1,000 Gifts Continued

January 24, 2011 § 6 Comments

Have you ever noticed that enemy tries to attack us and drag us down when we are stepping out in faith? So we have these warring factions in our hearts…One encouraging me because I am doing God’s will and it brings the peace and joy that comes from honoring and glorifying our Lord and Savior. The other brings doubts or stresses or points to the messy house, it brings discouragement, frustration, and a measuring stick that I could never possibly attain.

So here I am…Monday morning…messy kitchen, toys flung throughout the house, heart at war with itself…And yet I am still so thankful and grateful to our God. I am overwhelmed by His grace and mercy. I am awed by His love. I am thankful for so many things…Here is a list.

126.     My son stayed in his big boy bed the first night all night!

127.     Molly the talented photographer who took pictures of me

128.     Encouraging words from women I highly respect

129.     Time of worship in song

130.    Tears of thankfulness shed for my loving Savior

131.     No one mentioning the smear of mascara under my eyes after service

132.    NFL Play-off weekend

133.     College Basketball season

134.     Pudgy hands clutching “sootballs” (footballs)

135.  Pudgy cheeks to kiss

136.  My sixth grade girls in Sunday School. They are really starting to dig into God’s word

137.  Inexpensive CUTE shoes

138.  My supportive, loving, wonderful husband

139.  When my son talks in exclamation points with his voice, eyes, and body language

140.  Sore muscles (yes I have started working out again)

141.  Golden grass…I think it is pretty, you can think it is dead, but I like it. 😉

142.  Baking with three little chefs

143.  My 7-year-old making pop-bead jewelry for the whole family

144.  Toy scattered floors (signs of life)

145.  Good report at the eye doctor for my sweet L! She is doing much much better with her glasses!

146.  Glasses actually keep L from being so clumsy. Praise God for the school nurse testing her and her Eye Doctor working with us!

147.  Colder weather for cuddling, hot chocolate

148.  My kids love me to read to them and I love to read

149.  The Action Bible (if you haven’t checked it out it is GREAT). My kids LOVE it as a tool to help them understand scripture.

150.  My husband’s face of joy and fun while he plays his guitar

What are you grateful for?

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1,000 Gifts Continued

November 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

I am loving this exercise of being thankful and grateful. I am blessed beyond measure. I hope you all see how God is blessing you as well. I am praying for us all through this Thanksgiving week. I am praying that we will live our thankfulness out loud to the One who gave all for us His enemies.

76. that I am full of Godly potential
77. that I am made in God’s image
78. that through Christ I can choose not to sin
79. for kiddo cuddles
80. for prayer. Having access to the throne room of heaven is amazing.
81. for glasses for my little L that took less than a day to come back.
82. for the feel of the drier autumn grass beneath my feet.
83. for the smell of my kids’ sticky ice cream hands.
84. for bear hugs from chubby arms.
85. for God’s beautiful creation I got to experience in Hawaii
86. for 10 years of marriage to a wonderfully exasperating, but perfect for me man
87. for quiet
88. for the amazing colors of fall
89. for the sun and how it’s light changes things
90. for the light of the world and how He changed everything
91. for my writing critique group, they are encouraging and challenging. Thank you ladies!
92. for God’s perfect timing.
93. for His grand design in working things out and through us.
94. that He would use even me to accomplish something that will matter for eternity
95. that food is easily accessible to me and my family
96. that I can give to others in need
97. that God created joy and love and wants us to look to joy and love in all we do
98. that God gifts us all so differently.
99. for nuts (I love to eat them!)
100. for sleep, I sometimes wish I didn’t need to sleep, but letting go and resting teaches me to rest in Him.

Comparing

June 29, 2010 § 6 Comments

Must be nice….. She seems to have it all together. Why am I stuck doing _____ and he gets to do something I have been wanting to do for a long time? Why does everything seem to come easy to them and we have to struggle?

Sound familiar? Can you think of a time in the last day, week, or month that you have entertained even one of those thoughts? Have the words “it must be nice” escaped your lips lately?  I know I have thought those thoughts and said “it must be nice” more than once lately.  It is everywhere. We compare our hair color or amount, our dress size, the bulk of our muscles, the make and model of our car or phone. We even compare gadgets. Let’s face it comparing ourselves is the American way. The question is, “is it God’s way?”

Comparing ourselves leads to discontent with what we have and who we are. Suddenly our phone that has served us well and meets our needs is not as “cool” as someone else’s. Maybe our spouse isn’t as helpful or supportive as our neighbor’s spouse seems. We wish we were better at keeping our house organized and we want to be more like our friend or sister who seems to have it all together.  We want to be more free-spirited like our neighbor whose family seems to be having spur of the moment fun constantly.  Most of us have that one person in our lives that we idealize.  We think, he has it all together.  He or she has the job, the house, the spouse, the kids, the dog, the boat, the charisma.  I want to be like him or her…

Oh friends listen to Isaiah, “Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?'” (Isaiah 49:9b)  God has made us for His perfect plan in His perfect way.  God planned your “imperfections” as well as your strengths.  God doesn’t want you checking out everyone else.  Saying if only I could sing like that or it “must be” nice having that car.  He wants usto say with the Psalmist, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:14b  He wants us to give back to Him what He has given to us.  He isn’t asking us to be something we are not.  He only wants us to be faithful with the things He has given us.  He only wants all of us!

So the next time “MUST BE NICE” starts to knock around in our brains, let’s use it as a thankfulness cue.  Thanking God for how He made us, what He has given us, and where He is taking us.  What are somethings you are thankful for today?  Comment below.  I’ll start.

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