Love says thank you 1,000 times (#’s 841-851)

by Craig on March 25, 2012

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I’ve been thinking lately about empathy…
crying when someone cries…
feeling loss when someone else does.

It’s more than acknowledging pain…but feeling it…
like a mama does when her babies are hurting.

Thank you God…

#841… that You know…You know
every pain…
every burden…
every worry.

You have felt everything we feel because You are Love…so You are empathy. Not one experience has been felt on this planet, with the exception of sin, that You haven’t felt. There is no one more important, more caring, that I (we) could have by my (our) side.

#842…that You come alongside me, and I know You know.

#843…that You not only save my tears…but share them.

#844…that talking with You is so easy…like breathing…like thinking a thought…like closing my eyes.

#845…for my thorn in the side. I haven’t thanked you for it lately. I hate it Lord. I have hated this 15 years of sleep deprivation. Not too many people get it…but I know You do.

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#846…for the humility You have created through this thorn…and the compassion…and the empathy…all absent before the thorn.

And I’ve been thinking of faith lately. And this…

They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. (MT 8:25,26)

#847…that “great calm” you give me?
I don’t keep it long enough…
or I close my hands when you offer it…
close my heart when you share it…
How can you not give up trying?
I am really, really thankful that you don’t.

And the word that Matthew uses as he quotes You:

ὀλιγόπιστοι

(pronounced oleegopistoy – with the emphasis on “gop”)
(and like all good Greek, said like a Greek chef  would say it, hand motions included 【ツ】)

It literally means “little faith ones”.

I’m a little faith one. We are all “little faith ones”. No one has faith, even the size of a mustard seed. (MT 17:20)

So little faith…so fleeting…

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so inconstant…

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#848… that You accept my “little” faith. I cannot have You unless I believe. Big faith would be better, I know. And sometimes it’s the size of an oak. But a struggling, imperfect, “size too small” faith … even that You accept.

#849…that there is grace enough for this imperfect quest for perfection that I (we) navigate.

#850… that You get how hard faith is for us.

#851… and lastly today, I’m thankful that a begonia seed is five times smaller…

than…

a mustard seed. 【◠‿◠】

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

PollyMayforthKrause (@LittleLunchGirl) March 25, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Thank God, he not only puts up with us and our little faith, but he grows it. Thank God, he not only feels our little pains, but he uses them to teach us how to comfort others. You bless me, Brother.

Polly

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Craig March 26, 2012 at 1:10 pm

… And no matter how much he grows it – it will always be smaller than a mustard seed – but bigger than a begonia ㋡ – and you’re so right – we don’t live this life without being hurt – and God understand each hurt more than we do – and feels it – and then takes the hurts and uses them – not ONLY for us – but less – to help others. Polly, thank you, and God bless and keep you.

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Katie March 25, 2012 at 6:28 pm

841,842, 843 —- I am thankful for these same things. I don’t know that I have thanked him for the pain and hurt and betrayal……… but I am thankful that God knows my pain, hurt, betrayal. I am thankful for Him being here with me in it. I am thankful he saves my tears.

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Craig March 26, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Katie,I heart those three thank yous – don’t know where I’d be without them, and where you are — THERE he sits – right with you – and where I am – he sits with me – in the middle of the turmoil, and the eye of the hurricane, there he sits, saying, “peace, be still”, to the wind and the rain – and the storm in our heart. God bless you Katie.

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Terri March 26, 2012 at 9:29 am

Craig, thank you for sharing your list of blessings today. I really like #850. God really does understand that we are made of clay! Have a blessed day. :-)

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Craig March 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Terri, it makes one wonder how much Jesus had to believe – how much faith did HE have to have – how much of his divinity did he lay aside? Don’t think about it too much – it’s headache territory – it’s also heresy territory if one isn’t careful. Anyway, however much he had to believe – the potter knows how hard it is for the clay to do so. Thank you Terri, I hope you have a blessed day as well!

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Barbie March 26, 2012 at 10:36 am

Visiting from Ann’s today. What a beautiful list of blessings and stunning photography!

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Craig March 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm

thank you Barbie – I’d like to take credit for the thank you’s, but they come mostly from inspiration that I gather by reading everybody else – and from God – and I’d love to take credit for the pictures too – but I don’t take very many of them – I took NONE of these – there are just so many artists out there who share (an I always source them! Thank you for visiting Barbie – because now by finding me – that means I have found YOU – I’ll be reading soon – can barely wait – but I kind of have to right now – anyway, God bless and keep you, and thank you again.

