Sunday, August 30, 2015

Bread for the Journey




Today I thought I'd share some thoughts previously posted on  my personal blog
hoping that they will remind us to practice an attitude of gratefulness.
Just over a year ago I opened a gift in the mail . . .
a little blue journal she suggested I use as a Gratitude Journal. 

So I've had it in plain view in our family room this past year
to remember to daily write down two or three "thankfuls."
I knew others had done this and there was no reason not to.
So, today I'm grateful to God for family who cares to spur me on
and to God, for giving me more than 1000 reasons to give thanks!

To name a few
 . . .
   for a moment of quiet
    a walk in the park
  God's protection
    visit around a fire pit
    sleeping in
    shopping for summer tops
    rhubarb pie
    God's Word to encourage
     finding an old lace tablecloth and distressed wood
    chiropractor treatment
    dinner at friends
joy of serving
tooth implant done
Rollkuchen and watermelon 
forgiveness
God's faithfulness
texts 
pedicure
a day at home in the kitchen
for the dads raising our grands
lunch with my girls
jam cooking
watching cousins play
good relationships
my mom
coffee brewing
new shoes
God's loving kindness
facetime smiles
very special news!
God's sovereignty
tender-hearted grands
a husband who loves coming home
granddaughter tea party
peach jam
health
pitter patter of rain
the park with kids
a good book to read
talking to God anytime
shopping date
holding a newborn 
skype-time
my heritage
(snail) mail
friends
seeing traditions passed on in my kids
the smell of wet earth
clean windows
birthdays
. . .

When we give thanks to God, 
we acknowledge that every gift is from Him.
I know the Bible says that God causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good,
 He sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous . . .
yet I can't help but wonder if maybe God is like us,
 in that we find it so much more fun to give to someone who appreciates a gift? 

1 Thessalonians 5: 16 - 18  
 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; 
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

What are you are thankful for today?

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for the reminder to do this again - have written mine out so often but with everything going on in my life, I've stopped the writing part. It's an excellent practice! Blessings!

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  2. I'm thankful for the way the wind and the rain.... even with the power outage.

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  3. I'm thankful for my husband, kids, and grandkids. They are a renewed blessing to me each day.

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  4. I love this post as it makes me recall a litany of gratefulness to God for the countless gifts he gives me every day wether I'm aware of it or not. Some years back, I wrote such a litany in my daily spiritual journal. Nothing like it to make the heart sing in thankfulness.

    Have a great week Nancy.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  5. Philippians 4--the 'whatsoever' verses--ends with 'think on these things'. Your list expresses that well.

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  6. Hmm, what a difference one little letter makes-I think the author meant to say 'spur' instead of 'spurn'. The difficulties of writing in the public view are fraught with these problems.

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    1. You are right! Thank you for bringing that to my attention, as humbling as it is to learn something I should have been aware of. There is a big difference in meaning - which I will remember now. Ah ... the difficulties of writing in the public view! The written language will surely expose many more mistakes than spoken.

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