I prepare chicken (by shaking it in "Dixie Fry" mix) for dinner, while our daughter works on homework nearby on the kitchen table.
"Is a triangle a polygon, mom?"
"Hmm, what is the definition of a polygon?" I rack my brain and try to remember math from very long ago... I want to say "yes" but my brain is focused on getting dinner on the table.
I encourage her to figure out the answer. After all, don't we learn better when we discover the answer ourselves?
"Never mind, I think I know the answer." [For inquiring minds, a triangle is a polygon.]
Sigh of relief...I can stop rummaging around in my mind's attic opening up musty boxes buried deep.
Then I noticed it like discovering a rainbow or meeting a good friend unexpectedly. Gratitude welling up in my heart. The gift of being grateful.
As part of Advent, I have been praying* to be open like Mary and receive the gifts that God wants to give me. Mary modeled humble receptivity to God.
First Mary received from God so that she could give the world what it most needed: a Savior.
God wants me to receive first from Him, so that I can give His love to others.
Instead of feeling the usual rush to get dinner ready, I felt thankful.
Giving thanks that I can prepare dinner. Last year at this time, I was sick and my ankle was still not fully healed which made standing and cooking more challenging.
Thank you, God, that we have food. I give thanks that our girl can go to school and that she finished her homework without too much help from me.
It is almost as if I am observing someone else, because it is His Spirit birthing gratitude within me.
Like Mary, I experience a gift that I didn't create. God did. Like Mary, I was simply open.
Where do you sense God birthing something new in you? A new perspective? A new dream?
What was the kindling for today's post?
My friend Jennifer's post inspired me today. Read her wonderful post "Small Beauty Big" at her blog "You are my girls."
* My latest Advent-inspired post "Pondering the mysterious Mary" also helped birth today's post.
Linking with encouraging Emily at "imperfect prose" at
Linking with the wonderful Jennifer of "Getting Down with Jesus" at
Linking also with the equally encouraging Emily at "Tuesdays unwrapped" at her blog "Chatting at the sky."
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