Monday, February 20, 2012

Heart Full of Thanks -- Counting One Thousand Gifts (332-345)

And so the cycle of life begins with the first signs of spring -- daffodils pushing their way through the cold earth of winter, maybe even through snow in some places.  Forcing themselves out into the sight of passersby.  Shouting ever so quietly that spring is coming!

Here in the Pacific Northwest we're beginning to see signs of spring earlier than usual.  How the climatology of our country is changing each year.  And yes, so do we -- change that is, day by day and year by year.  Maybe not so drastically as the passing seasons, but we change.

We've been watching a Christmas cactus that bloomed profusely around Christmas.  Once its blooms faded, we assumed it was entering dormancy.  One morning, unexpectedly, was the beginning of a new leaf, new life on this now bare plant.  And now there are five -- each one growing by leaps and bounds.  We've done nothing differently -- we just watch.

And God watches us, hoping that with each step, each stretch, we are reaching to grow in Him.

And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
Luke 2:51 (NIV)

Is our every step, every stretch, every movement toward growing "in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God?"  Truly it should be, and the ultimate start on this journey is to give thanks for that which we have been given, thus focusing our eyes on the Source.

A Holy Experience

332.  The gift of rain along with acceptance of the dark skies and often dismal outside.
333.  The bright green shoots signalling spring.
334.  Our MOPS moms who serve each other so lovingly.
335.  The gift of intercessory prayer.
336.  The joy of living without pain.
337.  Sounds of spring outside our home.
338.  Sunlight and shadows flitting in and out.
339.  Freedom of religion that so many do not experience.
340.  Sources of fellowship and writing online.
341.  The joy of counting gifts and giving thanks.
342.  Seeing our third graders receive their Bibles during worship service.
343.  Music that makes your feet want to dance in your pew on Sunday.
344.  Voices raised in praise to Him.
345.  Children and grandchildren.

Have you tried counting to one thousand gifts?  Join us with Ann Voskamp at A Holy Experience to do just that each Monday.  Hope to see you there!

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  1. Beautiful list today my friend. I love the unseasonally nice weather we are having here in California. Makes me long for Spring all the more.

    1. Barbie, spring is just around the corner, we know that even here in Portland, OR! I see it all around me. Thanks for the sweet comments!

  2. Great list!! I love it when a song makes me want to dance right in the pew!!
    Have a blessed week!

    1. Kerri, so glad you stopped by. Thanks for the encouraging words you've left for me.

  3. Sherrey, What a lovely, calming message of gratitude for God's presence in our lives. The list is a powerful reminder. Your blog is beautiful! Thank you for sharing :-) Blessings to you, Kathy

    1. Kathy, I love it when you drop in! Thanks for the encouraging comments you always leave me. :)


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