to your blog post with your list of gifts). 4. Count #1000gifts in 2013 and enter to win a Nikon DSLR camera with lens. Slow Down. Savor Life. Give thanks. Believing something is one thing. But the Best only comes when you decide to Be Living it.

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Give thanks to the Lord! His Love Endures Forever!

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