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Welcome friend, I'm Lynda Joy - grateful follower of Jesus, honoured wife to my darling, proud mother of 5, home-educator, massage therapist, & enthusiastic creative. I'm delighted that you are here, sharing this God-given treasure-hunt called life with me... So many gifts waiting to be discovered. So, here's to life, joy and health!

24 July 2012

We've Shifted House

I've got a new address... and I'm excited about it!

It's just like shifting house... and I've done that a few times :)

We ('we', because all the members of my family get roped in in one way or another)  are still finding our way around and making things fit just right. It's a process that takes time, but we are functioning...'LIFE'  is happening over at the new house.

It's the same me, the same family, the same desire to find all the gifts that HE has graciously given to us each day... just a new house that's in a better location for us, with better access for all of you.

The new address, so you know where to go, is http://fruitofgratitude.com/ ... real easy! Click on this link and it'll magically transport you through the streets of cyberspace to our new place. It'd be great to have a visit with you. Click like or even better, leave a comment ... love to hear your thoughts.

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See you soon

19 July 2012

Morning 'music'...

3 gifts MUSICAL...

A new day...
 A fresh beginning...
  A song in my head as I wake.

Slip into fluffy slippers...
 Draw warm dressing gown tighter...
  Race madly as I hear 'music' of rubbish truck, and realise that I forgot to put it out last night-AGAIN!

Chatter of birds calling out praise for this new day...
  Sun silently rounding my horizon's edge...
    Drone of distant cars heading for adventures.

Click of kettle as it switches off...
 Connecting of computer bits & bobs as mechanical life appears...
  Emails emanating the music of communication ... and a delightful musical smile      http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=G4nX0Xrn-wo&sns=em

Sleep encumbered salutations...
 Sharing of day's schedules...
  Spraying of hairspray signalling readiness for all of today.

Cacophony of morning clamour...
 Gratitude for gift of hearing...
   Morning 'music'- a gift!


"1000 Gifts"...

#201  Company on my morning walk
#202  Hearing the music of birds together
#203  Compassion from a friend's heart
#204  The promise of a cuddle when my darling returns
#205  Being encircled with daughter's care
#206  Fresh perspective with a new day
#207  Food for my grumbling tummy

18 July 2012

Hanging Down...


Tears hanging down...
Heart hanging down...
Dreams hanging down...

Pete Wilson said,
It's those unexpected shattered dreams that provide us with twists and turns in life where we meet God. Rarely do we surrender when we feel strong and in control. But when a dream is shattered, when life takes an unexpected turn and veers out of control, that's when we fall to our knees. That's when a new dream can grow. http://www.incourage.me/2012/07/i-will.html

Pride hanging down...
Control hanging down...

John 5:19 "Jesus gave them this answer: "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does."
What does He mean when He says, "The Son can do nothing of Himself"? Is Christ helpless? Without the Father's help, can He do no more than any other man?

v30 : "By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgement is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me."
He seeks the will of the Father. He is saying, "I cannot act independently of the Father." He limits Himself to do only those things that the Father desires Him to do. He can do nothing that the Father does not want Him to do.    *"The Life of Christ" by Frank Hamrick

Will hanging down...

If we want something that is not the same as the Father, then we are CHOOSING our sinful nature with our will.

Choices hanging down...

Sometimes we have already chosen & don't realise it... wrong dreams...dreams that have become idols taking the adoration and focus that belongs to our Father.

Just as Christ's works witness to His deity, so mine witness to what I am...

Shame hanging down...

I bow my heart down...

My Saviour reaches down...

And lifts me up... I am forever grateful!


"1000 Gifts"...

#197  HIS heart of love
#198  Begonia hanging down

#199 PawPaw hanging down

#200  Clouds hanging down

 with grateful thanks Loma Photography©

17 July 2012

3 gifts of Stone in the Earthquake

3 Gifts IN STONE...

It came from nowhere...suddenly my world was shaking.
I've had them before...know these tremors well...but this one was unexpected.

An earthquake in my heart.

The element of surprise adds to the shock...I thought I had done things so that this quake wouldn't hit me again...prepared myself. This one was deeper.

My attempts at repairing the damage from previous quakes fell in piles of rubble. I see it strewn all around me. Useless fumbling attempts at making it right...it's not.

Automatically I try to defend myself against the force that I perceive is threatening to engulf me... each time these tremors have come I've done it... defended myself... protected myself by pushing away. This time it was different.

I still feel it's force...raw...deep...strong
There is no defense to protect me this time.

Stunned, I survey the wreckage. Too dazed to comprehend it fully, yet trying to grasp the magnitude. So much waste...so many broken pieces.

I do the only thing I know... I call out to HIM, the cornerstone of my heart...

...the only thing left standing true


"1000 Gifts"...

#192  Jesus, the cornerstone of my heart
#193  Mortar & Pestle - a gift from my darling - making foccaccia bread tonight

#194  A friend's first rose-bud
#195  Motivation and energy to clean the bathroom of all the mould - Yuk!
 #196  A winsome statue reminding me to pray for gorgeous daughter

15 July 2012

Dancing in HIS love

3 gifts YELLOW...

My favourite colour!
As a child, my favourite flower was the buttercup...growing wild
Later I would write a song... about buttercups dancing before our King

Sang it to my children.
Still one of creative daughter's favourites

A desire deep, to dance in the light of HIS mighty love

I'm learning to dance...
some days bold
other days fragile steps

HE leads with gifts
I follow with thanks
HE returns joy
I overflow yellow... happiness

A beautiful dance with the One who has my heart.


"1000 gifts"...

#182  Sunlight coming across floor
#183  Exciting night producing with creative daughter... she's clever!
#184  New yellow pegs
#185  Middle son made his famous pancakes for lunch...indulgence!
#186  The hard sweat of breaking new ground
#187  Love that carries us through
#188  Daughter cooking dinner and doing dishes as well
#189  Time with HIM and the guitar
#190  The weekends when my darling & I can talk more on the phone
#191  Creativity