Today's Joy Dare asks for "a gift in your hand, a gift you walked by, a gift you sat with."
A gift that was in my hand but is now in my stomach was the BLT sandwich I had for supper. (Funny story: I made our lunches this morning--the sandwiches, oranges and carrots, and cookies--and packed them in a bag which I put in the fridge while we ate breakfast. I left myself a note by the door to remember the bag. Well, it wasn't till we were at school that I realized I'd forgotten it, and it's a 20-minute walk back. Joshua wasn't mad, and I managed to laugh at myself--but I was really hungry by the time I got home!)
Another gift that's more on my hand than in it is my wedding/engagement rings. They're not very fancy but I think they're beautiful, and they're a constant reminder of the promise I made to my husband and he to me.
I walked by a lot of gifts on the way home this evening--houses with Christmas lights still lit, rosebushes that I know will bloom come spring, a lamp turning on in someone's dark window, a cat sitting on a porch, a custodian in a building on campus doing his nightly cleaning.
All of the people I sat with in classes today are gifts: Ruth. Sara. Joshua. I'm blessed with some wonderful professors, classmates whom I like and respect, my two best girlfriends here in classes with me, and my husband in three of my five classes this semester!
These are all gifts that I encounter every day (except for the BLT; those are a rare treat!). They, among many, many other things, are gifts that I tend to take for granted: the people around me, the things I walk past, other things that are ordinary, everyday. But that doesn't make them any less wonderful than the other things God gives me. Friends, family, food--all these are some of the most important and precious blessings in our lives, yet it is so easy to overlook them. I hope that I can become aware of and thankful for them every day, not just today.