Thursday, February 17, 2011


"Every good and perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of Lights. with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning."
James 1:17
Since this week, ABC Wednesday's letter is the letter 'E', I decided to take a verse beginning with 'E' for my Wednesday's Word on Thursday.  It was one that came readily to mind, so I decided to check off my own list of good and perfect gifts that come from the Father.
       1.  My world of blogging.  Yes, a gift, because it has found me friends, kept my mind active and keeps me busy.  After retirement I honestly wondered what I would do with all the time on my hands.  Blogging is one of the things I do.
       2.  My artwork.  I never realized that I could draw and paint until after I retired. There is a great sense of accomplishment when I complete a picture, even if it isn't good enough for the Smithsonian!
      3.  My Ladies Bible Study -- a group of about 20 of us who meet to study the Bible every week.  I love it and I love them.  We all have so much in common, not the least of which is studying God's Word and learning how to apply it to our every day lives.
      4.  Feeding the birds and watching birds.  I have done this since my days in college, but now I can just sit out on the patio and watch the back yard birds and any unexpected visitors. I'm going to participate in a national Back Yard Bird Count next week.
     5.  My cats at the shelter.  Of course you knew I would include them.  It is a most rewarding past-time.  Last Saturday 25 animals were adopted.  Then yesterday we had eight new kittens brought in -- very young ones.  Three of them had the spots of the Bengalese cats and two had blue eyes and silver stripes.  They were scared to death and now it is my job (and others') to make them comfortable and happy.  I am a CAT SOCIALIZER.

These are some of the most unexpected gifts God has given me as I have been "put out to pasture".
What is God doing unexpectedly in your life?  He is good and He is perfect -- and He is the greatest GIFT.


Wanda said...

Oh Chris, I love your list. Just can imagine not knowing you. You've become such a dear friend.

And your Art work is so good, and to think you didn't begin this until retirement. It was lurking inside all this time, just waiting. So glad you are a part of the art challenge so I can enjoy you work too.

Yes, God is SO good, and I enjoy so many of His gifts.

Autumn Leaves said...

And I am sure the list goes on, Chris. We should all take the time to reflect on God's blessings for they are many.

kaybee said...

If this is what you do when you have been "put out to pasture" I can't imagine what you will do when you are REALLY retired!

Anonymous said...

I picked up a lot of less is more when i was stationed in Japan. It changed my life and how I think about things i n general.

Morning's Minion said...

I'm astonished that your lovely artwork is a recently discovered gift. I share your joy in bird-watching and certainly your devotion to the feline race.
Blue-eyed kittens with silvery stripes sound rather Teasel-looking.

Unknown said...

God always has a way of providing us the things we didn't know we could do and didn't know what to do with ourselves especially when we didn't think we could do it such as with your art and so much more.

Oh by the way I was able to get the help I needed with my pets...yes the lord does provide.

Anonymous said...

I think you already know you are blessed so I won't say it.