261. long-range parenting: everyday instruction, prayer without ceasing.
262. a start – a very little start – to ideas on the page. A hope that they can become something, gratitude for the week ahead to do only this.
263. a finish – turning in Leviticus. Grace granted for the everyday discipline of getting it done.
264. a daughter’s courage to play clarinet in front of her classmates. For the way she’s really growing to love it – and music.
265. A duet to practice – and the years of lessons!
266. A timely arrangement for renting the house to old friends – great grace and provision.
267. an email, a phone call, prayers and hope
268. being sent into the week ahead with the love of friends and family
269. his confidence and capacity for taking over – a wonderful husband and father
270. sleep – an extra hour
271. choreography of grace – the extraordinary ways in which the writer’s retreat was providentially planned
272. self-doubt leading back to the gospel
273. words of instruction from the Scriptures: ministry, stewardship, proclamation
274. a new friendship – the slow awkwardness of its beginnings, the tentativeness, the desire
275. reminders of what is impermanent