I thought I'd make a new pattern for the "nest" here and instead of starting on Mondays (who does that?), I thought I'd get the ball rolling with "Thankful on Thursdays." Join me?
- for the breeze blowing all these lovely deaths of leaves into an amazing carpet of glory
- for J's comment to his friend as I helped in library class this morning, "Dude, you should smell my mom, she smells so good!" *blush*
- for the way kids get excited about new books to read
- for a neighbor/friend/prayer-partner who drops by and isn't offended by my germs or the fact that I can't really hug her today
- for a good employer who treats me well and is understanding of working moms (Tuesday was Boss's Day)
- for pumpkin pie from my "sister-from-another-mister" - my breakfast this week of rushing mornings
- for pretty red and white flowers, cut out and ready to decorate China-bound candy boxes in C's suitcases, less than a week until Grace
- for encouraging texts to and from girlfriends, and the privilege of loving others
- for a husband who prays with me
- for the smile on K's face on Tuesday when she was well enough to go back to school
- for laughs and giggles with both of my kids about baby pictures on the computer, and the hope that someday I'll make books out of them
- for mercy in the secret places, and hope to overcome all of this
I've been on this Thankful Journey for over a year now, when A gave me a copy of One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. A journey that has been life-changing and eye-opening, and even those words are not enough to describe it. Every day I count my gifts of grace, and as Ann says, "all is grace." Even the hard things, even the painful. Thanking the Creator for it all, counting the endless blessings He pours into my open hands and giving Him back glory in the recording of them. The acknowledgement of them. The Love of them. I've chosen Thursdays to share a few with you, my friends, and I hope you'll share a few with me too. Because this truly honors the Giver.
"One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful. He couldn't thank him enough..." - Luke 17:16 (Msg)
I want to be that one.
Join me? ... post a few of your count-ings here by clicking on the comments button.
Today, God, just as I did yesterday - I want to thank You.