Wednesday, March 31, 2010


I am reminded today of how God can be a God of suddenly type blessings. 

This came to my mind recently as I was busy with the children one afternoon a few weeks ago and my Husband called for me to come upstairs. I could only imagine. I just knew that one of the tiny people we live with had done something that was worthy of a "Honey, you are not going to believe this" type of moment.

We have lots of those around here.  But that wasn't it at all.

"Sit down and close your eyes!" He said with a grin from ear to ear.

I knew that look. He had a gift. 
And there isn't anyone who loves to give more than me, except for my husband.
He is an exceptional gift giver. It's not something that happens very often.
Rarely even for Christmas or birthdays. It's all about the kids here at our house. 
And I love that.

But suddenly and without warning. 
Without any knowledge. 
Completely and totally unexpectedly

A gift came.

Wrapped in my favorite colors and with a card attached was one of the sweetest things he's ever done. The tears poured forth as I unwrapped this beautiful package.
And at the same time I wondered where on earth my six foot five inches of 100 % Alpha male Husband had found pink polka dotted tissue paper and matching ribbon. 

And after years of waiting.....

Suddenly I was holding in my hands the very thing that helps me to communicate a love language all my own.

Inside that beautiful, thoughtful gift was a brand new camera.

Not just any camera.

But one that took me from shooting with 10 mega pixels to shooting with 18 megapixels.

I just went from good pictures to "You have got to be kidding me" pictures ~ overnight.

Most girls would not get excited over a new camera.

But this just so happens to be my thing.  

And this just about sent me over the edge and he new that it would.

I'm pretty sure I don't have any tears left after this little demonstration of love.

And isn't this just like God?

He knows what will make our hearts sing.

He knows what will just absolutely send us over the edge with gratitude and thanksgiving.

He knows what will bless us. Help us. Grow us. Teach us.

And suddenly He can give it.

Not because we deserve it. Not because we've earned it. But just because He decides to do so. Just because He loves us. 

We can go to sleep tonight praying and hoping for a baby of our own and then suddenly wake up one morning with two pink lines waiting for us on a bathroom counter.

Just like that.  Oh the joy.

We can go to sleep tonight staring at our left ring finger wondering to ourselves if there will ever be a band on that hand.....

Then suddenly and without warning it happens and before you know it~
you are buying your very own copy of Martha Stewart Weddings and talking about fondant and buttercream and other bride to be lingo. 

We can go to sleep tonight wondering what we are going to do ~

If the house doesn't sell.

If we don't get the job.

If the test doesn't come back positively.

If the agency doesn't call.

If they reject the proposal.

If they ignore your submission.

Then suddenly.....

You get the offer.

The house sells.

The test is good.

The baby is yours.

The check came.

The job opened up.

The blessing............ has your name on it this time.

Be encouraged during the season of waiting sweet friends. Whatever you are waiting for. 

God is a God of suddenly.

And He is about to take you from 10 to 18 megapixels right before your very eyes.

Click. Click. Get ready for your blessing.

Be still and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! ~ Psalm 47:10


LoveFeast Table said...

When it rains it pours! Awesome post and a great reminder...and a great husband! We have something in common, cause my man totally surprised me this past Feb. with the same gift! I love me a man who encourages the talents and passions of his wife! Way to go!!

KK said...

Awww, that man is a keeper! Just like our good, good Lord! Much love to you and your family this Easter Week!!!

paige said...

whoa baby!!!
i big girl camera!!!
i'm so excited for you!
& such a beautiful post

love you friend
& can't wait to see all your new fancy photos :)

nest of posies said...

holy megapixels!

so so thrilled for you & for mr. p&g giving the gift. because i KNOW it thrilled him to give it as much as you were thrilled to receive it. i can only imagine what type of pics we will be seeing now...

not that they were ever bad before! but i am waiting in anticipation!

drove by a lawn filled with falling pink blossoms from a tree this morning & thought of you.

molly b. said...

this was so encouraging.
i find myself in a season of waiting right now, but i know that God is faithful to us and He will, indeed, answer us.
thank you for this post, p&g!
oh! and the camera!

justastonesthrowaway said...

We have some awesome hubbies around here!
My hubby got me a new Canon EOS Rebel T2i last week!


He did plan to buy it for me when it became available so I helped him out and called around to find one. We live an hour and a half away from EVERYTHING so it took some searching but I found one. I kind of asked them to put my name on it and hold it for me and called and told him that they just happened to have one in stock in the city he was visiting at the time if he wanted to stop by and check it out.
Okay, so I had to give him a little push, but I GOT IT! LOL....

Love the inspiring words in your post. So so so true!

YAY for your new camera!

Britney said...

Love, Love, Love you post today! I love how God can surprise us in HIS timing and is always right! Thank you!

sugar said...

As I sit here I am crying. I needed this so much. So many times I feel your posts were meant just for me. Thank you, I needed this write at this very moment :) I have to go get a tissue you. Blessings sweet friend.

lizziefitz said...

