Some days I just need to hear myself repeat out loud and in ink the things that are good, so that I can actually believe it. And maybe the more I speak the truth, the more it is absorbed into my heart, mind and soul, to take the place of the sadness, the weight of living. Today is such a day.
422. His ankle is sprained, not broken.
423. He is almost home… hang on just a few more hours.
424. The game was cancelled. I don’t have to drive in the dark and the snow tonight.
425. The man with the crutch who was there early and offered him the crutch… divine appointment.
426. They care so much for our kids at the school. So, so much.
427. He made us lunch. He made chicken noodle soup. It was so good.
428. There is blue out there… enough to make a shirt.
429. Hugs… nothing like them.
430. A gift under her tree for me.
431. Looking in your eyes. Seeing you looking back.
432. Christmas choral music… Messiah… sigh…
433. Twinkle lights.
434. I love you to infinity and beyond!
435. He tells me he is thankful for my baking and my cooking.
436. The apples clinging to the orchard trees in the dead of winter.
437. Silly movies… very silly movies. Laughter…
438. Realizing it’s about me listening, obeying, not the outcome.
439. Sharing the crosswalk with a sweet older lady… a brief conversation.
440. Saying sorry… getting nothing in return. Being OK with that.
441. Rest. Allowing myself rest.
442. Everything matters.
443. Everything is grace.
444. Thank you, Anne Voskamp, for getting me started. For lifting up my chin, whispering into my heart, affirming the need to speak thanks into being, for the miracles that happen. Thank you, dear Anne. Perhaps one day we will cross paths this side of heaven?
445. A cup of tea as darkness falls…
Soli Deo Gloria,
smiles..lots of things to be thankful for… i love when husbands tell their wives they’re thankful for their baking and cooking….
There is always much to be thankful for… but I don’t always focus on those things. It’s a discipline… one I’m learning… Thank you for being here and commenting.
great out-look… I need to sit down and write my own list
This speaking thanks (eucharistio) began when I read a book called, One Thousand Gifts, by a Canadian author Anne Voskamp. A lyric and poetic narrative of her life, beginning in deep pain, continuing through all her life circumstances, turning her heart toward God in thanks whatever comes. Like Job. A beautiful spiritual discipline that I remember and forget and remember again and again.