Monday, September 11, 2006

God's Special Treats

(The smiling gardener in the photo is my friend, Patti Hill.)

The last few weeks have been rough. Lots of normal life struggles including back-to-school schedules, a sick child, and piles of work on my various writing projects. Honestly, I've been feeling a little beaten down.

And it's during those times that God surprises me with how tender and personal His love is for each of His children.

Over the next few days, I'll share a few "God sightings." Please feel free to leave a comment about your own special treats from God. Sometimes we just have to hold still and open our eyes to see these gifts that He pours out in the midst of our most cranky, weary, miserable days.

The first special treat I want to share was a visit from author Patti Hill. She was in town to meet with her publisher, and was able to stop by for a visit. We took a lovely walk in a wooded park, talked about the writing life with all its ups and downs, and shared God Stuff in the way that only kindred spirits can. She also gave me a hot-off-the-press copy of her new book, IN EVERY FLOWER, and showed me my endorsement on one of the front pages. It was like cradling a new baby, and it had the lovely new-book smell. I love Patti the author, and I love Patti the person, and I know you will, too.

When things are tough in my life, it can sometimes be hard to hear others crowing about the wonderful blessings they are enjoying. So in the coming days, while I list some special treats from God, I'm also sensitive to the fact that many who read this blog face painful struggles that threaten to squeeze the breath from their lungs. I'm not sharing God's Special Treats to flaunt them while others are hurting. I'm hurting, too. Together, let's ask God for a small gift to bring us comfort while we wait for the BIG answers to arrive, and please post a comment to let me know if you stumble across a blessing.

Patti's visit was a blessing that walked up and rang my doorbell. In future blogs, I'll share some other ways that God's Special Treats have arrived in my life.

Sharon Hinck

1 comment:

Camy Tang said...

What a neat idea! I like it. And Patti looks adorable! (both of you were so cute on the floor at ICRS)