Romantic Gift Ideas Like a Dead Goat & Key Lime Pie

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“Oh, by the way,” as I kissed his cheek hello, “you bought
me a slice of key lime pie and a coffee for Mother’s Day. Thank you,” I
My man smirked at me, slightly quizzically, as I walked in
the door from studying at a bookstore coffee shop last night. 
Now I have a very romantic husband. He woos me in roses,
avocados, cheeses, books and baskets. This blue eyed man also takes turns
cooking meals and helping with laundry and dishes. 
This week, though, as we had been waiting with bated breath
to see if we’d get the house we put an offer on, and already presumptuously
researching repair costs for the new place, we had been holding off spending
money on other items. Mother’s Day was relaxing, sunny, celebrated with special
cards, and savored by time with extended family. 
The key lime tart had looked so good through the glass at
the coffee shop, though, that I knew he wouldn’t mind.  “Thank you,” I smiled again and kissed him. “You
also bought me a birthday present of a book. See?”  
Don’t worry. Mark had already said that I could get a book
with my birthday money. I had just been biding my time, and choosing a title. (Mary
De Muth’s  memoir “Thin Places” waits for
me even now in a white plastic bag.) 
Gift ideas. 
In finishing Ezekiel this week, I grinned when I came across
God giving his people gift ideas.
“This is the special gift you are to offer…”  Fractions of wheat, barley, oil, and one
sheep from every two hundred are what he asked for in Ezekiel 45:13. Later,
bulls and goats are talked about. Different occasions warranted different gift
ideas, different sacrifices. 
God whispers his gift ideas to us also.
 “He has shown you, o
man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to
love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
(Micah 6:8)
In the book of Acts we hear that God set up the ocean currents,
artistically created the diverse and beautiful range of ethnic groups, and created
minutes, hours, days, years. 
God did this so that
men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him
, although he is
not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being.”

(Acts 17:27, 28)
God writes: Here’s
a gift idea. I want to connect with you… Here’s what I made for YOU. Do you
like the oceans, waterfalls, bottomless caves? Did you see my mountain ranges,
coral reefs, floating ice bergs, and still-unexplored jungles? Did you hear of
the polka-dotted snake, and the black flower scientists are even now just
finding…? Love, God.

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I’m humbled and floored, and silently love him more. Nature screams
his artist heart, and his ancient words speak of love and relationship with me,
with you.

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  1. LOLITA on May 17, 2012 at 1:39 am

    So precious…. and He formed me so unique and all me.

    Thank you God and thank you Jennifer. Such a lovely reminder.

  2. Cheryl Barker on May 17, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I love the gifts of nature God has made for us to enjoy. They seem to mean more to me with each passing year. Love how they inspire worship and help me feel more connected to him, too.

    (Hope you get good news on the house soon!)

  3. AmyAlves on May 17, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Jennifer, this so spoke to my heart. Last night God hit me with this thought, "just say yes Amy, and take my love freely". Praise God! He is an amazing gift giver! I'm so humbled. ~ Blessings sister, Amy

  4. Jennifer Dougan on May 18, 2012 at 1:48 am


    I am so pleased to meet you! Thank you for stopping by my site.

    Yes, I am humbled by his love for us, and by his artist heart.

    Have a great week.

    Jennifer Dougan

  5. Jennifer Dougan on May 18, 2012 at 1:51 am


    Nature inspires me to worship God too– so much!

    Have a wonderful week. How are your daughters doing? I was delighting in being a daughter just today.


  6. Jennifer Dougan on May 18, 2012 at 1:56 am


    Happy Thursday! 🙂 I like God's comment to you: "Just say yes, Amy!" Beautiful.


  7. cabinart on May 18, 2012 at 2:54 am

    Such a new perspective – God tells us what gifts we can get Him. Thank you for sharing this, Jennifer.

  8. Jennifer Dougan on May 18, 2012 at 4:17 pm


    Hello. Yes, that grabbed my attention too –seeing God give US gift ideas. It made me think and smile.

    How goes the art life this week?


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