tonsillitis and “One Thousand Gifts”

I’ve been sick with a bad bout of tonsillitis for the past week or so.  On the way to the doctor last Friday (my second visit of last week), I was waiting at a traffic light and a patch of bright blue caught my eye.  Beyond the moat and old wall around the old city in Chiang Mai, my gaze became fixed by a brightly painted balcony and wall amidst a scene of drab. 

I’ve been reading Ann Voskamp‘s “One Thousand Gifts” lately and have been challenged to say the least.  Her writing style is unique and beautiful; her words thought-provoking and heart-wrenching.  But full of reminders of God’s goodness and His grace.  Graces.

I recommend the book.

On her blog she continues listing her “One Thousand Gifts” – she’s well above 2000.  Going into these gifts and graces in more detail in her book, she includes not just the happy feel-good gifts and graces but the ugly things turned beautiful. 

So on the way to the doctor last Friday when I saw the blue blue balcony jumping out of the tired row of ‘hong thaew’ (row houses/buildings) I knew it was a gift.

So here starts my list of One Thousand (and more) Gifts:

1. Blue balcony in a lackluster view.
2. Phone calls and Skype calls from the other side of the globe.
3. Co-workers going the extra mile to help another.
4. Dear Dear serving me in the midst of a busy day.
5. Fresh mangoes and flowers brought with love.

7 thoughts on “tonsillitis and “One Thousand Gifts”

  1. Jenna says:

    Visiting from Ann's…so excited to see you join the community. The “hunt” for his gifts is truly a joy. Thanks for sharing your list…

  2. Craig says:

    I came over from Ann’s. I can still comment on Multitude Monday lists on Saturday right? 🙂

    Ugh – I still have my tonsils and I’m 400 years older than you – I get it. And today this was my fave from your list: ~ 4. Dear Dear serving me in the midst of a busy day. (I think I just like the name “dear dear” – it’s like chocolate cake plus chocolate frosting) {smile}

    I was blessed by this today. Thank you.

    May God watch over and guide you and all of yours.

  3. Kim says:

    Visiting from Ann's – welcome to the joy of counting! Your list is great! Hope you're feeling better soon! Rest in the palm of His hand! Be well, sister! Enjoy the journey!

  4. Cora from Hidden Riches says:

    Loved the blue balcony!!!!! Sometimes it is the suprise,little things that just make the moment so special, isn't it? I, too,have become so aware of the moments, the things that I never noticed before! It was a blessing to be here today! Thank you!

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