Monday, August 20, 2012

What to Wear Every Day


Good morning! Grab a cup of coffee and join me. Moist pear tart mingles with dark roast coffee, and I admit that this is my second pastry this morning, leftovers from a Bridal Shower this last Saturday.

Nine women, old and young, circled in an off-white parlor. Delicate dried lavender sprigs crested our rolled napkins, and our plates struggled valiantly to hold up the scrumptious brunch. 

The Bride’s neck and shoulders became increasingly hidden under vivid scarves during an object lesson of the devotional. Attendees stood, draped a new colorful scarf around her, and read aloud the words on their slips of paper. Forgiven, Redeemed, Bought with a price, Not my own, Lavished with love, Daughter of the king, Work of art, God’s masterpiece, Created, Chosen, Good things planned for in advance, Co-heirs with Jesus, Partners in the Gospel, Reconciler, Ambassador, Jesus’ Bride. By the end, we were all a bit quiet as the words sunk deep into us.

Linking with Ann and Duane, I’m counting God's gifts today:

  • A sunny youth group bike trip and camp-out this last Friday
  • Midnight talks in canvas tents
  • Seeing the stars through a screened tent ceiling
  • Time with old friends on Saturday, walks in the dark, and car conversations
  • Moist tarts, caramel pear halves, and amazingly artistic friends
  • Laughter, hugs and conversations with my kids
  • Hammock hideaways in tall leafy trees
 I delight greatly in the Lord;
My soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
And arrayed me in a robe of righteousness
As a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”(Isaiah 61:10)

Hi, I love talking with you. What has your weekend been like? Want to count gifts here with me today? 

14 comments:

Shannon Milholland said...

So many gifts. Last weekend brought heart-felt conversation over coffee with one daughter, the opportunity to get to the heart of a problem with another, a fun weekend of friends for the third and the fourth took an important step of independence. So thankful!

Jennifer Dougan said...

Shannon,

It's heartwarming to watch our kids grow and make choices, and to be able to have deep conversations all through it. Glad for you!

Jennifer
www.jenniferdougan.com

Dolly@Soulstops said...

What a lovely tradition to do at a bridal shower...how sweet to spend time with family/your kids, and friends...I wrote about an unexpected hike in my post today.

Blessings, Jennifer :)

angelonwheels said...

Great to take in God's simple sweet abundant gifts! Thanks for the writing suggestions. I'm more than willing to take advice!

Houseofmills said...

First that picture of you and Jon cracks me up. You look as old as him in that picture. hahahha!
Fun Saturday spending time with you and other friends. Also have been enjoying bike rides with the kids. Just can't believe we are at the point where 2 out of the 3 kids ride a bike. People were right....kids grow up really fast. =)

Betty said...

Jennifer I love the devotion given at the Bridal shower. Can see why it sobered every woman there.

Thanks for stopping by my site. No I have not taking the online conference yet...still wanting too...still waiting for a go ahead from the Lord...it has to be His timing or I will not be able to do it. We travel a lot with our ministry of Member Care to our home on furlough missionaries and new ones going out in six states. I put their button on my blog thinking I would be able to start soon afterwards...sorry if it mis lead you.

Diane over at "an encouraging word" has taken it though, she could give you some tips. Honest you do a great job from what I have read. But fully understand wanting to get more insight into writing.
Diane over at "an encouraging word" has taken it though.

Thanks for the encouragement my sister. Blessings.

Crazyblessed said...

What a beautiful thing to do at a bridal shower. I love this! I am going to have to incorporate this with an object lesson for my teen girls. :)
As for my weekend, most things did not go as planned, but in the midst of the mess God granted me some rest, my children were very helpful, and my husband was kept safe despite set backs on his back-packing trip with the boys. The children and I persevered and had a lovely Sunday morning church @ home after the cars flat tire. It seemed like so many things went wrong, but God blessed each step of the way. ;)

LOLITA said...

I love your list, Jen.

Grateful for the way God is sending forth blessings to us, among them others may ignore but they are right there, daily shining through and showering.

Hugs.

Jennifer Dougan said...

Dolly,

I'm sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I'm eager to hop over and read about your hike and other posts...

Thank you for stopping by.

Jennifer
www.jenniferdougan.com

Jennifer Dougan said...

Hi angelonwheels,

Oh! I wasn't meaning that as giving advice... just adding to my own answer. :)

Have a wonderful week!

Jennifer
www.jenniferdougan.com

Jennifer Dougan said...

Liz,
They DO grow up so fast! Savor each bike ride and moment. :)

Jennifer
www.jenniferdougan.com

Jennifer Dougan said...

Betty,

I'm sorry for my delay in replying here. Member care! I know people who serve in member care for my parents' mission. What a valuable ministry you have -- thank you.

Thank you for your compliment on blogging. I enjoy writing and speaking, and want to always hone those skills... I imagine you would really enjoy that conference too.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week.

Jennifer
www.jenniferdougan.com

Jennifer Dougan said...

Crazyblessed,

Wow, that's a lot of setbacks. :) Good for you for finding truths of God's joy through it all. Glad everyone is safe too.

You mentioned working with teens? That's great! In what setting do you do that? My husband and I do that too, and love it.

Jennifer
www.jenniferdougan.com

Crazyblessed said...

Isn't it a blast? My Hubby is the Youth Pastor/director at our church. Its been a wild, crazy, and amazing time seeing God work through these teens. We just love it. :)