Sunday, November 3, 2013

Making thanks giving a habit...


It was before Ann's book, One Thousand Gifts was published.
She wrote about counting God's gifts on her blog and encouraged us to count our blessings too.
I started in 2009, in a little green journal.
I filled that up and am now counting my thanks in my little black journal.
It really is a renewing of the mind,
a transformation in the way I see my life and circumstances,
a life changing, or maybe more accurately a me changing,
habit to form.
It's Thanksgiving month.
Why not join us and make daily thanks giving a habit?

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In 2012 I followed the prompts in Ann Voskamp's Joy Dare in counting my thanks.
In 2013 I'm going back to the way I did it in the beginning,
just noticing and recording the many extraordinary blessings in my ordinary life.
And so I continue to count my thanks
piling up gratitude day by day
in my little black journal.
(and capturing some of them via my camera or iPhone)

#3940-#3963

10-28-13-
-got a lot done today!
-delicious pot roast dinner at youngest daughter's
-all of us walking to Starbucks afterwards
-seeing a young family we haven't seen in a long time and their new baby

10-29-13-
-God's faithful provision
-frosty night, sunny day
-some happy news!

10-30-13-
-an unexpected blessing
-talking to and praying with my sister on the phone
-finding a "just the perfect thing" Christmas present for oldest granddaughter
-eating leftovers for dinner that were actually yummier than the first time around

10-31-13-
-car troubles, thank God the Hubs made it to the repair shop
-remembering and singing, "I know that I can trust You...
my life is in the hands of the Maker of Heaven" when tempted to worry and fear
-grandkids in costumes





-great prayer time at church

11-1-13-
-only grandson okay after getting hurt at school and going to the ER
-oldest granddaughter making 46 baskets in a "HOOP-A-THON" fundraiser at her school...
(I might have been a bit pessimistic about her abilities and pledged a bit high thinking at the most she'd make 10 baskets...I could only laugh when she told me!)
-dinner and games and lots of laughter with friends

11-2-13-
-car repairs not as much as we thought
-thrifting with youngest daughter and a friend
-setting the clock back, getting an extra hour of sleep

11-3-13-
-new faces at church, God is doing a new thing
-going out for BBQ with friends and the two oldest grandkids
-time with the whole family at our oldest daughter's


gratefully yours,

12 comments:

  1. Finding the blessings in every little thing brings such joy and it's always reflected in your Monday posts. Thank you for always sharing.

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    1. And you too! I love reading your thanks!

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  2. Your pics are amazing, Elizabeth. I'm close to 2,000 in my count. Can't believe how life-changing this process is!!



    XOXOX

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    1. I agree! Gathering gratitude is amazing and life changing! Re. the photos of my grandkids...sometimes things just click and I love the photos and other times I'm frustrated at the results! But, I try, try again!

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  3. Thank you for the reminder. I have a Journal Book I started November 1st. I kept meaning to do this last year & now I will just do it!! Precious photos! Blessings!

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  4. What blessings! We are rejoicing in God's faithfulness and provision. I love His unexpected 'surprises' and I love the way He gently provides much to be thankful for in the quiet routine of every day.
    ~Adrienne~

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    1. I am so happy that you are seeing answers to prayer, my friend!

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  5. So much to be thankful for. Those grandkids are adorable! We were blessed to see a few of ours on Halloween as well. Such joy!
    Hugs,
    Kelly

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    1. Grandkids are the best thing in life! :)

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  6. We always called it our "Happy List," and they can truly be life changing. A grateful heart is a happy heart.

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    1. Yes, Dayle, a grateful heart IS a happy heart...I think I need to make a sign of that!

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