One Thousand Gifts :: The Catch-Up Edition

Gratitude as a discipline involves a conscious choice….
It is amazing how many occasions present themselves
in which I can choose gratitude instead of a complaint.
-Henry J.M. Nouwen

I have had much to be thankful for during the last month. And so I continue to count.

158. replacement miniature light bulbs found
159. burned out bulbs replaced

160. eating cookie dough from another evening of baking

161. snowflakes gently falling

162. a fun get-away
163. Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup with pretzel bread
164. parades and fireworks

165. returning home in time for Christmas

166. Jesus in the manger
167. Emmanuel, God with us
168. coming as a babe that he might die as our Savior
169. forgiven sins
170. sins washed white as snow
171. His crimson flowing for me so that I may be pure, blameless
172. the price He paid
173. for me
174. God’s abundant grace

175. wrapping paper and bows
176. eyes dancing with delight
177. books, books, and more books
178. this necklace

179. husband and children home during Christmas vacation
180. working at home so I don’t have to leave them each day
181. an unexpected financial blessing

182. a New Year dawning
183. fresh starts
184. new practices {to be shared soon}

185. rearranging kitchen drawers {even after eleven years of everything being in the same place}
186. getting used to new places {constantly still opening the old drawers}
187. liking the new places better than the old

188. polishing up Siesta Scripture Memory Verses
189. lots of time to study on airplanes
190. MemVerse

191. reading
192. turning page after page because the story is so good
193. crying one moment and laughing the next

194. winter’s beauty

195. snow pup

196. The Truth Project

197. an Arizona wedding

198. spending time with my sister
199. seeing my niece
200. sunny, warm weather

201. the marvel of flight
202. getting across the country in only four hours
203. sunset from 10,000 feet

204. God is on His throne
205. even when the unimaginable occurs

206. a cold hitting me in between my two travel weekends

I invite you to join me and The Gratitude Community in counting the gifts God gives every day. Make this new year one of thanksgiving…and a life changing.

About Shelli Bourque

An ordinary girl living by the grace of life in Christ. Adoring wife and mom. Lover of quiet places and uncluttered spaces. Beauty seeker and image maker.