Counting Gifts/ FAMILY

One Thousand Gifts #12

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One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
“Prayer without ceasing is only possible in a life of continual thanks.”

“Do not disdain the small.  The whole of life–even the hard–is made up of the minute parts, and if I miss the infinitesimals, I miss the whole.  There is a way to live the big of giving thanks in all things.  It is this: to give thanks in this one small thing.  The moments will add up.”

“I discover that slapping a sloppy brush of thanksgiving over everything in my life leaves me deeply thankful for very few things in  my life.”
–Ann Voskamp “One Thousand Gifts”

301~being wooed by my Creator
302~His presence in adversity
303~that He is everywhere at every time
304~youngest one’s cheek stretched into my front seat car area each morning for a “goodbye-send-me-off-to-school” kiss
305~60 degree sunny spring days
306~home organization
307~house cleaning service gift extended a month
308~my Carm and Wendy’s offer to come and spring clean help
309~a carpet cleaner man heard about my sickness, sent an offer to free clean
310~God showing me He heard my hearts desire
311~eye shadow, earrings & girly things
312~”Oh, How He Loves Us!” song stuck in my  head
313~”Exceeding Abundantly above all I can ask or imagine” verse stuck in my head
314~youngest birthday sleepover fun at Grandma and Grandpa’s
315~physical wounds that are not healing–gives break for emotional wounds to heal
316~the promise of the fruit of the Spirit, grown in the canyon–gentleness, kindness, patience
317~the promise that He is in control when I have feelings of “craziness & out of control”
318~Me-“I don’t feel like me”  God-“I will show you who you are”
319~Forced stillness
320~Forced surrender
321~Being broken and built
322~old replaced with new, even if painful
323~words of hope in suffering
324~promises that He is enough. His plan is made perfect in my weakness
325~clarity to write the gifts, less “static”
326~envelope in mail with perfect words just for me
327~Garlic Lime Pork Tenderloin and Rice, a surprise meal made with love from my Wendy

328~the moment my head is in hands, I’m asking God to show up, “I need to see you and feel you, God…this is hard!” A knock at my door, surprise visit from a friend.  She comes with a check in hand.  “God has blessed us, we want to bless you.” Time stills for a second as I open and read it.  It beyond blesses.  It frees!  It turns God’s “I am here” whisper to a shout of “See, I AM… I AM.”  It eliminates a large chunk  of our medical debt.  How does one say thanks?

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  • Cora from Hidden Riches
    March 23, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    #302 stood out to me today, although your whole list was wonderful. His presence in adversity. The thing about it is, that we have to go through adversity to find that out, don’t we???? I’ve been there, and KNOW it is true. And I thank you for the reminder today. I, too, liked the “less static” thing. The first time I read the book, I read so fast with a million thoughts cramming and trying to comprehend it all. As I read and reread, and as I began to SEE and listen, there was less static, too. Thank you for that. I’ll have to make note of that phrase and remember it!

  • Craig
    March 23, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    It’s Wednesday and it’s still Multitude Monday – gratitude makes me happy – happy is good. And you can’t go wrong by beginning with quotes from Ann. And my favorite from your list is this one: 325~clarity to write the gifts, less “static” – because I think I kind of get what it means – my early ones are not like my later ones – we grow – God grows us – and this counting does some changing. {smile}

    This was good. Really, this was good for me to read. Thank you.

    God bless and keep you and all of yours this day.

  • Mama Bird
    March 22, 2011 at 1:37 am

    #328 – WOW. There are no words…this gave me chills. Blessed be the Name of the Lord!

  • Traci
    March 21, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Beautiful, just beautiful! I love all of the “thankful items” – so good. And God,he is so, so good to bless you in such a way! I love to hear of your struggles and how God always seems to come through! Beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Love you!

  • Jennifer @ Studio JRU
    March 22, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Beautiful list Amy! Being wooed… how wonderful. #314… how sweet. Love #318. #328… amazing! What a blessing!

  • The Mitchells Five
    March 21, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Praise God! It gives me chills even to read down this piece of your list. The quote you have at the top is so right. Thank you God for everything ends up being more like no thanks at all. I will thank Him for you as one of my thanks today! Praise Him, too, for healing and rest at such a great time to be with your girls!

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