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I love blue, purple and scarlet yarn! I have crocheted most of my life, and when I found out that there were women across the nation who were forming Prayer Shawl Ministries, I became so excited; I started one at my church. The Wednesday devotionals on this blog weave together the art of crocheting and the love of God. Plus there are quotations on leadership, patterns, book reviews, and news from other Prayer Shawl Ministries. So if God has filled you with a love for crocheting & knitting, pull out those blue, purple and scarlet yarns and those crochet hooks and knitting needles and join me.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Accepting Graciously

1 Thessalonians 5:16 – 18
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

            Thank you.
            These are two simple words that stumble across women's lips and mysteriously unlock a tiny drawer, or a closet, or a massive warehouse of doubt and insecurities.
In response to a complement, women say, "Thank you, it's so old."
In response to a present, women say, "Thank you.  You shouldn't have." 
In response to praise, women say, "Thank you, but I didn't really deserve this."
Is it any wonder why people shy away from giving to women?
And here Prayer Shawl Ministries across the nation are -- giving shawls to women, especially to women who are going through times of trial.
            Years ago, I learned a secret about receiving gifts (praise, complements, et cetera).  The giver is pleased when I just accept graciously.  Thank you, said with honest gratitude, is sufficient.  The gift is validated and the giver feels appreciated.
I thank God the same way I do a friend.  His gifts are overwhelming and magnificent, and I do not deserve them, but I thank Him for them every day.  I don't gush insincerities, nor do I negate His gifts by pointing out my unworthiness.  I thank Him, because I love Him.

Sweet heavenly Father,
Thank you.

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