I don't think one single thing in God's Word is in there by accident.
There must be an important connection between the following things...
~living in harmony with our brothers and sisters in Christ
~not going off and doing our own thing, but staying connected to Christ and His body
~living in the peace of Christ.
I certainly want to live in the peace of Christ, so it seems that I better pay attention to the rest of the verse!
And this place right here is where I continue to cultivate thankfulness.
Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
I continue to count my thanks
piling up gratitude day by day
in my little black journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)
-an invitation from my big sister to come to her house and enjoy her pool
-my second born and three of the grandkids getting to join me
-a safe trip
-my sister meeting our youngest grandson for the first time
-a fun swim
(at least most of us thought it was fun)
-the view of Mt. Rainier from my sister's back yard
-fresh blueberries from my sister's bushes, (and the pie she made with some of them!)
-enjoying a leisurely morning at my sister's house
-morning clouds hiding a view of the mountain, afternoon clearing and stunning views
-swimming with the kids and cuddling on the lounge chair with oldest granddaughter
-dinner with my sister at the fun little restaurant by the small airport,
sitting outside and watching the planes taking off and landing
-fun conversation on the drive home and a safe trip
-when the writing flows after a season of writer's block
-some new fitness goals
-a beautiful evening
-help with work for our church's childrens' ministries
-the hub's indulging my desire to go to a lavender farm on our "date day"
-him enjoying our outing too as we explored the rest of Sauvie Island
-taking the long way home
-a great dinner together on the way home
-a perfect date day ending with a relaxing evening
-new comfy "Rocket Dogs" shoes for $12.99
-the feeling when the chores I'd rather not do are all done
-getting invited to a yummy dinner of carne asada and some fun fellowship, too
-God ministering to hearts and lives
-the powerful Word of God and amazing worship
-young men committing their lives to Christ
-prodigals coming home
-an encouraging word
-God meeting our needs (and so many wants as well)