Monday, April 18, 2011

Wonderful grace, authentic peace

"We're home!"

I'm not sure it's ever felt so good to utter those words. Last Tuesday, April 12, my husband Jack had major heart surgery. Now he and I have moved out of Duke Hospital and back into our house. And boy, are we glad to be here!

Amazingly, I received a FedEx package just before my husband was admitted to the hospital. "What could this be?" I wondered. Then I remembered: way back in January--which seems so long ago now--I met some of the lovely folks from (in)courage. They asked if I'd like to participate in a special program to receive one of their products in exchange for writing about it on my blog. I don't think the timing could have been better for me to receive this beautiful tray:

Isn't it lovely? It's nice and big and sturdy as well as beautiful. I've already thought of several ways to use it. And can you read the words inscribed on it?

unfathomable love
simple joy
unending hope
wonderful grace
authentic peace

Yes, I'd say the timing was pretty good for me to receive this tray. What an excellent summary of what I've just been experiencing.

And what a lovely reminder of what we all experience every day--not just during times of crisis, not just during Holy Week, but every single day. All because of God's unfathomable love for us. I'm going to use this tray often--and every time I pick it up, I'll remember the truth of the inscription.

You probably already know that (in)courage is a division of DaySpring. DaySpring was already a favorite company of mine, long before I'd ever heard of (in)courage. Now it's much more than a favorite company. It's a source of real blessing in my life. If you've not already done so, I urge you to visit (in) and discover what blessings await you!


Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

I was just thinking of you! I'm so glad you are home! I pray that Jack recovers well. I agree, what a perfect time for that tray to arrive.

claudia b said...

I am glad to hear it, hope Jack's recovery is a complete one, blessings to you all.

Erin said...

We're so grateful you and Jack are home. Know we're thinking of you. I think God sent you a special message today when you received your Fedex package; those are His words to you, Richella - a wonderful way of welcoming you home.



Tina said...

Very happy to hear that your husband is doing well and your home. I'll say a prayer for quick recovery!
Love your tray. It's beautiful. Definitely quotes to remember on any God given day!

BARBIE said...

What a beautiful gift you came home too! Praying for your husband and you during this time.

Nadir@StitchSense said...

Welcome home!!! How is Jack feeling? Still praying for continued peace & speedy healing :-) I'm loving the tray too, its beautiful, its perfect for summer.

Leslie said...

I love God's timing!
And He loves us!
This post reminded me that I have a ceramic dry erase board from Dayspring that I need to blog about!
I pray that Jack will be stronger than ever and your family, as well!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

So glad he is home!! :) Love your new tray. It looks a lot like some of my Blessings Unlimited pieces, which is fitting b/c BU is owned by Day Spring too. ;)

Heather said...

I am so glad your husband is doing well! said...

I'm so glad to hear that you are all doing well.

Rebekah said...

SO happy to hear your hubby is doing well! Isn't it amazing how God always knows the perfect time to allow small little blessings into our lives! This tray is BEAUTIFUL!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

HI, sweet Richella, I'm so glad to hear your hubby is home. Hope for a good recovery too. I've had my own stuff to deal with lately, but you are so right about God's unending grace and peace in the midst. xoxo

His Doorkeeper said...

Beautiful tray with precious words......and look at those napkins!!! You know I have a "thing" about pretty napkins! har har

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