Tuesday, November 19, 2013

CLEVERNESS AND A MILLION LITTLE WAYS

I was at a book club last night hosted by my friend, Candace, from His Mercy Is New.  She writes a homeschool encouragement blog packed full of all kinds of good stuff.  Candace has a heart for the Lord, and although an introvert, is a pretty skilled at coordinating events that bring Christian woman together to share their experiences, perspectives, gifts, and humor.  I am mostly attracted to the humor part--which I'm sure is not her main focus going in. 
 
Last night we discussed Emily P. Freeman's newest book, A Million Little Ways.  And it seems that the nine of us had a million things to say about it and how it spoke to us individually.  I am not really sure that some of the rabbit trails we found ourselves on last night could be explained today in respect to chapters in the book, but it was engaging nevertheless.
 
One of the topics that we touched on, not surprising, was how our giftedness manifests itself.  For me it was easy.  At 56, I better have figured it out by now! 
 
I am clever.
 
Yep, cleverness is my gift from God. 
 
Nothing fancy. 
 
Honestly, I am nothing if I am not clever.  I say that a lot--usually right after I do something extremely clever. 
 
Last week I was at the cabin writing.  For two whole days I sat and let my fingers do the walking.  By day three, I needed a break.  I really did not want to get involved in a big project like painting, so I settled on coming up with a shelf for the landline phone.  It could no longer be perched on the electric heater.  It was 22 degrees and snowing, so the heater was on--full blast.
 
I do not have my husband's warehouse, my shed, Kelly's house, Hobby Lobby, or any other storehouse of great stuff to search through up in the mountains of Virginia.  My resources are extremely limited.  I decided to shop the cabin.  Slim pickings to say the least.
 
But in the end, my clever did not disappoint. 
 
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Two L-brackets, some Velcro, and an old Scrabble board.  Now that is what I am talking about.  I cut the star out of the center of the board for the cords to run through.  I will deal with the black wires the next time my clever kicks in.  And I am planning on a photo enlargement of the kiddos playing a game for the space above.

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6 comments:

Kolein said...

OH MAN! MAN!

Certainly clever!!!! LOVE it!!!

You've inspired me. I have no clever gift. I'm sure I have other gifts. Or at least one. Let me think....think....think....think...oh yes, I can find things. I have a gift for finding things. "Mom! Honey! Where's my ......?"
Here 'tis.

Yep, that's my gift.

XO

Denise Voccola said...

Oh my goodness, Kolein! You sing like an angel. Your mothering is an art. You have the gift of encouragement and give the gift of laughter. :) Love you, friend!

Kim said...

I just thought I was clever before I saw this! Looks great, and I enjoy reading about your little cabin, makes me want to go cuddle up in mine.

Lesa Baker said...

Now, that's just awesome. Denise, you're a lethal force! McGyver got nuttin' on you, girl!

Mommy Mac said...

Clever. I like it! I loved the way this book poured out the good of our Savior through the gunk our human skin. In each of us, there is something spectacular. He placed it there for us to find and move towards. The closer we get to His gift in us, the closer we become to Him. And that's just one of His 'million little ways'.

It was such a privilege to be a part of this discussion with you. Love your blog; love the work in your words.

Words are worth it.

.mac :)

Mommy Mac said...

Clever. I like it! I loved the way this book poured out the good of our Savior through the gunk our human skin. In each of us, there is something spectacular. He placed it there for us to find and move towards. The closer we get to His gift in us, the closer we become to Him. And that's just one of His 'million little ways'.

It was such a privilege to be a part of this discussion with you. Love your blog; love the work in your words.

Words are worth it.

.mac :)