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Stacy March 26, 2012 at 11:20 am

And yet, there is one pain He’s felt that I have never felt, that I hope I never feel. At that last moment on the cross, when He took on all the world’s sin…the Father turned his face away. My heart breaks at the thought. No matter how much I’ve stumbled or how alone I’ve thought myself to be, God was right there. Waiting for me….all while I was, in my sin, nailing his Son to the cross.

There is no thank you sufficient for that undeserved gift, but I thank Him for giving it.

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Craig March 26, 2012 at 1:22 pm

that moment, oh, that moment! And we will never feel that Stacy – we’ll feel consequences for our sins – but never the penalty. All because of that moment. And you’re so right – there is no thank you sufficient for what he has done – I think maybe I just need to remember it more often – and thank Him anyway. God bless you Stacy!

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Rebecca March 26, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I think often of that ‘mustard seed’ faith. I have a 14,000 ft. Peak sitting right off my deck and it speaks to me of its beauty but it also reminds me that I have not the faith to move it.

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Craig March 26, 2012 at 1:25 pm

SO pretty!!!!! and what you said – about not having the faith to move the mountain – that’s EXACTLY what I think of when I think of the mustard seed verse. If any of us – ANY of us throughout history EVER had faith that size – just that little tiny size – mountains would be flying everywhere – and would’ve been since the beginning of human history. Thank goodness for begonia seeds. Thank you Rebecca – and God bless and keep you!

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Kris March 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm

#850. Why do I forget constantly, that He KNOWS the struggle? My brain is so small, my heart, even smaller. Praying that He might infiltrate this space I occupy and cause me to be overcome with knowing that he above all, KNOWS my struggles. Thank you for this Craig, always turning me around and making me face Him. I needed the twirl today. Blessings, brother.

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Craig March 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Krissie, you and me both! Tiny brains, smaller hearts. One of the reasons we write is to turn our own hearts around isn’t it – I wrote – yours turned – and now mine is twirling too. Iron sharpens iron. Thank you for being reminded – so I can look upon what I wrote – and I can be reminded too. Blessings to you too, sister.

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misty March 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm

craig, yep…. #849 smacks me around right now. it’s sorta what i blogged about today.
(sheepish)
oh, how he loves us. don’t you just love that song? b/cs it is there for us to relish in and to remind us when we forget.
and again, i’m so sorry for your thorn, the same thorn my own beloved husband has. i can’t state that i understand it, but i know the effects it has on my husband, and it is so hard. but like you, he chooses to be an empathetic person, to use his sleeplessness to pray or read.

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Craig March 26, 2012 at 1:35 pm

I’m not very much an”old” hymn person – but the lyrics – the lyrics of all those great hymns – I heart them so much. And I never thought about why the lyrics for THAT hymn were written. I just sing the song – but what you wrote – I heart that! “For us to relish in and remind us when we forget” – because we forget too often. And we miss out on so much peace because our little brains fail to hold onto that.

And that point of being able to use my sleeplessness for praying or reading – I passed that point a long time ago – that happened in the first few years this sleep disorder – maybe even the first five years – but after 10, then 15, the effects accumulate – the sleepless time is pretty much unusable now – and the time awake is that much more of a challenge – but still, it’s just a thorn, just at thorn. We all have thorns. The thorn isn’t so much the blessing – what our Lord does with it, through us, that’s the blessing. So I’m blessed.

Anyway, thank you, and God bless and keep you and your hubs. Misty.

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Carrie March 26, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Craig, I love #844. I don’t think I could bear another breath if it weren’t as easy as closing my eyes and envisioning Him there, listening, loving, holding. My life would lose all meaning without Him. I love to think of God as empathy itself – thank you for this image! I’ve always been “labeled” as overly emotional and it’s taken me 40 years to accept this very personal trait. I can immediately feel others’ pain, sometimes overwhelmingly so. I’m beginning to realize that some of us here are meant to be that way while others are not. But to also realize the Father IS empathy? Well, that is priceless to me. Thank you for the gift today!

