What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
Remember: "When God closes a door, He always opens a window!" You never know what might be out there waiting for you!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Counting My Gifts- September 9th - 3 Gifts Framed

Today's "gift" prompt for "Counting 1000 Gifts" is Three Gifts Framed.  (See www.AnnVoskamp.com for more information )

 I've been thinking about this...and the first framed gift I cling to is this one:  This photograph of "My Three Sons", taken back when they were all still a part of our home before they dispersed to their own worlds as adults.  This framed picture could easily count for my "three gifts framed", but I don't think that is where I am supposed to stop.

The next framed gift is this one:

This is the "framed gift" that inspired the title of this blog, and you can read more about that here: "Closed Doors, Open Windows", The Beginning    and here: Another Closed Door or An Open Window? Now, about 2 & 3/4 years later and with 266 posts written, I can honestly say that this framed gift is a gift that keeps on giving.  The little seed of inspiration contained within that frame has indeed opened a window into a world that I did not previously know existed.  I have learned much, gained so many new friends, and have enjoyed the fellowship of new sisters and brothers in Christ all over the world as a result, praise and glory be to God!  I hope someday to find the young lady who gave me this gift and share with her what her selfless act has created.

As I look around my home, I could find so many other framed "gifts" to include in this post today.  There is one picture that I do not have an actual copy of  in my home, but it is a picture that tells the whole story of why I am here in the first place:

The title of this picture is "Forgiven", and although I do not
know the full history of this picture,* it appears to be the one
who hammered the nails into Christ's hands...still holding the hammer,
and being held in the arms of the Resurrected Christ---Totally Forgiven.

That is where I am today...Totally Forgiven.
I do not deserve to be forgiven for my sins.
I have done nothing to merit this gift.
It has been given freely by the very One I sinned against.

"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves;
It is the GIFT OF GOD,
Not of works, lest anyone should boast."
Ephesians 2:8-9

These are my three gifts for today.  Wow.  Amazing Grace. How Sweet the sound.


  1. Hi Pamela,
    Wonderful post! I love the last picture. It says so much about what we believe in. I like your picture of your three 'gifts' too. I also have three 'gifts.' We are blessed! Have a lovely week.


    1. Thank you Sandi. Yes, "Forgiven" says it all...the greatest gift of all! We have been truly blessed...and learning to "count my gifts" every day (blessings) is opening my eyes to how marvelously Blessed by God I truly am. Thank you for dropping in for a visit today. It's so wonderful to hear from you again!

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    1. Thank you, Susie! Blessed Sabbath Rest to you today.


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