Counting Gifts/ FAMILY

One Thousand Gifts #24

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One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

“Unless we make it a habit to give thanks, we habitually give our family grief.”
“Unless we consistently speak praise, we consistently speak poison.”
“Unless we are intentional about giving God glory throughout the day, our days unintentionally give way to grumbling.”

“It’s in praising a Savior in all things that we are we saved from discouragement in all things.”


~precious time with a friend over coffee at the Farmers Market

~fear that presses me harder into Him

~a sister cancer fighter is now whole and healed in Heaven, suffering no more.

~hope even within sadness

~the promise of His strength and courage even within my fear

~a precious, perfect job for my sister

~lunch with her

~a Godly grandpa, celebrating his 88 years

~nephews who use their gifts for eternity.  Ambiance, you rock.

~baby Stella.  She lights my heart with her flirty, shy, one shoulder shrug.

~a Sunday Sermon, full of hard words I needed to hear:

       John 1:21–  Peter, pointing a finger…”Lord, what about him?”
       John 1:23– Jesus, “What is that to you?  Follow me.”

       How much more loudly can he say to me “You worry about you!”

       My interpretation of my pastor’s words:
       No matter what unique pathway is yours, no matter what shape of the journey is yours, we are called to follow Him!   Your life, as Peters did, may require courage. Your life, as John’s did, may require endurance.  Remember that He is worthy of our hearts!!  Beloved, follow Him.

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  • Tanya Anurag
    August 23, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    I love to read what you write.


    August 23, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Loved your list today. I especially can relate to #2. Have a blessed week.

  • Maria
    August 23, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Dear Amy, I am visiting for the first time and I want to tell you that you are a strong person and I am praying for your recovery. I was reading your journal in the Caring Bridge website, and I am so proud of you for being so courageous. Warm hugs,

    Maria @ Linen & Verbena

  • The Calm of His Presence
    August 23, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Visiting from A Holy Experience. I loved your list & loved your interpretation of your pastor’s words. Thank you for sharing.


  • Chrissy Bee
    August 22, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    I enjoyed your list! I was especially moved by “~hope even within sadness”. I totally get this!

    Found you through Ann. Hope you have a great week!

  • Martha
    August 22, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Your post has blessed me today – Thank You! May you be blessed in return ~ Martha

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