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Craig March 26, 2012 at 7:38 pm

compassion is good – and compassion is love. Sympathy is good, and sympathy is love. But I have heard it said for a long time that our Lord encountered everything that we have. And my thoughts – and so many others’ thoughts jump to his lifetime. But was it really possible for him to have experienced ALL we ALL have in one very short lifetime – in one very small geographical area – with so few people. Scripture says that he has experienced it ALL – so that leaves one aspect of him – the God aspect, not the human one – eternity, not time. He experienced many of the things we have when he was living his human life – the rest he felt because God is love, and that means God is also empathy, and God eternally and without limit feels, actually FEELS what we feel – just like YOU do when you pick up those feelings – but to the level of infinity. Before this last year that I named connect I didn’t pick up on those feelings except for with my baby sister – I’ve also found empathy can be developed. Either way empathy is a good thing – and God is empathetic – and thank you Carrie for inspiring this further thought on that. Really, thank you – and God bless you!

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Glenna March 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm

#844…that talking with You is so easy…like breathing…like thinking a thought…like closing my eyes
Craig, What a wonderful list of thankfulness and how you can but it together so well
I love how close GOD is to us always ….closer than the air we breathe……………..
Thanks be to GOD for his many blessings on each one of us
that we can come together and share

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Craig March 26, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Glenna, I have been learning – and AM learning that joys like this are multiplied when they’re shared – and pain is lessened. I went through my entire life, choosing to be the lone wolf, fiercely independent and disconnected. Last year, named “connect” changed all of that – BLOGGING is changing all of that. Talking like this in COMMENTS is changing all of that. There is no pontificating – but as you put it, coming together and sharing. Thank you for your kind words, Glenna, thank you, and God bless and keep you.

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Mari March 27, 2012 at 7:38 pm

“that He accepts our little faith.” Sometimes I believe the lie that He doesn’t, that he turns away from it because it is so lacking. But thankfully He isint like that! Craig, I hope you have a blessed week :)

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Craig March 28, 2012 at 11:36 am

it IS a lie that if we don’t believe 100% – all the time – fervently and on fire and never without a doubt – that he doesn’t accept her faith. Doubt is the handmaiden of faith. Honest doubt spurs us on to stronger faith. We are only human – and he get that – he live a human lifetime. Thank you Mari, thank you, and I hope you have a blessed week too.

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Sarah March 28, 2012 at 11:45 am

Splashing around in God’s goodness today … Had to stop by and wade in this glorious place. Hope you don’t mind if I stay a bit and let joy soak deep down.

Splashin’
Sarah

http://justsarahdawn.blogspot.com/

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Nacole March 29, 2012 at 6:32 pm

i love this: “You have felt everything we feel because You are Love…so You are empathy. Not one experience has been felt on this planet, with the exception of sin, that You haven’t felt. There is no one more important, more caring, that I (we) could have by my (our) side.”

And you are right, God is holy and knows no sin, but He felt sin on the cross, so in that way, He endured what we endure, except more, because He took on all the sin of the world and God had to turn his face from him–i know that was so painful for Jesus–to be separated from His father like that–that He endured that for me–*amazing*.

i also loved this: …there was so much about this list i love!
“…that “great calm” you give me?
I don’t keep it long enough…
or I close my hands when you offer it…
close my heart when you share it…
How can you not give up trying?
I am really, really thankful that you don’t.”

and that i am a little faithful one and that talking to Him is so easy…as easy as breathing…so much to be thankful for! thanks for the theology lesson! it always brings me closer to Him–knowledge of Him.

and i hearted, really hearted your pictures, Craig! the artwork is beautiful, lifts my spirit, enriches my soul…thank you for sharing…thank you for visiting my place last week…ive been on a little bit of a hiatus, as you probably read a little about…withdrawing a little to focus on the really important…so you dont have to worry about the “blog growth” thing right now…i think my focus right now, as i believe i hear God saying to me, is to quietly write, and post when i can, and put all of my energy–physical and mental–into my home and family–and believe me, it is taking all of that and more right now–just wanted to get you a little caught up on us. i so appreciate the encouragement you left about my writing–that you always cheer us on–that you are in our corner and pray for us–*thank you*, friend! even though i will be more quiet than ever before, please know that you are one of the first i come read, and i will do so as much as i can…thank you for still being here–for keeping the light on and fire cozy as we say–for keeping the conversation going…abundant blessings, friend!

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Craig March 31, 2012 at 3:00 pm

First, Nacole, I think it’s good that you’re following GOD’s heart – even though I knew how much you want to write – even though I knew what an absolutely great writer you are – you have your babies and your hubs – and you want to be faithful to your role of mother – and bride. I can’t help but applaud that – at the SAME time saying that I’ll miss not having you around here. And thank you my friend for noticing the artwork – I searched long and hard for that stuff – and I’m glad you hearted it. When you are not here, Nacole, you’ll be missed – and when you are here, you’ll be treasured. God bless and keep you my friend

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