You deserve it Sibi! Happy Easter!!

Lisa said...

Your posts never fail to encourage and uplift me. Thank you!
PS Love your rockin' camera!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Sibi, I am so excited for you. And thanks too, for that beautiful post. I think we are all waiting for something in our lives and we must trust that God will provide it to us in HIS own time. We just have to wait and be patient. Thanks for reminding us all . Have a wonderful Easter. Love & blessings from NC!

Molly said...

I have to admit that I've never commented before, but I read your blog religiously and this post is now one of my favorites. So, please keep writing. You're always inspiring! :)

Jodee said...

What a fabulous post! Congrats on your new camera!

PS~Erin said...

How lovely! Your gift and your post. Looking forward to your photos!

GrannySmithGreen said...

Yeah! A new post and a new camera! Woo hoo! Way to go, Mr. P&G!

God is so good to us and his timing is perfect--but the waiting game is not always fun.

I can't wait to see what you have "captured" with your lens! Click away, dear friend!!!

whitney said...

This post is a blessing! Thank you!

Sherrie said...

Great post! What a wonderful hubby you have. Enjoy the new camera.

Jennifer said...

your nails are pretty... i love your spring white flower in your pretty blond hair... your gloss is shining.. and

I am thankful for your new camera!

hippity hoppity,

Unknown said...

Wonderful post and a great reminder for me as I am "patiently" waiting for something right now.

You have a wonderful way with words Pearl - and words I so needed to hear. Thank you!!

Charity said...

I have so much to say, but no words to say it. I hope I can think things through and come back and write out my words. You just brought tears to my eyes and they will not leave soon, thank you.

Cha Cha

Alee said...

What a great gift, it sounds like you have an awesome husband. :)

Love Being A Nonny said...

To everything there is a season. So glad today is your season to be gifted. The camera is a gift but the *giver* is an even greater gift. You are blessed Sibi. Indeed blessed.

Preppy Mama said...

Beautiful post! I can not wait to see some of those lovely pictures you will take! Enjoy!!

3 Peanuts said...

I am so happy for you. I cannot wait to see the beautiful photos you take with it:) I know how a good camera can make your heart sing. I got my really good one a year ago too:)

What a sweet husband. ANd yes, what a glorious God!

Jo said...

I am so thrilled for you!
I can't wait to see what lovely photos you have in store for us. What a sweet husband to surprise you with such a gift.


Elizabeth said...

what a thoughtful gesture from your hubby! no detailed was overlooked with the wrapping paper and everything! i know you must be so thrilled. Can't wait to see you show off some pics!

Sarah said...

That is SO great. Photography used to my THING too, before I got depersonalization. I took out the camera for the first time in months to take some pictures of cherry blooms, for a friend in Finland, and it reminded me how much I love it.

Your post is very encouraging. God does provide what you NEED and in is timing. The comforting thing to me is that he dwells in us and all around us, even as we wait.

Mrs S said...

Your post stopped me in my tracks tonight. I saw those two pink lines just this morning. I have spent the day excited and planning and yet had not taking the time to thank God. Wow. Thank you for this message today of all days.

Cori said...

What a FUN and truly thoughtful gift!! And ones that will keep on giving with beautiful photos. You are definitely blessed with your sweet husband.
I needed the reminder that it is all God' timing and we need to be prepared for the wonderful things He has planned.

Gwynie Pie said...

Oh yes!! I love how He is the God of the "suddenlys".

Beautiful camera. Sweet man. Great post. Thanks.

Gwyn Rosser
The Pink Tractor

Chesnye said...

Oh Sibi, I needed this post today! We are getting ready for a little trip with our family and the packing can be so stressful! Packing around what we have here, what we are moving when our house is ready for us,..... I just don't know how you did it with 4 littles ones! I only have three and the amount of "things" is a little crazy at times! I can't wait to see what blessings God has in store for us!

Nancy said...

Sibi HE is so good. I have learned that from you. Such a beautiful post, so hopeful.

That Mr. P&G is the real deal! Can't wait to see all your beautiful pictures, as if they could get any better :)

Happy Easter to all the Pearls.

Renae Moore said...

God has gifted you with so many things and one of them is eloquence. I am so blessed when I hear God through you. What a joy for your precious love to give you something he knew you wanted. You are so right, his example is that of our Father in heaven's!


bevy said...

And to read this on Good Friday... the day of the ULTIMATE gift.

Susan R said...

Oh I'm with you. That would make me cry too. I'm still wishing for mine. Soon maybe.

Opie Dawn said...

What a sweet hubby! Thanks for the words of encouragement.

Anonymous said...

this was SOOOO what I needed to hear- thank you for leading me to it- and congrats on your new toy, will be glad to see the fruits!!!

sunshine, lollipops and... said...

tears... you are truly amazing