“Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.” ~ Boris Pasternak
Good Sunday morning, sweet friends. I hope this finds you well and that the past week was good to you. Life handed me a sweet blessing from above, and I am so happy, I want to share the news.
It was a lovely gift that pulled at my ‘heartstrings.’ You see, it was a beautiful and personal gift from a friend ~ one I have never met. Yes, you read that correctly and are probably wondering, “How can that be?” I have learned many things over the course of this summer (one is never too old to learn). One of the things I have learned is that the friends made in the blogging world are special and sincere. No longer will I refer to them as virtual friends, as that seems cold and certainly not ‘kind of heart,’ as my friends are. Perhaps, I was simply blessed and my blog spoke to these dear friends, but I believe differently. I see God’s love and warmth in each of them. Truly, He has had a hand in our connection.
On Friday, I was sitting in the sunroom (still going through books) and Mike brought me a package from the postman. Immediately, I said, “I didn’t order anything.” He replied, “Well, it is addressed to you.” Therefore, I went about opening my unexpected package. To my great surprise, it was a leather-bound book containing beautiful daily devotions. Not long, but each one is so inspiring and uplifting. Written by Sarah Young, it is titled, “Jesus Always.”
Written in the introduction, is a little information about the author. She sounds like a remarkable woman, as she has been dealing with chronic health issues since 2001. In 2013, she and her husband moved from Western Australia back to the United States and settled in Tennessee. I hope she was young when they made that move. Moving from Virginia to West Virginia was enough moving for me. To add to this story, since 2008, she has been dealing with vertigo. Having dealt with vertigo myself, I can tell you, “It is a mean and ugly visitor, one you do not ever want to welcome.”
We all know God is everywhere, in everything, and everyone. He clearly has held Ms. Young in the palm of His hand. And, He also knows my friend that sent me this special book, along with a joyful letter. Both, I will always treasure, as well as how they made me feel will be forever stored in my heart. Most of all, my friend will join other bloggers who have done special things for me. Special people I adore.
“What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it.” ~ C. S. Lewis
I have been richly blessed through the years with many dear friends and their sweet surprises. My grandmother used to say to me, “Baby, I hope your life is full of sweet surprises.” She would be most happy if I could share my stories with her. It truly is a joy to be the recipient as well as the giver.
Dear friends, I hope you have enjoyed your visit. Know I wish you and yours a glorious day.
And. . .
May sweet surprises be yours ~ always.
And. . .
A sincere and special thanks to my dear friend, for your kindness and thoughtfulness. Blessings to you and yours.
“Joy is the serious business of heaven.” ~ C. S. Lewis